Finance and Administration Director – Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity

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  • Posted on 14 February 2020
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Job Description

Finance and Administration Director – Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity

Longtime partner INGOs Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) have founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is seeking candidates for the position of Finance and Administration Director for the upcoming USAID-funded opportunity, “Niger/Burkina Faso Bridge Youth Activity”. The Bridge Youth Activity will be a five-year cooperative agreement, with a budget between $25-$50 million. The Activity objectives include: 1) equipping youth in Niger and Burkina Faso with market-relevant skills to prepare them for sustainable livelihoods; 2) linking them to jobs, market information networks, and business coaching; 3) empowering them and their cooperatives to access and manage financial resources; and 4) engaging them and their youth groups in order to interact more effectively with local governance and community structures in order to support their own development needs.

The Bridge Youth Activity Finance and Admin Director will be responsible for the overall financial and administrative management of the project, periodic reporting, and compliance with USG, USAID, and LWR financial regulations, policies, and guidelines.

The Finance and Admin Director position will be based in Niamey, Niger. Actual hiring is contingent upon successful agreement award and USAID approval.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee all aspects of project financial management and operations, including financial and accounting systems implementation, forecasting, budgeting, procurement and payroll expenditure tracking, and financial reporting
  • Collaborate with the COP in development of financial, accounting, procurement, and HR systems; oversee effective budget planning and financial management
  • Oversee development of program finance, procurement, and HR policies for the program, in accordance with USAID rules and regulations and LWR policies
  • Develop and implement budgeting and financial reporting processes to meet project financial management, forecasting, and reporting requirements
  • Coordinate administrative support for program implementation, including project start-up and field office set-up, while ensuring systems are streamlined between administration, finance, accounting, procurement, HR, and programs
  • Oversee HR management, policies, and procedures
  • Establish and ensure strong working relationships between USAID, field offices, local partners, and HQ, providing field-oversight to project districts in finance and administration, as needed
  • Ensure project expenses are reasonable, cost-effective, and comply with USAID procurement rules and regulations (FAR and AIDAR); support donor auditing procedures
  • Ensure that contract deliverables are achieved within budget while effectively managing fiduciary risk within the project as well as downstream among partners and suppliers; promptly advise the COP of all potential fiduciary risks; develop monitoring and troubleshooting strategies to address risks
  • Ensure that all financial management work is performed to the highest ethical and professional standards and in accordance with LWR, USAID, and program guidelines
  • Supervise the preparation of periodic financial and budget reports and ensure timely submission to USAID
  • Supervise project financial staff; institute staff development plans for training and capacity development; oversee staff recruitment
  • Support and monitor local partners and sub-recipients to ensure sound financial management, operations, and compliance; contribute to capacity building of local partners in administration and financial management
  • Travel in-country to field offices, local partners, sub-recipients, grantees, etc., providing technical assistance on financial and operational matters
  • Other relevant tasks as assigned


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree (or international equivalent) in business administration, finance, accounting, or related field; additional accounting certification preferred (e.g., AICPA, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), etc.)
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible administrative and financial management experience on large, complex donor-funded international development projects, including financial and accounting systems development, financial monitoring, budget development, procurement, operations and logistics, IT, and HR management and administration
  • Minimum of six (6) years of leadership/supervisory experience managing finance, accounting, operations, and administrative staff and teams
  • Extensive experience in financial management of USAID-funded projects of similar scope and size (cooperative agreements and/or contracts); strong understanding of USG compliance rules and regulations (including FAR/AIDAR acquisition regulations) and Cost Accounting Standards; demonstrated experience with USAID/USG financial reporting requirements
  • Experience overseeing project operations, procurement, and logistics; extensive experience in the development and management of large project budgets
  • Experience overseeing management of sub-grants or sub-contracts
  • Extensive experience working in francophone West Africa; experience working in fragile or unstable, non-permissive environments is highly desirable
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with financial accounting software, including USAID financial dashboards (DATIM, DevResults, etc.) and related financial management software and applications; high degree of proficiency in relevant software packages such as Adobe, MS Word, Excel, etc.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, versatility, and integrity; excellent organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and oral and written communications skills; demonstrated supervisory skills and ability to work well as a member of a team
  • Professional level fluency in French and English, both oral and written
  • Willingness and ability to travel, both to project sites within and between countries (Niger and Burkina Faso), as well as internationally, as needed
  • Willingness to support LWR & LWR’s Mission

About the Organization

Corus International heads a family of faith-based organizations committed to ending poverty and building healthy communities in the world’s most challenging places. Longtime partner INGOs, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and IMA World Health (IMA) founded Corus International to spearhead new collaborations and innovations across the global development, aid, public health, and private sectors that achieve transformational change and build self-reliance. We draw on the over 75 years of experience of our non-profit and for-profit subsidiary organizations –LWR, IMA, Charlie Goldsmith Associates (CGA), Ground Up Investing, IMA Innovations, and LWR Farmers Market. Together, we take a systems approach to grow rural economies, eliminate extreme poverty, ensure access to quality healthcare, and respond to urgent humanitarian needs in fragile settings.

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