Partner Support Advisor

from Catholic Relief Services
Closing date: 09 Jan 2020

Changing the Way We Care looks to build on and complement care reform efforts and initiatives by sharing learning from demonstration country work; supporting global coalitions, advocacy, and awareness raising; and strengthening capacity. CTWWC is currently active in three demonstration countries (Guatemala, Kenya and Moldova), with plans for expansion to additional countries. The CTWWC Moldova team is based in Chisinau, Moldova.

Job Background/Summary:
The Partner Support Advisor is responsible for ensuring sound financial and award management standards for all CRS sub and sub-sub recipients working on the CTWWC program in Moldova, in compliance with CRS policies and donor regulations. S/he achieves this primarily by working with subrecipients and sub-subrecipients to strengthen capacity, but also works with the Lumos UK and CRS US headquarters in the management of Moldovan and other activ ity. A secondary responsibility is escalating exceptions to the attention of CRS (and where appropriate sub) CTWWC leadership. "Award management" extends to all donor requirements, including those for procurement, HR management, etc.

* Assess CTWWC/MD budgets and forecasts in terms of predictive accuracy. Add CTWWC/MD input into consolidated budgets.
* Track the 1231/32 accounts for Lumos and ensure that they reconcile to the CTWWC/MD portion of the subagreement (with 3012 and 3013 commitments) and to the financial reports. Prepare journal entries and advance payment requests for review by the CTWWC Finance Manager.
* Depending on availability, organize visits, attend global meetings/events to ensure consistency across the global award, and perform other duties related to the Moldova program.

* Review annual budgets relative to plans for the CTWWC/MD program. Work with CTWWC/MD and HQ to resolve budget issues. Review monthly forecasts provided by Lumos/UK for the CTWWC/MD operation, validate them against the approved budget and workplan, and confirm to CTWWC/HQ.
* Ensure that reporting from the MD program, including the system behind it, is timely. Review monthly reports provided by Lumos/UK for the CTWWC/MD operation, validate them against Moldova supporting documentation as required by CRS policy, and confirm to CTWWC/HQ. Confirm correspondence of the program's financial position relative to CTWWC/MD, Lumos/MD, Lumos/UK and CRS/HQ, and the accomplishments in narrative reports.
* Complete subrecipient assessments as required by CRS financial policies and enter relevant information in the Salesforce application for subrecipients.
* Complete monitoring visits required by CRS financial policies, discuss findings with partner management, documents findings and make recommendations for updates to the corrective action plan. This includes review of 25% of supporting documents

Capacity Strengthening
* Using the results of assessments required by CRS financial policies, and those undertaken independently and agreed with partner management, identify areas requiring adaptation based on compliance and control standards.
* Provide structured and on-job training to partner and- as requested- sub-sub staff, especially in relevant donor regulations.
* Provide ongoing advice on compliance questions for subs (Lumos) and sub-subs (TBD).In collaboration with Lumos/MD and UK and CTWWC/HQ staff, provide advice on:

The Partner Support Advisor has indirect oversight responsibility for the CTWWC/MD Award Manager, who reports directly to the CTWWC/MD Program Director.

* Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Auditing, or Business Administration. Master's preferred.
* 5 years' experience in financial planning, management, and reporting
* Experience with financial management of USG cooperative agreements
* Experience with oversight of subrecipient and sub-sub recipient financial planning, management, and reporting, with demonstrated partnership competencies. Experience with CRS systems preferred.
* Experience training subrecipient staff in financial management and donor requirements.
* Experience using SUN systems financial software and/or equivalent applications
* Ability to work in Moldova, including international travel where required, half time

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CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.