The Water Trust Finance and Operations Manager Jobs in Uganda

The Water Trust Finance and Operations Manager Jobs in Uganda

Position Summary

  • The Finance and Operations Manager is the senior finance leader for a growing water and sanitation nonprofit.

  • She or he reports to the Country Director.

  • The Finance and Operations Manager leads and develops a team to support the following areas: finance, procurement, operations, human resources, and administration.

  • The Finance and Operations Manager also plays a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operational management as The Water Trust scales its operations.

  • The position may be based in Kampala or Masindi, and will involve regular travel to Masindi and Kiryandongo.

  • This is a tremendous opportunity for a hands-on, ambitious finance and operations leader to help a high-impact organization implement and continuously improve operational, financial, and human resource management systems.

  • The ideal candidate will have strong financial accounting expertise, at least two years’ experience managing finance and/or operations with an international NGO, and a track record of developing processes and systems that improve efficiency and accountability.

  • This is an excellent opportunity for a leader with mastery of finance and accounting practices who wants to expand their role into operations in a growing organization.

    Major Functions and Responsibilities


  • Lead the financial management of The Water Trust Uganda, including the application of accounting principles as well as the develop of financial plans and reports to support project management.

  • Lead cash flow planning and management, including the anticipation and planning of fixed costs, asset replacement, and program costs.

  • Oversee and support the development of operating, project and grant budgets, management within those budgets, and internal and external reporting.

  • Implement systematic quality assurance and internal controls practices to ensure the appropriate implementation of finance and operations policies and procedures, and produce recommendations to improve the the policies and procedures.

  • Assist senior management to identify and evaluate key risks and establish and implement risk management procedures and practices based on industry best practice and applicable legal framework.

  • Produce reliable, high-quality financial reports for grant-funded projects and general operations on a monthly basis.

    Communicate with financial department in HQ.

  • Produce actionable recommendations to improve policies and procedures across (human resources, procurement, inventory, vehicles, facilities, and IT), and lead the day-to-day oversight of compliance with existing policies.

  • Manage and develop the skills of four staff in finance and operations.

  • Ensure streamlined, timely and adequate integration of finance and operations procedures to ensure effective and supportive program activities.

  • Manage the procurement, contracting, and accurate and timely payment of staff, consultants, and external vendors.

  • Ensure timely and strong competitive bidding process and ensure proper market assessments to inform cost and negotiated contracts to ensure
    cost effective implementation.

  • Oversee the utilization and maintenance of vehicles including long term planning of use and replacement of assets.

  • Support managers and staff in understanding human resources policy, promoting staff growth, and resolving staff issues.

  • Oversee the provision of an office space and information technology suitable to a high-performance organization.

  • Oversee inventory management, maintaining 100% accountability of assets and ensuring stock levels maintained in accordance with policies and procedures.



  • University degree or professional qualification relating to Business Administration, Finance, or Accounting.

  • At least five years of demonstrated finance experience working ideally within an NGO-development oriented setting including financial planning, book keeping practice and principle, knowledge of internal controls, general ledger, cash management, reconciliations, payroll processing, taxation, financial reporting, and financial legal framework.

  • Excellent financial management, organizational, problem solving and planning skills with attention to detail.

  • Strong knowledge of internal finance controls, year-end procedures and internal and external project and country office audit.

  • Demonstrated ability to consolidate finances across multiple offices and support finance and administration staff at all locations.

  • Experience of identifying and analysing financial risks.

  • At least three years related Operation’s experience.

  • Line management experience with ability to develop, coach and motivate a high performance team.

  • Ability to think quickly to respond to immediate requests.

  • Service oriented, customer focused approach.

  • Ability to take initiative where appropriate to deal with difficulties encountered in daily work and ability to work within tight deadlines.

  • A pro-active person who is able to work independently with minimum supervision.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and building professional relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. Good team-player

  • Flexibility to adapt, positive attitude towards change, and a constructive and creative approach to problem solving.

  • Strong oral and written English communication skills.

  • Computer literacy skills with proficiency in MS Word, Excel and an accounting package, specifically Quickbooks.


  • Training or additional degree in any discipline relating to operations, logistics and administration.

  • Extensive knowledge of 4WD vehicle and motorbikes maintenance.

  • Advanced Information Technology knowledge.

  • Ability to speak local languages in the project area (Swahili, Runyoro, Luo, Iteso, Lugbara, Lugisu).

  • Willingness to travel to all locations, for regular oversight and review.

    How to Apply

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