Director of Finance and Administration

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 4 October 2019
  • Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Closing on 4 December 2019
  • Proposal

Job Description


Blumont is looking to hire a Director of Finance and Administration for an anticipated five-year USAID funded – Market Based Jobs for Peace. This activity aims to support enterprise growth in rural and peri-urban areas in Afghanistan by addressing key constraints that inhibit their productivity, their ability to hire more people, and their linkages to major market centers. The DFA will likely be based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The DFA will supervise and work with the Blumont administration, finance and program staff in country to ensure that adequate and appropriate internal controls are in place to comply with both Blumont policies and donor requirements for human resources, procurement, program reporting (financial and programmatic), records management, and financial management and accountability. The incumbent of this position will also be responsible for ensuring that Blumont follows all local laws, rules and regulations. The DFA will work under the supervision of the Chief of Party but will also work closely with and provide direct reporting to the Finance Department and Program Operations Division of Blumont /HQ.

Other duties include:

  • Supervise the day-to-day administration and financial management of the USG funded program.
  • Supervise the day-to-day operations of the program office and staff
  • Coordinate and oversee all Blumont tendering and procurement activities, ensuring strict compliance with Blumont policies and donor regulations
  • Develop and implement tracking and reporting systems for all aspects of administrative and financial management for both Blumont /HQ and Blumont’s donors
  • Supervise the local staff responsible for program accounting to ensure that generally recognized accounting standards are being followed
  • Develop and implement a tracking/reporting system to ensure that Blumont is in compliance with all local laws, rules and regulations
  • Develop and implement a tracking/reporting system to ensure that all Blumont and donor requirements regarding program documentation and records management are followed
  • Ensures implementation of targeted strategies to respond to stabilization priorities as identified by key stakeholders
  • Ensures that all policies and practices instituted are compliant with USAID’s performance monitoring, policy and compliance programming requirements set forth in the USAID Automated Directives System (ADS) and other rules and regulations
  • Provides capacity-building workshops for prime and sub-partner staff to improve performance management
  • Manages and leads staff, consultants and contractors to ensure efficient and timely implementation of project
  • Review and approve all vouchers prepared by the finance team for expenditures and ensure that expenses are reasonable, allowable and allocable to the project
  • Provides policy guidance, training and ongoing guidance to each of the Office staff members
  • Ensures the timeliness, cost and quality of all activities performed under the project
  • Prepares weekly and monthly reports to Blumont/HQ Finance
  • Prepares quarterly and/or semiannual financial reports according to the contract requirements;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience supervising and managing staff in complex, high-speed and challenging programs
  • At least five-eight years of financial management, administration and procurement with USAID-funded projects
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of USAID and rule and regulations, particularly OMB circulars and applicable cost principles and other regulations
  • Previous experience managing finance and administration for USAID-funded contracts is preferred
  • Proven ability to manage, mentor and monitor diverse staff
  • Experience directly collaborating with host country government representatives
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of project development, grant administration and management procedures as well as a mastery of the principles, methods, practices, and operational procedures of a variety of successful private business enterprises, NGOs or development programs
  • Demonstrated experience in service provision of contracts or grants
  • Fluency in English is a requirement.

About the Organization

Blumont is a global organization working in concert with local communities to design and implement innovative approaches to build infrastructure, deliver lifesaving humanitarian assistance, and foster opportunities for long-term stability and development. With two decades of experience working in the world’s most challenging environments, we have the capacity to effectively operate in nearly any conditions. Blumont serves refugees, internally displaced persons, victims of conflict, and other underserved populations through programming tailored to local contexts and needs in order to empower communities from relief and recovery to sustainable resilience.

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