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Budget & Finance Officer, METI/U.S. Forest Service International Programs & U.S. Agency for International Development

Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc. (METI), in support of the U.S Forest Service (USFS) Office of International Programs, Disaster Assistance Support Program (DASP), is recruiting a Budget and Finance Officer to work with USAID’s Budget and Finance Division (BFD) in USAID’s/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). This Division provides BHA with end to end budget and financial support: from external budget formulation, request, and justification; to coordinating and advising on the internal budget planning and funding allocation processes; to executing budget in USAID and BHA systems, and performing financial management tasks; and providing financial analysis and reporting, in order to maintain accountability for funding and garner support for future requests. The BFD also liaises with BHA budget stakeholders, including USAID’s Office of Budget and Resource Management (BRM), the Department of State’s Office of Foreign Assistance (State/F), the State/Populations, Refugees, and Migration (S/PRM) budget teams, and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 

The BFD structure includes three teams, the Budget Formulation and Planning Team, the Budget Execution Team, and the Financial Reporting and Analysis Team. The BFD staff provide all BHA Offices with dedicated and comprehensive budget planning, execution, and reporting support. The Budget and Finance Officers, in close coordination with the BFD Leadership, will help carry out these functions.

Working under the guidance and supervision of the Team Leader or designee, the Budget and Finance Officer will perform the following responsibilities:

Budget Execution and Financial Management:

● Facilitate the financial and budgetary components of  BHA programming , utilizing USAID’s corporate financial and procurement systems, as well as BHA in-house program and financial system..

● Support BHA’s International Development Assistance (IDA), Title II, Development Assistance (DA) and Operating Expenses (OE) Funds management and execution.

● Facilitate and monitor the accruals process on a quarterly basis and provide information and guidance as necessary to BHA staff.

● Coordinate the periodic review of unliquidated balances, including researching and facilitating de-obligations of unliquidated funds as appropriate.

● Help team leadership in managing BHA’s operating expense budget.

● Assist in monitoring and tracking fund distributions, commitments, and obligations.

● Process financial transactions using BHA’s program management and reporting systems, and the Agency’s financial and procurement systems, as well as reconcile data between the systems to ensure accuracy.

● Assist senior staff as needed on financial systems and processes, including developing and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures for the unit.

● Monitor use of BHA program funds by overseas USAID offices to ensure that resources are fully accounted for and utilized in accordance with BHA’s mandate and consistent with the accounts/appropriations provided to BHA.

● Support the preparation of BHA’s submission for the annual Federal Managers FinancialIntegrity Act (FMFIA) exercise.

Financial Reporting and Analysis:

● Assist in preparing BHA’s contributions to State/USAID periodic and ad-hoc budget reports and exercises, such as the Annual Operational Plan and Foreign Assistance & Foreign Aid Explorer reporting.

● Assist senior team members to meet regular and ad-hoc budgetary and financial reporting requirements to BHA’s budgetary stakeholders as well as auditors.

● Perform financial data quality assurance and reviews of BHA fact sheets

● Satisfy reporting requirements, related to public announcements of humanitarian funding.

● Produce standard reports and ad-hoc reports, utilizing Microsoft Excel as necessary.

● Research and collect data, using online tools and services, on humanitarian response,early recovery, risk reduction, and resilience funding needs and trends, for senior team members and team leadership.

Budget Formulation and Planning:

● Assist senior team members and team leadership in the formulation of annual and supplemental program budget requests, narratives, and supporting materials for humanitarian contingency funding, based on historical trends, projected needs, and knowledge of organizational and USG budgetary priorities, as needed.

● Support the annual internal planning and execution of a complex office budget that consists of reserves for unforeseeable disasters and emergencies, programs to address ongoing emergencies, resilience, early recovery, and disaster risk reduction programs. 

● Maintain awareness of the appropriations process and appropriations legislation, including any special language or restrictions pertaining to BHA’s funding that could impact BHA’s programs.

Other BHA Duties:

● Serve, as needed, as an HBMO/BFD representative on technical evaluation panels for BHA solicitations including United States Personal Services Contractors (USPSC’s) andContracts.

● Serve as the BHA after-hours Duty Officer on a rotational basis, for approximately one week every six months.

● As needed, serve as a member of the Washington-based Response Management Teams (RMTs) which provide services and support to Disaster Assistance Response Teams(DARTs) deployed in response to disasters. The duties on RMTs will be varied. RMT service is not a core requirement or expectation for this position, but occasional RMT activations are possible.

● Consistently model behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to fostering a non-hostile work environment free of discrimination, bias, unfairness, exclusion, offensive behaviors and harassment of any kind. Contribute to a collaborative, respectful, and professional work environment by demonstrating partnership and teamwork to accomplish team, office, and bureau objectives.

● Participate in BHA’s workforce diversity initiative/activity focused on helping to improve the organization culture. Attend and actively participate in diversity and harassment training opportunities, brown bag sessions or focus group discussions.

The individual should have the following skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in management, budgeting, finance, accounting, international relations, humanitarian assistance, international development, and/or a related field plus two  (2) years of experience working in management, budget, finance, accounting, international relations, humanitarian assistance, international development, and/or a related field. OR
  • Master's degree in management, budgeting, finance, accounting, international relations,humanitarian assistance, international development, and/or a related field plus one (1) years of experience working in management, budget, finance, accounting, international relations, humanitarian assistance, international development, and/or a related field. 
  • Experience or familiarity with the federal or corporate budget formulation process.
  • Experience with supporting the execution of a complex organizational budget
  • Experience with processing transactions in and preparing reports from budgetary, financial, accounting and procurement systems, including writing Standard Operating Procedures or guidance.
  • Experience (or familiarity) researching, reviewing, evaluating, analyzing work processes and budgetary and financial operations of an organization.
  • Excel proficiency and Excel enthusiasm are required. 

International Programs/DASP is committed to the Forest Service’s core values and reaffirms its anti-harassment policy to ensure a work environment in which all people are treated with dignity, fairness, and respect; and prohibits behavior which discriminates on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. International Programs will hold any employee, contractor, partner, business associate, or program participant who engages in discriminatory behavior accountable. Furthermore, International Programs is dedicated to acknowledging, addressing and eradicating systemic racism and implicit bias at all levels of our internal and external decision-making and will pursue anti-racist, anti-discriminatory, and inclusive practices in all facets of our work in the United States and globally. We value diversity and recognize its role in enriching our work and fostering innovation.


Budget & Finance Officer, METI/U.S. Forest Service International Programs & U.S. Agency for International Development

Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc. (METI), in support of the U.S Forest Service (USFS…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    May 21, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1 Thomas Circle, Washington, DC, DC 20005, United States

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