Cost and Contract Analyst, Public Sector Development Services

Location: San Francisco, Washington DC

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 regional cooperation. These are just some of the ways we encourage 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 cost and contract analyst. Working out of The Asia Foundation’s San Francisco office (preferred) or our Washington D.C. office, the analyst will provide budget and cost analyses and recommendations on the Foundation’s unsolicited and solicited proposals to public sector funders. This position will support cost proposal development, review, submission, including developing cost/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.


  • A minimum of five years’ experience working on public sector proposal budgets and conducting budget analysis and cost/pricing.
  • Must be skilled at Excel and preparing complicated Excel spreadsheets; familiar with relevant cost principles, budgeting methodologies, and cost presentations of US and non-US funders; able to use sound judgment and tact in handling confidential information and discussions; 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. With working knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), AIDAR, USAID Standard Provisions, 2 CFR 200 and 700, and other federal regulations.
  • Able to operate effectively in high-volume, and deadline-driven environment; and have a proven ability to conduct detailed and precise review of proposal budgets and other cost proposal materials.
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Finance, 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.


The ideal candidate is expected to be a team player and able to manage his or her daily work assignments independently. The cost and contract analyst will propose cost/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 The Asia Foundation’s field offices and other

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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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