Mid-Level Grants Audit Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 29 July 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 1 October 2020
  • Current

Job Description

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) in Washington DC receives applications from U.S. and non-U.S. applicants, many of which have not previously received U.S. government funding. BHA conducts pre-award and post-award activities to help mitigate risks to awards. Macfadden, who supports USAID/BHA in funding humanitarian assistance programs, requires a Mid-Level Grant Audit Specialist to help manage USAID/BHA’s pre- and post-award audit activities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertake pre-award, incurred cost, and follow-up surveys of NGOs on a required basis so that USAID/BHA can make a responsibility determination based on the results per ADS 303.3.9.
  • Perform reviews of non-U.S. NGO audit scopes of work to ensure it meets USAID requirements.
  • Assist non-U.S. based NGOs to get CFO approval for the audit firms they hire to undertake audits.
  • Review NGO annual audits to ensure they meet USAID ADS 591 requirements.
  • Work with audit firms to ensure that audits are brought into compliance where necessary.
  • Follow up with NGO recipients on specific award conditions and corrective action plans.
  • Interface with the USAID audit branch on U.S. and non-U.S. NGO audit findings and draft Pre-Award Risk Assessment Determinations in accordance with ADS 303.3.9 and 2 CFR 200).
  • Track audit status of all USAID/BHA NGO partners.
  • Performs additional activities related to audit resolution, as required.
  • This position will require international travel for pre-award and follow up surveys, recommendation follow up, and other work.

Performance Criteria:

  • Prepare products independently with appropriate content and minimal errors and issue timely reports.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Ability to interpret, communicate, and summarize audit findings and risks to non-financial professionals.
  • Ability to pay strict attention to detail and quality and able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

Education, Experience and Skills:


BS/BA Degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field

Experience: 8 years’ relevant work experience with a Bachelor’s degree or 6 years’ work experience with a Master’s degree; a minimum of 5 years of audit experience is required.

  • Education, experience, or training working in or with various U.S. Government (USG) Agencies in an interagency environment.
  • Experience assisting award recipients in remediating audit findings related to internal controls deficiencies and noncompliance with laws, regulations, and agreements.
  • Requires strong technical skills in accounting and financial management requirements
  • Requires report writing experience and knowledge of USAID audit requirements for U.S. and non-U.S. based grantees.
  • Requires prior audit experience and knowledge of U.S. Government-funded grants management.
  • Requires experience in performing audits or evaluations. Experience performing pre-award survey reviews, pre-award risk assessments is a plus.
  • Requires experience in performing internal controls and compliance reviews.
  • Requires strong knowledge of, and experience applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).
  • Strong knowledge of the FAR, ADS, CFRs, OMB Circulars, and other USG directives governing grants, cooperative agreements and contracts.
  • Proficiency in basic Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Requires strong verbal and written communication; ability to communicate well with the client and grantees.
  • Must possess proficiency in writing complex reports and analyzing audit data.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a US Secret security clearance.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. Government, its allied partners and international organizations. As it enters its 60th year of business, PAE’s current portfolio includes capabilities in critical facility infrastructure, aviation, logistics, training, range operations and national security solutions, to support some of the most meaningful and exciting missions in the world.

Today, the approximately 20,000 members of our global workforce perform with excellence and dedication in roughly 60 countries, on all seven continents, in some of the world's most challenging regions. We attribute our success to the quality of our work and the integrity and high ethical standards that define our business operations. PAE is headquartered in Arlington, Va.

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