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Sustainable Fish Asia (SUFIA) Project Finance & Administration Officer

Finance & Accounting
International Development Group
200VE Requisition #

RTI seeks a Finance and Administrative Officer for the two-year USAID-funded, Sustainable Fish Asia (SUFIA) Local Capacity Development program. The ultimate goal of this program is to improve the management of marine biodiversity and fisheries resources in the Indo-Pacific region by reducing unsustainable fishing and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Project activities will focus on boosting the managerial and operational capacities of two regional organizations that work in this domain so that they are better poised to achieve their mandates. This position will be based in Bangkok, Thailand but will require some regional travel, conditions permitting.

This individual should have experience in providing a wide range of finance and administrative support to organizations implementing development projects. The individual must be a Thai national and fluent Thai speaker. They must also be fluent in English.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Finance and Administration Officer will perform a wide range of tasks to support two project staff, two regional organizational partners, and consultants. RTI is looking for an individual that can both manage the  project’s administration and finance responsibilities (estimated 40-50% of time) and additionally be able to provide finance and administrative support to two partner organizations; one based in Thailand and another based in Indonesia for the remaining time.

Project finance and administrative duties include:

  • Maintaining project electronic and paper files for personnel, procurement, and program activities
  • Scheduling appointments and sending official project correspondence
  • Procuring project supplies and other equipment, which will involve issuing purchase requests and orders
  • Administering and managing petty cash on the project to staff, as needed, and in line with RTI policies
  • Arranging travel for project staff and partner representatives, including booking airfare, hotels, and providing per diem to staff and participants
  • Supporting recruitment of project consultants
  • Issuing payments to vendors and grantees, ensuring that they are issued in compliance with RTI and USAID financial accounting policies and procedures, and that they are in line with the project budget
  • Managing payroll administration, including appropriate deductions as required under relevant labor laws and RTI policies
  • Recording all financial transactions in QuickBooks and ensuring accurate bookkeeping and proper supporting documentation. This task also involves managing the project’s monthly financial close and preparing monthly financial reports
  • Tracking staff paid time off (or vacation days), enrolling staff in medical insurance and social security programs, and other basic HR administration.

Finance and administration support to the project’s two partners will be provided in person as well as through remote support and will include:

  • Conducting participatory and collaborative organizational assessments of partner finance and administration systems, including their accounting, financial controls, grantmaking, human resources, procurement, and organizational policies to ensure that they are compliant in respect to USAID rules and regulations and will enable them to manage future USAID funding
  • Working with partner organization representatives to prioritize and create a capacity development action plan required for financial and administration system and practice strengthening
  • As needed, providing on-site and virtual capacity development services to two partner organizations in the above areas in order to help them boost the skills of their finance and admin staff and improve their systems, policies, and practices in this area. This support will be to build the capacity of their staff so that they are able to do it on their own and effectively.
  • Supporting recruitment and procurement of consultants to provide additional finance and administration technical services to partners, as needed.
  • Conducting periodic performance improvement surveys of partner organizations and contribute to monthly and quarterly reporting as well as project monitoring and evaluation
  • Coordinating with other SUFIA staff and consultants providing capacity development services to program partners.



  • Undergraduate degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting, or a related field; Advanced degree preferred  
  • At least 8 years of experience in providing administrative and financial support to an organization
  • At least 4 years of working on a U.S. Government/USAID project providing accounting, bookkeeping, and/or management of project procurement and budgets and deep knowledge of USAID rules and regulations as well as compliance issues
  • At least 4 years of experience in providing financial and administrative capacity building support to organizations.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to evaluate and provide capacity building on finance and administrative issues. This requires excellent collaboration and communication skills and familiarity with the basics of building organizational capacity and how to guide change within an organization.
  • Experience and familiarity with QuickBooks, or a similar accounting program is required
  • Ability to travel regionally up to approximately 20% of the time, conditions permitting
  • Be a Thai national and fluent in Thai and English languages

Ethics Notice: No one at RTI may ever demand payment for anything of value in exchange for anything related to the hiring process (including, for example, for applying for, interviewing for, or receiving any offer of employment).  If any such request is made, please report this request confidentially to RTI’s Ethics office at HRethics@rti.org.  Any payment made will disqualify any applicant from future employment at RTI.  Please only use the HRethics@rti.org email address to report ethics concerns; any job applications sent to this email address will not be processed.

Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further information is available here.

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