Director of Finance and Operations (South East Asia Smart Power)
RTI International (RTI)
Grade: Director and Top Executive
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Job Description

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a non-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects in energy and other disciplines. Around the globe, RTI International is working to develop and implement low emission energy technology alternatives, raise private financing for energy infrastructure, bring efficiency to utilities, work with governments on legal and regulatory reforms to alleviate bottlenecks in energy generation and consumption, and increase access to green energy to sustain economic growth and reduce poverty. We serve as a chosen partner for USAID’s Power Africa program in sub-Sahara Africa and have a growing international energy portfolio of over $200 million across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

Project Description

The purpose of the $50-99.9M USAID Southeast Asia’s Smart Power Program (SEA Smart Power) is to enhance the energy security in Southeast Asia by creating open and transparent energy markets, promoting energy trade, and transforming the energy sector to improve access to clean, reliable, affordable energy. SEA Smart Power will support the Indo-Pacific Vision and Asia EDGE initiative. The anticipated program will be based in Bangkok, Thailand and provide regional support across seven countries.

Position Description

RTI is seeking a Director of Finance and Operations on the anticipated SEA Smart Power project, headquartered in Thailand. The Director of Finance and Operations will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of financial management, procurement, and operations, including systems implementation, budgeting, expenditure tracking, and financial reporting. They will be responsible for ensuring the project’s compliance with both RTI and USAID policies, procedures, rules and regulations. They will lead coordination in the areas stated above with home office, USAID, partner organizations, and Country Coordinators. The Director of Finance and Operations will lead budget development and monitoring, award monitoring and compliance, procurement, and logistics for RTI in the field. They will proactively manage security and mitigate security risks.


Responsibilities of the Director of Finance and Operations include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead all project finance and operations, including general administrative processes, financial management, procurement, accounting, administration, human resources, IT and logistics.
  • Establish and maintain sound and transparent accounting and fiscal control procedures; be able to detect and swiftly deal with any issues of fraud and/or corruption.
  • Ensure compliance of financial and operations systems with RTI policies and procedures, USAID rules and regulations, and local laws.
  • Works closely with COP, technical staff, pertinent RTI home office staff and appropriate USAID staff when necessary to ensure project resources are effectively and efficiently budgeted, analyzed, disbursed, monitored and reported in achieving project objectives and results.
  • When necessary, work closely with key RTI staff, government officials, contractors and USAID staff to ensure full compliance with local laws (i.e., taxes, shipping, customs, registration) while integrating with current systems and procedures.
  • Liaise between RTI headquarters and the field office on financial and procurement matters.
  • Regularly analyze and forecast project expenses.
  • Work on and monitor sub-award implementation and management for the full cycle of sub-awards, in coordination with other staff in the field and HQ.
  • Advise senior leadership on financial and operations-related matters
  • Provide training and guidance on procurement, managing project expenses to annual work plan and contract budgets.
  • Support finance/operations-based capacity development of local partners/government agencies as needed by the program.
  • Oversee preparation and submission of monthly financial statements (including expenses, receivable and payables).
  • Ensure timely submission of expense reports, bank reconciliations and wire transfer requests to corporate headquarters in the US.
  • Supervise the project’s administrative staff, providing oversight to the overall project management and human resources functions;
  • Provide oversight and management of program subcontracts and grants;
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual expenditures and prepare pipeline estimates for the project.
  • Prepare biweekly cash requirements, monitoring cash flow and reconciles cash accounts in order to maintain appropriate cash balances.
  • Manage and monitor performance of office petty cash system.
  • Liaise with internal and external auditors in the review of project financial management.
  • Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming and ensure all staff understand and adhere to RTI staff safety and security policies and plans.
  • Supervise and train other project-based administrative, finance, and procurement, staff.
  • Coordinate and oversee the operation of other project offices.


  • Bachelor's Degree and 12 years of experience, Master's degree and 10 years of experience, PhD and 6 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience and expertise in the implementation of large and complex projects, regional programming experience preferred.
  • Five years proven leadership of similar sized international donor programs with strong skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, procurement and budgeting.
  • Knowledge of applicable USG and PMI procurement, assistance, rules and regulations, as well as administrative policies and techniques.
  • Proficiency in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access plus working knowledge of accounting and procurement software (particularly QuickBooks) is preferable.
  • Demonstrated skills in building, mobilizing, and leading multidisciplinary teams.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, and with multiple concurrent demands.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to travel and work in any of the seven countries and difficult terrain/conditions at times.
  • Proficiency in English is required.

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