Program Finance Manager, Neglected Tropical Diseases

Helen Keller International

Program Finance Manager, Neglected Tropical Diseases
New York, NY)

Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee, Helen Keller International (HKI) is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States.  Renowned for its reliability, efficiency and high level of technical expertise, HKI promotes the development of sustainable, large-scale programs that deliver effective preventative and curative services for nutrition, eye health and neglected tropical diseases.  The hallmark of the organization’s work is its proven success in developing, testing and scaling-up health interventions, and integrating them within government and community structures to support and build local capacity and sustainable solutions.

Scope of the Position:

The Program Finance Manager, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) is responsible for the financial management of a portfolio of HKI’s NTD programs.  Working closely with the NTD program team, the Program Finance Manager serves as the financial liaison to HQ, regional, and country office NTD staff as well as to HKI’s donors.  The position’s main responsibilities include review of annual project and fixed obligation grant budgets, preparation of annual project and fixed obligation grant budget narratives, preparation of invoices and other financial reports, strong tracking of program expenditures, continual analysis of cash flow, ensuring compliance with HKI and donor policies, and staff training and coordination with HKI’s Grants & Contracts unit.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Maintain primary relationship with donors and serve as HQ liaison to country and regional offices as it relates to the financial management of the NTD program.
  • Assist NTD country offices with the preparation of proposal budgets, annual project budgets, fixed obligation grant budgets, and budget modifications. Ensure all budgets are consistent with the work plan.
  • Prepare budget narratives for proposal budgets, annual project budgets, and fixed obligation grants.
  • Prepare invoices, financial reports, accruals, and other financial deliverables. Journalize adjustments as needed.  Carefully track and report project expenses, burn rates, and cash received from the donor on a monthly basis.
  • Ensure budgets and other financial information are correctly represented in HKI’s financial and project management systems. Maintain the hard and electronic file for each NTD project.
  • Assist country offices in responding to audit requests from donors, developing financial management tools, and managing close-out processes.
  • Maintain strong financial controls to guarantee compliance with HKI and donor regulations.
  • Conduct regular field visits to the NTD country offices in order to assess financial management of NTD projects and to train staff.
  • In conjunction with HKI’s Grants & Contracts unit, review all grant agreements, contracts, and modifications for the NTD program, review procurement requests, sub-agreements, and fixed obligation grants, and ensure that key processes are followed so that grant risk assessment receives consistent attention and direct support.


  • Master’s Degree in public administration, finance, accounting, or related field with at least 6-8 years related prior work experience with at least 5 years managing U.S government-funded projects; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is required. Knowledge of the Africa region is desirable.
  • Very strong interest in public health programs as well as the synergy between the programmatic, operational, and financial components of public health initiatives.
  • Oral and written proficiency in French is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to perform duties that require a close attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate effectively across cultures including: asking for information in a way that is very clear and specific; conducting trainings for field office staff and in-country partners that will be well received; interacting with internal and external colleagues
  • Ability to prioritize workload, assume responsibility for work, and follow through to completion.
  • Ability and willingness to work under pressure as a part of a global team.
  • Highly computer literate including knowledge of Microsoft software products, and strong Excel skills.
  • Ability to undertake U.S domestic and international travel (approximately 8-10 weeks of travel per year).
  • Residence in or willingness to relocate to the NY metro area.

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to noting the job title in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

No calls, please.