Cambodia Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) Activity
Despite rising incomes, Cambodian families continue to face significant challenges that jeopardize children’s holistic development. The experiences of many young Cambodian children illustrate how adversities accumulate, increase families’ vulnerabilities, and undermine children’s ability to reach their developmental potential. Much progress has been made in Cambodia in the past 20 years in decreasing poverty, infant mortality, and disease burden through economic growth and investments in health, education, protection, and other sectors, yet the complex interplay of risks to child development has not yet been comprehensively addressed.
The Cambodia IECD Activity seeks to improve holistic development outcomes for young children by promoting nurturing care, preventing stunting, and increasing early identification of and intervention for children with developmental delays and disabilities. The IECD Activity takes a multi-sectoral approach to achieve these goals and focuses on the early childhood years, especially the first 1,000 days of life. The Cambodia IECD Activity also provides flexible support to meet the needs of families with young children as circumstances surrounding COVID-19 evolve.
Under the supervision of the Chief of Party (COP), the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) will oversee the administrative and financial operations of the Cambodia IECD Activity. S/he will manage a team of professionals that ensures resources are used as intended; meets financial reporting requirements; oversees the award and administration of grants and contracts to local organizations; ensures that human resources policies are adhered to; oversees logistical arrangements for Activity staff and implementation; and otherwise facilitates smooth operations to ensure Activity results are achieved in an efficient manner. The DCOP will also oversee Activity Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) efforts. This position is based in Phnom Penh and will oversee activities in Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear and Siem Reap.
• Serve as Acting Chief of Party in Chief of Party’s absence.
• Oversee the finance, operations, administration, grant-making, and MEL functions for this large, complex project and ensure compliance with RTI and USAID procedures.
• Manage HR, finance, grants, procurement, subcontracts, operations, and information technology (IT) support to the project, with support from RTI Regional and Home Office teams and business partners when necessary.
• Work closely with COP, technical staff, pertinent RTI Regional and Home Office staff and appropriate USAID staff to ensure project resources are effectively and efficiently budgeted, analyzed, disbursed, monitored and reported in achieving project objectives and results.
• Ensure that adequate and appropriate internal controls are in place, in compliance with RTI and USAID policies and procedures, to meet accounting standards.
• Oversee Finance team to support all bookkeeping, bank accounts, and cash flow, ensure proper management of project funds for the appropriate execution of the project.
• Work with the Finance Team and Regional and Home Office staff to track project expenses to prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports and annual budget projections, Activity forecasts, and pipelines.
• Provide training, coaching and guidance to sub-grantees to build their capacity to manage project expenses and adhere to procurement requirements to meet work plans and contracts.
• When necessary, work closely with key RTI staff, government and non-government officials, contractors and USAID staff to ensure full compliance with local laws (e.g., with respect to taxes, shipping, customs, registration) while integrating with RTI systems and procedures.
• Directly supervise finance, operations and administration team and mentor staff.
• Master’s degree in accounting, business administration, or a related field and at least eight (8) years of professional experience, including five (5) years in a managerial role, increasing roles of responsibility, and extensive professional experience in finance, operations/administration, logistics and/or human resource-related matters for international development, or Bachelor’s degree plus 12 years relevant experience.
• At least five (5) years of experience with USAID-funded financial and operational program administration.
• Fluency with USAID policies and procedures related to financial management, financial reporting, and grant making.
• Advanced budgeting, financial analysis, and MS Excel skills required.
• Excellent track record of good interpersonal, supervision, leadership and managerial skills.
• Results-oriented team player with the ability to follow guidelines and controls required of the position.
• Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work both independently and as part of a team.
• Proficiency with accounting software (Quickbooks preferred), Word, PowerPoint and Access.
• Demonstrated experience with managing audits/financial reviews, including remediation plans.
• Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams.
• Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
• Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English.