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Project Description

USAID is a development partner to the Government of Sindh and is currently supporting the Department of Education and Literacy with implementation of the Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) in Districts Sukkur, Khairpur, Larkana, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Dadu and selected towns of Karachi city. The overarching goal of SBEP is “Increased and Sustained Student Enrollment in Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools in targeted geographical locations in Sindh.” The Sindh Reading Program (SRP) is a five-year initiative in the same geographic areas of the parent SBEP. SRP will support the SBEP goal based on lessons learned from USAID and the Government of Sindh’s legacy of early grade teaching and learning.

 Over the life of project, SRP aims to:

  • Improve teacher competencies for effective early grade reading instruction (Component1);
  • Improve early grade reading assessment practice (Component 2);
  • Improve student access to supplementary reading material (Component 3);
  • Enhance participation of parents and caregivers in support of early grade literacy for out of school children (Component 4).

Position Objective

While SRP has offices in Karachi, Sukkur, and Larkana, financial and other programmatic transactions are made in Karachi, requiring stringent oversight and review to ensure U.S. Government compliance and compliance with Chemonics’ policies and practices. The Compliance Specialist will be responsible for compliance with all USAID rules and regulations, ensure periodic internal audits, monitor subcontractors and identify and mitigate program risks. The Compliance Specialist will work closely with the Director of Operations and Director of Administration & HR while reviewing files independently and reporting directly to the Chief of Party.

The Compliance Specialist will adhere to and act in accordance with the Chemonics professional code of ethics, ‘Living Our Values’, and will make the principles of the code a part of SRP’s culture and operating procedures.

 Qualifications

  • ACCA, CA Finalist, MBA Finance or M.com is required; ACCA, CA Finalist will be preferred.
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in compliance and audit; experience of working with a USAID funded project and/or big 4 audit firms is highly preferred.
  • Experience and interest in internal and external communications, partnership and development.
  • Successful experience working in a diverse, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with team members and management in both written and verbal form

 Specific Tasks

The Compliance Specialist’s tasks will include, but are not limited to, the following:

-          Ensure compliance with regulations, USAID policies, and USAID/Pakistan Mission Orders and Implementing Partners Notices;

-          In liaison with project management, establish standards and procedures to ensure that the compliance programs throughout the project are effective and efficient in preventing, detecting, identifying, and correcting noncompliance with applicable rules and regulations; 

-          Ensure compliance to organizational policies, procedures and internal controls; 

-          Ensure due diligence that funds are not being diverted from their development purpose outlined in the contract and are not vulnerable to corruption, extortion or otherwise benefitting malign groups

-          Review accounting files, including local subcontractors' files, to ensure that appropriate back-up documentation exists for all transactions, including procurement requests, timesheets, approvals, bids, invoices and receipts;

-          Review checking account procedures, and ensure reconciliation between the accounting system and the bank statements;

-          Reconcile accounts payable, receivable, bank accounts and petty cash. Assure that all receipts and invoices are originals, and are properly filed according to transaction dates;

-          Ensure that proper accounting procedures and documentation are in place to control petty cash;

-          Ensure that transactions are coded correctly and entered into the electronic accounting file on a timely manner;

-          Ensure that pending accounts receivables have been collected and that payables have been paid on a timely manner;

-          Review the allowances paid from the field office to ensure compliance with USAID regulations;

-          Perform periodic review of field office policy manual and make recommendations on strengthening financial policies and procedures and establishing weekly and monthly schedules of financial tasks to improve accounting personnel time management and workflow.

 Application Instructions:

Please email a CV, letter of interest, and three references with contact information to ChemonicsSRP@gmail.com no later than February 20th, 2017. Please write “Compliance Specialist 2017” in the subject line.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.