Finance and Administration Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 26 March 2021

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Programs - Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.

Position Overview

Pact seeks an experienced Finance and Administration Director for the anticipated USAID/Zimbabwe Citizen Action for Accountability Activity. The activity aims to strengthen a culture of political and civic engagement in Zimbabwe by promoting greater and more effective citizen participation in governance processes at multiple levels with an eye to improved, citizen-driven development. This is anticipated to be a five-year activity. This position is contingent upon award.

Key Responsibilities

· The Finance and Administration Director will provide overall procurement, financial, operational, safety and security, and compliance support to the project.

· Will be responsible and accountable for CEAP’s subaward component, and management of consortium partners, working closely with the Grants Manager and Deputy Chief of Party.

· Ensure funds expended are compliant with US government regulations and policies.

· Implement fraud mitigation practices and ensure systems and processes are implemented effectively to support implementation of the award.

· Initiate, develop, maintain, and revise policies and procedures for the general operation of the finance and compliance program and its related activities and to promote cost efficiency and compliance with all rules and regulations.

· Identify potential areas of financial and compliance vulnerability and risk and develop or implement corrective action plans to resolve problematic issues.

· Ensure proper financial documentation and reporting, establish and provide direction and management of project funds.

· Lead and oversee the development, management and complete life cycle of a variety of possible procurement mechanisms, including but not limited to purchase orders, sub-contracts, and/or subawards.

· Will be responsible for managing the project budget, tracking spending and preparing financial reports for submission to USAID.

· Develop, implement, and adjust when required the project’s safety and security strategy and protocols, and serves as the point of contact for the person in charge of security at USAID for any issue related to security reports and procedures.

· Mentor and supervise finance, administrative, and other staff engaged in the activities noted here.

Basic Requirements

· Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance or Accounting or equivalent.

· At least ten (10) years’ experience working in international development, preferable USAID-funded projects in finance, procurement, logistics, and related areas.

· At least six (6) years’ experience in financial compliance and progressive supervisory work experience directly supervising administrative, finance, and/or operations staff.

· Demonstrable experience with management and/or administration for USAID projects, including experience managing sub-contracts and subgrants.

· Knowledge of U.S. government references including OMB Circulars (e.g. A-122), 22 CFR 226 and 22 CFR 228, ADS, FAR, AIDAR, CAS, FFATA, DSSR, and FTR.

· Experience managing USAID contracts and/or cooperative agreements.

· Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations and policies, particularly financial reporting and compliance requirements.

· Ability to travel within Zimbabwe and internationally when health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19 diminish.

· Proficiency in relevant computer applications and databases.

Preferred Qualifications

· Experience working with Zimbabwean civil society organizations.

· Zimbabwean nationals are encouraged to apply.

· Membership in a professional body such as ACCA or CIS would be an advantage.

· Strong management and communication skills.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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