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Manager Project

Washington, DC
October 09, 2018

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Mbalu Tunkara

**** ****** **. ***. *** Greenbelt, MD 20770

Cell: 301-***-**** Email:

PROFILE: Seasoned business professional, experienced in performing advisory service for federal, state and private clients. Possess an extensive knowledge in accounting and audit in the areas of Grants Administration, Internal Audit, Performance Audit, OMB Circular A-123, OMB Circular A -133, OMB Circular A -122 - As well as the use of financial systems such as; AS 2 System, Voyager System and SAP System. A self-motivated professional with the ability to develop and maintain strong client relationship and lead a team.


William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

Bachelor of Science: Accounting September 2006 – May 2009


Project Manager Professional (PMP) Candidate


Active Public Trust


Deloitte & Touche, LLP – Arlington, VA

Senior Consultant November 2016 – Present

Inova Health

Supports the Client’s Grant Management Office team with Post Award Internal Controls testing and Business Process Review.

Reviews Grant Agreements, Invoices, Surveys, Grants Manual, Time and Effort Reports, Progress Reports and Project Closeout per Federal Regulations and Inova’s Policies and Procedures.

Analyzes deficiencies, weaknesses and strengths identified in the review of submitted grant applications, amendments, re-budgeting request, Federal Financial Reports (FFR) and single audit reports.

Orchestrates team meeting with Client’s and Point of Contacts within various departments,

Provides recommendations to clients per audit findings.

U.S. Coast Guard

Supports the Client’s A-123 team with their Internal Controls testing.

Performs the Test of Design (TOD) and Testing of Effectiveness (TOE) per tying out Classification, Procurement and Budgetary samples, against control attributes.

Updates Lead Sheets and noted follow ups on outstanding items.

Communicates with shareholders on findings and provided solutions to resolve the issues.

U.S. Postal Service

Led the Compensation and Benefits Cycle team at USPS SOX Finance.

Supported the Manager by planning weekly activities for the annual audit process by ensuring all internal controls were in compliance with SOX.

Assisted with the testing and reviewing of Working Papers for the annual audit.

Communicated with Internal and external stakeholders, in responding to inquiries and providing solutions in a timely manner.

Grant Thornton, LLP – Alexandria, VA

Senior Associate, Global Public Sector May 2016 – November 2016


Assessed Cost Incurred Performance Audit for NSF grantee recipient by testing and reporting on Payroll, Procurement, Purchase Card and General Ledger transactions for compliance per Federal Regulations and grant agreements.

Collaborated directly with Managers and Directors in resolving inquiries on selected sample items by providing appropriate supporting documentations.

Reviewed sample selected transactions for compliance to determine if they were within the scope and period of performance; ensuring policies and procedures were enforced.

City of Richmond

Managed single audit (A-133) testing for Section 108 loans, Community Development Block Grants and HOME Assistance grants, according to Federal Regulations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Reviewed and evaluates financial risk, financial reporting and accounting transactions processes including controls and compliance management, per data received.

Used and utilized Grant Thornton’s Audit Methodology on Federal Audits.

Amtrak – Washington, DC

Senior Grants Management Specialist October 2013 – April 2016

Led Single Audit (A-133 Audit) along with the Assistant Director of Grants Administration in answering inquiries and providing accurate documentations by reviewing and analyzing financial and progress reports; providing feedback and requesting additional background/reference information and other supporting documentations if needed from Program Managers.

Managed grant funded programs for the PRIIA Section 305 ($4M) and NECC ($17) Grants with the Federal Railroad Association (FRA) on an ongoing basis to determine how grant funds are spent; ensure compliance with grant agreements and related regulations.

Consulted with Program Managers in all aspects of grants management, including monitoring and analyzing grants spending, compliance with grant requirements, identifying potential or existing issues, and recommending appropriate solutions; act as a liaison with development and research staff and funders.

Assisted with the daily maintenance of Amtrak’s two largest grants, the Capital and Debt Service Grant ($1B) and the Operating Grant ($2.88M) with the Federal Railroad Association (FRA).

Led Grant Specialists in interpreting and understanding compliance requirements for the American with Disabilities Act to ensure deliverables are met, per the Grant Agreement.

Identified and developed strategies to optimize the grants administration process by examining transactions and supporting documentations.

Reviewed, prepared and submitted periodic required grant reports and payment requests for FRA grants (monthly invoices, quarterly drawdowns with SF-270 and SF-425) using the Delphi invoicing System and Grant Solutions.

American University, Grants and Contracts Accounting – Washington, DC

Senior Staff Accountant February 2011 – January 2013

Managed, monitored, recorded and reported all grants (approximately 70), accounting and finance for the College of Arts and Sciences; as well as restricted funds.

Prepared monthly, quarterly and annual reporting or invoicing (SF- 270, SF-425) for Federal (NASA, NIH, NSF, Dept. of Ed), SF-1034 for USAID, Private (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and State Grants (DCPS).

Acted as liaison with Payroll, Procurement and Human Resources departments to answer questions, and assist with accounting-related issues.

Prepared and entered journal entries, as well as assisted with month-end closings.

Provided audit support for A-133 Audit by answering inquiries and providing accurate documentations.

Trained Program Directors and Administrative Staffs on how to you the Business Intelligence tool for financial information.

Medical Care Development International - Silver Spring, MD

Junior Financial Officer/Assistant Project Manager November 2009 – January 2011

Assisted Finance Officers with all Grants, financial activities for South Africa URC, RTI Santenet II, PEPFAR South Africa, Madagascar Global Fund and UNICEF South Africa.

Reviewed invoices and expense reimbursements for accuracy and adequacy of descriptions, computations and supporting documentation.

Resolved with Finance Officers in the analysis of actual expenditures (as entered on project tracking sheets and HQ financials) against project budgets to identify whether all costs are allowable, allocable and reasonable per grants and awards agreements

Collaborated with Finance Officers in identifying potential problems in accounting, under/overspending or compliance.

Prepared monthly Bank Statements.

Collaborated with Field Officers in resolving inquiries about grant expenditures.


Project Management Institute (PMI) - Member

National Grants Management Association (NGMA) – Member

Sierra Leon Empowerment Network (SLEN) – Member

REFERENCES: Available upon request

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