• Controller - Uganda Office

    Location UG-Kampala
    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Social & Scientific Systems (SSS) works to improve public health worldwide by providing technical, research, and program management services to government, nonprofit, and commercial clients. The SSS team offers a synergy of expertise in clinical research services, epidemiology and public health studies, health data management and analysis, and program evaluation and policy analysis. Please join our dedicated staff of employee-owners in an environment that values diversity and supports health, well-being, and professional growth.


    The Uganda Controller is responsible for complying with financial and procurement standards of USAID and prudent management of resources availed to the contract.


    Manages all Accounting Functions for Uganda office including:

    • Prepares and supervises the processing of vendor invoices and timely payments
    • Reviews and ensures proper supporting documents and approval for all vouchers and payments
    • Responsible for ensuring accuracy of project financial transactions and monthly project invoices. Reviews and approves project and home office payments for contract (e.g., expense reports, subcontractor, consultant, and vendor invoices). 
    • Monitors day-to-day financial activity on the project including electronic banking for disbursements to workshop participants, vehicles usages, fuel cost reimbursements, and etc.
    • Prepares and verifies accuracy of the Monthly Field Office Expense Reports before submitting to the HQ by its monthly deadline
    • Implements processes and procedures to ensure accurate and timely payroll processing.
    • Ensures timely deposit of all payroll related taxes
    • Reviews and approves all billings prior to distribution to client
    • Documents accounting processes and procedures to identify internal controls and improve efficiencies.
    • Manages project financial performance in consultation with the Chief of Party (COP); Manages payroll, disbursements, and financial reporting to client and headquarters.
    • Participates in the recruitment and selection of staff.
    • Works with project control to track and forecast project budget. Analyzes and troubleshoots financial issues.
    • Monitors accuracy of project budget and provides analysis and solutions; understands financial structure of contract and advises COP and home office on profitability implications.
    • Assists home office team and field with quarterly Estimate to Completion (ETC) financial projections and provides final ETC review.
    • Ensures compliance with SSS policies and procedures and implementing and providing best practices in areas including inventory management, internal control, cash management, and conflicts of interest. Serving as the primary point of contact for the COP for financial and compliance issues. Advises project team on solutions for sound financial management to ensure budgets are met.
    • Ensures compliance with internal and external audit findings.  
    • Ensures overall contract compliance with client and SSS rules, regulations and procedures. Resolves complex contractual issues with appropriate escalation and collaboration with headquarters (Accounting, Contracts, COP) Works with contracts and project control to realign budgets, amend contracts, and communicate with subcontractors. 
    • Manages staff including all hires, trains, and supervises Office Staff. Ensures accountants on the project have the required training and qualifications successfully carry out the SOW. Conducts and writes performance reviews and goal setting for staff.
    • Additional responsibilities may be assigned depending on evolving business needs.


    • A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Advance Degree in Business, Finance, or Law
    • Eight (8) years of experience managing, in increasing roles of responsibility, finance, procurement, contracts management, logistics and /or human resource related matters for international development activities of similar dollar value
    • Demonstrated supervisory experience and minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience required
    • Knowledge of U.S. government regulations, policies, and procedures (USAID funded projects)
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills

      Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience contributing and/or working on USAID projects in Sub Saharan Africa
    • Working/advanced knowledge of and /or experience with USG-funded program management, policies, regulations, and procedures is desirable
    • Familiarity with managing donor funder procurements, financial reporting and compliance requirements.
    • Experience managing and tracking financial budgets.
    • Ability to travel to US

    SSS is committed to fostering a diverse workforce and is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by law.


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