Head of Finance and Deputy Unit COO job at Medical Research Council


Medical Research Council

Head of Finance and Deputy Unit COO job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2022 - 2023


Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 27 May 2022

Hiring Organization: Medical Research Council

Job Details:

Position Code: HFDUC - 422
Reports to: Unit Chief Operating Officer
Station: Entebbe

Job Purpose:
The post-holder is responsible for ensuring high quality and accurate financial reporting and sound financial management of the Unit’s activities, as well as providing reports for oversight to the Unit Chief Operating Officer, Unit Management Committee (UMC) and the Finance teams at LSHTM London and MRC-UKRI. The post-holder manages the Unit’s finance officers, accountants and administrative support staff in ensuring effective and timely financial management of the Unit’s programmes and assists budget holders in ensuring effective and accurate financial monitoring of programme activities.
The post-holder is also Deputy COO of the Unit. This entails involvement and contribution to strategic planning cutting across Professional Support Services, supporting the development of the Unit quinquennial (QQ) review process that sets out the 5-year scientific and operational strategy and supports its implementation, corporate risk management, and leadership on and delivery of complex strategic projects in areas covered under Operations.


Person Specification
• Master’s degree in Business Administration or other relevant degree
• A bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Commerce, Business Administration or other relevant degree;
• Professional Accounting certification (ACCA, ICPAU);
• At least 5 years of consecutive working experience in a similar role in a fast-paced and dynamic organization;
• Should possess strong strategic financial planning focus;
• Proven strategic business planning, budgeting and project management, financial reporting experience;
• Experience deputizing for a senior leadership position, supporting his/her vision;
• Experience representing the organization externally, for example at funding bodies and international research organizations meetings;
• Working experience in a senior management role;
• Experience working in an academic, medical or health research organization is an added advantage;
• Experience working with UKRI, Wellcome Trust, USAID/NIH/US Federal, European Commission, EDCTP, BMFG, WHO and similar donors;
• Should possess demonstrable experience of leading, planning and coordinating change and transformation;
• Should possess excellent skills with analytical tools, including MS Excel analytical tools, donor specific templates;
• Political sensitivity and cultural awareness, with particular understanding of challenges in research within an East African setting;
• Should demonstrate excellent knowledge of accounting software – MS Dynamics, Agresso;
• Should demonstrate experience of financial management in a grant funding environment;
• Good written and verbal communication abilities in the English language, including ability to provide information for briefing;
• Proven leadership and management skills at a similar level, especially in challenging situations;
• Excellent inter-personnel and negotiating skills, strong ability to create and nurture internal and external partnerships including across with research programmes and other professional support service departments;
• Ability to present ideas and information in a clear and persuasive manner;
• Good supervisory and team-working skills;
• Ability to work independently in a fast-paced and dynamic environment;
• Ability to demonstrate problem-solving approach when required; and,
• Proactive and pays attention to detail.

Application procedure

Follow the link below to fill a form and submit your application documentation:
https://redcap.link/Head_Finance_Deputy_Unit_COO
Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting.
Combine all your application documentation i.e. cover letter, CV & certified copies of academic documents into one PDF document. Deadline for application is 20th May 2022, 5:00pm. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only. Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification. Only online applications through the link provided will be accepted. You will receive a notification in your email if your application and documentation have been successfully received.
N.B: You will be required to present certified copies of your academic documentation and a certificate of good conduct before employment.
The applications should be addressed to:
The Head of Human Resources,
MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,
P.O. Box, 49,
Entebbe, Uganda.
Consider your application unsuccessful if not contacted within eight (8) weeks after the closing date of the advert. Any form of lobbying at any stage will lead to automatic disqualification.
By submitting your personal information, you consent to the MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit holding and using it in accordance with its recruitment policy and procedure.
The Unit reserves the right to verify documents attached with the relevant awarding institutions to authenticate their validity.

Date Posted: 2022-05-17

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