Finance Specialist

Location: Washington, DC
Practice Area: International Conservation
Employment Type: Direct Hire
Start Date: 10/01/19

  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #13

Environmental Incentives is seeking to hire a Finance Specialist for USAID’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Environment Support Mechanism activity to join our International Practice. The position will be based in Washington, DC, for the duration of the five-year activity. USAID has 13 field offices, 4 regional programs, and Washington-based programs focusing on Cuba, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

The LAC Environment Support Mechanism will help USAID strengthen its programming in Latin America and the Caribbean by providing expert technical and logistical support services to strengthen the design, management, and evaluation of regional and bilateral environment, resilience, and energy programs in the LAC region.

Principal Duties

The Finance Specialist will support a team of EI and partner organization staff that provides technical and logistical support to USAID LAC Bureau and field operating units for:

(1) Program and activity design and implementation support;

(2) Monitoring and evaluation of environment, resilience, and energy programs;

(3) Skills-building workshops; and

(4) Analysis and communication of environment and energy trends, data, and issues

All services will be informed by deep understanding of USAID’s priorities and current environment challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, including those related to safeguards, combatting wildlife trafficking, resilience, environmental compliance, sustainable landscapes, engagement of indigenous communities, and modern energy. The Finance Specialist will be responsible for:

Financial Operations and Reporting

  • Manage and oversee systems for the contracts’ financial and accounting data and records, including monitoring and tracking labor costs.
  • Compile and maintain data needed to effectively monitor and report status of various financial needs.
  • Support day-to-day financial operations, ensuring timely and accurate outputs. Make financial adjustments as necessary to accommodate changing priorities, meet deadlines, and effectively organize tasks.
  • Assist with program operations and management tasks as needed.

Financial Tools

  • Support senior program managers in developing tools for budgeting, financial forecasting, and program monitoring.
  • Build financial models and budget management tools to carry out financial analyses and forecasts to support management decisions.
  • Develop data visualizations and dashboards to communicate complex financial and other data.
  • Develop deliverable tracking and program monitoring tools.


Environmental Incentives seeks talented, creative and inspired professionals who can provide technical leadership in a growing practice while being flexible enough to fit into a strong culture.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or another relevant field
  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant work experience (without Master’s degree) or 3 year’s relevant work experience (with Master’s Degree).
  • Demonstrated fiscal and administrative experience managing contracts regarding budgeting, financial reporting, analysis, forecasting for multiple individual funding sources and its various budget components and pipeline tracking and reporting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience monitoring and tracking labor costs funded either by multiple sources or on a job-costing basis.
  • Knowledge of USAID programming, approaches, and policy, including USAID programming policy, learning priorities, and procedures.
  • Highly organized with excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as advanced facilitation skills.
  • Ability to perform all functions of this position in Spanish, including written and verbal communications. Knowledge of Portuguese and/or French strongly preferred.
  • Willingness to travel internationally for periods of one or two weeks approximately four to eight times per year.
  • Ability to attend conference calls and virtual meetings with international clients outside of regular business hours approximately 3-6 times per month.

Strongly Preferred

  • Consulting or employment experience with USAID or a similar US government organization in the environment or development sector (USFWS, USDOS, USDOI-ITAP).
  • Work experience in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
  • Experience or familiarity with the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation and Miradi software.
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