MRC/UVRI Grants Officer Jobs in Uganda

The Unit is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer.

Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies,
the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of
innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health
policy and practice in Africa and worldwide.

Following the signing of strategic transfer
agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the
Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018.

The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts. The Unit is now seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to fill the following position:

MRC/UVRI Grants Officer Jobs in Uganda


  • Assists grant applicants in preparing a budget (for final review and agreement by Senior Grants Officer) and submitting the financial part of a grant application.
  • Liaises with the legal department at Head office to finalize grant contracts and for final approval by DOP.
  • Provides the grant holders with regular monthly financial information showing
    expenditures to date and projected costs until the end of the project.
  • Ensures that grants recharge overheads are costed on a full economic basis.
  • Sets up new grant codes and ensures that the grant holders are aware of them plus other
    sections in labs, operations etc. who will be charging services to them.
  • Summarizes overall external income reports for monies received from outside donors for
    Head office and other outside bodies.
  • Ensures invoices are raised on time and in line with the grant contract; follows up on
    outstanding debts.
  • Prepares periodic financial reports & invoices to grant project heads and Donors on
    expenditure, fixed assets and staff salary costs.
  • Ensures that all internal recharges such as mileage and cost of lab tests are entered in
    the MS Dynamics accounting system (Navision) for project operations.
  • Prepares monthly
    reconciliation and Analysis of grant balances for review by the Senior Grants Officer.
  • Posts all grant income onto MS Dynamics and on the Oracle accounting system.
  • Maintains and ensures the safe custody of financial documents and copies of external
    grant contracts on file.
  • Provides support during MRC or donor audits by availing requested documentation.
  • Ensures all running grants are implemented as per the contract requirements e.g. filing of
    timesheets and any arising issues are communicated and resolved with the donor.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, or Commerce (Honours) or a related field.
  • Having a part or full Professional Accountant qualification (ACCA, CIMA, CPA) an added advantage.
  • Possession of Legal knowledge of contract drafting is also an advantage.
  • At least two (02) years’ work experience in a busy grants/international donor funded
    organisation working on donor reporting.
  • Experience working in a medical research setting is an added advantage.
  • Experience working with ERP packages, MS Office programs, office equipment (printer,
    fax, copier, and scanner).
  • Working knowledge of MS Dynamics-Navision; Oracle ERP system

    How to apply

    Please email your application to Applications should include academic documents, a cover letter, CV, daytime telephone contact and three traceable
    professional references. Combine all application documentation into one PDF
    document. Deadline is Thursday 22nd August, 5:00pm.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

    Note that academic qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing institutions. This position is open to Ugandan
    nationals only.

    NB: Please quote the following position code
  • Senior Laboratory Technologist: SLT819
    The applications should be addressed to:

    The Human Resource and Administration Manager
    MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit
    P.O.Box, 49
    Entebbe, Uganda]

    For more information and job application details, see; MRC/UVRI Grants Officer Jobs in Uganda

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