Director of Finance and Administration

FHI 360, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th March, 2018

Job Description

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Finance and Administration in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Program Description

Under the USAID University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP) program, the institutional capacity of the MoHE and universities will be strengthened and the quality and relevance of the higher education system will be improved.  The intention is to promote and support larger universities in Kabul and the USG-designated Regional Economic Zone (REZs) that in turn will serve as models to reach out and support smaller public universities in their respective zone.  USWDP plans to focus on up to 10 major universities within the REZs. The selected universities will strive to meet student demand for higher education in large urban centers and address the human resource requirements of the private sector in the more vibrant urban markets.

Position Description:

The Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) shall work under the leadership of the Chief of Party and will be responsible for all aspects of USWDP’s financial, human resources, operations, information technology, and administrative management.  S/he should have extensive experience of at least seven years in large and complex program financial and administrative management, including financial controls and audit, as well as reporting on accruals, pipeline, and contract and personnel management. S/he should also have experience with donor organizations, and ideally with USAID. This is a nine month-long assignment, until the project closes down.

  • Provide strategic leadership to the financial analyst staff in USWDP.
  • Prepare financial guidance to through well-written and thorough memos, updates to policies, and procedure manuals.
  • Assign and audit the work of the finance department, while providing guidance to staff.
  • Monitor and update USWDP’s budget.
  • Engage in the more critical and confidential aspects of financial analysis.
  • Work closely with the Senior Management Team to provide final decision making on program implementation as it relates to finance and administrative functions.
  • Work with confidential data, which if disclosed, might have significant internal and / or external effect.
  • Manage the operational and strategic functions for the finance department to ensure compliance and efficiency.
  • Consult with and provide recommendations to the Senior Management Team on financial performance and enterprise risk management.
  • Develop and implement process improvement plans for to ensure effective and efficient financial controls and operational procedures.
  • Provide leadership in financial reporting for annual budget planning, audit reviews and assessment processes.
  • Keep abreast with the latest trends in financial accounting and share learning with USWDP finance and administrative staff.
  • Develop capacity of team performance and drive for excellence.
  • Possess broad conceptual judgment, initiative and ability to deal with a wide range of finance issues.

Minimum Requirements: The DFA shall have an advanced management or financial degree (Master’s degree) from an accredited university.  S/he shall have at least seven years of senior management/leadership experience in finance and administration management experience; field-based experience in developing countries preferred. Previous experience in conflict or post-conflict countries is desired.


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