Essential Medicines and Health Commodity Storage Capacity Advisor / Financial Analyst @ John Snow International, Inc.
Certificate, Spanish Language @
Cemanahuac Comunidad Educativa
International development project manager and small business owner and operator with specific finance and contracts expertise. Proven track record working with local government ministries and agencies, as well as community-based groups. Hands-on experience developing internal controls, streamlining procedures, and clarifying staff roles and responsibilities to improve day-to-day operations in developing country settings. Practical experience with ABACUS, QuickBooks,
International development project manager and small business owner and operator with specific finance and contracts expertise. Proven track record working with local government ministries and agencies, as well as community-based groups. Hands-on experience developing internal controls, streamlining procedures, and clarifying staff roles and responsibilities to improve day-to-day operations in developing country settings. Practical experience with ABACUS, QuickBooks, Pastel, and Solomon accounting packages. Extensive experience developing and delivering training programs. Experience in Africa, Asia, and Central and Latin America. Proficient in Spanish.
Specialties: project management, contracting, auditing, administrative and financial compliance, budgeting and budget monitoring, financial analysis, procurement, USAID regulations and policies, training, development of internal processes and systems
Managing Director @ Owner and operator of American-style coffeehouse in Lusaka neighborhood shopping center. Opened in 2010 in partnership with Chikumbuso Women and Orphan's Project. Current Chairman, Zambia Barista Committee, a sub-committee of the Zambia Coffee Grower's Association. Coached three winning Zambia National Coffee Barista Champions from Blue Moon, 2012, 2013, 2014. Coached Blue Moon competitors for World Coffee Barista Championships, 2012 (Vienna, Austria), 2013 (Melbourne, Australia), 2014 (Rimini, Italy). From May 2010 to Present (5 years 6 months) ZambiaManaging Director @ Responsible for oversight of client contracts, artwork approvals/review, and ensuring end-user client satisfaction. Leads development of marketing campaigns for ONEWAY and prospective clients, manages relationships with proven suppliers and partners, and stays abreast of industry standards to drive innovation. Injects a transparent and goal-oriented management philosophy into the small company.
ONEWAY is a promotional products distributor, also specializing in merchandize branding, graphic design, and photography. Clients include Catholic Relief Services, Goodyear, and Zambia Breweries. From May 2010 to Present (5 years 6 months) ZambiaEssential Medicines and Health Commodity Storage Capacity Advisor / Financial Analyst @ Worked hand-in-hand with Zambian Ministry of Health officials to assess essential medicine and health commodity storage capacity of 263 health facilities throughout the country. Oversaw contracting of local engineering firms from development of RFP to approval of final deliverables. Developed costed plan to bring Ministry facilities up to internal and international storage standards. Managed international supplier to install prefabricated storage units at targeted district health offices from RFP to final approval by Ministry of Health. Developed yearly operational budgets for USAID-funded projects and performed pipeline analysis. Introduced new budget forecasting tool and standardized accounting systems within seven provisional offices. From January 2009 to June 2013 (4 years 6 months) ZambiaGrants Manager @ Capably managed $7.7 million special activities grants fund including international and local subcontracts, grants and vendor agreements. Maintained fund budget. Created monthly financial analysis and activity report for USAID. Procured, distributed, and maintained inventory of over 200 computers, servers, and other IT equipment designated for 8 Zambian government partner agencies according to established USAID policies and procedures. Managed competitive procurement process from writing requests for proposals, to chairing proposal evaluation committees and executing and managing contracts. Actively maintained relationships with local and international vendors. Trained and supported project accountants in reviewing monthly expenditures, preparing adjustment entries, and advising on administrative and financial practices. Trained and mentored four Zambian staff on grants management best practices. From May 2007 to November 2008 (1 year 7 months) ZambiaFinancial Analysis and Compliance Manager @ Supervisor of the Asia/International Health Group/Latin America and Caribbean financial analysis and compliance managers. Provided final authorization for field office expenditures ready for invoicing and input into Solomon. Developed annual working plan, reviewed scopes of work, and coordinated travel and project coverage. Applied standard financial analysis methodologies in evaluation of project profitability, variance analysis, new business pipeline forecasting and budget forecasting for existing projects. Generated monthly and quarterly regional corporate financial reports to measure regional performance. Drafted the revised Chemonics Field Accounting Manual detailing Chemonics’ financial and administrative policies and procedures. From January 2007 to May 2007 (5 months) Washington, DCFinancial Controller @ Managed contractual, operational, and financial compliance for the $100 million USAID-funded Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) project in 28 field offices throughout Africa and Central America. Actively trained and supervised three Regional Field Accountants. Served as the Regional Field Accountant for the Central American project offices. Developed annual work plans to guide project activities and evaluate performance. Standardized administrative and financial processes and communicated executed best practices to USAID, Chemonics Home Office (HO) and project staff. Developed and instituted enhanced travel and payroll-related policies. Audited and oversaw the contractual close-out of the USAID-funded Afghanistan Rebuilding Agricultural Markets Program (RAMP) $24.5 million grants program. From October 2005 to December 2006 (1 year 3 months) Washington, DCField Accountant @ Provided financial management support to more than 22 USAID-funded projects throughout Africa and Latin America. Skillfully delivered training in QuickBooks accounting software, GAAP, financial procedures, and worked to standardize administrative and financial processes in project offices. Responsible for ensuring projects operated in accordance with Chemonics and USAID policies, procedures, and administrative manuals. Conducted 19 one to two week project start-up training trips, mid-term financial audits, and project close-out audits. Developed and instituted more appropriate financial controls for the $3 million USAID Sudan Microfinance program. From February 2005 to October 2005 (9 months) Washington, DCProject Associate @ Provided responsive administrative and project management support to the Guatemala BIOFOR and Panama GreenCOM projects, including monitoring operations, recruiting, hiring, and fielding consultants, coordinating with U.S. and local subcontractors, managing contract budgets, overseeing all aspects of the monthly invoicing cycle, and facilitating communications with project offices. Updated the Guatemala BIOFOR local emergency action plan. Assisted the Colombia Forestry Development Program by leading 16 Colombian diplomats on an 8-day forestry and policy reform study tour throughout Bolivia and Chile. From January 2004 to February 2005 (1 year 2 months) Washington, DCResearch assistant @ Managed a three-person assessment team to conduct two community-based surveys looking at the effects of increased incomes on household livelihoods. Created wage benefit database to increase transparency among community based forestry organization members. Co-author of “Helping Village Level Stakeholders Monitor Forest Benefits” chapter of collaborative work on best practices in community forest management. From June 2003 to July 2003 (2 months) BoliviaCommunity relations specialist @ Backstopped BOLFOR’s 5 regional offices throughout lowland Bolivia and documented and disseminated lessons learned. Developed operations monitoring and evaluation tools for 35 timber organizations throughout Bolivia using the Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT). Presented on monitoring and evaluation tool to over 150 participants at Bolivia’s 2nd Annual National Forestry Investigation Conference. From January 2003 to June 2003 (6 months) BoliviaMicro-enterprise Development Volunteer @ Served as Administrative and Financial Specialist in the USAID-funded BOLFOR Guarayos-based regional project office. Developed transparent Excel-based accounting systems for five community-based forestry groups to manage the more than $100,000 in increased annual timber sales. Collaboratively created organizational structures for forest management groups to effectively manage human and expendable resources. Assisted with creating and negotiating timber sale contracts, service agreements with loggers, and leveraging credit from local vendors. Aided three indigenous communities to develop communal development (grant) funds for $40,000 in profits gained by timber sales. From August 2000 to November 2002 (2 years 4 months) BoliviaAssistant Coordinator of International Student Services @ Assisted international students with immigration and visa requirements and managed filing of relevant dossiers. Editor of monthly international student services newsletter - The Attaché. Organized yearly tax seminar for 295 international students. Created activities, events, and organized trips to increase interaction between American and international students. Advisor for the Global Awareness Peer Program (GAPP Team). From August 1999 to May 2000 (10 months) Findlay, OH
BA, Economics and Marketing @ The University of Findlay From 1995 to 1999 Certificate, Spanish Language @ Cemanahuac Comunidad Educativa From 1998 to 1998 Robert Keating III is skilled in: Management, Project Management
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