Dec 012017

Organization: University of Rhode Island
Country: Ghana
Closing date: 21 Dec 2017

The USAID/West Africa Analytical Support Services and Evaluations for Sustainable Systems in Agriculture, Environment and Trade (ASSESS) project is seeking candidates for Budget Analyst. The project is based in Accra Ghana and covers West Africa countries receiving funding form United States Agency for International Development, West Africa Regional Economic Growth Office (USAID/WA/REGO). The ASSESS project provides program evaluations and research, monitoring, knowledge and information management (including learning events), and other support services to USAID/WA/REGO. The project is implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership with The University of Rhode Island (URI), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and other partner Universities in the U.S. and West Africa.

The Budget Analyst is a local hire recruitment (i.e., recruited in Ghana and based in Ghana). Any nationality is eligible to apply under these conditions if the candidate has, or can obtain, legal status to work in Ghana. ASSESS project is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of affirmative action.

Key Responsibilities:

· Reporting to the ASSESS Chief of Party (COP), develop and regularly update the project budget under his supervision and in response to ASSESS university partner, USDA and USAID needs and requests. Responsible for up to date budget tracking, analysis and reporting on expenditures against budget to meet internal management and external client (USAID) needs.

· Prepare regular updates for the COP to communicate to KNUST on the status of the KNUST ASSESS budget. Review KNUST’s monthly standardized financial reports and Advance Requests to USDA. Update budget and accruals in the KNUST Finance/Accounting system.

· Systematically gather accurate budget and financial expenditures information from ASSESS staff and partners and present it in standardized formats designed to highlight critical issues for decision-makers and to capture the complexity of funding from various sources and attributed to various USAID teams and ASSESS partners.

· Ensure that detailed budgets for Commissioned Activities (CA) are clearly presented and tracked in standardized formats and adhere to standard budgeting and reporting conventions across activities. Ensure that CA budgeting is in compliance with applicable US Government (USAID and USDA) and partner University rules and regulations.

· Support ASSESS technical staff to collect and assemble finance/budget related information in preparing CAs with budgets that capture all tasks as described in the SOWs responses. Support the COP and ASSESS partner Universities in the preparation of funding pipelines and responsibilities in the execution of CA budgets.

· Prepare timely financial reports and narratives. Prepare and update the ASSESS Money Map. Prepare the Financial section of ASSESS quarterly and annual reports to USAID.


· Master’s degree in Finance, Economics, Statistics or a related field. Minimum of 5 years of relevant, progressively responsible work experience in finance or financial management for donor-funded projects.

· Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

· Demonstrated knowledge of and high level capacity in budgeting, financial analysis and financial reporting for complex donor-funded projects. Understanding of financial management challenges in the context of development projects in West Africa. Strong knowledge and familiarity with Financial Management software and extensive knowledge of advanced Excel is required.

· Familiarity with USAID projects strongly preferred and with USAID policies, rules, regulations and business processes, including Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP).

· Understanding of how to work effectively with a multinational team of in-country staff, university partners, USAID technical teams based in Accra and USDA based in Washington.

· Strong written and oral communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. Highly computer/internet literate

· Demonstrated ability to plan, develop, and manage multiple activities simultaneously and meet deadlines.

How to apply:

Application Requirements: Submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae by e-mail with “ASSESS Budget Analyst” in the subject line to: Kim Kaine (, with copy to no later than December 21, 2017, 5pm Accra time.

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