AG Compete and the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub
Director of Finance and Operations
AECOM International Development is seeking a Director of Finance and Operations for the anticipated USAID AG Compete and the West Africa regional trade program. The Trade Hub activity is to improve private sector competitiveness with a focus on increasing the agricultural productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Nigeria, and promoting West Africa’s regional and international trade. The Activity comprises of three main components: (i) design of a Competitiveness Fund for private sector partnerships; (ii) administration of the Competitiveness Fund to develop private sector partnerships and pr9ivde grants; and (iii) technical assistance (TA) that directly supports, coordinates, and organizes qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve USAID’s trade and food security objectives. The Trade Hub will contribute to both USAID/Nigeria’s Feed the Future objectives related to increasing the agricultural competitiveness of smallholder farmers in Nigeria as well USAID/West Africa’s objective to increase broad-based growth and resilience. This position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria.
The Director of Finance and Operations will be responsible for management and compliance of all operational, procurement, administration, and financial aspects of the program , in close coordination with the Chief of Party, ensuring all are on time and of high quality. The Director must be flexible, pragmatic, and able to think creatively to implement activities in a responsive manner. Additionally, the Director must be willing to travel throughout the region and carry out other tasks assigned by the COP, to ensure proper management of the contract. The Director will supervise staff in different countries thus develop management, communications, and reporting systems to accommodate the regional structure.
Roles & Responsibility
- Manages the program’s finance, operations, and administrative processes and functions
- Supervise a team of finance, grants, communications, and operations professionals
- Ensure that all grants management, financial management, and procurement is in compliance with AECOM and U.S. government regulations
- Provides relevant programmatic and financial data and analysis to inform results-based programmatic decision-making
- Oversee the program’s grants under contract, supported by a grants manager
- Oversee all operations, instituting and managing systems and policies across the whole program
- Provides overall supervision, direction, systems development, procedures development, manuals, and training to finance, operations, and administrative staff on AECOM and USAID rules and regulations for sound financial systems and accurate reporting
- Along with the Chief of Party, liaise with the home office on all finance, contract/grants administration, and operational matters
- Assume Chief of Party responsibilities in the COP’s absence
- A graduate degree in a relevant major, such as business administration, accounting, or finance, and at least 10 years of experience with financial management and/or program administration or an undergraduate degree in a relevant social or administrative science, with at least 13 years of experience with financial management and/or program administration
- At least 5 years’ experience with USAID or international donor funded programs similar in scope or size in sub-Sahara Africa or similar context;
- Supervisory and human resources experience
- Ability to successfully manage and develop staff in a multi-country and multi-cultural settings as demonstrated by past experience
- Demonstrated commitment to customer service
- Demonstrated knowledge of management processes and systems, such as human resources management and development (including performance evaluation), financial management, and management of employee compensation systems
- Ability to compile and prepare financial and budget data in line with USG rules and regulations
- Experience analyzing budget trends and monitoring funding levels across multiple accounts
- Expertise with procedures required for adequate planning, monitoring, and realigning of complex budgets
- Experience administering USAID grants programs
- Demonstrated ability to work with host government and cooperating partners in implementing a complex program under challenging circumstances
- Excellent computer skills
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing, and preferably working knowledge of French
Min Required Experience: 13 year(s)
Min Qualification: Bachelor's Degree/HND
- This position is only open to Nigerian Nationals
- Qualified women are highly encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants are invited to submit applications consisting of resume and cover letter specific to this position to WATIHAECOM@gmail.com no later than March 29, 2018. Please include Director of Finance and Operations in the subject of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, thus early submission is encouraged.
AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, age, religion, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.