Cost and Contract Analyst

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 8 August 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States | San Francisco, California, United States
  • Closing on 30 August 2019

Job Description

In an increasingly complex and changing world, we believe that a peaceful and engaged Asia is of critical global importance. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, The Asia Foundation’s programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. These are just some of the ways we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation’s Public Sector Development Services unit in San Francisco is seeking a Cost and Contract Analyst. Working out of The Asia Foundation San Francisco Office (preferred) or our Washington D.C. Office, the Analyst will provide budget and cost analyses and recommendations on the Foundation’s unsolicited and solicited proposals to public sector funders. This position will support cost proposal development, review, submission, including developing cost/pricing strategies, participating in meetings related to program design; drafting budget notes; preparing all necessary forms, representations, certifications and other required cost data. This is an excellent opportunity to make a meaningful contribution and have a positive impact across an international organization.


A minimum of five years’ experience working on public sector proposal budgets and conducting budget analysis and cost/pricing. Must be skilled at Excel and preparing fairly complicated Excel spreadsheets; familiar with relevant cost principles, budgeting methodologies, and cost presentations of US and non-US funders; able to use sound judgment and tact in handling confidential information and discussions; have strong oral and written communication skills to explain budget concepts and procedures; have good writing skills to prepare concise and clear budget narratives and justifications. Experience working on cost application/proposals or programs with international funders, especially USG funders (USAID and DOS) preferred. With working knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), AIDAR, USAID Standard Provisions, 2 CFR 200 and 700, and other federal regulations. Able to operate effectively in high-volume, and deadline-driven environment; and have a proven ability to conduct detailed and precise review of proposal budgets and other cost proposal materials.


Bachelors or Master’s degree in Finance, Public Administration, International Development, Business or related field.


Proficient in the use of Word, Excel, and other software. Outgoing, detail-oriented, very organized individual preferred, and must have the ability to work on multiple projects concurrently within strict deadlines in a team environment. International and domestic travel will be required.


The ideal candidate is expected to be a team player and able to manage his or her daily work assignments independently. The Cost and Contract Analyst will propose cost/pricing strategies; prepare proposal budgets in collaboration with proposal teams; write cost notes and review proposal budgets for accuracy, cost realism and adherence to internal and donor requirements. The ideal candidate will also provide regular in-person and remote guidance to The Asia Foundation’s field offices and other internalclients on preparation of budgets to a wide array of bilateral and multilateral funders.


At a critical moment in history, you will have the opportunity to help solve some of the toughest challenges in the development/aid sector. You will work with people who address environmental problems in the Asia region, improve access to legal information, enhance civil society, promote government engagement/collaboration, and encourage learning and awareness. You will work in an innovative environment and build lasting relationships. The Asia Foundation, its donors, and its partners are unmatched throughout the region. This is an opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most accomplished leaders, influencers, and social entrepreneurs working in and with Asia today.


Applications should be submitted by visiting our website: selecting “Regular Employment”. (Please note, when applying for this position, please apply to the Proposal Budget Specialist opening which is our internal title for the Cost and Contract Analyst)

We will only consider applicants who apply online and include both their cover letter and resume. Please upload your cover letter and resume in one document. You can also upload both in separate documents, to do so, you will have to sign out of the system and go back into your record for additional documents.

This position will be ‘open until filled’

The Asia Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. We are an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

*Must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Sponsorship will not be provided*

*No phone calls please*

About the Organization

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2018, we provided $82.9 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at $10.4 million.

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