Director Of Finance and Administration

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  • Added Date: Tuesday, 03 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Position Title: Director of Finance and Administration

Location: Bogota, Colombia

Supervisor Title: Chief of Party (Project); and, Director of Finance (Country Office)

Employee Type: Full-time Regular


Save the Children is seeking a Director of Finance and Administration for the anticipated five-year USAID-funded Youth Resilience Activity (YRA) in Colombia. The proposed program will build the capacity of vulnerable youth, disengaged child soldiers, and former youth offenders to cope with the effects of crime and violence and reduce the risk of recidivism. In order to do so, YRA will develop peaceful and protective environments, strengthen the relationships among youth, their families, communities, and local authorities and provide alternative education and economic opportunities to at-risk youth. Using this comprehensive model, YRA will be better positioned to respond to the needs of violence-affected youth and their communities, support the prevention of recidivism by disengaged child soldiers and former youth offenders, and foster greater economic and social stability in Colombia. Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the project and USAID approval of the candidate.

What Youโ€™ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

The Director of Finance and Administration is responsible for overseeing all aspects of financial and administrative management for this cooperative agreement funded by USAID/Colombia. S/he will manage the implementation of accounting systems, budgeting, expenditure tracking, and financial reporting and human resources for both the prime recipient and sub-awards. S/he will also oversee any and all grant management and reporting on program performance as well as provide financial and technical management to ensure the best use of resources by preparing sound budgets, monitoring project expenses, and ensuring timely preparation of donor financial reports. S/he will also ensure that an appropriate structure exists to ensure effective support of field operations and to protect the integrity of the country office financial and administrative operations. S/He will work closely with the Save the Children Colombia country office, specifically the Finance Director, to ensure all finance and accounting systems and activities properly aligned. The Director of Finance and Administration will also need to maintain consistent coordination and teamwork with other senior positions and individuals working on this program as well as with donor guidelines. This position is contingent on the issuance of USAID funding and the selection of applicants is subject to USAID approval.

Key Functions:

  • Monitor budgets to ensure that spending occurs as planned and that variances are anticipated, noted, and corrected; ensure that key program personnel are aware of budgetary resources and are able to monitor their budgets respectively.
  • Ensure all financial plans, invoices, reports, and other documents are accurate, timely, and consistent with agency and USAID guidelines and regulations.
  • In close coordination with the finance staff, maintain and update all the financial documents (reports, plans) and ensure confidentiality of project financial information.
  • Review and consolidation of monthly financial reports for distribution to senior management.
  • Review and consolidation of monthly sub-office accounts and reports to ensure accuracy and to provide regular feedback to the senior leadership team.
  • Works with Technical and Operations staff to ensure the project is implemented as planned and with sound program quality.
  • Prepare any budget revisions and projections and respond to any questions.
  • Confirm availability of funds for all requests for payment or charges to grants.
  • Prepare quarterly reports, projections, and any other required donor submissions.
  • Prepare a consolidated annual fiscal report, including a cumulative life of project report.
  • Ensure that an appropriate segregation of duties exists for effective support of field operations and to protect the integrity of the country office finance and administrative operations.
  • Prepare and revise finance and operation guidelines in order that they adhere to SC requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with contractual obligations and deliverables in line with USAID regulations and SC policies and procedures.
  • Manage the reporting component of the award including collecting timesheets and reconciling them with the financial reports; oversee other administrative duties as needed.
  • Actively participate in all award specific audit and donor assessments.

Required Qualifications

ยท A Bachelorโ€™s degree in Finance, Business, Accounting or other relevant field is required.

ยท A minimum of 10 yearsโ€™ experience in financial management for large and complex programs, of which at least five years were working on international development activities funded by the U.S. Government.

ยท In-depth knowledge of 22 CFR 226.22 CFR- 145 OMB Circulars -A122 and A-133.

ยท Demonstrated experience in management of sub-awards and strategic partnerships agreements.

ยท Demonstrated strong analytical and financial analysis skills.

ยท Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.

ยท Proven ability to prepare multi-year budgets, donor financial reports and USAID Audits.

ยท Demonstrated capacity and prior experience in supervising others as a coach/mentor to train staff and develop financial skills of colleagues.

  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently.

ยท Excellent written communication and presentation skills in Spanish and English.

ยท Qualified Colombian nationals are highly encouraged to apply

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children โ€“ every day and in times of crisis โ€“ transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Childrenโ€™s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

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