American Institutes for Research

  • Finance and Compliance Manager, Improved Basic Education in the Kyrgyz Republic

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  • Overview

    American Institutes for Research (AIR), is a not-for-profit company, founded 75 years go. Our mission is to improve lives, especially for those in disadvantaged circumstances by conducting and applying the best social science and evaluation research. Since AIR’s founding, AIR staff have dedicated their efforts to strengthening education and related systems and developing in-country capacities to sustain programs over time. Complementing integrity and effective management practices, and a commitment to mutually supportive partnerships, AIR brings expert technical skill to address the many in-country factors affecting successful implementation and sustainability of best practices – leadership, linguistic and cultural competence, supportive policies, practitioner professional development, and data for monitoring and evaluation and continuous quality improvement.

    AIR’s International Development Program has worked in more than 80 countries over the past three decades, serving USAID and a variety of other clients. We seek to ensure that: every child has access to all levels of education; governments and civil society have the capacity to provide quality learning experiences and relevant curricula; and individuals, communities, and institutions are linked in and empowered to support efforts, serving as agents of support and change.


    AIR is seeking a Finance and Compliance Manager for a proposed USAID-funded education project in in the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia. The anticipated project has a heavy focus on early grade reading with activities in improving teacher effectiveness, building assessment capacity, increasing availability and use of reading materials, and strengthening classroom and school management. The Finance and Compliance Manager position will be based in Kyrgyzstan.

    The Finance and Compliance Manager will provide overall financial and compliance support to the project. This will include:
    Initiating, developing, maintaining, and revising policies and procedures for the general operation of the finance and compliance program and its related activities to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct
    • Establishing internal control systems as well as accounting and financial reporting protocols for local subcontractors, working with AIR’s internal auditing system and Financial Comptroller
    • Supervising activity financial staff and program budget matters
    • Managing accounting and disbursement needs
    • Verifying that procurements comply with USAID and AIR’s financial guidelines
    • Instituting and maintaining an effective finance and compliance training program for the project and its subcontractors
    • Ensuring adherence to management policies and assuring timely financial reporting to USAID

    Eligibility: Kyrgyzstan nationals are encouraged to apply.


    • Requires a master’s degree in Business and/or Public Administration or a master’s degree in Accounting and/or Financial Management, or appropriate equivalent academic degree at least at the master’s level
    • At least 8 years of experience in financial management and compliance of development activities with increasing levels of responsibility
    • Ability to compile and prepare financial and budget data in line with U.S. government rules and regulations
    • Experience analyzing budget trends and monitoring funding levels across multiple accounts
    • Expertise with procedures required for adequate planning, monitoring, and realigning of complex budgets
    • Experience administering grants under contract
    • Skilled in managing and compiling financial data for reporting and ensuring compliance with all donor requirements
    • Excellent computer skills as they relate to financial management
    • Experience working in the Kyrgyz Republic is required
    • Proficiency in English is required

    This position is contingent on funding.



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