Finance Officer - Mekelle - Ethiopia Food and Agriculture Systems Transformation (FAST) Activity

Job Locations ET-Mekelle
ID 22-9233
Project Management
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI's Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI's experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world. 

SG&R’s Global Food Security and Agriculture portfolio is working to strengthen agricultural markets, engage youth and women as critical leaders of the on- and off-farm workforce, and tackle the dual burden of malnutrition around the globe. RTI’s work is helping foster stronger food systems, reduce malnutrition in all its forms, build resilience and engage the next generation of food security leaders. RTI is currently partnering on nearly 30 projects in East Africa, including activities focused on private sector-driven agricultural growth in Rwanda and market systems development in Kenya.  

Project Description 

The purpose of the USAID/Ethiopia Food and Agriculture Systems Transformation (FAST) Activity is to increase access to healthy diets, particularly for women and children, by improving competitiveness, inclusiveness, and resilience of the Ethiopian food and agriculture system.  FAST will also increase incomes gained from agriculture by as much as 40 percent over the next five years. To achieve its goals FAST must collaborate intensively with other USAID funded projects working in the food and agriculture sector. 

Position Description 

RTI is seeking a Finance Officer - Mekelle for Ethiopia FAST. The Finance OfficerMekelle will be responsiblefor assisting with financial management and the preparation and submission of financial statements and other cost-accounting reports from the Mekelle Office. This position will be based in Mekelle, Ethiopia, and will report to the Regional Manager, Mekelle Office. 


  • Ensures compliance with USAID’s/RTI’s policies and procedures and on-time financial processing of vendor invoices and project fund management. 
  • Ensure appropriate systems and procedures (cash management, vendor payments, budgeting and others) are in place to properly disburse, account, budget and report project funds which are cost effective, timely and have proper internal controls for the Mekelle Regional Office. 
  • Perform compliance review on all project expenditures. 
  • Audit systems and controls for the office. 
  • Manage advances and payable aging within the allowable time frame by closely following-up with requestors. 
  • Coordinate and consolidate the projection of biweekly cash requirements, monitoring cash flow and reconciles cash accounts in order to maintain appropriate cash balances. 
  • Manage and coordinate inventory control and tracking of project equipment including property logs, serial numbers and tags. 
  • Review the financial records, procedures and systems of contractors and grantees when necessary to ensure compliance with the work orders. 
  • Manage petty cash and record transactions. 
  • Prepare other financial and cost accounting reports, operations and analysis as required by management and RTI head office. 


  • Master’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field and 3 years of experience, or a Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • At least three (3) years of experience working for a USAID project is desirable.   
  • Excellent financial and analytical skills. 
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, and with multiple concurrent demands.    
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.    
  • Verbal and written fluency in English required.  
  • Ability to travel and work throughout Ethiopia in difficult terrain/conditions at times.      

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