Director of Finance and Administration, West Africa

Apply by 11 May 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 11 April 2018

Job Description

Global Communities is seeking an experienced Director of Finance and Administration for the anticipated $10-25 million USAID/West Africa Municipal WASH project. The WAM WASH program is a 5 year program which will work in Benin and Cote d’Ivoire to strengthen the ability of municipal governments and urban water and sanitation service providers to expand, improve, and sustain equitable water and sanitation services through enhanced financial viability, operational reliability and transparency. Working with national and regional institutions, the WAM WASH activity shall support city governments and utilities to professionalize services, fill critical needs, and reach unserved populations.


The DFA is responsible for the primary oversight and in-country leadership of all financial reporting and administrative operations through the life of the program. In particular, s/he will oversee financial operations for the program; conduct continual reporting to ensure the financial health of the program and the correct usage of funds. A successful candidate will have experience working with U.S. Government programs, the ability to oversee staff and partner organization finances, and a strong background in institutionalizing financial best practices. Key responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

* Provide financial management for all aspects of the program;
* Develop and maintain sound financial management systems in line with USAID rules and regulations and Global Communities policies and procedures, and accounting principles;
* Manage the program budget ensuring all costs incurred by Global Communities policies are accounted for and in compliance with local laws;
* Provide financial control, prepare and analyze budgets, develop financial reports, and make recommendations to HQ on budget expenditures;
* Maintain updated information regarding grants and contracts, reporting requirements and financial restrictions;
* Provide oversight on all program related financial matters;
* Ensure financial reporting is in accordance with USAID contractual requirements;
* Oversee Operations and Administration staff, ensuring that functions are performed timely and accurately;
* Provide technical assistance to improve the systems of internal control and financial management of partners;
* Advise program staff on financial health through the provision of regular and timely financial expenditure reports;
* Establish/Maintain financial controls and procedures for the management of funds and sub contracts;
* Produce budget projections and reports for submission to the donor through the HQ;
* Monitor partner’s management of funds and cross check source documents;
* Work closely with Global Communities policies grants and administration units on program related matters;
* Maintain financial files and support annual audits;
* Mentor and build the capacity of staff;
* Oversee annual financial audits;
* Provide oversight of program administration, IT, and HR management support;
* Assist in program development and proposal preparation as needed.


* Advanced degree in finance, accounting, business, or a related subject. A CPA or MA in accounting preferred;
* At least eight (8) years of experience managing finances for USG-funded programs of similar scope and scale;
* Proven experience with US government-funded contracts and/or cooperative agreements, and in-depth knowledge of US Government regulations found in the CFR and OMB Circulars, FAR, AIDAR, and ADS;
* Significant experience managing USAID-funded programs;
* Strong managerial skills; experience overseeing staff required;
* Ability to set put financial regulation systems with partner organizations to ensure the efficient and accurate disbursement of funds;
* Knowledge of HR & IT practices a plus;
* Strong sense of responsibility, personal initiative, and follow-through;
* Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, multi-task environment;
* Ability to work as part of a team and to coordinate across departments;
* Excellent written and oral communications skills required;
* Experience in West Africa required, experience working in Cote d’Ivoire and/or Benin preferred;
* Full Professional Proficiency in spoken and written English and French is required.

About the Organization


Global Communities is an international development non-profit organization. Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.

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