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Finance Manager, US

Washington, DC, US
Closing date: 
Until filled

We are seeking a Finance Manager for the financial performance of all US-funded projects in the designated region. Ensuring the accurate setup of financial systems in all field offices, monitor financial compliance, coordinate regular and ad hoc production of field financial reports and budgets, and train field staff as necessary. Working closely with Country Directors and field finance managers, this position will ensure the proper financial management of field operations in the region. Finally, the Finance Manager will update and advise the Regional Directors, Country Directors, and Finance Director on the financial status of U.S. funded programs and will supervise the region’s field finance managers.

Any individual wishing to fill this role should possess a keen eye for detail, a deep understanding of U.S. government funding mechanisms, and a passion for human rights. The ability to communicate cross-culturally and manage remotely is an absolute must for success in this job.

You will:

  1. Work closely with the Regional Director and Country Directors:
    • Ensure that financial processes, including the procurement and management of subawards, are compliant with donor requirements; identify and recommend improvements.
    • Review field financial reports and cash flow with field and program staff on a regular basis and advise on the financial management of awards, including budget realignment.
    • Provide oversight of field office and regional pipelines, and alert and advise Country Director, Regional Director, and New Business Development of potential future funding deficits.
    • Review non-personnel contracts entered into for project activities and take the lead on the preparation and execution of internal and donor audits.
    • Supervise development of program budgets, ensuring proper provision for overheads/core costs  (where necessary) and consistency with IWPR cost allocation and other policies.
    • Lead revenue projections portion of the annual corporate budget and monitor progress against the budget through the year, reporting variances to the Finance Director.
    • Ensure that accurate and timely monthly financial information, including actuals and forecasts for all projects in the region, flow to Regional Directors and the Financial Director.
  2. Manage assigned finance staff in the home office and in the field, including their direct supervision and training, provide recommendations concerning personnel actions, and ensure that all relevant staff are mentored in the preparation of budgets and other special financial reports in response to donor requests or internal needs.
  3. Oversee related procurements to ensure they are in compliance with IWPR policy and donor regulations.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field; minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in finance or cost management in international development program operations with a USG donor, including subawards and accounting processes and systems; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of USG rules, regulations, current standards and guidelines.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in accounting for nonprofit organizations, including NICRA and financial reporting using relevant accounting software.
  • Ability to communicate, negotiate, advise, persuade, or resolve issues that can be highly complex and sensitive in nature; ability to communicate effectively with internal and external partners at all levels.
  • Strong leadership, mentoring and teambuilding skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, including ability to gather and analyze a variety of information pertaining to issues and to develop appropriate recommendations for action.
  • Strong written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write required documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of cross-cultural issues.
  • Ability to work effectively in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressure.
  • Proven ability to effectively use Microsoft Office, including databases and spreadsheets.
  • Fluency in English, written and oral.
  • Accuracy, attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel internationally, including to insecure and high risk countries.

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Principals only. No calls please. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

This position description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the incumbent is expected to perform, but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included in this position description. IWPR reserves the right to revise position descriptions at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities. Staff will be informed of any changes to their job responsibilities. 

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