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Finance And Grants Director, Nigeria at RTI International

RTI’s Governance and Economic Development Division pursues innovative approaches and builds on best practices to create the foundation for and to promote democratic governance and economic development. Working alongside global partners, public institutions, the private sector, and civil society, we help build more effective, accountable, and responsive institutions and policies at the national, regional, and local levels of government. We believe an integrated approach using cross-sectoral strategies—incorporating service delivery and the social sectors, such as health and education—achieve the best results. Our clients include U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID), World Bank, and the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Job Description
The GED Division is currently accepting applications for the Finance and Grants Director position for an anticipated USAID-funded State2State (S2S) activity in Sokoto, Bauchi, and up to 4 additional states in Northern Nigeria. The overall goal of S2S is to increase the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of selected state and local governments (LGAs) in Nigeria. This will be achieved by strengthening systems to improve the delivery of services in key sectors (basic education, primary health care, and water, sanitation and hygiene - WASH); increasing the efficiency of key governance operations (with a focus on public financial management [PFM] and procurement, as well as monitoring and evaluation); increasing government’s responsiveness to citizen needs and priorities; and improving government and civil society capacity to manage conflict.                    

State2State builds on and expands the Mission’s currently ongoing “Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development” (LEAD, 2009-2017) activity, implemented by RTI. 

Description

The Finance and Grants Director will report to the Chief of Party and provide oversight for all financial and grant-making aspects of the project. Candidate should possess strong management, administrative and communication skills (including report writing).

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the finance and administration functions for this large, complex project and ensures compliance with RTI and USAID procedures;
  • Manage finance, grants, and information technology (IT) support to the project, requesting direction from RTI headquarters business partners as needed;
  • Work closely with COP, technical staff, pertinent RTI regional and home office staff and appropriate USAID staff when necessary to ensure project resources are effectively and efficiently budgeted, analyzed, disbursed, monitored and reported in achieving project objectives and results;
  • When necessary, work closely with key RTI staff, government and non-government officials, contractors and USAID staff to ensure full compliance with local laws (e.g., with respect to taxes, pension, shipping, customs, registration) while integrating with RTI systems and procedures;
  • Provide training and guidance to state finance officers and sub-grantees on managing project expenses to annual work plan and contract budgets;
  • Oversee preparation and submission of monthly financial statements (including expenses, receivable and payables);  
  • Ensure timely submission of expense reports, bank reconciliations and wire transfer requests to corporate headquarters in the US;
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual expenditures and prepare pipeline estimates for the project;
  • Prepare biweekly cash requirements, monitoring cash flow and reconciles cash accounts in order to maintain appropriate cash balances;
  • Manage and monitor performance of office petty cash system;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Directly supervise and mentor project staff.

 

Qualification:

 

  • Advanced degree in business administration, accounting or other relevant field, or equivalent experience and certifications and a minimum of 12 years’ experience in administrative and financial management of complex, development assistance programs;
  • Prior experience overseeing finance for a USAID-funded project of a similar size and complexity.
  • Previous experience with USAID-funded programs, and fluency with USAID policies and procedures related to financial management, financial reporting, and grant making.
  • Excellent track record of good interpersonal, supervision, leadership and managerial skills;
  • Results-oriented and team player and ability to follow guidelines and controls required of the position;
  • Advanced budgeting, financial analysis, and MS Excel skills required.
  • Experience with grants management, preferably small and in-kind grants, highly desired.
  • Proficiency with accounting software (Quickbooks preferred), Word, PowerPoint and Access.
  • Verbal and written fluency in the English language along with strong communications, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated team player with effective cross-cultural interpersonal skills; able to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to resolve sensitive and complicated work issues with senior high-level country counterparts, donor representative and senior-level staff.
  • Ability and willingness to live in Nigeria and travel frequently within Northern Nigeria.

 

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