Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications
Reports to: Chief of Party
University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in nearly 40 countries. Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. URC’s mission is to help countries build and sustain resilient health systems by supporting local partners in implementing science-driven, scalable solutions. Please join us in carrying out our mission (http://www.urc-chs.com/).
The USAID-funded Mali Household and Community Health (HCH) Activity (Keneya Nieta) aims to sustainably reduce maternal, newborn, and child (MNC) mortality and to increase individual and household adoption of healthy behaviors and demand for and use of health services in the regions of Sikasso, Mopti, and Segou by increasing the capacity of Malians to plan, finance, and manage their own health at the individual, household, and community levels. This five-year Activity targets 26 districts in Sikasso, Mopti, and Segou regions.
The Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) will oversee the overall financial management, compliance, administration, human resources, and operations for Keneya Nieta, ensuring URC adheres to its and USAID’s policies, procedures, and regulations. S/he is responsible for ensuring that USAID requirements for budget planning, monitoring, and reporting are fully met in a timely manner. The DFA is responsible for the establishment and management of financial, operational, and administrative systems that support the Activity. S/he is also responsible for financial and operational compliance with USAID requirements, and running efficient project operations. S/he reports directly to the Chief of Party (COP) and is a member of the project’s Senior Management Team.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Director of Finance and Administration’s (DFA’s) roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- In close collaboration with the COP, provide oversight to the Activity’s finance, administration, logistics, and operations portfolio, covering financial and administrative issues at all levels of the project.
- Responsible for overseeing budgeting process, procurement, inventory, and forecasting, including developing Activity budgets with teams and monitors budget pipelines.
- Collaborate with USAID to ensure regular communication and timely response to Mission requests, schedules, and reporting requirements. Direct activities of project support staff and ensure sufficient assistance is given to all project staff.
- Provide timely and accurate financial reports to USAID and URC headquarters (HQ), as required.
- Prepare information as needed to provide the COP with a financial overview to support effective decision-making and ensuring efficient administrative and financial processes.
- Ensure that all project financial management, procurement and human resource practices are in compliance with URC policy and U.S. government regulations.
- Manage internal and external financial audits of the program.
- Track and analyze all costs incurred and oversee preparation and timely submission of monthly financial statements and reports.
- Liaise with other key technical personnel and local staff in targeted countries to ensure smooth financial processes are upheld.
- Stay abreast with donor policies, procedures, rules and regulations; compile and update applicable local policies; and train URC’s program staff in these policies.
- Ensure that expenditures are within budgets and in compliance with commitments made in grants and work plans.
- Supervise administrative, human resources, and logistics staff.
- Develop and monitor systems to mitigate risk, fraud, and waste.
- Conduct due diligence to ensure that USG funds are not diverted from their development purpose outlined in the contract and are not vulnerable to corruption, extortion or otherwise benefitting malign group.
- Master’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or a related field.
- At least 10 years’ progressive experience managing finance, procurement, contracts, logistics and/or human resource related matters for international development activities of similar scope, size, and dollar value, with at least five years in a senior management position.
- Prior experience with USAID funded projects and/or significant experience with USG and USAID financial procedures, rules, and regulations.
- Experience in successful financial and administrative management of projects of similar scope and size.
- At least 3 years grant program management experience.
- Proven ability to build and effectively supervise a diverse team of employees, with at least five years of experience supervising a finance team.
- Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines. and intense pressure to perform.
- Strong leadership skills and the ability to coach, mentor, and develop capacity in staff and stakeholders.
- Ability to communicate effectively, instilling trust and confidence.
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal, facilitation, team building, and coordination skills.
- Strong oral and written communication skills in French and English, , demonstrating an ability to communicate with various audiences including stakeholders, partners, and donors.
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at www.urc-chs.com/careers.
You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.
Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.