At the Rainforest Alliance, we are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal. To advance our mission, we focus on amplifying our impact on the ground through systemic transformation: change across the entire supply chain, change in the relationship between people and nature, and change within our own organization. We achieve this transformation by working in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to create a stronger Alliance. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways. We embrace transparency because we believe that the best way to build trust across our alliance is through openness about our tactics, our impact, and partners on the ground. Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.


Position summary:

The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.

 

To maximize our impact, we are recruiting for an anticipated USAID-funded global initiative, “Business Case for Collective Landscape Action”. This ambitious applied research initiative will resolve core barriers to “Achieving Sustainable Landscape goals via reducing deforestation in Commodity Supply Chains and Promoting Landscape Restoration” faced by key stakeholders such as global companies, investors, tropical governments, and local actors. The implementation approach operates at the nexus of landscape impact delivery and finance, market and policy enabling conditions. Work is primarily focused in the Amazon and includes targeted interventions in the Congo Basin and Indonesia.

 

Under the leadership of the Senior Manager, Landscape Impact Delivery / Chief of Party and the Regional Finance Manager, the Project Finance Manager will oversee the financial management of the project, ensuring appropriate use of financial resources and ensuring that financial reporting at all levels is in accordance with the project terms. S/he will oversee budget development and administration, manage implementation of key financial activities, ensure efficient financial support for the project team, and ensure compliance with USAID regulations and RA policies and procedures. This position will work closely with Project Manager, Country Directors, Tropical Andes Director and finance, administrative, compliance, contracts and/or accounting staff based in different locations.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Assure compliance with budget and contract requirements in accordance with Rainforest Alliance policies and procedures;
  • Develop and maintain tools (i.e. forecasts and dashboards) to maintain visibility and transparency;
  • Ensure cost recoverability and track leverage requirements;
  • Responsible for accurate and timely reporting and analysis of the project’s performance, based on approved budgets;
  • Manage the annual budgeting and financial planning process (including mid-year forecast) for the project for RA and USAID fiscal years;
  • Monitor all financial activities, and keep Management advised of situations which have potential negative impact on financial performance;
  • Ensure all project and subgrantees expenses are in line with USAID rules and regulations, as well as RA’s policies and procedures;
  • Facilitate the development, improvement and adoption of policies, practices and procedures;
  • Coordinate proposal budget development with program staff, External Relations and/or other units;
  • Ensure effective back-up systems and procedures in place for Finance coordination in your absence, i.e. maintaining all key documents in an easily accessible location; identifying backups and ensuring they have clear instructions;
  • Prepare monthly budget to actual reports, including projections for the project;
  • Prepare quarterly accrual reports, expenditure reporting, and burn rate projections for RA and USAID;
  • Monitor all financial activities, and keep Management advised of situations which have potential negative impact on financial performance;
  • Maintain and track project codes in accounting system and provide needed access to staff;
  • Create and maintain financial report templates and reporting tools;
  • Support and ensure sub-awardee monitoring, including the preparation and update of FFATA Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) to USAID;
  • Ensure that implementation of funded activities is in conformity and on schedule with the provisions and requirements of the funding sources.
  • Proactively participate in, and/or convene, cross-functional communication spaces at the country and/or sub-regional level to promote excellence in financial management;
  • Serve as a key communication conduit to and from Management and other staff, ensuring the timely and accurate dissemination of information;
  • Support, review and approve budgets from subgrantees;
  • Provide training and guidance to staff on budget formulation, tracking and adjustments, expense accounting, financial analysis and reporting and contract management; 
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

SUPERVISION:

  • This position does not oversee staff.

 

Qualifications: 

  • University degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or related field; Master´s degree in related field preferred;
  • Experience with budget management and overseeing administrative and financial activities at the Latin America regional level;
  • 7+ years’ of work experience in a similar position in projects funded by USAID;
  • Familiarity with U.S. Government Federal Acquisition Regulations and USG rules preferred;
  • USAID projects experience in any related field is a must;
  • Experience in a not-for-profit and international environment in a global organization is required;
  • Written and verbal proficiency in Spanish and English;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience in organizing and presenting information;
  • Ability to track tasks until completion;
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, assess priorities and multi-task with strong attention to detail;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Initiative, self-motivated, resourceful, detail-oriented, dependability, strong attention to detail; and
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook.

 

 

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

 

Deadline: September 17, 2021

 

Notes:

Only candidates authorized to work (residents or with work permit) in Peru or Colombia will be considered.

 

Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of the final applicant is subject to USAID approval.

 

The Rainforest Alliance is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age.

 

If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org

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