Program Finance Officer

Main areas of focus: International auditing, capacity training, program compliance management, grant appraisal, and preparation
Location: This opportunity is for those located in (or willing to relocate to) the New York City area only. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. or have an existing U.S. work permit. As a part of this role, you will be required to travel 40-60% of the time to developing countries. 

You’ll monitor and manage charity: water’s funds efficiently by frequently traveling to the field to provide internal audits and capacity-building trainings. 

As a Program Finance Officer, you’ll be responsible for developing and managing financial tracking, resource flows, reporting, and compliance for a specified portfolio of grants awarded to a variety of partners. Reporting to the Director of Program Finance, you’ll partner with the Water Programs team to ensure our international partners receive an excellent experience and competently implement our financial policies and procedures. You’ll work within the finance team to ensure our donors’ dollars are spent efficiently. You’ll work with our water partners to monitor and improve their financial processes. As Program Finance Officer you will also create and manage an internal monitoring plan that includes frequent travel to the field. You will create and implement a financial capacity building program to support our partners’ financial capabilities.  
  • Reviewing and approving water grants from proposal to completion.
  • Coordinating with the Water Programs team to manage timely and reliable water project reporting.
  • Administering independent external and internal audits of partners and assisting in the prioritization of partners when creating an annual audit plan. This will include, identifying and managing local audit firms that can provide oversight and training for partners. 
  • Creating and implementing a financial capacity training program and assisting in the prioritization of partners when creating an annual training plan. 
  • Coordinating stewardship of the organization’s cash while meeting water project implementation timelines.
  • Actively benchmarking water program investments against industry best practices.
  • Monitoring economic, political, currency, and fiduciary risk exposure to the grant portfolio.
  • Assisting in the due diligence process used to financially vet potential partners 
  • Helping other departments understand the financial implications of all aspects of the program. 
  • Spending about 40-60% of your time traveling to the field.
  • 4 - 6 years in financial analyst or related role and/or cost accounting experience in global operating environments
  • A demonstrated excellence with budget preparation, analysis, and financial reporting
  • Internal or external auditing experience 
  • Experience in financial capacity training
  • A proven ability to translate technical financial data into informative reports
  • Superlative communication skills, both spoken and written
  • A confident mastery of Excel 
  • A minimum one year of experience working in developing countries
  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant field

  • Experience with grant proposals and reviews
  • French fluency 
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field

You know what you’re doing
You have experience not only crunching the numbers but also articulating what they mean and how they can be useful in understanding the international nonprofit financial field.
You get under the hood
Our team digs deep. They jump on planes if they have to. The integrity of our financial data is a core value, so your attention to detail must be impeccable.

You’re flexible, a quick responder
The problem we’re trying to solve as an organization is dynamic and each day brings fresh and exciting challenges. You can react quickly and efficiently when called upon to change or pivot. You like special projects and learning new things.

You’re a problem solver and strategic thinker; you connect all the dots
We find ways of getting it done at charity: water. We don’t invest time on why it can’t be done. You know how to articulate and roll out solutions, recognizing there are many solutions to the same problem. You find new and effective ways to streamline and create processes to increase efficiency.

Your passport has many stamps
You have worked and traveled globally so you are comfortable dealing with a myriad of people and situations.

You have a team ethos
You thrive in a creative, inventive, fast-paced start-up environment, with people who are passionate about their work and mission. You’re excited to work cross-functionally with other departments.
You get things done
You're a multitasking machine. You follow through on every request, no matter how big or small. You keep your cool under pressure and know how to prioritize your responsibilities. And when you need help, you’re not afraid to ask.
The Program Finance team works cross-departmentally to support the grant budgeting process and timely
implementation of water projects. Reviewing all water partner proposals the Program Finance team ensures the financial integrity of our entire portfolio through a holistic auditing process. 

At charity: water, our team of world chargers believe that water changes everything. As a non-profit organization, we work to bring sustainable solutions, providing clean and safe drinking water, to those in developing countries. In 13 years, we’ve been able to bring healthier living conditions to over 10 million people in 28 countries. With the inner makings of a mid-size tech startup, we’re reinventing charity through endless innovation and contagious passion. When we’re not eating pizza, gathering for Bagel Breakfasts, or Friendsgiving Feasts, we’re working side-by-side to create beautifully crafted stories and a powerful brand that inspires a whole new kind of generosity.

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