Finance and Administrative Consultant

Food Enterprise Solutions

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Consultancy Opportunity Announcement

Finance and Administrative Consultant

Background

About FES

Food Enterprise Solutions (FES) is a Washington DC-based firm whose mission is to energize the global food system to better balance global needs and profit.  We leverage the powers of business, entrepreneurship, and innovation as key drivers in the global fight against hunger and malnutrition. We work in partnership with businesses and organizations to provide safe, nutritious, and affordable foods through supply chains that are commercially viable and environmentally sustainable. FES offers expertise in partnership development, market analysis, project design and management, training, and specialized technical assistance to strengthen capacities of - and linkages among - key actors within food systems.

About BD4FS

Foodborne pathogens undermine the health and well-being of hundreds of millions of people across the globe each year. Inadequate food handling practices and poor infrastructure across supply chains increase health risks to consumers, in addition to being root-causes of pre-consumer loss and waste in the overall food system. Business Drivers for Food Safety (BD4FS), implemented by FES and supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative, is a multi-country effort working to accelerate the adoption of food safety practices in local food systems. BD4FS is partnering with local agri-food actors – growing food businesses (GFBs) - to co-design and implement incentive-based strategies, thereby strengthening their capacities and enabling them to be agents of positive change in the effort to improve food safety, reduce malnutrition, mitigate pre-consumer food loss, and shrink overall hunger. By focusing on the role of GFBs in improving food safety, the FES team contributes to USAID’s knowledge base, strategies, and methodologies for business-level assistance in food systems. The BD4FS mission is to provide technical assistance and capacity building, develop best-practices and lessons learned, and generate success for entrepreneurs working to improve food safety.

Overview of the Consultancy

The Finance and Administration Consultant will:

  • Assist in mobilizing support for the establishment of the Kathmandu BD4FS Field Office;
  • Provide support, advice, and oversight on BD4FS Program administrative and financial functions in the field office;
  • Support the field office operations system establishment by adapting the field office manual;
  • Provide guidance, develop tools, templates for standard operating procedures compliant with Nepal law and HQ policy;
  • Assist in opening bank account;
  • Assist in procuring equipment that is VAT exempt;
  • Identify office space with adequate infrastructure and appropriate location and obtain lease; 
  • Identify vehicle vendors and obtain pricing on short-term leases;
  • Review employment and consultant agreements with a view for application once office is fully open and functional;
  • Provide support to the Country Representative with programming and scheduling meetings with stakeholders and partners; procuring materials as needed
  • Communicate with Senior Manager of Operations on finance systems and compliance issues that may need HQ support
  • Undertake other tasks as requested by the Country Representative

Supervision: FES Nepal Start-up Coordinator will supervise the consultant and all deliverables will be approved by the Senior Manager of Operations.

Level of Effort: 40 days, five-day work week authorized

Place of Assignment

  • Kathmandu or nearby area; consultant will be authorized to work virtually within this area as needed

Period of Performance: o/a Feb 15 – April 15, 2021

Qualifications: 

Prospective consultants will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  • Degree in Accounting, Finance or Management
  • 5 years or more in financial administration
  • Experience with international development projects
  • Supervisory experience of administrative teams
  • Goods and services procurement  experience
  • Small Grants Management Experience under cooperative agreements
  • Strong skills and experience with USAID regulations 
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to communicate detailed concepts clearly and concisely both in writing and verbally
  • Demonstrated capacities to establish and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with project staff and consultants
  • Flexibility to work in environments with little information and guidance
  • Proven ability to develop and write reports meeting donor requirements
  • High Proficiency in computer applications (Quickbooks Online, Excel); must be able to create tables, spreadsheets, info-graphs etc.

Application Process:  Interested and qualified applicants should submit the following documents in English:

  1. a cover letter with phone number and email address
  2. one (1) page summary of your proposed approach to complete the work required
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. contact details of three (3) professional references (one of which must be the current or last employer)

DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING OF ALL APPLICATIONS IS February 1, 2021. Please submit the above-described application package to jobs@foodsolutions.global  using the subject line of “Nepal Finance and Administrative Consultant”.

Food Enterprise Solutions reserves the right to accept or reject all applications. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. FES is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.

Job Overview

Category Administrative / Management, Consulting & Professional Services, Accounting and Finance, Development and Project
Openings 1
Salary Based on experience
Position Type Contract
Position Level Mid Level
Experience 5+ years
Education Please check details below.
Posted Date 06 Jan, 2021
Apply Before 01 Feb, 2021
City Kathmandu