Finance & Operations Manager, USAID Caribbean Resilient Economies and Sectors Activity (RESET)

Abt Associates Inc.
Contract Type
Accounting & Finance, Management
Bridgetown, Barbados
Salary & Benefits
Date Posted
Expiry Date
Abt Associates seeks a qualified Finance and Operations Manager to support the expected USAID-funded Caribbean Resilient Economies and Sectors (RESET) Activity.


About Abt Associates

Solving the world’s most pressing issues and improving the quality of life for people worldwide is what we do every day at Abt Associates. Creating a more equitable world is no small task, but we are driven by big challenges.

We are a team of 4,000+ people in over 50 countries working in unison and focused on the bigger picture. Only by sharing our commitment and energy do we affect change and push the boundaries of what’s possible. We welcome diverse ideas, backgrounds, and viewpoints – joining Abt means access to exceptional thinkers at the top of their game.

To thrive at Abt is to embrace flexibility and collaboration. Our open culture allows you to balance your work and personal life as needed to optimize personal well-being. Creating a more equitable world starts from within – we look after people around the world, and we’ll do the same for you.

Ready to embrace rewarding and meaningful work? Now’s your chance.



The purpose of this activity is to reduce systemic constraints to climate and disaster finance and increase investments in resilience across priority sectors such as agriculture. The activity is expected to have the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: Increased capacity of the public sector to develop, update and implement financial instruments for climate and disaster-related fiscal risk management and investment in key sectors for resilience.
  • Objective 2: Improved private sector investment in resilience.
  • Objective 3: Productive partnerships for resilience established and strengthened.

The F&O Manager will be responsible for managing financial and administrative services for the RESET activity, as well as for supervising the administrative team responsible for administrative and operational tasks, ensuring compliance with USAID rules and regulations, and Abt Associates policies and procedures. The position is anticipated to be full-time for the five-year duration of the activity and will be based in Bridgetown, Barbados. The position is contingent upon the activity’s award and USAID approval. The tentative start date is around August 2023


Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain sound financial management systems in line with USAID rules and regulations, accounting best practices and Abt Associates policies and procedures;
  • Lead the development, monitoring, and review of project budgets in line with national laws, USAID regulations and corporate policies;
  • Produce budget projections and reports for submission to USAID and Abt home office;
  • Support the project’s Senior Management with budgeting, procurement, and supervision of subcontractors and consultants.
  • Review financial analyses and budget vs. expense reports to determine reasonableness of variances and take appropriate actions as required;
  • Maintain regular communications with the senior management team providing relevant and timely financial information for planning and decision-making purposes;
  • Oversee financial audits;
  • Oversee operations and administration staff, ensuring that functions are performed timely and accurately;
  • Lead recruitment, orientation and training of new staff;
  • Ensure implementation of and adherence of Abt Associates Human Resources policies including compliance with national labor law;
  • Negotiate with vendors for best terms for procuring goods, supplies and services in compliance with USAID and Abt Associates policies and procedures.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field; Master’s preferred.
  • At least 12 years of experience in financial analysis, financial reporting, cash flow analysis, budget development and forecasting on donor-funded projects or at least 10 years of relevant experience with a Master’s degree.
  • Prior experience managing finance and operations for USAID programs required.
  • Experience developing and implementing finance and accounting policies, procedures and systems;
  • Excellent analytical and computer skills, with strong experience in Excel and QuickBooks;
  • Well-developed and effective organizational skills, including to ability to multi-task and work in a high-pressure environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills, including the ability to motivate subordinates.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Previous direct supervisory experience of professional and/or support staff;
  • Fluency in English required
  • Barbadian nationals are encouraged to apply.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree + 12 years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree + 10 years of relevant experience, or PhD+ 8 years of relevant experience


What We Offer

We foster an environment where you can Thrive Your Way. Our innovative total rewards programs are designed to help balance your work and personal life. The approach toward your wellbeing centers around comprehensive benefits, flexible schedules, and professional development.

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.


Application Instructions

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and CV at the below link by 6 February 2023


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