Finance and Budget Specialist, Increased Demand and Engagement for Accountability (IDEA), Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Country: Sri Lanka
Organization: Management Systems International
Closing date: 26 Feb 2021

Finance and Budget Specialist,

Increased Demand and Engagement for Accountability (IDEA),

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Company Profile:

Management Systems International, Inc. (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, peace and stability, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

Project Summary:

The Increased Demand and Engagement for Accountability (IDEA) Activity aims to strengthen Sri Lanka's civil society sector, with an emphasis on working in all regions of Sri Lanka and supporting civil society organization (CSO) participation in national and local governance processes. IDEA is a four-and-a-half-year (4.5) project ending on August 7, 2022.

**Please note: Only Sri Lankan citizens are eligible for this position

Position Summary:

The Finance and Budget Specialist will assist the Finance and Administration Manager and the Grants Manager in conducting due diligence and grantee budget preparation. They will be based in Colombo with frequent travel to partner organizations within the country. The IDEA team will require the services of the consultant initially for 30 days from the 10th of February to 10th of May.


  • Support staff, grantees and partners

  • Understand and comply with USAID and MSI financial regulations and procedures in collaboration with the Finance and Administration Manager and the Grants Manager

  • Assist Grants Manager to complete and update files for all grant activities at the pre-award stage

  • Conduct pre-award assessments, budget due diligence of potential grantees

  • Assess financial and accounting systems and determine grant award worthiness

  • Assist Grants Manager in preparing all relevant grants documents in keeping with USAID and MSI requirements


  • Bachelor's degree in a financial field required

  • Minimum of five years of experience in managing finance and contracts aspects of USAID-funded projects

  • Conversant with USAID procurement rules and regulations as found in the ADS

  • Hands-on experience in conducting due diligence and budget preparation of small civil society sub-awards

  • Understanding of the civil society sector operations in country

  • Ability to travel to regions outside of Colombo, as needed

  • Conversant with MS Office applications, especially in Microsoft Excel

  • Fluency in English and one national language required (Sinhala/Tamil), proficiency in a second national language preferred

Reasonable Accommodations: MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email with Reasonable Accommodations in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer.


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