Finance and Administration Director - USAID PNG Electrification Partnership (PEP) Activity

from Abt Associates
Closing date: 23 Nov 2019


Abt Associates, a global leader in technical assistance, program implementation, and international development, seeks a qualified Finance and Administration Director for the anticipated USAID-funded PNG Electrification Partnership (PEP) Activity based in Papua New Guinea. The Finance and Administration Director is responsible for the primary oversight and in-country leadership of all financial reporting, human resources and administrative operations through the life of the program. In particular, s/he will oversee financial operations for the program; conduct continual reporting to ensure the financial health of the program and the correct usage of funds. We are looking for individuals who are committed to exceeding expectations and who strive to improve the lives of people worldwide. This position is contingent upon award.

The PEP Activity anticipates connecting 70% of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) population to electricity by 2030. Recognizing that access to electricity is fundamental to economic growth and is foundational for the development of the private sector and industries, the governments of Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the United States are working together to support this goal. The program will undertake four primary objectives:

  1. Strengthen PNG Power Limited (PPL)’s Utility Operations and Financial Viability
  2. Develop Viable Off-Grid Electrification Models
  3. Strengthen PNG’s Energy Regulation
  4. Catalyze Private Investment for Energy Projects

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain sound financial management systems in line with USAID rules and regulations, accounting best practices, Abt Associates policies and procedures, and Papua New Guinea government requirements
  • Lead the development, monitoring, and review of project budgets in line with national laws, donor regulations and corporate policies
  • Produce budget projections and reports for submission to USAID and Abt home office
  • Review financial analyses and budget vs. expense reports to determine reasonableness of variances and take appropriate actions as required
  • Maintain regular communications with the senior management team providing relevant and timely financial information for planning and decision-making purposes
  • Oversee financial audits
  • Oversee Operations and Administration staff, ensuring that functions are performed timely and accurately
  • Lead recruitment, orientation and training of new administrative or accounting staff
  • Ensure implementation of and adherence of Abt Associates Human Resources policies including compliance with national labor law
  • Negotiate with vendors for best terms for procuring goods, supplies and services in compliance with USAID and Abt Associates policies and procedures

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or other relevant field
  • At least four years of experience in financial analysis, financial reporting, cash flow analysis, budget development and forecasting on donor-funded projects. USAID experience strongly preferred
  • Experience developing and implementing finance and accounting policies, procedures and systems
  • Excellent analytical and computer skills, with strong experience in Excel and QuickBooks
  • Well-developed and effective organizational skills, including to ability to multi-task and work in a high-pressure environment
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with government agencies, civil society counterparts, and international donor agencies
  • Previous direct supervisory experience of professional and/or support staff
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and presentation skills in English
  • Prior Papua New Guinea experience preferred; experience in fragile states desirable
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required