Job Description & Specifications
Title:Municipal Finance Specialist (MFS)
Reports to:Component Team Leader
Location:Tetra Tech Communities Thrive Ramallah Office
The USAID/WBG Communities Thrive project will focus on 55 municipalities located in the West Bank and will aim to improve municipal revenue streams and fiscal management of local government units (LGUs), increase the accountability and transparency of local governments, enhance delivery and management of the municipal services and the effectiveness of local governments’ operations, and improve the regulatory and policy framework for municipal governance.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In close coordination with program colleagues, the Municipal Finance Specialist (MFS) will play a leading role in designing and implementing the program's efforts in designing and directing municipal financial management improvement efforts in the targeted municipalities. The position will support Palestinian municipalities in the development of financial management capacity improvement efforts, design and implementation of new automated financial management software systems, improvements in revenue collection efforts, and the introduction and conversion to new accounting standards. The position is based in the Ramallah office with travel as needed within the West Bank.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS:
Responsible for providing technical leadership for program delivery in the areas of improved accounting and financial capacity in the municipalities, improved revenue collection efforts, sustained quality improvement, conversion to new computerized accounting systems, conversion to new accounting systems, and implementation of cost accounting systems and procedures.
In coordination with other colleagues, manage day-to-day liaison activities as needed and maintain relationships with Palestinian counterparts and implementing partners as related to accounting and financial management operations in the municipalities;
Provide technical assistance to the project in the technical areas related to improved municipal revenues and financial management in accordance with the contract statement of work (SOW) and approved work plan;
Develop and direct mentoring and training activities and skill development in financial management and revenue management activities to municipal staff;
Assist in developing materials for training and management skills development; and
Lend expertise to quality assurance and quality control of related technical activities.
Provide on job practical training, mentoring and technical support to partner municipalities.
Quality Assurance and Reporting
Ensure that relevant technical elements of the work plans are being successfully implemented;
Ensure subcontractor recipients meet their technical deliverables in close coordination with the Component Team Leader and other colleagues;
Provide inputs for the drafting of the project monthly and quarterly reports for USAID, as well as drafting other project updates and workplans as requested by the direct supervisor, the COP or DCOP; and
Support the component team leader in ensuring that USAID and Tetra Tech rules and regulations are followed and that contract deliverable requirements are met.
Provide support to Monitoring and evaluation team.
Contribute to team effort by undertaking additional tasks and responsibilities as requested.
The current job description will be periodically revisited as needed to reflect current realities and project needs. Amendments can be added to that effect.
QUALIFICATIONS: (MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS)
At least 7 years of experience preferably in accounting and financial management, with a preference to experience with municipal government accounting;
Demonstrated ability to interact regularly and professionally with senior host- government, local government and private sector counterparts on policy and other strategic planning issues;
Masters’ degree in Business Administration, Accounting, finance Public Policy, or related field;
At least five years of progressively responsible supervisory experience, including direct supervision and performance evaluation of staff;
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work with all levels and functions within the company;
Experience on USAID-funded projects is highly preferred.
Requires an ability to work independently and as part of a team, accept responsibility, and be extremely discrete with sensitive information.
Must also be able to foster supportive working relationship among all staff;
Strong computer skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office package, especially Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Word; and Fluent in Arabic, excellent English speaking and writing skills.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply no later than Wednesday November 30, 2016.
To be considered applicants must submit the following to
-Cover Letter explaining why you are interested and qualified for this position.
-CV in reverse chronological format
-A list of at least 3 professional references including name, contact information, and statement of relationship to the reference.
Please clearly indicate in the subject line “Municipal Finance Specialist”.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. Please ensure that all necessary documents are included in the email, as incomplete applications and/or corrupt files may delay processing of your application or remove you from consideration. No phone calls will be accepted.
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