Cost and Pricing Manager, Public Sector Development Services

Location: San Francisco

In an increasingly complex and changing world, we believe that a peaceful and engaged Asia is of critical global importance. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, The Asia Foundation’s programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and international cooperation. These are just some of the ways we support Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation’s Public Sector Development Services Unit, responsible for public sector business development, seeks a budgets and contracts manager who will provide budget, cost, and compliance analyses and recommendations on the Foundation’s unsolicited and solicited proposals to bilateral and multilateral funders. Reporting to the director for Budgets and Contracts, this position will lead and support the development, review, and submission of the Foundation’s cost proposals. Other related tasks include developing cost/pricing strategies, participating in program design meetings; drafting budget narratives; and preparing all necessary forms, representations, certifications, and other required cost data. The role offers an experienced development sector professional the chance to lead financial development, contribute to business strategy across the Asia Foundation’s global portfolio, and pursue professional development opportunities. The position may manage relevant team members depending on future team growth.

Responsibilities

Budget Development for Proposals (30%)

  • Responsible for all aspects of the cost proposal with full ownership of the cost volume with minimal oversight.
  • Coordinate with the technical proposal team on strategic issues involving proposal budgets.
  • Collect, prepare, and analyze historical cost data for use in budgeting.
  • Create or modify budget spreadsheet templates in accordance with client requirements.

Review of Proposal Budgets (40%)

  • Reviews field office development of proposal budgets and other cost materials accurately.
  • Manage assigned subcontractors as a part of the proposal process and perform activities including developing budget templates, providing budget assumptions, negotiating budgets, reviewing budgets and notes, and ensuring final submissions conform to client requirements.
  • Ensure proposals comply with the Asia Foundation and donor policies

Project & Institutional Financial Management (30%)

  • Support leadership in assessing risks of bids to wider company operations.
  • Facilitate staff training related to cost and pricing and business compliance.
  • Assist with other budget development activities such as contract/subcontract budgets, task orders, and pipeline analyses and review project budgets as needed during non-proposal periods.
  • Support field offices in compliance reviews for FAR/AIDAR
  • Coordinate with the corporate team to develop indirect pricing methodology and strategy.
  • Develop and manage standard budget templates, including project budget trackers.
  • Review project budget modifications and assist with project financial management on an ad hoc basis.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of seven years of experience working on cost applications or proposals with international donors, especially USAID and the Department of State. The applicant will have knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), AIDAR, USAID Standard Provisions, 2 CFR 200 and 700, and other relevant federal regulations. Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Finance, Public Administration, International Development, Business, or related fields. 
  • Preparing complicated Excel spreadsheets and budgets.
  • Applying relevant cost principles, budgeting methodologies, and cost presentations of U.S. and non-US funders.
  • Communicating clearly and concisely budget concepts and procedures and budget narratives and justifications.
  • Multitasking in a high-volume, deadline-driven environment.
  • Reviewing proposal budgets and other cost materials accurately.
  • Providing hands-on training regarding the above topics occasionally.
  • Proficient in the use of Word, Excel, and other software. Outgoing, detail-oriented, very organized individual preferred, and must have the ability to work on multiple projects concurrently within strict deadlines in a team environment. The position involves international and domestic travel when allowed by the Foundation’s safe travel policy. 

Why work at The Asia Foundation?

At a critical moment in history, you will have the opportunity to help solve some of the toughest challenges in the development/aid sector. You will work with people who address environmental problems in the Asia region, improve access to legal information, enhance civil society, promote government engagement/collaboration, and encourage learning and awareness. You will work in an innovative environment and build lasting relationships. The Asia Foundation, its donors, and its partners are unmatched throughout the region.