ABA ROLI Finance - International Grants Operations and Compliance Manager

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 March 2020

Job Description


At the direction of the department leadership, the ABA Manager ROLI Grant Operations and Compliance leads the day-to-day oversight for accounting and fiscal compliance of international grants. The selected individual will develop grant policies, procedures, and materials to optimize grant administration, compliance and program effectiveness for both ABA program staff in the United States and field staff throughout the world. This position provides critical support to and collaborates with ABA International Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) regional directors. ABA ROLI is present in 5 regions: Africa; Asia; Eastern Europe and Eurasia; Latin America and the Caribbean; Middle East and North Africa.

Principal Duties/Job Responsibilities

Leads and oversees compliance for all grant activities. Assists in internal and external year end audits.

Supervises a team of 2 to 3 Grant Accountants. Provides leadership, coaching, counseling, performance feedback and appraisal to an assigned group of employees.

Reviews grant operating expense reports for completeness, accuracy, allowability and compliance in line with 2 CFR 200, ABA policies and donor’s requirements

Prepares and uploads journal entries for monthly actuals for program related expenses (e.g., field offices business expense report, in-kind contributions, reclassifications, etc.).

Reviews and approves journal entries, payment requests of the supervised team.

Prepares spending trackers, calculates burn rates, accounts for outstanding commitments, runs general ledgers on a monthly basis and distributes the spending reports to program staff.

Prepares donor financial reports (e.g., SF-425 for USG donors; private donor reports on their own reporting template and schedule per provisions of the agreements).

Functions as the subject matter expert on all compliance activities related to grants and activities and counsels program leadership on such issues.

Develops, recommends, and implements approved modifications to policies and procedures to enhance internal controls and enhance business processes.

Train program staff in grant and organization financial policies, procedures, and regulations.

Travel to overseas ABA ROLI field offices to perform compliance reviews, provide trainings to staff and assist with any other financial related matters.

Liaises with ABA departments and responds to requests for information from outside auditors, donors,members, staff, and vendors.

Performs other related duties as required. Basic Qualifications & Interests
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting. At least three (3) years’ experience in grant accounting, reporting, and grant/program compliance. At least three (3) years’ experience interpreting and applying grant rules and regulations from government entities (e.g., OMB circulars) and/or private donors. Advanced-level skill in the Microsoft Office Suite of products.
Preferred Qualifications & Interests

At least two years’ experience leading/supervising a staff group of grant accounting/compliance team members.
Fluency in a language of a host country for which support is provided.

Possession of an advanced degree and/or CPA.

About the Organization

The Rule of Law Initiative is a public service project of the American Bar Association dedicated to promoting legal reform efforts in over 40 countries around the world. The Rule of Law Initiative believes that rule of law promotion is the most effective long-term antidote to the most pressing problems facing the world community today, including poverty, economic stagnation, and crippling levels of corruption. The Rule of Law Initiative concentrates its technical legal assistance efforts in the following substantive areas: 1) Anti-corruption & public integrity; 2) Criminal law & combating trafficking in persons; 3) Gender issues; 4) Human rights & conflict mitigation; 5) Judicial reform; 6) Legal education reform; and 7) Legal profession reform. The Rule of Law Initiative enlists talented individuals who possess the skills and commitment necessary to effectively promote the rule of law in our host countries. We regularly seek experienced attorneys, judges, and law professors interested in lending their expertise to our programs for both long- and short-term pro bono assignments overseas. For more information please visit our website at www.abarol.org.

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