The following positions are currently open with Rights and Resources Group. Please check this site periodically for future vacancies.

  • Program Finance Administrator
  • Associate, Country and Regional Program (Asia)

The Program Finance Administrator maintains Finance and Administration’s working relationships with RRI’s Programs, providing oversight of Program expenditures and interactions with Programs. The Administrator will implement and sustain efficient and transparent procedures and processes for managing the institution’s financial and other resources; ensure compliance with donor requirements and U.S. law while detecting potential risks to the organization; monitor expenses against Program budgets; ensure expense allocation to the appropriate projects and objectives of the organization; prepare financial reports to management and Programs; and build capacity of Programs in financial and contractual management. Overall, these responsibilities contribute to creating greater efficiency and smoother functioning of the organization, as it provides services to RRI’s Partner and Collaborating organizations.

The Program Finance Administrator will work closely with the Director of Finance and Administration, other Directors, and Program Managers to ensure the smooth relationship with Partners, Collaborators, consultants, and other institutions and individuals interacting with the Initiative.

This responsibility requires demonstration of effective and proactive decision-making, and exceptional organizational skills. This position also requires high standards of ethical conduct, as the Program Finance Administrator will work with confidential information and be entrusted with roles within the institution’s internal fiscal controls. The position requires excellent communications skills and multicultural awareness, as the Program Finance Administrator will work extensively with RRI’s diverse global partners and all levels of staff, and must be prepared to assist with time-sensitive matters outside the realm of pre-defined duties.

This position will offer opportunity for the Program Finance Administrator to gain experience in all areas of non-profit organization financial management, build management and interrelationship skills within the context of an international non-profit coalition, and learn about trends in the improvement forest governance and land tenure rights reform from the activities of the coalition.

This position reports to the Director of Finance and Administration.

This is a full-time position based in Georgetown, Washington DC.

Essential Job Functions:
• Financial and Institutional Management
• Serve as primary liaison with Program staff regarding program expenditures and budgets, and proactively build, maintain, and strengthen these relationships with Program staff
• Convene monthly review meetings with each Program to review expenditures and budget, project cash flow requirements, and identify potential risks to organization and coalition.
• Prepare Program expenditure reports for monthly review meetings and other purposes as appropriate.
• Provide assistance and training to Program staff to understand accounting reports and to manage their Program expenditures and budget.
• Work with Senior Program Administrator and other relevant Program staff to refine processes for efficiency and effectiveness, while maintaining quality documentation and compliance
• Alert Director of any Program’s potential deviation from approved budget, and of any reallocations requested within that Program’s budget.
• Assist program staff to properly account for and document the expenses of their program while ensuring compliance with budget restrictions, donor regulations, and RRG’s policies and procedures.
• Monitor each program’s tracking of subrecipient financial and audit reports
• Serve as Finance’s reviewer of subrecipient financial and audit reports to ensure compliance with agreements and donor restrictions, and enter appropriate entries and adjustments into accounting system, in coordination with Accountant.
• Review pending new subagreements and contracts for compliance with RRI’s policies and best practices, assessing risk and managing identified risks with Program.
• Provide capacity building to Program staff on contracting best practices and compliance.
• Assist Director to determine proper allocations to appropriate projects, thematic areas, and programmatic objectives.
• Review accounting transactions to ensure proper and optimal allocation to projects.
• Prepare a monthly projection of cash flow needs for Program implementation for inclusion in overall organization cash flow projections.
• Prepare other management accounting reports, as requested.
• Serve as part of institution’s system of Internal Controls, independently reviewing and verifying appropriateness of transactions and reconciliations within an assigned component of Finance.
• Identify unusual potential risks to the institution or coalition, and convey those to the Director.
• Contribute to the planning, development, training, and implementation of integrated institutional systems, tools, and procedures to achieve greater efficiency and handle the growing complexity of the organization.
• Assist in the preparation for organization’s annual internal and external audits.
• Other duties as assigned by the Director

Qualifications:
• Minimum 5 years experience participating in the management of finance at a non-profit organization, preferably in an international context
• Demonstrated decision-making experience in project-based accounting and grants administration
• Advanced Microsoft Word and Excel skills required, and strong Access or other database skills preferred
• Experience with an advanced accounting software required; BlackBaud Financial Edge strongly preferred
• Experience with financial administration of subgrants and subcontracts
• Thorough understanding of U.S. FAR (Federal Acquisitions Regulations) required; familiarity with U.K., Norway, Sweden, Germany, and/or E.U. grant regulations strongly encouraged
• Fluency in English required, with French or Spanish proficiency advantageous
• Strong sense of teamwork, with ability to interact collaboratively, respectfully, and enthusiastically with a diverse set of program staff and coalition partners
• Fastidious organizational skills within a dynamic environment of shifting priorities
• Flexibility to embrace a range of duties as organization needs require, and to predict and proactively address gaps in coverage by the Finance and Administration team
• Dedication to our coalition’s mission

To Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to hr@rightsandresources.org. The subject line of the email must read: “Program Finance Administrator – 2013”.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Associate is responsible for providing support to RRI’s Asia Country and Regional Program (CRP), specifically to the CRP Director and the Asia Regional Program Director. The Associate will undertake these duties in a systematic and precise manner, handling details carefully without compromising attention to big-picture goals. The Associate should be flexible and able to work in a highly dynamic environment, while ensuring that work is completed within established deadlines.

The Associate will work under the supervision of the CRP Director and the Regional Program Director, Asia Program.

This position is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, and is classified as non-exempt under the US Fair Labor Standards Act.

Essential Job Functions:

1) Asia Program (2/3 time)

Support the Asia Program as follows:

Provide general administrative support for the Asia Program (track RRI activities/projects; draft contracts, budget and work plans; and initiate, track, and review financial and narrative deliverables)

• Prepare country and regional background documents for RRI’s participatory planning process
• Correspond with country and regional Partners and Collaborators
• Backstop and collaborate with the regional Facilitator as needed
• Provide research and logistics (note-taking, visas, and travel arrangements) support for events in the Asia region
• Undertake preliminary and background research for potential country and regional projects and opportunities, as requested by the Regional Program Director and CRP Director
• Assist in the coordination and writing of content for the Asia portion of RRI’s website, RRI quarterly email updates, donor reports, and monthly meetings reports. This includes updating event announcements, region-specific news, and relevant content to RRI website in English and any relevant Asian language (if fluent)
• Edit minor or internal documents for RRI use and distribution
• Contribute to preparation and facilitation of RRI global planning and governance meetings
• Undertake other tasks as requested by the Asia Regional Program Director and CRP Director

2) RRI Institution-wide activities, including advancing work on strategic themes (1/3 time)

Support the CRP Director as follows:

The Associate will devote approximately 1/3 of work time to the overall institutional needs of RRG. This workload includes contributing to strategic analysis or networking support for one of our four priority themes (Gender, Rights and Climate, Realizing Rights, and Alternate Tenure and Enterprise Models), providing support to institution-wide functions, such as Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), coalition management and outreach, as well as, providing support to other members of the RRG Management Team. The specific areas for contribution will be determined by the CRP Director and will be based on the Associate’s skills, knowledge, and experience and the current needs of the organization.

This may include:
• General support such as assisting with correspondence, note-taking, translation of short documents, providing simultaneous translation
• Research, literature reviews, drafting and editing of documents, reports, analyses, policy briefs, etc.
• Providing coordination and logistical support for RRI/RRG and network activities and events, including staff retreats and team assessments
• Drafting of TORs and contracts, tracking deliverables, and payment activities

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree with a focus on Asian Studies, Environment, Human Rights, International Development Studies, Anthropology, or other relevant field required
• 2-3 years of experience working in Asia or in an international organization strongly preferred
• Professional fluency in English required, fluency in Bahasa Indonesia, Nepali, Hindi, Thai/Lao or Mandarin an added plus
• Strong analytical and writing skills
• Highly organized and detail-oriented, ideally with experience in organizing large events
• Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects in both short and long term
• Excellent cross-cultural communications skills, proven ability to liaise with diverse array of collaborators and stakeholders
• Strong computer skills including advanced Microsoft Word skills, PowerPoint, basic Microsoft Excel, and savvy with social media
• Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and fast-paced office environment
• Work professionally and courteously, with respect for other cultures and work teams
• Have a deep interest in social justice, equity, and human rights
• Work well independently and as part of a team
• Ability to travel overseas

To Apply:
Please send a resume, cover letter, and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample in English (and Asian language, if applicable) to hr@rightsandresources.org. Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis, beginning January 6, 2014. The subject line of the email must read: “Asia Program Associate”.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as the coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition advancing forest tenure, policy, and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.