Bogota, Colombia COLBackground:
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.Project Summary:
TheResilient Communities Activity (RCA)activity inColombiaaims tostrengthen local systems for enhanced human securityconditionsand thus mitigate the effects of organized criminal groups and otherviolentincidents in target locations. It isexpectedthat local capacity-buildingandsustainablecoordination processes among key stakeholders will drive this activity.Position Summary:
The Finance Manager will provide overall financial management and oversight for the project and will work closely with the Chief of Party (COP). This position will also be a liaison with the Home Office to ensure full compliance with regulations and policies with regard to implementation of effective internal controls.Reporting & Supervision:
The Finance Manager will report to the COP and supervise the Finance Officer, and other potential finance positions.Primary Responsibilities:
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- Establish and maintain financial management and accounting control systems for program expenditures;
- Ensure that the project meets all donor financial requirements and complies with donor policies and regulations;
- Receive and account for all funds for the project (performing weekly and monthly cash checks).
- Liaise between Creative Associates’ field and headquarters offices;
- Participate in ongoing analyses, forecasting and review of project expenses and report on variances to the COP and HQ Program Director;
- Participate in budget planning and realignments as required;
- Assist with client audits and HQ finance internal project financial reviews;
- Manage the cash-transfer services engaged by the project to ensure the delivery of funds and reconciliations completed in a timely manner;
- Track the transfer of funds between headquarters and the field office, and manage accounting and finance records of in-country expenses, including developing spreadsheet programs for tracking and monitoring all financial project activities, and maintaining spreadsheets with current project expense data;
- Provide Project Directors/HQ updates on the status of fund requests and work with Finance and Contracts (F&C) in Washington, DC to ensure the timely transfer of funds;
- Submit wire transfer requests for field offices to F&C for processing;
- Process check requests and wire transfer requests for payments to vendors in compliance with contract requirements;
- Review and process invoices and in-field fee payments in accordance with Creative accounting procedures and contract policies;
- Work closely with field-based subcontractors to ensure budgets, projections, and invoices are completed according to Creative/DOS policies and procedures;
- Manage personnel and payroll office staff and procedures;
- Contribute and support host-country financial regulations;
- Maintain project financial and contractual files;
- Provide financial management and systems training for project staff;
- Pending budget status, provide start-up support, training, and financial oversights to new projects operating in the host country;
- Maintain electronic accounting documents
- Consolidate accounting data into a monthly return to be forwarded to Headquarters in paper and electronic copies;
- Ensure monthly field expense reports; and
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.Position contingent upon donor funding.
- M.S. degree in accounting or financial management desired; B.S. degree with at least eight (8) years of experience required;
- Demonstrable financial management experience on U.S. government (USG)-funded programs, including USG policy, procedures, and reporting requirements.
- Public or private sector management, financial analysis, cost accounting and relevant experience preferably in developing countries;
- Demonstrated capacity to supervise a complex financial management or general ledger system;
- Experience in conflict, post-conflict, or transitional state environments highly desirable; and
- Fluency in English and Spanish.
Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)