Finance Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 3 March 2020

Job Description

USAID’S CBP PROGRAM SUMMARY:

The United States Agency for International Development-funded Child Blindness Program (CBP) is a five-year, $17.5 million Project, implemented by Integrative Sciences (IntSci). The purpose of CBP is to expand the availability, accessibility, and quality of eye health services to vulnerable children and other populations with limited access to sight-saving services and consists of two interrelated components and corresponding objectives:

Component 1: To increase the number of children provided with quality sight-saving eye health services.

  • Objective 1a: Availability and accessibility of quality vision services for children and other vulnerable groups expanded;
  • Objective 1b: Administrative, technical, and financial capacity of grant recipients enhanced; and
  • Objective 1c: Monitoring and evaluation approach and review process of grant-funded activities strengthened.

Component 2: To advance the global knowledge base on best practices and innovative approaches for pediatric eye health programs.

  • Objective 2a: Evidence base and innovative approaches in testing, design, and scale-up for eye health in various country contexts expanded; and
  • Objective 2b: Communication and networking platforms to share program experiences and grantee resources and reach.
JOB SUMMARY:

The Finance Specialist (FS) is a member of USAID’ CBP team who reports directly to the Senior Program Manager (SPM), while working in close collaboration with the Grants Specialist (GS) and Contracts Manager (CM) to advance the financial goals and objectives of the program. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Manage finance-related activities associated with the implementation of CBP’s Grants Under Contracts (GUCs) program. This includes pre-award, award, implementation, and post-award financial and administrative tasks. The FS will adhere to the established financial and administrative systems fulfilling all USAID rules and regulations and in line with IntSci’s financial and grants management policies and procedures;
  • Prepare and review of financial documentation, reports, and other materials on a monthly basis to ensure strong financial controls and actions are taken in support of CBP financial goals and objectives;
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of USAID financial/procurement rules and regulations and share key findings and recommendations based on this knowledge with CBP staff and grantees to build their capacity in financial management;
  • Provide support during the Request for Application (RFA) processes by providing financial information to ensure compliance with USAID rules and regulations;
  • Work in close coordination with the GS to conduct in-depth financial reviews of grant application budgets, participate in negotiations with applicants to substantiate proposed costs, and other related activities during annual and ad-hoc grant award processes;
  • Provide support during grant implementation phase, including contributions to grant agreement financial reporting procedures, payment requests, notifications of milestone due dates, and additional support the grantees as required;
  • Monitor, track, and process payments to grantees in accordance with the terms and conditions of their awards in close coordination with the GS, CM, and SPM;
  • Adhere to USAID’s CBP Information Management System (IMS) by filing all grantee’s financial information;
  • Provide assistance to the SPM for all financial reporting requirements;
  • Provide support to other administrative and financial functions as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Minimum of five years of experience in finance-related areas, including budgeting, accounting, and auditing experience required;
  • Experience working with donor-funded program, USAID-funded (or other USG-funded) programs preferred, including experience with various grant types such as Fixed Amount Awards (FAAs) and cost-reimbursable subawards;
  • High level proficiency in computer software applicable for financial management and attention to detail skills required;
  • Strong organizational skills to balance heavy work-load, which various at times and multiple priorities of a global grants program;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with grantees from developing countries that expands globally and within cross-cultural settings;
  • Willing to adjust work-hours to accommodate various time zones of the grantees;
  • US. citizenship or a valid U.S. work permit is mandatory.

EDUCATION:

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration, public health, social sciences international development, or other related field.

About the Organization

Integrative Sciences LLC was founded in 2009 as a small woman-owned business focused on delivering high quality business solutions to US government agencies, private sector institutions, and international organizations in the areas of Public Health, Environment, Program and Award Management, IT, and Operations.

More information

USAID's CBP Finance Specialist Job Description - February 2020.docx

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