Senior Finance Officer

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 13 May 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 13 April 2018

Job Description

Share Big Dreams

At World Vision, we’re sharing a big dream for children. One that moves beyond just clean water or food or healthcare to offer a full solution to poverty. We want children to have everything they need to thrive, both physically and spiritually, so they can experience the kind of life God intends—life in all its fullness. View our “Who We Are” clip here.

We want the same for our staff: big dreams, a career of significance, and fullness of life. Share your experience so you can share a full life with children in need.

World Vision is looking for a Senior Finance Officer

As a Senior Finance Officer, you will oversee the life-of-project financial management of complex sector specific portfolios of cash grant programs, ensuring resources are acquired, properly allocated according to donor requirements, and efficiently utilized to meet project goals. Provide risk mitigation and capacity building services to appropriate field-facing and donor-facing stakeholders and help carry out our Christian organization’s mission, vision, and strategies. Personify the ministry of World Vision by witnessing to Christ and ministering to others through life, deed, word and sign.


Project/Grant Acquisition:

  • Lead the preparation of proposal budgets, financial plans, amendment requests and extensions in collaboration with stakeholders. Ensure all project and support costs are appropriately represented in budgets in keeping with policy and process.
  • Review and approve financial aspects of award documents from donors. Advise program and fundraising teams on options to meet match requirements.
  • Commit funds to projects when approved and funded by donors ensuring commitments are in-line with revenue projections and donor promise.

Project Implementation and Management:

  • Provide financial management and support for a complex portfolio of cash programs from multiple donors in the areas of Sponsorship, Private Non- sponsorship, and/or Public Sector, as assigned.
  • Interpret budgets and budget implications of food assistance grants and assist in budget design.
  • Facilitate booking of food commodity, freight and monetization proceeds in according with policies and procedures

Alignment, Reporting, and Analysis:

  • Create financial reports and close-out documents in compliance with donor requirements and government regulations.
  • Monitor and analyze program spending trends and key financial status metrics. Advise and resolve related issues by collaborating with program, fundraising teams and other key stakeholders.
  • Ensure financial objectives are in alignment to WVUS strategy and donor requirements.


  • Support external and internal audits, interpret regulations to the organization to ensure compliance to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, internal finance policies, government regulations and other donor requirements.
  • Collaborate with internal partners and donors to resolve significant audit findings.

Capacity Building:

  • Facilitate training sessions on topics such as grants management, general accounting, internal controls and administrative systems, as well as sectoral specific topics to field staff as needed and assisting field offices in interpreting regulations to ensure compliance.
  • Contribute to the capacity building efforts by assisting in the development of training materials and tools.

Attend assigned finance team meetings.

Work collaboratively with team members when assigned to work as part of a team.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Keep Christ central in our individual and corporate lives. Attend and participate in the leadership of devotions, weekly Chapel services, and regular prayer.

Keep informed of organizational announcements, activities and changes via regular reading of the WVUS Intranet and other corporate communication tools.

Required Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or International Business or equivalent (eight years) work experience. In addition to education or educational equivalent, requires work experience in finance and/or grants management experience; 5-8 years. Certified Public Account (CPA) or other professional accreditation preferred. Previous work experience with an international relief/development organization recommended. Spanish and/or Portuguese language skill is highly preferred.

Preferred sector specific education/experience:

FOOD: Work experience to include financial management and budgeting of USAID Title II food and program design and proposal development with a proven successful track-record (USDA and WFP preferred). Familiarity with USAID/FFP and USDA regulations and internally accepted standards for food aid budgeting and management. CASH: Working knowledge of and experience with US Government regulations on grants management and experience in financial management and budgeting in private and public sector (including micro-enterprise) programming.

About the Organization

The World Vision Partnership is a global community of people passionately committed to improving the lives and futures of the world’s most vulnerable children.

We believe that every child is a precious gift to the entire world and that their well-being concerns us all. We will not rest while children suffer in situations that can be changed. We are looking for people who share our beliefs and our passion.

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