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Project Manager, Finance
International Development Initiative

at Arizona State University

Location: Tucson, AZ or Washington, DC



The ASU International Development Initiative, part of ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise, enables a whole-of-university approach to international development across multiple fields, including K- 12 and higher education, sustainability, public health, economic growth, gender equality, and promoting democracy and the rule of law. This work builds on many years of systematic efforts to grow ASU’s capacity for global development, including implementation of over $200 million in international development awards.


The ASU International Development Initiative (IDI) uses a hub and spoke model to work across ASU colleges, schools, academic units, and administrative support units to identify and implement international development projects, primarily those funded by the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under administrative direction of the Senior Director of Global Implementation and Impact (GI&I), the Project Manager, Finance is a key member of the IDI Global Implementation & Impact (GI&I) Team that provides leadership support and direction to project initiatives and operations for ASU’s international, multimillion dollar funded projects including strategic planning, coordinating complex projects and implementation, overseeing operations/administration and overall delivery of ASU’s international projects.


The Project Manager of Finance will be responsible for overseeing pre- and post-award financials, procurement, and account management, ensuring compliance with USAID and Arizona State University (ASU) regulations, and optimizing financial operations, efficiencies, and coordination across the University ecosystem. The Financial Manager will play a crucial role in ensuring the effective financial management of large-tier USAID awards, including ASU’s newly awarded 5-year, $80 million Young African Leadership Initiative Legacy and Localization (YALI L&L) Project. By leveraging their expertise in financial management, procurement, and account management, the Financial Manager will support project teams in meeting compliance requirements, optimizing financial performance, and contributing to the success of ASU's international development initiatives.


The Project Manager of Finance will collaborate closely with project teams, stakeholders, and external partners to ensure effective financial management and reporting.


  1. Post-Award Financial Management:

    • Oversee all aspects of post-award financial management for large-tier USAID awards.

    • Monitor and review project budgets, financial reports, and expenses to ensure compliance with USAID regulations and internal policies.

    • Collaborate with project teams to develop and maintain financial controls, processes, and systems.

    • Provide guidance and support to project teams on financial management best practices and procedures.

    • Conduct financial analysis and forecasting to identify potential risks and opportunities for improved financial performance.

    • Manage the International Development Initiative’s Enterprise Research Administration System (ERA) site.

  2. Procurement and Contract Management:

    • Coordinate and oversee procurement activities related to USAID awards, ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and ASU procurement policies.

    • Work closely with project teams to develop procurement plans, evaluate vendor proposals, and negotiate contracts.

    • Manage vendor relationships, monitor contract deliverables, and ensure timely and accurate payments.

    • Collaborate with legal and compliance teams to review and approve contract modifications and amendments.

  3. Account Management and Reporting:

    • Maintain financial accounts related to USAID awards, including monitoring and reconciling account balances.

    • Prepare accurate and timely financial reports for internal and external stakeholders, including USAID reporting requirements.

    • Assist in the preparation of financial statements, budget modifications, and audit support documentation.

    • Ensure compliance with financial reporting deadlines and submission requirements.

  4. Compliance and Risk Management:

    • Stay current on USAID regulations, policies, and procedures, and ensure compliance with all applicable requirements.

    • Identify and mitigate financial risks associated with USAID awards, proactively addressing issues as they arise.

    • Collaborate with internal audit, if needed, and compliance teams to conduct periodic reviews and audits of financial processes and controls.

  5. Stakeholder Engagement:

    • Collaborate effectively with project teams, principal investigators, and other stakeholders to provide financial guidance and support.

    • Participate in project meetings, provide financial updates, and offer insights on financial performance and implications.

    • Build and maintain strong relationships with external partners, vendors, and USAID representatives.


  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, Accounting, or a related field.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in financial management, procurement, and account management, preferably with large-tier USAID awards or similar government-funded projects.

  • Strong understanding of USAID regulations, policies, and procedures related to financial management and procurement.

  • Proficiency in financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting.

  • Experience with financial systems and software (e.g., Workday, Peoplesoft, QuickBooks, project management tools, Excel).

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to think strategically and provide innovative financial solutions.

  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy in financial management and reporting.

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders.


Arizona State University is a public learning enterprise, and our mission is no less than transforming the model for public higher education. We call the model the New American University, and we began our transformation in 2002, led by President Michael Crow. Six years later, Newsweek hailed ASU as “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the modern research university took shape.” By 2016 and again for the following six years, U.S. News and World Report has named ASU the #1 innovative U.S. university. ASU ranks #1 in the U.S. and #2 globally for university impact on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Times Higher Education, 2022). ASU is eager to collaborate with and learn alongside higher education systems in emerging economies to meet shared and escalated expressions of challenges educators face globally. Since 2010, ASU has successfully implemented projects in the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for USAID, the State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and private sector donors including foundations such as Mastercard and Gates. Through its University Design Institute, ASU is partnering with 90 institutions in 20 countries to assist universities that are transforming themselves into powerful engines of social and economic impact.


This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. ASU reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

ASU is 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 or veteran status.


How To Apply: Qualified applicants should submit a CV and cover letter highlighting fit for the position to with the subject line "ASU Project Manager, Finance”

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