We are looking for a fully qualified accountant with experience/knowledge of international development accounting to join our team and provide effective financial management. This role is home based in the UK, with at least 2 team meetings a month in London, and up to 2 trips per year to Uganda, to coach, learn from and strengthen the accounting & financial management systems and ongoing monitoring.
You will have overall responsibility for the financial management and financial stability in the UK. You will also provide support to, and work closely with, the CEO, finance team and country director in Uganda, to ensure effective financial management at the group level.
You will ensure there are strong financial management accounting and budgeting systems in the UK and Uganda, ensuring effective management of our cash and reserves, and ensuring the organisation is running in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Overview of Child's i Foundation
Child’s i Foundation is a Uganda based charity with an international reputation for advocating child rights and creating community based alternatives to orphanages. A small non-profit with a big impact, we work with governments, national partners and our worldwide network of supporters to highlight the harm and cost of orphanages in Uganda and globally. We’re helping to reimagine the whole child protection and care system, repurpose orphanages and rebuild services at the heart of communities that are designed to strengthen and support birth, foster and adoptive families. Because every child needs a loving family, we are Child's i.
Role and responsibilities
Management Accounting & Budgeting
- Manage month-end processes in the UK, including posting journals, P&L review, balance sheet reconciliations, and producing UK Management Accounts
- review and interrogate Ugandan monthly management accounts and provide feedback & support to the Uganda finance team.
- produce consolidated monthly management accounts, including variance reports, rolling cash-flows and reserves forecasts.
- Prepare quarterly board packs including key UK, Uganda and group financial information, including forecasts and scenario planning as appropriate.
- Supervise and oversee the UK Payroll and ensure HMRC compliance.
- Prepare the UK budget, oversee preparation of the Ugandan annual budget, and prepare annual consolidated budgets.
- Prepare the annual accounts, including consolidated accounts.
- Prepare for the annual audit, including liaising with auditors and overseeing the implementation of audit recommendations.
- Ensure accounts and relevant returns are filed with Companies House and the Charity Commission each year.
- Work with the Programmes & Fundraising teams in the UK and Uganda on preparing budgets for grant proposals and costing activities.
- Support the organisation to ensure full cost recovery.
- Review financial reports for donors prepared by the Uganda Team, ensuring accuracy & completeness of submitted financial reports.
- Ensure compliance with donor rules & requirements with respect to finance.
Cash & Reserves Management
- Actively manage cash flow to ensure adequate cash levels are maintained throughout the year, including cash flow forecasting.
- Ensure strong Restricted & Unrestricted Fund management; track & forecast the movement on funds each month and take any follow up action as needed.
- Actively manage exchange rate risk, ensuring the charity minimises exchange rate losses and mitigates against the risks effectively.
Financial planning and Operations
- Work closely with the CEO, the team in the UK, Uganda, and board of trustees, to support the organisation’s objectives and strategic plans.
- Attend, and contribute to discussion at, quarterly meetings of the Board of Trustees and sub committees.
- Develop resource strategies that support organisational objectives and that align with current and future needs of Programmes and Fundraising teams.
- Review and strengthen the control environment of the UK and Uganda office, ensuring that all relevant policies and procedures are robust and that the organisation is meeting is regulatory, compliance and reporting requirements.
- Monitor and investigate any financial performance issues in Uganda and recommend appropriate remedial action.
- Assist the team in Uganda to develop financial management capacity.
- Any other responsibilities as required from time to time by the CEO.
Person specification skills and experience required
- Qualified finance professional (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) with international development knowledge/experience.
- Knowledge and experience of using QuickBooks or similar accounting system.
- Some experience in grant management and reporting.
- Experience of working with restricted & unrestricted funds and a good understanding of the challenges this can pose.
- UK charity experience, including charity SORP
- Some experience of developing and strengthening accounting and financial management systems, policies and processes.
- Able to present complex financial information to non-finance stakeholders in a clear and concise manner.
- Ability to build rapport with others from a range of backgrounds.
- Excellent written and spoken English, and ability to write concise reports for a variety of stakeholders and audiences.
- Resilient, flexible and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
- Able to work in a standalone capacity with regard to managing the finance function.
The statements in the person specification are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.
At Child’s i Foundation we value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential.
Child’s i Foundation is an equal opportunities employer. We will actively consider flexible working arrangements. You will work with a supportive team of 4 staff in the UK.
This role is open to UK residents only.
To apply for the role please send your CV and a covering letter (no more than 2 pages please). Initial interviews will be held on the 22nd & 23rd April by video conference.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.