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Smart Havens Africa (SHA) Ltd (est.2015) is an indigenous social enterprise in Uganda. SHAs operations in Uganda and South Sudan aim to create low-cost, eco-friendly, affordable and sustainable housing solutions for vulnerable to moderate-income consumers in the region. SHAs mission is to end housing poverty in Africa by providing appropriate affordable & Sustainable housing solutions to low income and under privileged individuals, families & communities in a financially sustainable manner. We are hiring for two positions below

Summary of Role and Responsibilities The FAO will be responsible for all financial and related administrative matters of Smart Havens Africa, and will report to, and work closely with, the Director of Operations. In addition, the FAO will support the Managing Director, and Board, to develop and strengthen strategies relating to finance and administration across the organization. The FAO shall at all times act in accordance with Smart Havens Africa’s Strategic plan and current policies.
Who are we looking for? We are looking for an honest resource to take the overall responsibility for all aspects of financial management and control of SHA as well as SHAs sister company. The Successful candidate shall ensure effective financial reporting for both SHA and her sister company activities, in a timely, accurate, relevant and informative manner. He/she shall also perform general administration duties.
Financial Administration duties include:
  • Assist with preparation of the annual budget of Smart Havens Africa
  • Ensure that there is sufficient cash to meet statutory obligations (PAYE, VAT, Provisional NSSF)
  • Fixed Asset Management; manage SHAs assets register, ensure accuracy of fixed assets in the system and on ground, control of misuse, theft of SHA assets, ensure optimal utilization of assets.
  • Establish and maintain cash controls including deposits, grants and donations
  • Establish, maintain and reconcile the SHAs general ledger and ensure transactions are properly recorded and entered into the SHA accounting system
  • Prepare, reconcile bank statements, monitor cash reserves and investments of Smart Havens Africa
  • Manage supplier accounts, issue cheques for accounts due and maintain SHAs purchase order system.
  • Maintain financial files and records, and all relevant insurance policies of the company
  • Prepare income statements, balance sheets and other related financial statements
  • Receive and verify invoices and process and record petty cash transactions
  • Prepare and manage Smart Havens Africa’s payroll
  • Be answerable internal and external auditors and financial queries by the SHAs Advisory board.
    • Be answerable to Tax to URA officials on tax inquiries on behalf of SHA.
Administrative duties include:
  • Establish and maintain a range of basic databases and records systems including; clients mailing lists, staff, suppliers and constructor details, office records, others as required
  • Arrange maintenance, servicing, delivery and pick up of Smart Havens Africa’s fleet and office equipment as required
  • Support company meetings: attend meetings as required, organize catering, book meeting rooms, collate and mail out invitations, distribute meeting documents, take minutes when required
  • Provide administrative assistance to the managing director and director of operations, suppliers and constructors and other associates of the firm
  • Office management including dealing with external organizations as required regarding supplies, and equipment
  • General reception duties including: screening calls and access to the organization premises, respond to general telephone, and email enquiries.
  • Perform other related duties as required by the managing director.
Person Specification

Candidates should at minimum have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting or equivalent from a recognized university in Uganda
  • Be a qualified/part qualified accountant (CPA etc), with experience in either industry or practice; or alternatively be able to demonstrate substantial experience in an existing similar role.
  • Preferably, have experience in housing sector or within the non-profit/NGO sector.
  • Have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have high levels of professionalism, initiative, energy, creativity and flexibility.
  • Experience with a computerized accounting package is an added advantage.


Summary of Role and Responsibilities

The BDO will lead SHAs business development strategy by assessing the fundraising landscape, identifying gaps and expanding investment support locally and globally. He/she will report to, and work closely with, the Director of Operations. In addition, the BDO will support the Managing Director, and Board, to effectively execute sales, marketing, and plans, develop grants and funding opportunities with current and new partners. He/she will be expected to meet revenue growth and sales targets. He/she will work independently and with internal staff and external partners to source new opportunities that will deepen existing client relationships as well as develop new sources of business. The BDO shall at all times act in accordance with SHA’s strategic plan and current policies.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a commercially aware individual with excellent business development skills: who will help us successfully drive SHA’s marketing and sales strategy. The BDO shall take the overall responsibility for identification of opportunities’ and develop a sales pipeline, develop and write business proposals for funding, mobilize resources for SHA within the social housing sector including attendance of industry events, conferences and forums to ensure brand presence of SHA.

Specific duties include:

.Drive revenue growth through effective management of SHA business portfolio.

  • Contribute to the growth of SHA’s business initiatives and partnerships and to raise national awareness about the organization.
  • Promote the existing low cost home ownership models on behalf SHA. Further develop a long term SHA business models with the goal of self-sustainability
  • Take technical leadership of SHA’s digital and marketing campaigns, including: one-on-one customer cultivation; social media and communications strategy; and identify, cultivate and implement partnerships and collaborations with investor and donors that will contribute to the success of the SHA and achievement of strategic goals
  • Identify and develop key local and regional funders for program support from the government, corporate and foundation sectors, writing new program grant proposals as well as editing external documents to be shared with prospective donors/partners.
  • Provide the director of operations with up to date information and data relating to the housing market in Uganda for example the needs, e.g. type/size/location of properties and tenure mix.
  • Commission and evaluate feasibility studies and carry out viability assessments for new housing development schemes which the organization can successfully participate in.
  • Participate in the development of and lead achievement of performance milestones (e.g. number of clients, loans posted, contacts, transactions completed).
  • Any other official duties suggested by the managing director and the director of operations.
Person Specification

Candidates should at minimum have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Sales and Marketing, Business Administration, Commerce, or the equivalent.
  • Three (3) plus years of experience in business development, identifying and securing grant and investment support.
  • Experience with community development finance sector is highly desirable. Experience with a startup social venture is a plus.
  • Proposal writing and editing experience targeted at a variety of stakeholders is desired
  • Strong sales, marketing, and business development skills.
  • Strong business acumen; orientation toward achievement of goals

Exceptional people skills with the ability to build and grow client relationships



  • An initial one-year full-time contract with potential to extend.
  • A three-month probationary period will apply.
  • This position is subject to vetting and reference checks by the Managing Director and Director of Operation to ensure fit to Smart Havens Africa values.
  • Occasional work outside normal office hours (evenings and some Saturdays).
  • Smart Havens Africa offers a competitive salary dependent on experience, paid monthly in arrears.


 Application Process  Candidates wishing to apply for this post should through e-mail send their curriculum vitae and cover letter (ONLY) to The cover letter should state why you think that you are suited to this particular role and highlight relevant experience, skills and qualifications. Only applications sent the above email address will be accepted. Women are encouraged to apply
 Application deadline The, Partner (Uganda Office)


P.O. Box 40276 Kampala, Uganda



Application deadline: 5pm on Monday 12th March 2018




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