Financial Management Support Consultant

Location: Afghanistan
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 Financial Management Support Consultant to provide technical support to university staff in implementing day-to-day activities.

Key Duties/Responsibilities and Deliverables

The scope of work may vary based on needs of the project and below is only an outline of expected requirements. The consultant will, from time to time, be required to undertake other duties of a similar nature as may reasonably be required by her/his line manager.

The consultant shall be responsible for shadow management of the operational financial administration of the university and ensuring that all university financial controls are followed throughout. She/He shall work very closely with university to ensure that day-to-day activities by finance staff at the university are in accordance with best practices. Some of the key requirements for this position are as follows:

  • Be the main source of advice within the university concerning financial regulations and procedures and ensure that all financial transactions are in line with these regulations and procedures.
  • Influence senior staff at the university in applying good financial practice and planning.
  • Act as the principal source of advice to the project manager and senior university staff with budgetary responsibility on ongoing financial matters, including budget management, transaction monitoring, accounting and taxation.
  • Foster and maintain a regular working relationship with the university’s finance department and other departments.
  • Be proactive and collaborative in supporting the development of improved systems and processes in collaboration with the university finance department and the Foundation team as appropriate.
  • Advise and work closely with budget-holders at the university to make sure that university controls, processes and best practice are followed.
  • Provide professional leadership and operational management to the finance team, ensuring that services provided by the team are efficient, effective and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Provide mentoring to university finance staff and help them implement service standards and developing common systems and processes based on best practices and donor requirements.
  • Oversee the processing of transaction including purchase orders, invoices, expense claims, petty cash, bank payments, taxation etc. Ensure donor and government compliance requirements are met.
  • Assist in providing financial data for the annual planning process, including tuition fees, scholarships, overheads, pay budgets and forecasts, etc.
  • Be responsible for the integrity of data, ensuring that financial records are both accurate and retained according to university and donor guidelines.

The consultant’s main sphere of operations will concern leadership and management of the Faculty’s finance operations, initiating development and managing change as appropriate.

Qualifications

  • An advanced degree (Masters level and above) in financial management or a related field;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in acting in senior finance positions (preferably in a university setting);
  • Experience in Afghanistan and/or similar context is 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 afghanistan.jobs@asiafoundation.org 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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