Project Specialist (Finance) - Partnerships Incubator

  • Remote
  • Full Time
  • Entry Level

Position: Project Specialist (Finance)

Anticipated Start Date: o/a February 14, 2022

Location: Virtual

Kaizen Project: USAID’s Partnerships Incubator

Reports to: Finance & Operations Director

Unit: Finance & Operations

Project Director: Donna Vincent Roa, Ph.D., ABC, CDPM

About Kaizen

The Kaizen Company is an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Our proven solutions catalyze locally driven, organizational, and institutional performance improvements and shift the development model into one that is bottom-up and ongoing. We leverage existing knowledge, new technologies, and innovative business models. 

Kaizen is hiring a highly motivated early career professional who is looking to create social impact in a fast-paced and rewarding work environment. We are seeking applications for a Project Specialist (Finance) for the USAID-funded Partnerships Incubator, a four-year project which started in October 2019. 

About the Partnerships Incubator

USAID aims to diversify its partner base by removing barriers to engagement and creating avenues for new and underutilized partners to work with the Agency. The Partnerships Incubator was set up as a global service hub to address this need by amplifying USAID’s external communications efforts to strengthen and diversify the Agency’s partner base, expanding Agency capacity for partnerships, and supporting partner organizations working with USAID. The Partnerships Incubator works with USAID headquarters and Missions to identify and engage new and local partners, provide training and capacity-building assistance, and develop tools, resources, and models to advance USAID’s partnership goals. The project recently launched, a free, USAID-funded resource hub designed to connect partners to peers and experts, improve their organizational readiness, and prepare them to receive USAID funding. 


We are seeking a motivated Finance & Operations Specialist who is ready to apply knowledge of business practices and processes in a fast-paced real-world development project. 

The candidate will work closely with the Finance & Operations Director in providing support to the Partnerships Incubators’ financial and administrative functions to enhance the smooth running of activities and overall improvement of processes. The position will involve assisting with market research, onboarding consultants, supporting vendor and consultant invoicing processes, and recording and maintaining accurate and complete financial records. In addition to these activities, the specialist will have the opportunity to support other Incubator team members and contribute to other projects as needed. 

An ideal candidate will demonstrate a high level of efficiency and accuracy in their work products and enjoy the challenge of a learning curve, but never view routine or repetitive tasks as a burden. The candidate is detail- and deadline-oriented, a quick learner, able to follow through on assigned projects, a team player who can work in a collaborative environment and exercise sound judgment, and can handle sensitive information with discretion. The selected professional should also be open to a creative teleworking policy. The Finance & Operations Specialist will:

  • Provide technical, administrative, and financial assistance as a key member of the Finance & Operations team.
  • Support Incubator technical teams to carry out administrative or financial assignments related to USAID or partner service delivery.
  • Provide technical, administrative, or financial backstopping that may include conducting literature reviews and reviewing and screening financial documentation for accuracy and completeness pursuant to compliant processes outlined by the company and governing USAID-funded projects.
  • Support the development of financial reports and deliverables for given assignments.
  • Provide support in organizing logistics, data collection, and analysis efforts for technical assistance assignments. 
  • Collaborate with Incubator staff, interns, and consultants across the project.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) and a minimum of five years’ experience.
  • Familiarity or experience with USAID and/or the USAID-implementing partner paradigm is highly preferred.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in all MS Office products.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace, specifically Excel, is required.
  • Experience with enterprise finance systems such as Concur, Costpoint, and QuickBooks preferred.
  • Comfortable with a project environment that appreciates initiative, personal ownership of work portfolios, and an entrepreneurial mindset and behaviors.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to interact with individuals at all levels.
  • Proven effectiveness in managing relations with multiple actors, including partners and donors.
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated track record of working effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work in multiple cultures, highly motivated, self-starting, intellectually curious, flexible, a passion for learning, and deeply committed to social impact.
  • Comfortable operating in a fast-moving, agile, and innovative environment.
  • Be able to successfully serve on a fully teleworking team.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

Qualified applicants should send a resume/CV with a well-written cover letter. Candidates that are elevated to the final interview stage will be required to provide the contact details of three references. Applicants who do not submit all requirements will not be considered for the position. The deadline to submit is January 31, 2022.

No phone calls, please. Only finalists will be contacted.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Please note: This position is contingent upon USAID execution of additional funding.

For candidates applying for positions based in Kaizen's office in Washington, DC, we utilize to mitigate bias in the recruitment process. Upon submitting an application, candidates will receive an email from, prompting them to go through the anonymous screening. In order to be considered for a role, candidates must respond to and proceed with the application. We do not currently use for project positions outside of the United States.

At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.

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