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DAI is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

Assistant, MENA/Afghanistan (Grade 4)

Location: North America
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Job Code: 3632


Job Title/Grade:    Assistant (Grade 4)

Department:           Delivery - MENA/Afghanistan

Reports to:            Regional Finance and Operations Manager (RFOM)

Date:                       May 7, 2018


Function of the Position:

This position supports the MENA Delivery sector to coordinate financial, logistical and operational functions for the MENA Region. The incumbent provides administrative support to the region in general and possibly one or more projects.


Roles and Responsibilities:

1. Sector Coordination

Under the guidance of Regional Sector Managing Director (RMD) and Regional Finance and Operations Manager (RFOM) provides general operational and logistical support to the MENA Region on sector and project related logistical and administrative tasks, including new business opportunities.


2. Afghanistan Operations Coordination

Under the guidance of the RFOM, provides general operational and logistical support on behalf of Afghanistan operations. Responsibilities include personnel tracking, staff data entry into the contractually required SPOT database, and administrative contact point for other offices at DAI.


3. Contract Management

Submits requisitions for requesting purchases for goods and services and drafts routine contractual documents using approved templates. Assists with project recruitment and mobilization for Long Term (LTTA) and Short Term Technical Assistant (STTA) positions and coordinates the processing of payments. Drafts routine contractual documents using approved templates.  


4. Financial Management

Responsible for processing sector and project financial transactions, including:

  • Auditing sector and project iExpense reports.
  • Processing Independent Consultant invoices and supplier/vendor invoices for review or approval per the Schedule of Authorities.
  • Assisting with following up with outstanding invoices and closed project finances.


5. Project Management

Provides backstopping support to projects in an Assistant capacity and helps with day to day project operations. Under the guidance of the RFOM, assist with ad hoc tasks as requested by from Project Delivery Teams for projects on a surge capacity.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Grade 4: Minimum one year relevant administrative or relevant experience and BS/BA degree
  • Understanding of/interest in the international development field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
  • Ability to work independently


Preferred Qualification

  • Interest in the MENA/Afghanistan region


Supervisory Requirements:  None


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.


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