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Forest Trends seeks qualified candidates for the position of Operations and Finance Administrator for the anticipated USAID-funded project, Green Infrastructure for Water Security.

Forest Trends is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, that works to conserve forests and other ecosystems through the creation and wide adoption of a broad range of environmental finance, markets and other payment and incentive mechanisms. Forest Trends carries out its work in three broad areas:

  1. Providing transparent information on ecosystem values, finance and markets through knowledge acquisition, analysis and dissemination;
  2. Convening diverse coalitions, partners and communities of practice to promote environmental values and advance development of new markets and payment mechanisms;
  3. Demonstrating successful tools, standards and models of innovative finance for conservation.

Forest Trendsí Water Initiative works to change the way water is managed by scaling green infrastructure investments through financing mechanisms, so that green solutions are key part of a multi-pronged approach for water security.

 

The USAID/Peru Green Infrastructure for Water Security project is an anticipated USAID cooperative agreement that aims to scale up green infrastructure in Peru as a strategy to regulate water supply. The project will work to improve the enabling environment for adopting green infrastructure within the Peruvian water sector; improve information generation and management to support evidence-based decision making for green infrastructure project planning, design, and implementation; and design and implement green infrastructure projects that can serve as models for replication elsewhere in Peru.

The Operations and Finance Administrator will be responsible for overseeing the operational, financial, and administrative functioning of the project office in Lima, Peru. He/she will work with Lima-based technical team, Forest Trends administration, and Forest Trendsí partners to ensure compliance with USAID regulations in all non-technical aspects of project administration. He/she will supervise financial and management processes such as procurement, accounting, tax reporting, and human relations requirements, as well as the functioning of the office, and supervise administrative staff which may include an accountant and an administrative assistant.

The Operations and Finance Administratorís primary responsibilities will include:

  • Implement and oversee compliance with financial, procurement, and management processes, developing new processes where necessary to complement existing Forest Trends policies, in close coordination with Forest Trends Finance and Operations Department as well as with our partner organizations
  • Support the technical teams and partner organizations to follow and comply with procurement and subcontract/grant processes and USAID requirements
  • Oversee office accounting, Peruvian tax and social benefits reporting and management, including liaising with legal counsel to ensure project and organizational compliance with all legal and financial responsibilities, including timely renewals as needed of Forest Trendsí tax exemption status
  • Supervise the logistics of operating the project office to support the achievement of project results, including responsibility for assuring office security, cleaning and maintenance, and telephone and internet maintenance  
  • Assist the Deputy Chief of Party in maintaining quality control and high standards of USAID procurement, subcontracting, grant-making, and financial reporting.
  • Assist Deputy Chief of Party, Cross-Cutting Coordinator and Technical Leads, as appropriate, with local contracting of short term consultants (review terms of reference, review salaries and biodata for short term consultants, and draft agreements compliant with local labor laws and USAID procedures)
  • Respond to USAID financial management and contracting office regarding contractual, budget and invoicing issues.
  • Participate in annual workplanning and budgeting processes.
  • In coordination with capacity building specialist, assist with training and workshop scheduling and logistics.
  • Report to the Deputy Chief of Party and supervise and manage administrative staff, which may include an accountant and an administrative assistant.

Candidates should demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in accounting, business administration, or other relevant degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years of USAID project management experience, with increasing responsibility. Experience managing staff and teams preferred.
  • Familiarity with USAID procurement, file retention, approvals, and financial management rules and regulations, as well as managing USAID grants and/or subcontracts required.
  • Knowledgeable of Peruvian tax, accounting, and personnel benefits rules and regulations required.
  • Experience in interfacing with technical teams to ensure that they follow financial and compliance systems as well as experience building capacity of staff on these systems preferred.
  • Clear communicator (written and verbal); fluency in Spanish and professional English.

Interested candidates should send their CVs and a cover letter to Gena Gammie, Associate Director, Forest Trends (ggammie@forest-trends.org) by July 3, 2017.

Posted by Forest Trends at 9:54am on 03 July 2017

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