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Job Opportunity at RTI International, Finance and Grants Manager


Finance and Grants Manager  

RTI International Tanzania ACTs project is recruiting for Finance and Grants Manager.  Under the supervision of the Chief of Party (COP), the Finance & Grants Manager will manage all financial and grant activities of the project in-country. S/he will work closely with the COP, technical staff, and RTI regional and home office staff to ensure project resources are effectively and efficiently used in order to achieve project objectives and results. The Finance & Grants Manager must ensure that project implementation is done in an environment of strong controls and that the project complies with RTI and USAID rules and regulations and all applicable local laws. S/he will ensure appropriate systems and procedures (payroll, cash management, vendor payments, budgeting and forecasting, procurement, property management, grants management and other related financial and operational tasks) are in place to properly disburse, account, budget, and report project funds in timely and cost-effective manner. The Finance & Grants Manager is responsible for financial and grants quality control and reporting and must ensure financial and operational information is provided to project leadership, technical staff, regional and home office staff for timely decision making.

This position supervises the project’s field-based Finance, Grants, and Procurements & Logistics staff, approximately four full-time staff (one Finance staff, two Grants staff, and one Procurement & Logistics staff).

Financial Management

  • Ensure compliance with RTI finance, accounting and procurement policies and procedures as well as local laws (i.e. taxes, customs, registration, minimize unbillable expenses);
  • Ensure timely submission of monthly accounting reports (preliminary & final extracts) including trial balances, balance sheets, P&L statements to project leadership and RTI Home Office, and review balance sheet reconciliations;
  • Review, approve and pay out cash disbursements to vendors and grantees in a timely manner and ensure that all expenses are allowable, allocable and documented per RTI/USAID policy and have adequate support documentation.
  • Responsible for management of financial documents and maintaining a proper filing system that ensures documents can be retrieved with ease;
  • Manage and oversee project’s internal and external financial audits, follow up on implementation of audit and compliance review recommendations;
  • Manage and monitor performance of office petty cash system, supervise the management of cash available amount in safe, check balances, and ensure financial security instructions are followed;
  • Facilitate monthly payroll and remit required withholdings and other benefit management;
  • Assess monthly cash flow needs for the project and communicate cash requests to Home Office according to planned activities;
  • Oversee the management of bank accounts: follow transfers, check balances, check authorized expenses and online transactions, advise COP on changes in bank account signatories;
  • Ensure bank reconciliations of all accounts are performed monthly and compliance issues addressed in a timely fashion and advise project leadership accordingly
  • Track value added taxes (VAT), compile submissions to Tanzania Revenue Authority and US government through the local US mission, monitor activity and update protocols;
  • Ensure adherence to RTI’s standard operating procedures for the procurement of commodities as described in the project’s Field Office Operations manual and RTI’s Global Operations website;
  • Ensure that proofs of purchase are valid (contracts, orders, bills, invoices, delivery receipts, etc.);
  • Issue advances and ensure staff comply with RTI’s advance liquidation policies;
  • Utilize/review monthly financial and operational monitoring tools (forecast, procurement tracker, activity tracker, etc.);
  • Review and provide financial inputs for monthly forecast updates;
  • Analyze gaps between planned budgets and actual expenses and report to COP, Home Office staff and activity leads;
  • Identify project financial risks and consult with the COP for rectifying these and, where necessary, seek regional finance controller support and/or home office support.

Grant Management 

  • Provide overall technical and administrative leadership in the areas of sub-grant management, including direct supervision of the project’s in-country grants staff to:
  • Set up, manage, and provide grant financial assistance related to the grant-making component of the program activities;
  • Ensure grants management and reporting are compliant with USAID grants management regulations;
  • Follow-up on the grant files updated with budgets, grant contracts, and agreements
  • Ensure the preparation and timely submission of grant technical and financial reports and budget transfers;
  • Ensure sub-grantee complete the pre-award requirements (MSQ, Anti-terrorism and Site visit assessment tool) and signed grant agreement and grant modifications;
  • Ensure that grant money is used according to the operational and financial needs of the program by reviewing the supporting documents through regular spot checks;
  • In collaboration with the program team, follow whether grantees submit all the required reports and other deliverables as per the program description and implementation plan;
  • Ensure that sub-grantees follow applicable regulations and spend the grant funds as intended;
  • Review sub-grantee invoices against the approved milestone schedules to verify that milestones are invoiced as budgeted;
  • In collaboration with the Grants Manager, verify sub-grant costs are incurred within the grant period and supporting documentation for invoices is available;
  • Provides technical assistance as required to build capacity of local partners & grantees.

Operations/Admin 

  • Work closely with RTI’s property control team to manage and properly dispose of all non-expendable property purchased by the project in-country
  • Oversee local procurement efforts in consultation with RTI’s regional office in Nairobi and RTI’s US contracts
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by immediate supervisor

Team Leadership

  • Ensure all staff adhere to financial and operational policies outlined in the Field Operations Handbook, train project staff as necessary on RTI/USAID financial and operational policies and procedures (advances, expense reports, travel policy, allowable versus unallowable costs, etc.)
  • Update the TORs of the finance department in collaboration with the COP and Human Resources Manager as needed;
  • Oversee the daily operations of the finance department and undertake appraisals of directly supervised colleagues;
  • Ensure capacity building for finance team members in order to increase the level of technical ability and skills within the department to deliver financial and operational outputs;
  • Improve information flows within the department and with other departments within the Tanzania project;
  • Engage with Finance Managers from other RTI/Tanzania projects to coordinate tasks, share best practices and lessons learned, and collaborate on process improvements.
  • Master’s degree and 6 years of professional experience or Bachelor’s Degree and 8 years of professional experience in Business Administration/Financial Management or equivalent combination of education and experience. CPA, ACCA preferred

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We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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