Director of Finance and Administration

Winrock International, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsHR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th February, 2021

Job Description

About Winrock International

Winrock International is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social, agricultural and environmental issues. Inspired by its namesake, Winthrop Rockefeller, Winrock combines scientific and technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to deliver market-based solutions that improve lives around the world. Winrock’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources across the globe.

Winrock International is recruiting applicants for the position of Director of Finance & Administration (DFA) for an anticipated climate change adaptation project that will work in both Sri Lanka and Maldives. The project aims to:

  • Identify and scale up innovative solutions to climate-related risks through market-driven private sector and community engagement,
  • Strengthen central and/or local governance to address climate-related risks, and
  • Improve the quality of and access to information for decision-making to reduce vulnerability to climate change.
  • This position is anticipated to work from the office in Colombo. Qualified Sri Lankan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply, especially those residing in Sri Lanka.

The DFA will be responsible for overseeing all project financial accounting and operational support. S/he will ensure the financial reporting requirement, procedures, and processes follow Winrock and USAID rules and regulations. This position is contingent on receipt of donor funding. This position is contingent on receipt of donor funding.


  • Manage the accounting, finance and administrative components of the project in-country, including the various petty cash funds and project office finance, accounting and administrative activities.
  • Manage relationships with banking institutions.
  • Ensure consistency with Winrock standard operating procedures, policies and accounting principles.
  • Develop procedures for monitoring, managing and analyzing project budgets, which allow accurate projection of expenditures and comparisons of actual and budgeted spending.
  • Coordinate monthly requests for funds, based on budget and cash flow projections, to ensure the project has all necessary funds for operations.
  • Coordinate and oversee program tendering and procurement activities in country.
  • Oversee monthly financial reporting and liaise with Winrock Home Office and Winrock Regional Office to resolve any questions.
  • Ensure financial reporting is in accordance with donor contractual requirements.
  • Ensure project finances and operations adhere to relevant Sri Lankan and (as applicable) Maldivian laws, including oversight and filing of necessary taxes.
  • Advise project staff on financial health of the project through the provision of regular and timely financial expenditure reports.
  • Review and approve all vouchers prepared by the project accountant for expenditures and ensure that expenses are reasonable, allowable and allocable to the project.
  • Oversee payroll procedures for national staff, administer payroll, and monitor employee time keeping.
  • Develop and implement office administrative and personnel systems.
  • Maintain financial controls and procedures for the management of funds and sub awards/contracts.
  • Produce budget projections and reports for submission to donor.
  • Lead annual reporting for registration and ensure compliance with local laws.
  • Liaise with the Chief of Party to ensure the project needs are being met in terms of accounting, contracts, human resources, IT, and operations.
  • Supervise project staff and consultants working on finance and administration for the project.
  • Monitor partners’ management of funds, financial reporting, advances, reimbursements and cross check source documents.
  • Maintain financial files and support audits as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or related field. Demonstrated focus or supplemental training in grants management preferred

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in financial management and grants management experience on international development projects
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience on USAID-funded programs required
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in grants management required
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of USG rules and regulations, particularly the code of federal regulations 2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR 2900
  • Proven experience managing finances of large ($10M+) projects


  • Strong skills in financial management, grant management, and subagreement management required
  • Strong analytical and computer skills, especially with accounting software, spreadsheets and financial analysis
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Sinhala or Tamil required


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