Program Finance Officer

The Program Finance Officer (Traveling) will 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. 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. You will 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.  
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • You’ll review and approve water grants from proposal to completion.
  • You’ll coordinate with the Water Programs team to manage timely and reliable water project reporting.
  • You’ll administrate independent external and internal audits of partners. Assist in the prioritization of partners when creating an annual audit plan. Identify and manage local audit firms that can provide oversight and training for partners. 
  • You’ll create and implement a   financial capacity training program. Assist in the prioritization of partners when creating an annual training plan. 
  • You’ll coordinate stewardship of the organization’s cash while meeting water projects implementation timelines.
  • You’ll actively benchmark water program investments against industry best practices.
  • You’ll monitor economic, political, currency, and fiduciary risk exposure to the grant portfolio.
  • You’ll assist in the due diligence process used to financially vet potential partners 
  • You’ll help other departments understand the financial implications of all aspects of the program. 
  • You’ll be required to spend about 40-60% of your time traveling to the field.
 
MUST-HAVES
  • 4 - 6 years in financial analyst or related role and/or cost accounting experience in global operating environments
  • Demonstrated excellence with budget preparation and analysis, financial reporting
  • Auditing (Internal or External) experience required
  • Financial capacity training strongly preferred
  • The proven ability to translate technical financial data into informative reports
  • Superlative communication skills, both spoken and written. French fluency preferred
  • Excel mastery
  • Minimum one year of experience working in developing countries
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree a plus
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States

SKILLS
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 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’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 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 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.
 
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.
 
Your passport has many stamps
You have worked and traveled globally so you are comfortable dealing with a myriad of people and situations.
 
LOCATION
This opportunity is for those located in (or willing to relocate to) the NYC area only. As a part of this role, you will be required to travel 40-60% of the time.

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