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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Internal Auditor Job at SolarNow Services - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Internal Auditor

Jobs at:
SolarNow Services

Deadline of this Job:
15th May 2018

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

About the market
More than 500 million people across sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity and the International Energy Agency expects that number to increase to 700 million by 2030. Since extending the grid to them would cost trillions of dollars, micro-scale, off-grid power from solar is often the only viable answer to energy poverty.
In countries like Uganda, where only 15% of the population has an on-grid connection, there’s undeniable potential for solar to leapfrog traditional energy provision models; however affordability, perceptions of low quality and the absence of last-mile distribution and maintenance networks are curtailing development.
About the company
These are the very problems that Uganda-based company, SolarNow, was founded to solve. It sells high-quality solar systems to fit the needs of rural households and small entrepreneurs — from 50 watt-peak home set-ups capable of powering a radio, phone and small number of lights to five kilowatt-peak systems that can power a small office — plus a range of consumer electronics, including LED lights, televisions, fridges and flat irons, but also larger electronics, such as water pumps.
Crucially, SolarNow also provides credit that allows customers to spread payment for all these products over 24 months. Together with a network of 36 branches (>280 FTE) and a price plan that includes full installation and maintenance – backed by a unique five-year warrantee – SolarNow has all the pieces in place to take optimal advantage of this unique market opportunity.
About the role
The Internal Auditor monitors and evaluates how well risks are being managed, the business is being governed and internal processes are working. He/she provides advises management on how to improve systems and processes. The quarterly work plan is approved by the company’s Supervisory Board, to whom the Internal Auditor also reports. The Auditor supervises a team of 2-3 junior auditors. Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Develop a deep understanding of business processes;
  • Travel to branches and visit clients to verify compliance with policies and procedures;
  • Evaluate compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ensures a company complies with internal regulations and established control protocol
  • Assess the overall integrity, efficiency, reliability and compliance of the organization's internal control mechanism and of it’s rules and regulations.
  • Test, design the integrity of existing financial controls.
  • Prepare reports to the Supervisory Board and Management highlighting risks;
  • Create and update internal audit plan.Draft the quarterly audit plan and present to the Supervisory Board
  • Perform risk assessments on key business activities;
  • Reconcile documentation with actual inventory or assets to ascertain accuracy
  • Evaluate information management systems and computer databases. Ensure that confidential customer information and proprietary intellectual property is secure, and user authorization is matches with appropriate access to privileged information.
  • Makes recommendations for the best ways for a company to avoid fraud and reduce waste
  • Monitor external developments possibly affecting the business;
  • Provide recommendations to make improvements to operations;
The ideal candidate
The ideal candidate is 30+ years or older, and has relevant experience working in audit function in banking, micro-finance, or retail business with a branch network also, conducting internal audits for multinationals is an added advantage.
The candidate has a BSc or MSc degree in the field of Finance, Economics or Accounting, and possess the following skills and experience:

  • Auditing knowledge of Legal and Financial Systems
  • Documentation and Record Keeping
  • Work experience conducting internal audits for multinational companies
  • The ability to use your own initiative and work independently;
  • Analytically thinking and attention to detail;
  • Strong ethical standards and high levels of integrity;
  • The ability to think objectively and demonstrate sound judgment;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Resilience under pressure;
  • Flexible thinking and ability to adapt to change.
What to expect
SolarNow offers a dynamic role in a fast-growing for-profit business in a booming market.
The Internal Auditor will be based in Kampala, but the job requires intensive field travel in Uganda, Kenya and other neighboring countries (in which the company plans to open branches).
The company offers a competitive package consisting of a salary,medical insurance and lunch. The company invests in the growth of its staff by offering management courses and other experiences in and outside East Africa. Career growth opportunities are part of the deal.
Job application procedure
Interested candidates should send an e-mail to, including their CV (no other documents).