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Chief Financial Officer

Position: Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Location: Washington, DC preferred

Status: Full-time, Exempt

About LINC

LINC is a mission-driven US-based small business organized around a commitment to local organizations leading their own development. We do this by implementing programs and delivering consulting and training in the areas of monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL), capacity-strengthening, and collective action. The recipient of USAID’s Small Business of the Year award in 2017, we are a team of reflective and passionate development professionals. Our country experience spans Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. For more information on LINC, please visit www.linclocal.org

Position Description

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a Washington, DC-based position responsible for the leadership and management of corporate operations, finance, contracts, compliance, human resources, IT, and administration across LINC’s corporate operations and project portfolio. The CFO supports the smooth functioning of the organization by establishing and overseeing systems, helping maintain an ethical and inclusive work environment, ensuring adherence to compliance regulations, and ensuring the financial and administrative good standing of the organization. The CFO contributes to business development initiatives, assembling and overseeing cost proposals. The CFO negotiates contracts and agreements with clients and vendors. The CFO reports directly to a LINC Managing Director, is a member of LINC’s Leadership Team, and advises LINC’s senior leadership on financial, administrative, and other related matters. The CFO supervises LINC’s accounting staff and other corporate services/operations staff.


  • Provide management of all contracts, compliance, financial reporting, administration, IT, and human resources personnel and functions within the organization.
  • Manage and oversee monthly accounting close and internal/external financial reporting.
  • Develop and oversee LINC’s policies, procedures, and finance/administration forms to ensure legal, regulatory, contractual, and corporate governance and accountability, while remaining flexible to growth.
  • Oversee client, sub-partner, and consultant contracts/awards and related actions.
  • Draft and negotiate contracts/awards, subcontracts/sub-awards, and oversee procurement processes.
  • Coordinate extensively with LINC’s Programs Department to ensure timely payments, invoicing, and reporting.
  • Coordinate extensively with LINC’s Programs Department to ensure the compliance and effective implementation of all programs, specifically related to financial and contractual management, budgeting, forecasting, procurements, and compliance with host-country laws and regulations.
  • Lead cost proposal preparation and submission; collaborate with the Business Development leads on cost, compliance, and contractual matters related to business development initiatives.
  • Oversee corporate finance, budgeting, financial reporting, forecasting, and indirect rate structuring, including preparation and negotiation of annual NICRA submissions.
  • Lead LINC’s external audit preparation and communications with external auditors.
  • Oversee Human Resources policies and procedures, including onboarding, HR manual, benefits, and personnel record-keeping.
  • Perform periodic benefits benchmarking to ensure LINC offers a competitive benefits package.
  • Keep LINC staff and leadership informed of important updates (actual and expected) to regulations and policy that may affect our work.
  • Support LINC’s mission of empowering local actors and systems, including engagement and leadership in relevant learning communities, work with donors to understand how their policies affect local actor success, and support to local actors on developing appropriate and responsive finance and administrative processes.
  • Engagement in overall strategy and leadership of LINC, participating on LINC’s Leadership Team, and identifying, prioritizing and leading strategic initiatives as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory and Reporting Responsibilities

The CFO will lead the finance, administration, and corporate services teams and participate as a member of LINC’s Leadership Team. The CFO will report to a LINC Managing Director.

Skills and Qualifications

LINC is a small, growing business that encourages proactive, flexible, and team-oriented staff to thrive and grow with us. The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, team-oriented international development professional with excellent organizational and communications skills, proven competence in supporting USAID programs and proposals, and a passion for improving the effectiveness of social change efforts around the world. They must be flexible enough to undertake a number of finance and administrative functions simultaneously and thrive in a dynamic environment. Specific qualifications include:

  • Undergraduate degree in business administration, accounting, finance, or a relevant field (advanced degree preferred).
  • Minimum 12 years of demonstrated experience with gradual increases in responsibility in the areas of finance, contracts, human resources, and operational management.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience overseeing corporate and project-level finance, human resource, and operations for USAID funded projects and organizations.
  • 10 years management experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mechanisms including cost-reimbursable and fixed-price contracts, cooperative agreements, fixed amount awards, and indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) mechanisms.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID financial management rules and regulations, including areas such as grants management, NICRA, and procurement.
  • Experience developing and implementing finance and accounting policies, procedures, and systems.
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Willingness to undertake periodic travel to LINC’s international project locations as required (typically 10 – 20% of time per year).

Application Instructions

Please send your resume/CV to jobs@linclocal.org with the subject line “Chief Financial Officer (CFO)”. All applications will be reviewed, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. LINC is an equal opportunity employer.