Director of Finance and Operations, West Bank/Gaza

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Creative Associates International is a fast-growing, social impact company that specializes in the areas of education, economic growth, democratic transitions, and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this global development organization has a field presence is more than 25 countries and a strong client portfolio of that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department. Since its founding in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Position Summary:

Creative is seeking a Director of Finance and Operations for an anticipated USAID-funded project. The 5-year activity aims to promote peace between the West Bank and Gaza (WBG) and Israel through expanded economic and research partnerships with the WBG, Israel and the U.S. The activity will also support expanded trade opportunities for Palestinians across the Middle East and North Africa region.??


The Director of Finance and Operations will report to the Chief of Party (COP).


Primary Responsibilities:?


  • Ensure that the project meets all donor contractual requirements and complies with donor policies and regulations.
  • Receive and account for all funds for the project (performing weekly and monthly cash checks).
  • Liaise between Creative Associates’ field and headquarters offices.
  • Participate in ongoing analysis, forecasting and review of project expenses.
  • Participate in budget planning, annual workplans, and realignments as required.
  • Track the transfer of funds between headquarters and the field office and manage accounting and finance records of in-country expenses, including developing spreadsheet programs for tracking and monitoring all financial project activities, and maintaining spreadsheets with current project expense data.
  • Provide Project Director/HQ updates on the status of fund requests and work with Finance and Contracts (F&C) in Washington, DC to ensure the timely transfer of funds.
  • Submit wire transfer requests for field offices to F&C for processing.
  • Oversees check requests and wire transfer requests for payments to vendors in compliance with contract requirements.
  • Support the COP to ensure both the project and the local Creative office are in compliance with local registration laws, fiscal laws and tax regulations.
  • Work closely with field-based subcontractors to ensure budgets, projections, and invoices are completed according to Creative/USAID policies and procedures.
  • Reviews and oversees the invoices and in-field fee payments in accordance with Creative accounting procedures and contract policies.
  • Provide financial management and systems training for project staff.
  • Oversees maintenance of database of accounting documents, in both electronic and hard copy.
  • Consolidate accounting data into a monthly return to be forwarded to Headquarters in paper and electronic copies.
  • Oversees the consolidated process of accounting data into a monthly return to be forwarded to Headquarters in paper and electronic copies.
  • Support implementation of Creative’s security protocols and provide leadership in handling security-related issues
  • Prepare the requisite financial documents and vouchers.
  • Draft quarterly and annual financial reports on financial status of project expenses and budget information and forward to F&C for review and approval by the Controller.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Oversee office management, work assignments and planning in coordination with COP.
  • Assist with project-related legal issues, in collaboration with the COP and HQ Legal.
  • Oversee and is responsible for the overall success and maintenance for all HR, procurement, operations, and office administrative tasks. Qualifications

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • At least a Masters’ degree in business, economics, statistics, international development, or a related field (or, alternately, a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 5 additional years of relevant experience);?
  • At least 8 years’ experience with implementing USG-financed contracts;?
  • At least 5 years’ financial management and operations experience on USG-financed projects in West Bank/Gaza and/or Israel;
  • Public or private sector management, financial analysis, cost accounting and relevant experience preferably in developing;
  • Knowledge of USAID financial rules and regulations is mandatory;
  • Professional working proficiency in English and in Arabic is mandatory;
  • West Bank nationals and residents are highly encouraged to apply


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