Action Against Hunger-USA is part of the Action Against Hunger International network, which provides humanitarian relief in over 45 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, and food security. Action Against Hunger-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages operations in 7 countries: Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Haiti and Somalia. Action Against Hunger-USA has over $75 million in programs, and approximately 1,500 staff based in in the various country offices, Head Quarter in New York City and Operational Centre in Nairobi. Additional growth is anticipated.
Summary of the position
Action Against Hunger USA seeks an experienced Director, Finance and Administration for the USAID/Ethiopia Empowering Communities - Community Engagement (ECCE) Activity. Under this anticipated activity, USAID/Ethiopia seeks to empower communities for better health and nutrition outcomes through community ownership of its own health and strengthened accountability systems.
The Director, Finance and Administration will report directly to the Chief of Party and will be responsible for the overall financial and administration/operations components of the project, ensuring appropriate use of financial resources and ensuring that financial reporting at all levels (including sub-awardees) is in accordance with agreement terms. The Senior Finance and Administration Manager will oversee budget development and administration, manage implementation of key financial and operational program activities, ensure efficient operational support for the project team, and ensure compliance with USAID and Action Against Hunger regulations.
To oversee the sound and transparent finance and administration of ECCE funds by providing accounting and financial management consistent with USAID rules and regulations and Action Against Hunger financial management frameworks and local finance, HR and logistical legislations.
The Director, Finance and Administration will work in close collaboration with the Chief of Party, MEAL Head of Department, the Program Director, Director of Support Services amongst other departmental heads in the country office.
Externally, he/she will coordinate the financial aspects of the project with program partners, create and maintain a cordial working relationship with them to ensure the program’s success.
KEY ACTIVITIES IN YOUR ROLE WILL INCLUDE
- Design the budgetary, HR and logistics framework of the ECCE Activity.
- Develop high quality and timely financial, budgetary HR and logistics reports to USAID, and Action Against Hunger’s Horn and East Africa Regional Office, Head Quarters and the country office management team.
- Designing, disseminating and ensuring compliance with cash management procedures across the program.
- Endorsing of and overseeing compliance with financial rules of USAID funding framework, rules and regulations and local of Ethiopian local authorities.
- Monitoring financial risks and issuing alerts when necessary.
- Defining with ECCE partners the modes of financial and budgetary management in the framework of the program.
- Identifying risks of fraud and corruption in the program and setting up preventive and monitoring mechanisms.
- Adapting monitoring recommendations arising from the day-to-day controls and audits.
- Oversee all aspects of project financial management, including financial systems implementation, budgeting, expenditure tracking, financial reporting, accounting, and cost share tracking and reporting.
- Ensure continual review of internal and strategic controls, communications, risk assessments and maintenance of documentation.
- Develop program budgets with teams and monitor budget pipelines.
- Lead development of the project’s granting component, including development of transparent procurement processes; grantee expenditure tracking; grantee capacity-building in fund management and reporting; etc.
- Support sub-recipients as needed to ensure sound financial management and operations.
- Ensure that sub-recipients, sub-grants, and consultancy documents and procedures are completed in a timely manner and comply with Action Against Hunger and USAID policies and regulations.
- Supervise finance and operations staff including performance evaluation; develop staff capacity and facilitate professional growth
- Prepare quarterly and annual expenditure reports and prepare project pipeline estimates.
- Maintain good working relationships with officials, government ministries, implementing partners, and the international and local NGO community.
- Monitor country-level expenditures, identify and monitor implementation of any corrective actions needed.
- Coordinate closely with the Action Against Hunger offices on administrative and financial matters and supporting risk mitigation measures.
Gender Equality commitments amp; Zero Tolerance to Abuse
- Foster an environment that reinforces values of women and men, and equal access to information.
- Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
- Promote a safe, secure, and respectful environment for all stakeholders, particularly for children, beneficiaries, and members of staff.
- Help to prevent any type of abuse including workplace harassment and sexual abuse and exploitation.
- Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
- Value and respect all cultures.
- A Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or related field with 10 years of experience; Master’s degree in Business Administration or related field with minimum of 8 years of experience highly preferred.
- Demonstrated experience in financial management of large and complex international-donor-funded projects including experience in the management of USAID-funded projects
- Expertise with procedures required for adequate planning, monitoring, and re-aligning of complex budgets;
- Prior experience in managing grants under contract.
- Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and/or experiences in accounting, financial planning and management, and procurement, among other management support areas/functions, as required;
- Possess excellent organizational and analytical skills;
- Proficiency in the use of SAGA and NAVI software’s an added advantage
- ACCA/CPA or other recognized professional accounting qualification preferred;
- Familiarity with USG Cost Accounting Standards; Extensive knowledge of computerized accounting systems, accounting software and Microsoft Office;
- Ability to work and reside in Ethiopia
- Fluency in English and Amharic (oral, writing, and reading).
- Willing to travel internationally between 10-30% of the time.
Action Against Hunger-USA provides all staff with an attractive salary amp; benefits package. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees amp; qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against Hunger-USA complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
This position is contingent upon award and will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Female candidates and Ethiopia nationals are encouraged to apply.