Finance System Development Consultant
Deadline: July 20, 2017
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.
Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2016, we provided $87.8 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at $9.5 million.
The Foundation with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing an 18 month project to support capacity building of an international university based in Kabul. The Foundation is seeking a Finance System Development Consultant to provide technical support in developing the current level of organizational and staff capacity among the targeted organization in the area of financial management by developing respective manuals and providing training to the staff therein.
Key Duties/Responsibilities and Deliverables
The scope of work may vary based on the needs of the project and below is only an outline of expected requirements. The consultant will work very closely with the university during all stages of the project. Emphasis of overall methodology should be on actively engaging university staff and leadership during each stage so that they take ownership of the interventions and feel motivated to implement the suggested changes and ensuring sustainability of interventions going forward.
Capacity Building Planning
The consultant will be required to identify process universe for financial management functional area at university, obtain understanding of current processes and confirming the staff training needs. Further a baseline study needs to be carried out against select KPIs based on which performance of university can be monitored going forward.
The key deliverables for this area will be Capacity Building Plan outlining:
- Methodology for executing capacity building plan
- Timelines for proposed interventions
- Process universe for finance functions
- Table of contents for finance manual
- Training needs assessment including list of training sessions required and course outline
- Baseline study report outlining the current status of agreed indicators
Capacity Building Interventions
The consultant will be required to develop interactive training course material for area of financial management based on training needs assessment. This training will include case studies based on actual scenarios (including standard templates) which will help the university staff to implement the developed policies and procedures. Further, while developing the manual, specific consideration should be given to responsibilities of all level of staff members in processes, i.e. leadership, managers and staff, to assist them in fulfilling their roles going forward. Mechanisms should also be developed to assess the effectiveness of the training provided, e.g. pre-test, post-test, feedback, etc.
The consultant will also be required to develop finance manual for the university. The processes/manuals need to evolve as a result of interactions between consultant and IP staff which requires consultant working directly with university staff.
The key deliverables for this area are the following:
- Training materials on financial management function
- Provision of training to university staff
- Finance manual for the university
Consultant must work closely with the university staff to ensure that the skills imparted are retained going forward.
- An advanced degree (master’s level and above) in organizational development, financial management or a related field;
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in successfully developing capacity in the areas of financial management is required;
- Experience in Afghanistan and/or similar context required;
- Excellent analytical reporting and professional English communication skills;
- Facilitation, presentation and mentoring skills; and
- Excellent facilitation skills with demonstrated ability in working with people from diverse backgrounds.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by July 20, 2017 to email@example.com with the position listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.
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