Director of Finance and Administration - Lebanon

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 March 2020
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Closing on 2 May 2020
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Job Description

Summary:

Blumont is seeking is seeking a qualified Director of Finance and Administration for an upcoming USAID-funded project in Lebanon. The strategic focus of USAID/Lebanon’s activities is to help Lebanon become stable and self-reliant in the long-term. Underpinning this strategic approach is the Mission’s emphasis on creating more jobs through private sector engagement and more effective educational institutions as well as improving the delivery of essential services by strengthening public institutions, community capacity and management of key resources. In the latter instance, if essential public services are delivered in a more effective and self-reliant manner, then Lebanese communities will experience less competition and conflict over resources, an improved quality of life, and increased public confidence in governmental bodies.

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 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.

Essential Job Functions:

  • 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 tacking/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 expensive 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 and Arabic skills are desirable.

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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