Program Manager (Finance, HR, and Procurement Restructuring)
The Asia Foundation
April 10, 2018
Salary depends on experience
Full Time - Experienced
In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?
You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. 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.
The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. Drawing on over six decades of experience, the Foundation supports initiatives to improve governance, law and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; sustainable development and the environment; and international relations. The Asia Foundation has offices in 18 countries throughout Asia and is headquartered in San Francisco. In Afghanistan, the Foundation supports five primary themes: Governance and Law, Women’s Empowerment, Education, Survey/Research and Knowledge Development, and Regional Cooperation. The Foundation with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing an 18-month project to support capacity building of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
The Program Manager (PM) will be responsible for overall project management of a highly complex project requiring restructuring of finance, HR, procurement and internal audit functions of AUAF based in Kabul. The initial assessment has already been carried out and detailed work plan has been developed based on findings in the initial assessment report. The key activities of the project requiring oversight and leadership by the PM include, but are not limited to the following:
a) Development of policies, procedures and processes in the support areas of Finance, HR and Procurement which align with USAID rules and regulations and IFRS, and promote sound internal controls.
b) Reimplementation of the IT systems i.e. MS Dynamics GP and PowerCampus by re-aligning structural elements for comparability of data and traceability of funds from earmarking to implementation, improving communicability of revenue data with budget and expenditure data, improving reliability and integrity of financial information, streamlined processing of reports and optimizing workflows.
c) Leading the development of a comprehensive training plan on new systems for AUAF staff.
d) Organizational development, including the AUAF support structure review, job profile realignment and staff capacity assessment.
e) Ensuring implementation of enhanced internal control measures to improve management processes including inventory and fixed assets.
f) Assisting AUAF in developing their financial statements for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2018
g) Monitoring the implementation of all capacity building initiatives planned under the project.
h) Carrying out pre-checks on the USAID related financial transactions before release of payments to ensure these in full compliance with USAID’s Cooperative Agreement with AUAF.
i) Carrying out compliance audits over certain areas funded under USAID’s Cooperative Agreement with AUAF. It is expected that the PM will provide strategic leadership support and guidance to a team of national and international consultants implementing various aspects of the project including design, implementation, evaluation, reporting of activities, project HR management etc. The PM is also required to maintain effective working relationships with the Foundation’s staff, AUAF staff and USAID. The PM position is based in Kabul and reports to the Foundation’s Country Representative in Kabul.
WHY WORK AT THE ASIA FOUNDATION?
At a critical moment in history, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development, stability, and growth of the Asia region. You will help promote a more constructive engagement between government and citizens and advance learning and awareness about The Asia Foundation. You will work with and learn from dedicated, smart, and accomplished colleagues and local partners, and, in the process, improve your skills and expertise.
HOW TO APPLY?
Applications should be submitted by visiting our website: http://asiafoundation.org/about/careers/ and selecting “Regular Employment”. We will only consider applicants who apply online and include both their cover letter, resume, and answer the assessment questions provided. Please upload your cover letter and resume in one document. You can also upload both in separate documents but please note, to do so, you will have to sign out of the system and go back into your record for additional documents. Applicant must submit their application prior to the deadline on Monday, April 23, 2018. The Asia Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. We are an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
a) Qualified CPA or CA, ideally from USA, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand
b) A minimum of 10 years relevant experience i.e. restructuring financial management, HR and Procurement systems, with a minimum of 5 years at Executive level (candidates with consulting background in Big4 and having experience of Universities will be given preference)
c) Excellent understanding of donor compliance requirements with specific knowledge of USAID compliance requirements
d) Work experience of IFRS
e) Demonstrated ability to communicate project objectives, project status and deliverables with stakeholders
f) Demonstrated ability to lead change management initiatives in an international environment
g) Ability to coordinate activities and work closely with project stakeholders, functional and technical teams
h) Excellent written and oral presentation skills
i) Strong problem-solving and analytical skills. Creative thinking for rapid solutions;
j) High ethical and professional standards;
k) Solid interpersonal, communication, organizational and people management skills.
l) Excellent command of English, written and spoken.
About The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.
Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2017, we provided $83.7 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at $8.7 million.