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Senior Associate, Finance, DIAL


The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) is a global alliance to enable the digital ecosystem to deliver greater scale, efficiency, and social impact as it creates more inclusive digital economies in emerging markets.  Working with partners, DIAL generates evidence of what works through a series of demonstration projects, distils insights and tools to promote scale-up and replication, and provides mechanisms to encourage knowledge sharing, collaboration, and co-investment throughout the ecosystem.   
DIAL is funded through a collaboration among the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and hosted within the UN Foundation in Washington, D.C.  
The Finance Associate will play an important role in fostering sound financial management by ensuring that all expenses meet internal and external standards, supporting budgeting and financial forecasting, submitting and tracking payment requests, preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports, and responding to audit information requests from UNF Finance and Contracts departments.

Essential Functions 

Financial Operations (50%) 

  • Process all expenses from team members and vendors and ensure that they comply with donor requirements (including US Government, multi-lateral and private donors) and UN Foundation expense policies.
  • Work with teams to help identify appropriate coding for invoices and expenses. 
  • Review and process invoices from vendors, partners, and grantees.
  • Manage reports around outstanding invoices.
  • Develop full reporting knowledge of Financial Edge to create and maintain reports for quarterly reporting to donors and DIAL Board and the annual report.
  • Update DIAL Financial Dashboard monthly and assist with creation of new reports and data visualizations using PowerBI.
  • Work closely, and in collaboration with, the UNF Finance team to maintain accurate financial information.
  • Adhere to UNF-wide accounting and budget policies and tracking methods.
  • Support the UNF finance team with any related Audit requirements.
  • Develop an understanding of donor financial compliance.

Budgeting and Financial Forecasting Support (50%) 

  • Facilitate annual and mid-year budget development processes and quarterly budget review meetings 
  • Work with Project Management team and Senior Director, Business Operations to compile annual budget for Board approval and mid-year budget review 
  • Prepare monthly budget-to-actual reports 
  • Assist Project Management team to develop, maintain and monitor budgets as they relate to different projects and third-party contribution agreements 
  • Run “what if” iterations of different budget scenarios in Excel 
  • Prepare accurate forecast models to help project cashflow needs and identify priorities 
  • Track contracts and grants related to specific budgets. This includes consultant contracts, contributions agreements and grant agreements to feed into cashflow modeling 
  • Assist Director and Senior Director, Business Operations with preparation of quarterly and annual financial reports for DIAL donors and Board 
  • Respond to ad hoc donor requests for budget information and analysis 

Selection Criteria 

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in accounting, business administration, finance, or related field.
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with expert level Excel/budget software skills and the ability to self-review work for reasonableness and accuracy. 
  • Proven ability to learn financial systems and develop custom reports.
  • Previous experience preparing operating and program budgets and budget-to-actual reports. 
  • Familiarity with NGO/non-profit reports including income statements, balance sheets and cashflows preferred.
  • Prior experience with Financial Edge, Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, and PowerBI preferred. 
  • Prior experience in financial reporting to donors.
  • Detail oriented, problem solver. 
  • Desire to support non-finance staff on expenses, budgeting and work planning issues.
  • Ascribe to DIAL’s values of Commitment, Collaboration, Empowerment, Courage and Thoughtful Action.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • ​Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

Benefits & Compensation

  • For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:
  • A choice of two health plans through CareFirst (PPO or HDHP with HSA),
  • dental insurance,
  • vision discounts,
  • flexible spending accounts,
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution,
  • group term and supplemental life insurance,
  • short-term disability,
  • long-term disability,
  • health club discounts,
  • commuter benefits, and
  • employee assistance program. 

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of parental leave.

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