Financial Analyst – Programs

· Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Competitive

Position:          Financial Analyst – Programs


Location:         Remote – Chicago or Washington D.C.


Reporting to:  Director of Finance and Administration



About Us

World Bicycle Relief (WBR) mobilizes people through the Power of Bicycles. We envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, health services, and economic opportunity. Our robust Buffalo Bicycles are a cost-effective and reliable means of overcoming barriers posed by long distances and systemic mobility challenges in developing countries. We are a mission-driven, global not-for-profit that manages a highly refined bicycle supply chain from design through final distribution.


(WBR) uses an innovative business model to create sustainable bicycle ecosystems. Through WBR’s 501(c)3, we provide transport solutions to those who cannot afford them, and through Buffalo Bicycle Limited, we sell the rugged Buffalo Bicycle and spare parts. Buffalo Bicycle Limited also offers users repair and maintenance services via a retail network of shops and local mechanics. WBR has distributed over 600,000 fit-for-purpose bicycles and trained 2,500+ community-based mechanics. Girls with Buffalo Bicycles are 19% less likely to drop out of school; dairy farmers earn 23% more income, and health workers reach 88% more patients.  

About the Position

The Financial Analyst - Programs will join a passionate group of change-makers and be a member of WBR’s Global Finance team.  This role will be responsible for the financial and compliance management of WBR’s portfolio of programs.  You will research and analyze financial information to advise and assist teams in budgeting, forecasting, restricted funding solicitations, reporting and monitoring financial movements. 



  • Manage day-to-day support to WBR’s program portfolio including communicating and assisting with requests and overseeing adherence to project requirements, government regulations, and WBR’s policies.
  • Examine and guide others on financial aspects of all project contracts or award agreements by reviewing monthly financials for accuracy and compliance; responsible for tracking expenditures against budget and total obligated funds, coordinating development and monitoring of annual budgets, and regular forecasting of expenditures.
  • Coordinate tracking, reporting, and forecasting with WBR’s Finance team, fundraisers, and field teams.
  • Review, identify, and document compliance and reporting requirements with fundraisers. Support fundraisers and field teams in remaining compliant with funder requirements.
  • Identifies potential financial and compliance risks and support plans and strategies to address those risks, communicating, when appropriate, with the Director of Finance and Administration.
  • Responsible for reviewing and collaborating with field teams to determine causes of variances in expenditures against forecasts and budgets and ensuring the team is informed as appropriate.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and ad hoc reports of program spend against designated or restricted funding requirements.
  • Support operational finance and accounting activities including project and GL maintenance.
  • In accordance with USAID regulations, recommend organizational guidelines, policies, or procedures and continually identify opportunities to improve operational efficiencies and capacity to grow WBR’s portfolio of restricted funding.
  • Other assigned responsibilities within scope of role


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Finance or a related field or equivalent relevant experience
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with financial management of USAID awards required.
  • Well informed in current financial subjects
  • Experience with financial management of restricted grant awards from foundations, corporations, or other private sector entities preferred.
  • Experience working with country-level field teams on project financial management strongly preferred.
  • Strong analytical and data gathering skills
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written
  • Ability to meet multiple, concurrent deadlines
  • Experience with Adaptive Planning a plus


WBR is a registered not-for profit in the USA (501c3), Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland and Australia. We have supported programs in 20 developing countries, and have country offices, staff, and assembly facilities in Colombia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. WBR is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 

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