Finance Manager, Grants & Programs

  • Location
    Remote, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 27

Position description

WaterAid is the #1 international non-governmental organization exclusively focused on clean water, hygiene and sanitation, and there are 750 million reasons we do what we do. That daunting figure is the number of men, women and children who still do not have clean water close to home.

Since our founding in 1981, we’ve empowered 26.4 million people with clean water. That’s 26.4 million more healthy and independent people in the world. It’s a great start but we have so much more work to do. With your help, we can end the water crisis.

WaterAid America is seeking an experienced Finance Manager, Grants & Programs to serve as the lynchpin managing the flow of financial data across Colombia, Nicaragua, and US entities, ensuring that resources are well and transparently accounted for in compliance with donor and regulatory requirements. As an advisor to the Finance Director and CFO, the Manager also works to strengthen internal controls, ensuring that the systems, policies, and procedures underlying grant management are robust and fit for purpose.

The successful candidate will be a bilingual (Spanish/ English) and collaborative problem-solver who thrives working autonomously, can deliver on deadlines, takes ownership of their work, and has high personal expectations.

To work effectively across Colombia, Nicaragua and global finance teams, the Manager is expected to possess strong communication and interpersonal skills and be able to adapt their personal style to get the best out of others. The Manager must also possess flexibility to think and act across multiple levels of the organization simultaneously, be able to identify appropriate solutions for a growing organization and advise Finance Director and CFO.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious professional to join a team dedicated to making an impact on one of the world’s most urgent – and solvable - crises.


Serving as the primary point of contact for counterparts across the Colombia, Nicaragua, and other international program teams, the Finance Manager, Grants & Programs is responsible for managing and reconciling the flow of financial data across Colombia, Nicaragua, and US entities; supporting award administration and developing internal controls and processes to strengthen the organization’s overall capacity to manage awards.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program Finance (Colombia and Nicaragua)

  • Apply GAAP and reconcile the flow of financial data across Colombia, Nicaragua and US entities; review monthly reports for accuracy and quality, and work with Finance Manager to upload and consolidate data from Colombia and Nicaragua into WAA’s financial software (Adagio).
  • Ensure timely monthly close processes, deliver accurate and high-quality monthly reports, analyses, and dashboards of key performance indicators; conduct desk audits and sample testing to provide assurance over reports and procedures; support external audits.
  • Work with Finance Managers in Colombia and Nicaragua to ensure congruity and consistency of systems; continually strengthen financial and risk management across key areas (including job costing, budgeting, reporting, forecasting and analyses), implement audit recommendations, document policies and procedures across WaterAid America and in alignment with WaterAid international Global Standards; etc.

Grant & Award Management

  • Collaborate with program staff to develop grant and program budgets; review grant applications, with an emphasis on full cost recovery, to ensure they are compliant with guidelines and policy, and in support of the WaterAid America’s goals and our global mission.
  • Review and provide sign-off, within delegation of authorities, on financial components prior to submissions to donors, ensure these are compliant with donor and regulatory requirements; check subrecipient / subcontractor financial reporting for payment in compliance with donor terms and conditions.
  • Assume full and overall responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, integrity, and security of managed grants and contracts-related systems and data; collaborate with Finance Manager to ensure grant related accounts are accurately and completely reconciled, support and assist with the preparation of annual audits, budgets and forecasts of grant spend rates and cost recoveries.
  • Ensure proper financial close-out of grants, awards, sub-awards and subcontracts; coordinate and maintain documentation for grant and award compliance.
  • Serve as the internal financial liaison to global staff working on the NTD projects, and as an external liaison with donors.
  • Support and oversee implementing partners by ensuring that financial systems, internal controls, policies and procedures, and reporting are robust and fit for purpose.
  • Advise and make recommendations to CFO and Finance Director to strengthen WAA’s capacity to ensure compliance, manage and deliver on use of restricted donor funds.


Essential skills and experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience with financial or cost management for an INGO and degree in finance, accounting, or related field
  • Knowledge of cost accounting methods and practices applicable to management of private and federal funds.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing restricted funds, grants and contracts and supporting grant management staff to do so.
  • Strong understanding of non-profit accounting and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and familiarity with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).
  • Experience with developing and implementing policies, procedures, and systems relative to finance and accounting practices and grant management
  • Exceptional analytical skills, high degree of proficiency in MS Office (especially Excel) and accounting software with an appetite to continually learn and grow.
  • Professional manner, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and high degree of proficiency in both Spanish and English.
  • Superb attention to detail and project management skills: creative approach to problem-solving, ability to prioritize, manage and execute numerous projects simultaneously.
  • Positive and flexible approach to collaborating across teams and functions; experience in training and/or supporting others to learn and adopt new systems.
  • Model and champion WaterAid’s values; exercise discretion, sound judgement and maintain confidentiality; ensure the safeguarding of organizational assets.

Desired skills and experience

  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations especially the Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements (2 CFR 200) and (Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), USAID Acquisition Regulations (AIDAR).
  • CPA or international equivalent
  • Familiarity with SunSystems and/or Adagio financial software

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