The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is a global non-profit helping animals and people thrive together. We are experts and everyday people, working across seas, oceans, and in more than 40 countries around the world. We rescue, rehabilitate and release animals, and we restore and protect their natural habitats. The problems we are up against are urgent and complicated. To solve them, we match fresh thinking with bold action. We collaborate with local communities, governments, non-governmental organizations and businesses. Together, we pioneer new and innovative ways to help all species flourish.
IFAW seeks a Program Financial and Data Analyst to join Program Operations. This position reports to the Director of Program Operations and performs a variety of responsibilities, specialized duties, both assigned and self-led, with a technical focus. The Program Financial and Data Analyst plays a key oversight role and supports the Program Operations Director and Programs department through provision of financial perspectives and analysis to inform Programmatic performance and support strategic business decisions. This role will proactively work cross-functionally to support project teams across all of IFAW’s programs globally with financial management guidance, monitoring and analysis to facilitate achievement of our institutional mission and programmatic objectives.
Currently, this position will report remotely. Post COVID, it will be based at IFAW’s International Headquarters in Washington D.C. with the potential for partial remote work over time, but will not be fully remote.
Role and Responsibilities
- Accountable for providing accurate and timely analysis of Program financial performance to the Program Operations Director and Deputy VPs of Conservation and Animal Rescue (DVPs)
- Responsible for organizing, implementing, and analyzing quarterly budget meetings with Project teams and feeding back results to all relevant stakeholders in a timely manner
- Ensures accurate projects budgets are maintained by coordinating with Program Directors, Project Managers and support teams to process financial updates and reforecast on an ongoing basis to inform monthly reporting and accurate end-of-year projections, may include budget transfers and expenses reallocations
- Coordinating Programs’ contribution to the Finance Department’s quarterly reporting needs, including synthesizing budget variances per Program, Project burn rate analysis, and providing top-level illustrative narratives for Board reporting
- Reviews financial reports and information pertaining to budgets, project expenditures, project funding requirements and plans. Assists with forecasting 3-year budgets as a basis for identifying priorities and targeting funding sources
- Facilitating the preparation and analysis of ifaw’s annual operations and 3-year budgeting process for Programs department, working closely with the Program Operations Director; Program, Country and Regional Directors; and Program DVPs
- Assisting in the development of individual project budgets, ensuring implementation of effective tracking measures, including correctly coded and timely expenses to ensure data integrity
- Identifies problems and formulates recommendations for corrective action
- Consult with Development and Finance Departments to appropriately recognize incoming restricted funding received by ifaw
- Provides strategic and analytical support for key program operations initiatives
- Develop a deep understanding of relevant institutional policies and procedures
- Undertake other duties, and special projects of a nature consistent with the foregoing responsibilities, as assigned
Qualifications and Education Requirements
- Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field preferred and three years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree and two years of relevant experience.
- Superior organizational, time management and analytical skills with an ability to work independently, creatively, and as a problem solver.
- Solid understanding of administrative, financial management and operational processes. Basic accounting or financial planning experience is required.
- Ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis, create data visualization and reports
- Demonstrated ability to use word processing, database, and spreadsheet software packages; Intermediate to advanced experience with Microsoft Excel in particular.
- Ability to produce effectively and accurately while managing multiple priorities and often competing deadlines, anticipate and proactively respond to work requests;
- Excellent communication and collaboration skills and cultural sensitivity, with ability to work with international project teams at headquarters and the field. Other languages an asset.
- Pragmatic, work with a high degree of self-direction and motivation, composed under pressure, with professional acumen, good judgment, and a highly developed sense of responsibility.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork principles.
- Flexibility required; able to work flexible work hours, as needed, to accommodate staff working outside of the US.
- Ability to handle confidential matters with absolute discretion.
- Familiarity with U.S. Government-funded projects is highly desirable.
- Experience with Oracle or Unit4 financial software a plus, but not required.
At IFAW, we aim to create and foster a workforce that reflects and contributes to the diverse, global community in which we work to improve the lives of both animals and people. We are dedicated to fostering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion so we actively encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds.