Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI's Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI's experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world**.**
RTI is recruiting a Finance Manager for an anticipated, upcoming project in Ethiopia, Poverty Reduced Sustainably in an Environment of Resilient and Vibrant Economy (PReSERVE). PReSERVE an integrated activity to improve food security of vulnerable households in targeted Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) communities in the Amhara Region and contributes to a sustained reduction in rural poverty. The Finance Manager will be responsible for RTI accounting and financial management for the PReSERVE project. The Finance Manager will ensure that national legislation is adhered to, and that the Ethiopia specific standards are applied in ensuring efficient use of resources in a role to provide finance management support and oversight to PReSERVE.
Please note that this role is contingent upon the award of this project to Food for the Hungry and RTI.
Responsibilities of the Finance Manager include, but are not limited to:
- Supervise accountancy procedures: filing of documents, allocation of expenses, vouchers registration, balance checking, etc.
- Verify and compile monthly accounts from each IRS project base or region;
- Communicate accounts monthly to the regional offices respecting QuickBooks procedures and deadlines;
- Manage the presentation, circulation, filing and archiving of accounting and financial documents as directed by the regional finance control.
- Open/close bank accounts on the authority of the COP and the regional Finance controller,
- Oversee the management of bank accounts: follow transfers, check balances, check authorized expenses, ensure relevant signatories for account access and continuity, and online transactions.
- Supervise the management of safes and cash: available amount, balance checks, security instructions;
- Assess monthly cash-flow needs for projects and bases and communicate cash requests to the Nairobi Regional office and Home Office as needed.
Manage money transfers, bases cash-supply and amounts in circulation, whilst defining payment procedures (bank transfer, cheque, cash etc.).
Commitment of expenditure:
- Set up and formalize procedures for the commitment of expenditure, conform to Standard Operating procedures (SOP) procurement guidelines in tandem with local procurement law(s) and practices, and ensure adherence to field operations manuals and RTI fiscal management requirements.
- Ensure that procedures are adhered to in terms of contracts, payments, and required approvals.
- Ensure that proofs of purchase are valid (contracts, orders, bills, invoices, delivery receipts etc.)
Develop tables necessary for financial monitoring and for budget follow up within the USAID mission.
Analyze and identify gaps between planned budgets and actual expenses.
Anticipate project financial risks and consult with the regional finance controller and home office teams as needed.
-- Develop budgets for project proposals according to project needs and donor constraints.
Draft financial reports (mid-term and final) respecting contractual deadlines in coordination with CLA Lead and Chief of Party.
Ensure the respect of donor procedures for each financial contract.
- Update the TORs of the finance department according to the mission/vision development in consultation with the Chief of Party and adherence to the project’s values
- Oversees a team of two and undertake appraisals of directly supervised colleagues.
- Ensure capacity building for finance team members and sub-awardees in order to increase the level of technical ability and skills.
Internal Procedures and Information Flows;
- Improve information flows within the department and with other departments and projects.
- Bachelor's Degree in business, finance, accounting, or related and 8 years of relevant experience; or a master’s degree and 6 years of experience;
- Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members;
- Strong oral/written communication skills and ability to communicate at multiple levels in the organization;
- Exceptional financial and analytical skills;
- Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting on program financial performance;
- Ability to monitor and evaluate financial and monitoring skills of communities through capacity-building efforts;
- Familiarity with the aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements, particularly USAID requirements;
- Advanced proficiency in English and Amharic;
- Strong presentation and facilitation skills;
- Ability to build effective relationships with all clients, peers, and stakeholders;
- Ability to work hands-on, independently, and within team;
- Culturally astute, respectful and tolerant;
- Demonstrated success managing and leading technical and administrative teams;
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented setting;
- Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to coordinate activities with officials from host country government, US Government, NGO’s, and other agencies;
- Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office Applications;
- Experience in general business administration and financial management;
- Proficiency in QuickBooks system with demonstrated experience of use;
- Willingness to travel to visit sub-awardees and project activities;
- Preferred experience in the Amhara Region, Ethiopia.