Finance and Contracts Specialist
University Research Co., LLC. - Bethesda, MD

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University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations.

URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission ( ).

Roles and Responsibilities:
The Finance and Contracts Specialist is responsible for implementing budgeting- and expenditure-monitoring processes for US-based Programs and for coordinating with URC-CHS Finance and Contracts departments as well as staff to ensure contractual compliance and prepare and track frequent financial requests. Reporting to the Director of US-based Programs, specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Develop project operating budgets, proposal budgets, cost-to-complete budgets, project pipelines, and six-month budget projections.
  • Review and track subcontractor budgets and expenditures. Work with Contracts to development and execute subcontractor agreements.
  • Assist US-based Programs Project Directors with tracking project expenditures and ensuring that expenditures are charged to the correct account numbers.
  • Analyze and monitor Project Summary Reports; identify and troubleshoot problems to prevent projects from incurring a loss; alert appropriate Project Director, US-based Programs Deputy Director and US-based Programs Director to problems and propose solutions.
  • Ensure that the correct account numbers are maintained and utilized.
  • Prepare for and participate in portfolio reviews, and start up and close out meetings.
  • Review timesheet histories and accounts payable to ensure that correct account numbers are charged. Monitor accounts payables, prepare documents for Director’s signature, and work with appropriate personnel to ensure items are submitted and processed in a timely manner.
  • Assist Project Directors, as needed, with completing expense reports and processing monthly credit card statements.
  • Assist Project Directors with tracking and documenting in-kind support (cost share) and coordinate activity with the Contracts and/or Finance Department.
  • Assist, as needed, in preparing financial status reports as requested by funding organizations and clients.
  • At the request of the US-based Programs Director, work with the Project Coordinators to ensure training and other needs are addressed within the division.
  • Work with the US-based Programs Project Coordinator to ensure consultant agreements are updated and issued in a timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications:
Required Experience & Qualifications
NOTE: To be considered, you must be currently eligible to work long term in the U.S. without visa sponsorship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, business administration, or related field required; MBA or similar Master’s degree a plus. Familiarity with Deltek Cost Point or other project accounting software.
  • Experience working with federal, state, and local contracting and foundation grants; understanding of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).
  • Four (4) to five (5) years of work experience with costing, budget preparation and expenditure monitoring, and other financial management activities.
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to present data and information in a compelling way to audiences with various levels of financial management experience.
  • Keen attention to detail.

Desired Experience & Qualifications
  • Ability to provide effective follow-up on individual activities in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills; ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines; demonstrated ability to work well independently and in teams.
  • Track record of being able to produce work in a timely manner with flexibility when necessary to adapt to changing work conditions.
  • Local candidates preferred.

To Apply:
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at .

Please cut and paste your cover letter and upload your CV where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

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