Director of Finance, Operations, and Grants | Dakar, Senegal | 2023


Chemonics seeks a ​Director of Finance, Operations, and Grants ​for the ​anticipated​ ​USAID Scaling Up Investment in Weather and Climate in Senegal​. The five-year project aims to enhance resilience, productivity, and nutritional outcomes in fishing and agriculture systems (i.e., farming, livestock, pastoralism) through expanding the use of WCIS (Weather and Climate Information Services) and early warning systems for flood control and drought forecast in the face of increased climate uncertainty and weather hazards. This will be achieved through facilitating the National Agency for Civil Aviation and Meteorology’s (ANACIM) engagement with the public and private sectors and user communities to co-produce, translate, transfer, and use free and fee-based WCI products and services in Senegal. This project will support both private sector WCIS development, and also aims to ensure that WCIS is developed in an equitable way that delivers timely, accurate, tailored, and localized information to stakeholders and does not simply prioritize those who can pay. The primary objectives of the project are (1) to bolster ANACIM’s engagement with user communities, public and private sector actors and institutions to develop public-private partnerships that foster increased demand for WCIS; (2) to scale up public and private investment in the development of the WCIS value chain; and (3) to expand the enabling conditions and respond to the need to integrate climate change and WCIS in the nutrition and water resources management sectors.

The Director of Finance, Operations, and Grants is responsible for ensuring overall project financial management and budgeting and efficient operations, including but not limited to procurement, logistics, compliance, and overall supervision of operations. In addition, they are responsible for grants administered under this contract. This position will be based in Senegal​. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide financial oversight to the project including tracking obligations from multiple funding streams in close coordination with USAID management teams in Washington, D.C. and in the field
  • Coordinate and direct all administrative support for project implementation including setting up and closing out field offices
  • Develop and submit financial reports to USAID and provide financial guidance and oversight to country activities including developing budgets
  • Serve as focal point for coordination and communication within the project and with USAID for planning, human resources, agreements, and budgets
  • Lead grant-making and award process, ensuring compliance with USAID provisions


  • Master’s degree in finance, project management, economics, international development, or related discipline (required)
  • At least eight years of experience in financial and operational management, including but not limited to finance, procurement, logistics, compliance, and/or overall operational supervision, of large-scale, complex, international development assistance programs
  • Demonstrated strong skills in financial management and operations procedures and policies, procurement/subcontracting, grant creation and administration, compliance, and human resources
  • Ability to effectively supervise local and international staff
  • Ability to work with cooperating partners in implementing complex programs
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communications skills
  • Proficiency in USAID regulations
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Authorization to work in Senegal (required)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French (required)

How to apply

Please send an email with your updated CV, cover letter, and the contact information for three professional references attached and “Director of Finance, Operations, and Grants – USAID Scaling Up Investment in Weather and Climate in Senegal” in the subject line to [email protected] no later than October 26th, 2023. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.

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