Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, governance and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
Creative Associates seeks a Finance Director for a USAID-funded project proposal that seeks to address electoral reform in Zimbabwe. The Finance Director will manage the project’s financial systems. S/he will work under the supervision of the Deputy Chief of Party and will work on all matters related to financial management, financial reporting, subcontracting. S/he will also ensure sufficient funds are available for effective and efficient implementation of project activities and support programs.
Reporting & Supervision:
This position will report directly to the Deputy Chief of Party.
- Establish and maintain financial management and accounting control systems for program expenditures;
- Receive and account for all funds for the project (performing weekly and monthly cash checks);
- Manage the project’s finances to meet the financial reporting requirements, ensuring that all financial reports are submitted on or before the deadlines;
- Ensure accurate and smooth month and year-end closing and reporting within agreed schedules;
- Prepare budgets, monitor, review and revise as required in consultation with the Chief of Party;
- Participate in ongoing analysis, forecasting and review of project expenses;
- Participate in budget planning and realignments as required;
- Submit wire transfer requests for field offices to Finance and Contracts for processing;
- Work closely with field-based subcontractors to ensure budgets, projections, and invoices are completed according to Creative/USAID policies and procedures;
- Ensure compliance with the Country local laws, particularly on withholding taxes;
- Ensure timely deposit of withholding taxes and reporting to Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS); and
- Coordinate with Program & Grant Teams to establish proper controls for grants management.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
- M.S. degree in accounting or financial management desired; B.S. degree with at least eight (8) years of experience required;
- Previous financial management of a donor-funded project in Zimbabwe;
- Public or private sector management, financial analysis, cost accounting and relevant experience preferably in developing countries;
- Demonstrated capacity to supervise a complex financial management or general ledger system;
- Familiar with all MS Office applications;
- Must be proficient in English reading, writing and speaking;
- Excellent communication and reporting skills; and
- The candidate must currently reside in Zimbabwe.
Desired Skills & Qualifications:
- U.S. government (USAID preferred) administrative compliance experience;
- Exposure working with international operations; and
- Strong organizational and managerial skills.
Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Position contingent upon donor funding.