Finance and Administration Director, USAID Forest Governance Program
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Project Overview and Role:
Palladium is seeking Experts in Forest Governance and Sustainable Forest Management for an anticipated USAID funded Forest Governance program in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The project will focus on supporting both partner governments to tackle illegal logging, expand sustainable forest resource management; improve alternative livelihoods - especially those promoting a higher value being placed on natural areas - and improving the governance of these resources at all levels.
The Finance and Administration Director will oversee all finance, administrative, human resource, and operational activities of the project and a team of support personnel. This includes developing and overseeing finance and accounting systems that comply with USAID requirements and Palladium practices. In coordination with the COP, s/he will develop annual budgets that are aligned with the project work plan. S/he will also ensure compliance with contractual, USAID/USG, and local requirements for reporting, finance, and administration. S/he will also ensure payroll processes and adherence to local human resources policies.
Duration: 5 years
Location: Papua New Guinea
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Oversee and ensure sound management of human resources, financial management, and procurement and grants functions for the project.
- Supervise project accounting, procurement, operations, and grants teams.
- Oversee HR systems, processes, and documentation according to USAID and Palladium requirements.
- Oversee implementation of all operational systems as per USAID and Palladium requirements.
- Ensure accurate tracking and recording of project expenditures and development of all required financial, operational and risk mitigation reports required by the client or Palladium headquarters.
- Guide and assist program staff in preparing, revising and monitoring budgets for ongoing activities.
- Travel to conduct due diligence, risk management and training as required.
- Finance and administration management experience required; USAID or donor project financial management highly desired.
- Previous experience preparing project/company financial reports, reconciling project/company bank statements, managing bank accounts, managing and monitoring petty cash, preparing payroll, tracking expenses according to budget, maintaining records to meet tax requirements including payroll, customs and Value Added Tax (V.A.T) taxes.
- Previous office and human resource management preferred.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills; fluent in English.