Finance and Administration Director

  • Posted on 18 June 2019

Job Description


Abt Associates seeks highly qualified and motivated Finance and Administration Director for the anticipated USAID-funded Eliminate Tuberculosis in Ethiopia (ETBE) Project. The projects will work with the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, Regional Health Bureaus, zonal and woreda level health authorities, federal and regional level health agencies/institutes, public and private sector partners, professional and providers associations, and the broader health sector stakeholders. The overall goal of the project is reducing TB incidence and TB mortality while building government health platforms for TB services. The program will focus in implementing high impact/high yield interventions for improved TB, MDR-TB case finding, expanding TB laboratory services including access to drug sensitivity testing (DST), strengthening health system platforms for TB services and generating local evidence for program improvement and learning. We are looking for individuals who are committed to exceeding expectations and who strive to improve the lives of people worldwide. This position is contigent upon award.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain sound financial management systems in line with USAID rules and regulations, accounting best practices and Abt Associates policies and procedures
  • Lead the development, monitoring, and review of project budgets in line with national laws, donor regulations and corporate policies
  • Produce budget projections and reports for submission to USAID and Abt home office
  • Review financial analyses and budget vs. expense reports to determine reasonableness of variances and take appropriate actions as required
  • Maintain regular communications with the senior management team providing relevant and timely financial information for planning and decision-making purposes
  • Oversee financial audits
  • Oversee Operations and Administration staff, ensuring that functions are performed timely and accurately
  • Lead recruitment, orientation and training of staff
  • Ensure implementation of and adherence of Abt Associates Human Resources policies including compliance with national labor law
  • Negotiate with vendors for best terms for procuring goods, supplies and services in compliance with USAID and Abt Associates policies and procedures

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or other relevant field. Masters degree preferred
  • At least eight years of experience in financial analysis, financial reporting, cash flow analysis, budget development and forecasting on donor-funded projects. USAID procedures and systems
  • Excellent analytical and computer skills, with strong experience in Excel and QuickBooks
  • Well-developed and effective organizational skills, including to ability to multi-task and work in a high-pressure environment
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with government agencies, civil society counterparts, and international donor agencies
  • Previous direct supervisory experience of professional and/or support staff
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and presentation skills in English
  • Strong level of fluency in English is required
  • High level of writing and speaking in Amharic

Minimum Qualifications

  • (8+) years of experience and a bachelor degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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