Budget Specialist, Public Sector Development Services

Location: San Francisco
Deadline: November 6, 2017

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. 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.

The Asia Foundation’s Public Sector Development Services Unit in San Francisco is seeking a Budget Specialist. The Budget Specialist is responsible for providing budget and cost proposal services in support of the Foundation’s unsolicited and solicited proposals to public sector funders. This position will support cost proposal development, review, submission, including developing pricing strategies, participating in meetings related to program design; drafting budget notes; preparing all necessary forms, representations, certifications and other required cost data. This is an excellent opportunity to make a meaningful contribution, and have a positive impact across an international organization.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable collaborating with senior staff, working in a close-knit team and self-managing their daily work flow. The Budget Specialist will propose pricing strategies; prepare proposal budgets in collaboration with proposal teams; write cost notes and review proposal budgets for accuracy, cost realism and adherence to internal and donor requirements. The ideal candidate will also provide regular in-person and remote guidance to field offices and other internal clients on preparation of budgets to a wide array of bilateral and multilateral funders.


Minimum of five years’ experience working on public sector proposal budgets, and conducting budget analysis and pricing. Must be experienced at and comfortable with Excel and preparing complex Excel spreadsheets; familiar with relevant cost principles, budgeting methodologies, and cost modeling applications of US and non-US funders; be able to use sound judgment in handling confidential information and tact in resolving budget-related issues; have strong oral and written communication skills to explain budget concepts and procedures; have good writing skills to prepare concise and clear budget narratives and justifications. Experience working on cost application/proposals or programs with international funders, especially USG funders (USAID and DOS) preferred. Advanced understanding of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), AIDAR, USAID Standard Provisions, 2 CFR 200 and 700, and other federal regulations. Must thrive in an often stressful, high-volume, and deadline-driven environment while working with a closely-knit proposal team; and have a proven ability to conduct detailed and precise review of proposal budgets and other cost proposal materials, often juggling multiple budgets at one time, in a timely and efficient manner.


Bachelors or Masters Degree in Public Administration, International Development, Business or related field.

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. International and domestic travel will be required.

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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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