Finance and Grants Coordinator IDEA, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Job Description

Finance and Grants Coordinator

IDEA, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Project Summary:

Increased Demand and Engagement for Accountability (IDEA) is a 4-year USAID funded activity to strengthen the civil society sector with an emphasis on working in all regions of Sri Lanka. Currently, the project is in the second year of implementation. Its objective is to support CSO work on national and local governance issues and to build capacities of CSOs and networks.

**Please note: Only local Sri Lankan citizens are eligible for this position**

Position Summary:

The Finance and Grants Coordinator will assist the Finance and Admin Manager and the Grants Manager. He/she will be based in Colombo with frequent travel to partner organizations within the country.



  • Support in the preparation of financial statements and projections, for submission to MSI.

  • Review and process all relevant payments such as travel advances, utilities & handle petty cash

  • Ensure that office procurement and payment follow MSI and USAID procedures.

  • Support staff, grantees and partners understand and comply with USAID and MSI financial regulations and procedures in collaboration with the Finance and Admin Manager and Grants Manager.

  • Review budgets for field activities to insure cost containment policies are applied and costs are in line with market value, in collaboration with the Finance and Admin Manager.

  • Support in all administrative functions related to the finance department


  • Assist in conducting pre-award assessments, budget due diligence of potential grantees to assess financial and accounting systems and determine grant award worthiness

  • Assist Grants Manager in preparing all relevant grants documents in keeping with USAID and MSI requirements.

  • Assisting Grants Manager to complete and update files for all grant activities

  • Guide the grantees in completing required forms and reports for the grants

  • Monitor grant expenditures against budget

  • Process grant payments in keeping with USAID and MSI systems

  • Assisting Grants Manager to maintain the grants tracker and database


  • A minimum of 3-5 years experience in finance and grants in an international development organization.

  • Previous USAID experience would be advantageous.

  • Should have either relevant financial degree from a recognized university or full or part qualification in accountancy from a professional institute (CIMA/ ACCA/ CMA/ CA).

  • Skills in accounting software, Advance Excel required

  • Fluency in English and one national language required; proficiency in a second national language desired and will be a distinct advantage.

  • A good understanding of and commitment to gender and diversity considerations.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.

About the Organization

Company Profile:

MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

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