Finance and Administration Director – Ghana Trade and Investment Activity

Full TimeInternship Greater Accra Region Abt Associates
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Finance and Administration Director

The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance—as well as in international evaluation.

Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.

 

Project Description

 

Abt Associates, a major American research, technical assistance, and international development company, seeks highly qualified candidates for the Finance and Administration Direcor position for the anticipated five-year USAID-funded Ghana Trade and Investment Activity. The project’s purpose is to improve the enabling environment for Ghana’s economic growth, including, but not limited to: i) facilitating growth in export-oriented trade; ii) improving and developing quality production standards; iii) catalyzing investments in private enterprises operating in the high-value commercial crops; iv) promoting job creation, particularly among women and youth; v) promoting economic diversification; and vi) increasing foreign exchange revenues from high-value export crops. The Trade and Investment Activity will facilitate investments in firms that trade goods across borders, spur innovation, and build the capacity of the entire trade sector. The position will be based in Accra, Ghana and is contingent upon project award to Abt Associates.

 

Job Summary

 

The Finance and Administration Director is responsible for the primary oversight and in-country leadership of all financial reporting, human resources, and administrative operations through the life of the program. In particular, s/he will oversee financial operations for the program and conduct continual reporting to ensure the financial health of the program and the correct usage of funds.

 

Key Roles and Responsibilities

 

Develop and maintain sound financial management systems in line with USAID rules and regulations, accounting best practices, and Abt Associates policies and procedures
Lead the development, monitoring, and review of project budgets in line with national laws, donor regulations, and corporate policies
Produce budget projections and reports for submission to USAID and Abt home office
Review financial analyses and budget vs. expense reports to determine reasonableness of variances and take appropriate actions as required
Maintain regular communications with the senior management team providing relevant and timely financial information for planning and decision-making purposes
Oversee financial audits
Oversee Operations and Administration staff, ensuring that functions are performed timely and accurately
Lead recruitment, orientation and training of new administrative or accounting staff
Ensure implementation of and adherence to Abt Associates Human Resources policies including compliance with national labor law
Negotiate with vendors for best terms for procuring goods, supplies, and services in compliance with USAID and Abt Associates policies and procedures

​​​​​​​Preferred Qualifications

 

Masters degree in accounting, finance, business administration or other relevant field
At least ten years of experience in financial analysis, financial reporting, cash flow analysis, budget development and forecasting on donor-funded projects. USAID experience required
Experience developing and implementing finance and accounting policies, procedures and systems
Excellent analytical and computer skills, with strong experience in Excel and QuickBooks;
Well-developed and effective organizational skills, including to ability to multi-task and work in a high-pressure environment
Demonstrated experience interacting with government agencies, civil society counterparts, and international donor agencies
Previous direct supervisory experience of professional and/or support staff
Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and presentation skills in English

Minimum Qualifications

 

Master’s degree and 10-12 years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.

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