Internal Review Officer

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 15 September 2020

Job Description

Position Summary

Housed within the Awards and Compliance Unit (ACU) and reporting to the Internal Review Manager, the Internal Review Officer will be responsible for reviewing project/program field office operations to ensure programs adhere to appropriate internal control practices; are in compliance with relevant USG and USAID regulations; and conform to CNFA policies and procedures. The Internal Review Officer will also aid the Internal Review Manager in reviewing CNFA headquarter operations with direct field-office oversight responsibilities (e.g. Project/Program Officer) to evaluate the effectiveness of management oversight, compliance guidance, quality of communication with field office and completeness of file documentation. The Internal Review Officer will prepare written review reports clearly, timely identifying deficiencies and, where appropriate, providing recommendations on corrective actions, all in in conformity with CNFA’s Review Policy. While the primary role of this position is the internal review function, the Internal Review Officer will form an integral part of the ACU, contributing to interpreting regulations, helping lead HQ and field office trainings, and serving as a compliance resource for the organization. This position will be based at either the Washington, DC Home Office or a country in West Africa, depending on the final candidate selected, but please note an individual based in West Africa will not be eligible for allowances.

Position Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Design, plan, coordinate and conduct CNFA’s field operation internal review programs in conjunction with CNFA’s Internal Review Manager;
  • Review compliance with local government requirements, especially with regard to employee related/labor laws;
  • Review project/program compliance with donor-specific regulations, award terms and conditions, and host country laws/regulations;
  • Review compliance with CNFA policies and procedures;
  • Prepare written review reports, identifying any deficiencies in field office operations and presenting the review results in a clear and effective manner, including recommendations on corrective actions needed;
  • Maintain a database of internal review findings, categorized based on risk level, and identify common trends across projects;
  • Keep abreast of new programs, policies and industry practices and incorporate into review programs;
  • Stay current on latest USAID regulations and best practices and assist the ACU with interpreting donor rules and regulations and developing internal CNFA policy;
  • Provide on the job training to field staff and help lead compliance trainings at HQ;
  • Plan and perform independent and objective reviews of internal operations and systems at the HQ level as necessary;
  • Provide project management with recommendations to improve project financial/accounting controls, grants and subcontracts management, procurement practices and identify potential areas of risk; and operating policies/procedures; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance, or related field;
  • 3+ years of review or finance/accounting experience of USAID or other USG contracts/cooperative agreements;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of USG contract terms and conditions, including OMB Circulars, 2 CFR 200, 22 CFR 228 and FAR/AIDAR, and how terms and conditions impact award performance;
  • Solid knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Practices and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards;
  • Professional report preparation ability, strong English writing skills and effective verbal presentation ability;
  • Ability to clearly express ideas and issues, both verbally and written;
  • Good interpersonal skills and experience working with people from various cultural backgrounds;
  • Availability and willingness to travel internationally to developing countries up to 50% of time with typical field stays of 2-weeks or more;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Strong organizational and research skills with a thorough understanding of accounting principles;
  • Superior analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills;
  • Knowledge of PC based accounting software and spreadsheet;
  • Proficiency in French language preferred, but not required;
  • Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification preferred but not required;
  • Extensive international travel required up to 50%.

About the Organization

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international development organization, specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural initiatives. They build strong local and global partnerships, incorporate innovative approaches into their programs, and foster inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups. Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $510 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 42 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.

Their staff is dedicated to improving lives around the world. This strong concern carries over to the way CNFA manages its employee relations. Not only do they value their employees, but they recognize that satisfied people supporting their organization is the key to implementing their work.

CNFA has grown to over 600 employees globally. They empower staff to take on new initiatives, nurture each individual’s goals, skills and interests.

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