Finance Director – Save the Children – US – Colombo

Save the Children is seeking a Finance Director for an anticipated 3-5 year USDA-funded program in Sri Lanka. The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (McGovern-Dole) feeds schoolchildren, reduces hunger, enhances food security, and improves literacy (especially for girls) in low-income, food-deficit countries around the world. By providing school meals, teacher training, and related education and nutrition support, McGovern-Dole helps boost school enrollment, attendance, and literacy results. McGovern-Dole also provides support to maternal and child nutrition (MCN).

The Finance and Operation (Level) oversees all financial management, internal controls and financial compliance aspects of the program, in accordance with USDA guidance and regulations. S/he provides financial and operational management to ensure the best use of resources by preparing sound budgets, monitoring project expenses, and providing accurate and timely financial reports for donors.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

Responsibilities

  • Review and consolidate monthly financial reports to ensure accuracy and to provide regular feedback to senior management;
  • Ensure all financial plans, invoices, reports, and other financial documents and transactions are accurate, timely, and consistent with Save the Children and USDA guidelines and regulations;
  • Prepare and monitor budgets to ascertain 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;
  • Prepare quarterly reports, consolidated annual fiscal report, cumulative life of project report, and any other required donor submissions;
  • Verify that appropriate segregation of duties exists to ensure effective support of field operations and to protect the integrity of the country office finance and administrative operations;
  • Perform financial review of purchase requests, purchase orders, and payment requests to ensure compliance with Save the Children’s policies and procedures and donors grants and contracts requirements;
  • Oversee sub grant monitoring and compliance including organizational assessments, review of financial reports/ advance requests, and financial tracking; develop sub grant monitoring plans; perform and document compliance visits;
  • Supervise the finance and operations staff including performance evaluation and revising job descriptions as necessary. Develop the capacity of the team and facilitate their professional growth;
  • Prepare and revise finance and operation guidelines in order that they adhere to SC and donor requirements;
  • Encourage a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, or other relevant field; professional qualification in Accounting desired;
  • Minimum seven years’ experience managing finance for USAID or USDA-funded projects; in-depth knowledge of US Government financial management rules and regulations;
  • Proven ability to prepare budgets and donor financial reports;
  • Strong analytical, leadership and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations;
  • Experience as a coach/mentor to train staff and develop financial skills of colleagues;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of (country) is preferred.

Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. As a humanitarian agency, Save the Children is obliged to create and maintain an environment that aims to prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of children and promote the implementation of its child safeguarding policy. All representatives of Save the Children – employees, volunteers, interns, consultants, Board members and others who work with children on Save the Children’s behalf – are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, 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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