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 ( http://www.urc-chs.com/ ).
Division & Project Overview
The International Development Group is one of three international program divisions at URC/CHS and manages health field programs funded by USAID and CDC primarily in Africa and the Latin America region with key focus areas improving health systems performance, including management support systems, and quality of care in maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, TB and nutrition.
Roles and Responsibilities:
The Project Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to provide administrative and financial backstop to USAID-funded projects. This position reports to a Program Officer in the International Division, supports URC’s work in Guatemala as well as to senior technical and management staff as needed. This position will.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Review monthly project expenditures against budget and update financial tracker. Prepare written analyses of country spending as needed and coordinate monthly expenditure reviews. Alert project team to necessary contractual or management actions based on that review (i.e., line-item re-allocations, extensions needed etc.);
- Review monthly financial reports in accordance with contractual requirements and US Government regulations, including thorough review of expense vouchers for accuracy and correctness. Provide written certifications of review, as required;
- Work with senior technical and management staff to ensure that program inputs are mobilized, including consultants and home office technical assistance, contracts, budgets, procurement and HR, to support the achievement of project deliverables;
- Monitor achievement of various processes and contract deliverables through the establishment and use of project trackers. Use and maintain project trackers to ensure sound financial, administrative, and programmatic management of the projects and anticipate technical/program support needs and priorities;
- Provide administrative, technical and financial management support to field-based projects and staff. This involves monitoring project expenses and providing detailed analyses for decision-making, reviewing and processing monthly field reports, preparing and analyzing quarterly financial reports, and developing various iterations of project budgets for different audiences;
- Ensure that contractually required and URC approval requirements (e.g., waivers, task orders, and approval memos) are met, and prepare justifications supporting those actions in coordination with senior technical, management, and contracts staff at HQ and country levels as needed;
- Process documentation needed to recruit and contract consultants and subcontractors; perform the actions necessary to initiate appropriate contractual mechanisms;
- Assist senior technical and program staff in the development of annual country work plans and accompanying budgets;
- Assist in developing and ensuring quality of project deliverables to include reports, summaries and success stories. These deliverables may require writing, editing, proofreading, translating and/or coordinating translation services;
- Coordinate and assist with project start-up and close-out activities, including mobilizing field-based staff, registration, coordinating relocation costs and logistics, establishing close-out timeline, and coordinating close budget monitoring in compliance with budget and client regulations;
- Serve as liaison between URC headquarters and the project’s overseas office. Travel to project office as requested by senior program management staff to participate in project start-up or close-down or assist in the set-up and/or review of project management and financial tracking systems and processes or annual country program and country office review, or provide other program assistance as needed.
- Update and report on required equipment inventory and property management compliance documents as required by project contract or audits;
- Assist with management of subcontracts, including review of monthly expenditure vouchers against budgets, liaising with subcontractors on budgeting and forecasting, and coordinating regular partners’ meetings;
- Coordinate project activities with partners and other organizations as appropriate. Prepare for meetings and presentations of project activities (set up meetings, develop PowerPoint presentations, etc.);
- Oversee travel arrangements for technical assistance visits in compliance with USAID regulations and obtain necessary approvals;
- Receive procurement documentation from field teams and conduct thorough review and analysis of completeness and compliance with USAID regulations. Arrange procurement and shipping of supplies and equipment to the field offices, as necessary;
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date electronic and paper filing systems for assigned projects;
- Assist with the preparation and distribution of technical documents and PR publications about the project;
- Assist with proposal development and provide support to other projects as needed;
Required Experience & Qualifications
Note: You must currently be eligible to work long-term in the United States without requiring visa sponsorship.
- Bachelor's degree in public health, international development or related field (or commensurate experience) PLUS two years of experience working on international donor funded projects in a programmatic and financial management capacity. A Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. business administration, public administration, international studies, public health) is desired. International field experience (such as Peace Corps service or equivalent) is valued, while not required.
- Strong financial skills, including experience reviewing expenditure vouchers and accompanying receipts and determining allowability, allocability, and reasonableness of back-up documentation for expenditures.
- Strong budgeting skills, including experience with and aptitude for creating budget scenarios, projecting expenditures based on clear assumptions, and tracking actual expenditures against projections. Excellent Excel skills are a MUST.
- Experience with and an ability to follow United States federal contract procedures and regulations.
- Flexible and able to handle multiple tasks and work collaboratively with others. Able to work independently in a fast-paced organization by prioritizing and managing multiple priorities. Strong attention to detail and follow-through required.
- Ability to interact effectively with all levels of internal and external clients.
- Willingness to travel internationally as needed; prior experience working in developing countries preferred.
- Fluency and excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish are required.
Desired Experience & Qualifications
- Experience working in a federal contracting environment. Specifically, experience working with USAID- or CDC- funded programs in an organization focused on international development is desired.
- Computer literacy is required. Advanced skills in Excel and MS Word a must. Ability in other programs such as Access, and Power Point applications is strongly desired.
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at www.urc-chs.com/careers .
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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