Director of Finance & Operations – Ethiopia PHC Programme

  • Anywhere
Organization: Pathfinder International
Closing date: 14 Oct 2022

Pathfinder is seeking a Finance and Operations Director for a 5-year $40M USAID/Ethiopia Pastoral Primary Health Care (PHC) Activity. The project will improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) outcomes by strengthening PHC in pastoral areas of the country.

The Finance and Operations Director has primary responsibility for overall financial management and administration of the activity. S/he will be responsible for management of all accounting and sub-grants and ensure financial operations are in compliance with USAID regulations.


Key Responsibilities:

Financial Management

  • Oversee the project’s management of financial functions ensuring donor/contract compliance.
  • Assist COP in the successful implementation of the project, including timely preparation of high-quality budget forecasts and financial statements, and management of expenses within approved budget.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate systems and cost-effective, timely procedures and controls such as cash management, vendor payments, and budgeting to properly disburse, account, budget, and report funds.
  • Oversee the timely and accurate preparation and submission of regular financial statements and other cost reports to headquarters and USAID, including providing guidance to project staff and partners.
  • In collaboration with Human Resources department, identify, select, manage performance of, and mentor finance and administrative staff ensuring professional growth and development as well as capacity building.
  • Oversee sub-grantees/sub-contractors ensuring adherence to donor, organizational, and host country policies and build capacity of local organizations to become successful and sustainable quality service providers.
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and the finance team and senior management team; assess any changes necessary.
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to members of senior management team.

Operations Management

  • Provide leadership and management during project start-up and close-out with regard to the project office, bank account, operations and logistics, staff administration, telecommunications etc.
  • Implement administrative and financial operations of the program, ensuring compliance with agency standards and practices, local laws and donor policy and contract provisions.
  • Manage funds at local bank account and approve expenditures in accordance with Pathfinder and donor procedures, cost principles, and regulations.
  • Develop management policies and procedures to ensure efficiency, quality, and all resources are in place, adhered to, and in compliance with local laws, donor rules and regulations.
  • Contract and manage local individuals/organizations for identified tasks according to donor and agency procedures; negotiate consultancy agreements, provide training and/or develop capacity of local partners.
  • Ensure that security guidelines and procedures are established, maintained, updated regularly and adhered to by the project team. Monitor the security situation and provide leadership for staff in emergencies.
  • Establish information technology systems and operational facilities to support project staff and programming.

Required Education and Work Experience:
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or another relevant field is a plus.
  • Eight (8) years of experience in administrative and financial management of large-scale, complex, USAID programs
  • Proven expertise in finance, accounting and auditing, including automated financial systems, as well as results-oriented grants management, including financial planning, monitoring of grant compliance and management and establishment of internal controls.
  • Proven ability to function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts in both the public and NGO sectors.
  • Experience managing USAID contracts mastering USAID rules and regulations and overseeing international and local subcontractors and grantees.
  • Demonstrated success managing complex, multi-million-dollar, donor-funded programs through development of cost-efficient budgeting, management of appropriate spending to support project impact, and regular monitoring of financials for programmatic revisions and accurate, timely reporting.
  • Must have outstanding interpersonal skills and be eager to work in a multicultural organization.
  • Ability to translate financial concepts and to effectively collaborate with programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
  • Strong speaking and writing skills in English and Amharic.
  • Strong computer skills in accounting software systems and Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Preferred Experience:

Previous experience working in Ethiopia, preference for Ethiopian nationals.


Other Information:
  • This position will be based in Ethiopia
  • Ability to travel internationally (up to 35%)
  • Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer
  • Please Note: This position is contingent upon project award and funding.

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