Job: Senior Finance Office at Tides




The Senior Finance Officer supports CSII financial monitoring and policy development as well as grantee capacity building and training. Reporting to the Fiscal Administrator, the Senior Finance Officer will monitor project expenses and cashflows, tracking multiple subgrants and grantee organizations. The position will strengthen Tides’ oversight of the grants program and support development of CSII’s financial policies in coordination with implementing partners while also reducing identified risks. The Senior Finance Officer will in addition support building grantee financial skills and organizational management while measuring their progress.

This role is embedded within the CSII team structure working with multiple funders, donors, implementers, regional hubs, and grantees. In order to successfully perform this task, it is necessary to coordinate effectively with different team members and stakeholders across a variety of organizations.

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Team members are expected to be forward thinking, entrepreneurial, and inquisitive. They should also feel comfortable and be confident in navigating through the complexities of a multi-stakeholder initiative.

The Senior Finance Officer position is an exempt position and is contingent on availability of continued donor funding.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Financial Monitoring and Financial Policy Development

The Senior Finance Officer will support project financial monitoring and financial policy development. This includes:

  • Strengthening CSII policies in the context of an expanding grants portfolio
  • Enhancing Tides’ financial oversight of the project
  • Monitoring project expenses and cashflows in Netsuite, Tides’ accounting system
  • Reviewing grantee financial reporting for compliance and accuracy
  • Reviewing grantee budgets in support of new grants and amendments
  • Supporting quarterly and annual donor financial and performance reporting
  • Other related duties as assigned

Grantee Capacity Building and Training

The Senior Finance Officer will also support building grantee financial skills and organizational management while measuring their progress. This includes:

  • Providing guidance to grantees to manage changes to their activities
  • Providing guidance to grantees on banking and cash management issues
  • Conducting site visits or attending grant-funded activities to monitor grantee progress and provide support as necessary
  • Other related duties as assigned

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participating in project-related meetings, both virtually and in-person
  • Contributing to develop of annual work plan and performance monitoring indicators

Education and Experience:

  • University degree in finance, accounting, business, public administration, international development, or relevant subject. Candidates may substitute four years of related experience in lieu of the degree requirement.
  • At least six years of specific experience in contracts/grants administration with institutional donors such as USAID, foundations, or other multilateral donors. This includes knowledge of USAID, and other US Government acquisition and assistance administrative regulations such as 22 CFR 228, 2 CFR 200 and other OMB circulars.
  • Experience training local organizations on financial management
  • Experience working on multi-donor projects
  • Experience working in the Middle East preferred

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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong budgeting and MS Excel skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong cross-cultural communication skills working in a large and diverse project
  • Strong organizational skills and capacity to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines with a high level of attention to detail
  • Language proficiency skills in Arabic, Spanish, or French preferred

Organizational Relationships:

  • The Senior Finance Officer reports to the Fiscal Administrator and works collaboratively with the Fiscal Administrator, the Program Manager, grantees, donors, and external partners on a daily basis to successfully implement the project.

Physical Demands:

Physical requirements needed to perform essential function(s):

Additional information:

Must be able to lift boxes of training materials

Must have the physical ability to move boxes weighing 10-20 pounds each 10% of work time.

Able to attend conferences, meetings, and trainings in the US and internationally

Must be able to travel domestically and international on an airplane up to 6-8 times a year.

Work Environment:

  • The position is full-time and works 40 hours per week.
  • The position will be located in the home of the incumbent though consideration will be made to provide an assigned workspace in a co-working space if feasible.
  • Location is flexible with preference for San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, or Washington, DC.
  • CSII is a global project with much of its work occurring virtually. Flexibility to work across different time zones and cultures is required.
  • Domestic and International travel anticipated up to 10- 20% of the time.

To Apply:

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Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to by February 15, 2019. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Finalists may be asked to submit additional information including references.

Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements of the position may not be considered for the position.

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About the Organization

The Civil Society Innovation Initiative (CSII) is a global platform to establish Innovation Hubs around the world that support, strengthen, and sustain civil society, especially those Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working in closed and closing spaces. Hubs are located in Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, the Pacific, and South Asia and work on a variety of issues including human rights, transparency, digital security, CSO sustainability, digital currencies, and more in partnership with multiple stakeholders and sectors.

Tides serves as the project’s Fiscal Agent, responsible for administering grants to CSOs to implement activities and undertake operations on behalf of each Hub and the project. The project is funded by multiple donors and implemented by several organizations working in partnership in a highly collaborative and fast-paced manner