Finance Specialist–Hunger and Livelihoods team

Washington D.C., DC, USA
negotiable Expires in 3 days



The Finance Specialist is responsible for providing support in finance and award management activities within the Department of Hunger and Livelihoods. This individual will assemble spreadsheets and analyze large amount of financial information and identify areas of concerns. Working under the Director of Finance and Portfolio Management, this individual will help contribute to the continuous improvement of financial monitoring and budget management by identifying systems and procedures to enhance efficiencies and reduce risks. This position will provide regular guidance to DHL’s Program Managers (PMs) to ensure that all project budgets are managed consistently, adhering to general accounting principles. Other tasks include, review of audit reports, member control charges and fee for service agreements. The Finance Specialist will support the award management function, providing guidance as needed.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Financial Analysis and Support (50%)

  • Prepare and review monthly time splits, inclusive of distributing guidance.
  • Support the development of a tracker to reconcile budgeted versus actual level of effort splits on a monthly basis.
  • Review monthly transactions for designated, strategic initiative, and sponsorship budgets and ensure that they have been charged to the correct budget code.
  • Review re-classes submitted by staff and ensure they are coded correctly.
  • Participate or prepare for portfolio reviews, as needed.
  • Provide guidance and oversight on Fee for Service agreements (FFS) by training Program Managers/Award Managers on how to draft agreements and complete extensions. Coordinate with Finance on invoicing and ensuring that receivables are collected.
  • Assist the AMs in the review of member control charges. Ensure that all information is submitted to finance on time
  • Prepare monthly credit card reconciliations.


Budget Management (20%)

  • Under the guidance of DHL’s Director, Finance and Portfolio Management, work with individual Program Managers and business line leads to create fiscal year budgets and reforecasts for the department. Manage budget transfers as needed within the agency.
  • Manage Strategic Opportunity Cost Allocation (SOCA) spending against budgets.
  •  Create a process to ensure DHL budget lines managed by other departments are spent in a timely manner.
  • Manage and track designated budget and  sponsorship funding.  Prepare reports as needed.


Information Management (10%)

  • Ensure that information in Agresso and Award Management System is complete and up to date.
  • Update DHL’s risk register and ensure that business line leads have a proper understanding of financial and award management related risks and their implications on DHL and the Agency.
  • Update DHL’s Award Management library with forms, templates, and important communications, as necessary.
  • Maintain a repository for annual audit reports.
  • Must maintain strict confidentiality and the utmost of integrity in all aspects of the position.


Training and Technical Assistance (10%)

  • Conduct technical assistance visits to Save the Children International Country Offices to provide award management and finance support, as needed.


New Business/Proposal Development (10%)

  • Prepare or provide assistance in the preparation of and approval of DHL cost proposals for new funding, as needed


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience to include finance and/or accounting experience
  • High school or Technical/Vocational Degree
  • Ability to create, update, analyze and present finance and budget reports
  • Strong ability with Microsoft Office suite, including experience using Excel (pivot tables, data analysis tools…) for advanced and complex budgeting and tracking
  • Solid familiarity with finance and accounting concepts such as Generally Accept Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Highly developed problem solving, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to present information in an informative and clear manner. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to build effective relationships.
  • Willingness to travel up to 5% domestically and/or internationally.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field.
  • Not-for-Profit accounting, finance and grant experience
  • Strong knowledge of USAID rule and regulations to ensure only allowable costs are incurred against USG funding
  • Familiarity with Agresso or similar accounting system


Why you should join the Save the Children Team

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more. 

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About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)