Employment at USAID/ZAMBIA , DEADLINE 11 November 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) established a USAID programme in Zambia in 1977. USAID has five overarching programmes to its official development assistance in Zambia. These focus on economic growth, health, education, HIV/AIDS and democratic governance. Applications are invited from qualified and experienced applicants of the following position:

The “Senior Finance and Budget Adviser” is responsible for developing and managing Government-to-Government financing agreements. The incumbent provides guidance to Zambian Government counterparts on USAID financial management processes, managing the strategic budget for all Health Office activities, including PEPFAR, Saving Mothers Giving Life, and Presidential Malaria Initiatives.
  • Tracking financial commitments and obligations to the Zambian Government, Implementing Partners, and other donors
  • Maintaining information in budget systems throughout the planning and reporting processes
  • Developing and maintaining budget tracking instruments that support the sound budget monitoring
  • She or he interprets guidance on the Country Operational Plan, Health Investment Plan, and Malaria
  • Operational Plan through a strategic approach in a manner that makes information readily available to the Health Office Team
  • Lead and facilitates resource requests and allocations
  • The incumbent will also manage obligation of funds using (GLAAS) and the Field Support Database
  • The position requires strong communication and leadership skills in addition to the required technical skills, knowledge, and understanding of accounting principles, theories, practices, and terminology
  • The Senior Finance and Budget Adviser reports to the Health Office Team Leader
  • Possession of a master’s degree in business administration, public administration, finance, international economics, social science, or development studies
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration is required
  • Five years of professional-level experience in auditing, accounting, financial management capacity building, program planning, budgeting, financial management, or closely related work that includes the analysis and interpretation of complex data is required
  • Language Proficiency (level and specialization): Level IV (fluent) English language proficiency, speaking, and writing, is required
  • In-depth professional-level knowledge of good program management practices, appropriation and allotment accounting and budgeting procedures, as used in maintaining, reconciling, balancing, and closing complex accounts is required
  • Knowledge of accounting policies and regulations, procedures of disbursements and reimbursements principles and practices of cost accrual is necessary
  • Knowledge and understanding of the organization and respective roles of the different branches in the Zambian Government (Ministry of Finance; Directorates of Policy and Planning), in order to enhance effective communication and implementation is required
  • The incumbent must be able to work with host country government ministries to identify gaps and weaknesses in financial and program management capacity, develop and implement capacity building plans to address gaps and weaknesses
  • She or he must be able to relate funds management to Mission intermediate results and sub-intermediate results; understand changes in strategic program priorities and deadlines, their implications for budget management, and to recommend appropriate adjustments to the Health financial plan
  • She or he must have the ability to work effectively in a team environment to achieve mission goals. Abilities to manage a word processing program, databases and schedulers are essential
How to apply
Applicants must address each required qualification listed above with specific information supporting each item, a formal application letter or cover letter, current CV, Photocopies of all professional certificates and degrees.
A fully complete application form DS-174 (available online at

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