USAID CYBERSECURITY FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN UKRAINE ACTIVITY
Period of Performance On/About (From – To)
End of Activity
Maximum Level of Effort
Base of Operations
Activity Office, Kyiv, Ukraine
position reports to
Director of Finance and Operations
1. Activity Background:
The purpose of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure in Ukraine Activity is to strengthen the resilience of Ukraine’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks by establishing trusted collaboration between key cybersecurity stakeholders in the government, private sector, academia, and civil society. The activity aims to achieve this goal by implementing the following activity components:
Component 1: Strengthen the cybersecurity enabling environment
The legal, regulatory, and institutional framework for national cybersecurity in Ukraine needs to be strengthened and aligned with international standards and best practices. This component will strengthen the cybersecurity resilience of Ukraine’s critical infrastructure sectors by addressing legislative gaps, promoting good governance, enabling collaboration between stakeholders, and supporting cybersecurity institutions. This component will also build the technical capacity of key sectors through increased access to cybersecurity technology and equipment.
Component 2: Develop Ukraine’s cybersecurity workforce
Ukraine suffers from a severe shortage of cybersecurity professionals. This component of the USAID Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure in Ukraine Activity will address workforce gaps through activities that develop new cybersecurity talent and build the capacity of existing talent. These activities will address the entire workforce pipeline, the quality of education received by cybersecurity specialists, and industry training programs to rapidly upskill Ukraine’s workforce to respond to immediate cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
Component 3: Build a resilient cybersecurity industry
A growing cybersecurity industry in Ukraine will contribute directly to national security and prosperity. This component will seek to build trust and collaboration between the public and private sector to develop innovative solutions for future cybersecurity challenges; spur investment and growth in the broader cybersecurity market in Ukraine through greater access to financing; support smaller cybersecurity companies to rapidly increase the number of local cybersecurity service providers; and offer mechanisms for Ukrainian firms to connect with industry partners to enable better access to innovations and business opportunities.
Together the above components will improve short-term cybersecurity resilience in Ukraine and establish a solid foundation for long-term cybersecurity independence and leadership. Lessons and best practices from key critical infrastructure sectors will extend to all parts of the public sector, as well as to the private sector and civil society.
2. Role’s Purpose:
The Finance Manager will manage all activities related to finance according to DAI’s policies and procedures. He/she will directly supervise and support accounting processes and ensure compliance of all related activities. The Finance Manager will report to the Director of Finance and Operations.
·Supervises the Accountant in all finance and accounting related activities
·Analyzes activity burn rate to identify bottlenecks and areas to improve
· Reviews the bi-monthly finance reports for presentation to the Director of Finance and Operations, COP, and Home Office (HO)
· Ensures all financial reports are submitted to DAI headquarters in accordance with the DAI monthly finance calendar
· Reviews the process of CCN salary calculations and disbursements
· Oversees the employees, grantees’ and other vendors’ advance payments and settlements
· Oversees the relationships with the local bank
· Oversees the process of reconciling local cash accounts
· Makes sure the activity accounting is provided with clearly auditable and tracible electronic and physical filing systems
· Reviews findings of regular financial file audits to ensure compliance and identify areas for improvement
· Approves payments in accordance with the activity Schedule of Authority.
·Reviews and approves all financial operations with regards to reasonableness, allocability, and allowability, adhering to DAI policies, contractual terms, and other applicable rules and regulations.
· Advises activity leadership and HO on financial matters
·Oversees and monitors use of company accounting systems (vFER/FAS), cloud software for backup documentation, DAI’s project management system (TAMIS), etc.
· Trains finance staff in any financial system knowledge gap
· Ensures that Grant Disbursements are processed according to the Grant Agreements and in accordance with USAID regulation and DAI policy
· Responsible for the activity compliance with Ukrainian tax codes, including timely submission of required reports and data to the authorities
· Sets up and supervises the activity tax exemption process according to the bilateral agreement provisions
· Coordinates all tax exoneration documents, other tax exemption documents, and reimbursement of local taxes documents, if needed, with the Accountant
· Serves as back up accountant when applicable
§ A minimum of five years of progressively responsible finance and accounting experience in terms of the job tasks and responsibilities outlined above; USAID-funded activity experience is a plus
§ Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, or similar area; master’s degree preferred
§ Excellent knowledge of MS Excel as well as electronic communications programs required
§ Excellent English reading, writing, and listening skills
§ Strong knowledge of Ukrainian Tax Code
§ Self-motivation and guidance; demonstrated initiative and self-motivation in handling all assigned tasks required