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GRANTS OFFICER

The Grants Officer for Uganda Institutional and Systems Strengthening (ISS) Activity will be responsible for drafting funding solicitations and managing the financial aspects of grant under contracts awards, including support in managing grant solicitation processes, writing project descriptions, developing performance measures, evaluating applicants, monitoring grant spending and performance compliance, preparing analyses and reports, and working with other departments, community groups, and organizations throughout the lifetime of the grant. The Grants Officer will support summarizing USAID compliance requirements of grants issued by ISS and communicating these requirements to technical teams. The Grants Officer will also support the Grants Specialist in preparing modification requests to ongoing awards and in sub-awards management as necessary. The Grants Officer will provide ongoing mentoring, monitoring and supervision for grantees during implementation and support grant closeout processes in line with Cardno and USAID regulations.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the effective management of all programmatic and financial aspects of grants under contract awarded by the ISS Activity.
  • Support calls for grant applications processes, selection procedures, management, and reporting.
  • Collect data and reports from grantees.
  • Coordinate efforts between the grants, technical and monitoring/evaluation units to ensure close cooperation and effective management of grants.
  • Work with grant recipients to ensure that implementation of awards conform to USAID policies and regulations, including for procurement, competition, and others.
  • Work with technical staff to establish and maintain a grantee scorecard system.
  • Implement procedures and provide policy guidance and interpretation for Activity staff and grantees to ensure adherence to grant management procedures.
  • Build the capacity of potential grantee organizations to ensure successful grant project implementation.
  • Review and analyze budget estimates discerning reasonableness, consistency, allocability and allowability of costs.
  • Ensure post-award management in accordance with relevant regulations, including but not limited to reporting, audits, etc. in accordance with USAID policies, and procedures.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of a program management team.
  • Provide administrative, operational, and programmatic backstop support.
  • Track and review grants and contracts through the payment cycle, ensuring compliance with USAID agreements and Cardno policies.
  • Review and contribute to internal reports, annual work plans, and quarterly and monthly reports as required by the ISS Contract.
  • Provide inputs from grantee monitoring and evaluation and other lessons learned to support Activity CLA processes on a quarterly and annual basis.
  • Support and participate in program activities at the discretion of the Chief of Party; and
  • Other similar tasks and responsibilities that the Grants Specialist or Director of Finance, Grants and Operations might reasonably request.

Qualifications:

  • University degree in administration, business, economics, accounting, or similar field.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience supporting grants management with public and private sector entities; prior experience managing USAID-funded grants mechanisms is strongly preferred.
  • Must be a Ugandan citizen.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Previous experience in delivering a grants function targeting public and private sector entities.
  • Strong understanding of USAID grants management standards, policies and procedures
  • Excellent language proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen, and respect for colleagues.
  • Strong ethics and unquestionable level of integrity

Estimated Period of Performance:
The opening is a full-time position and will require staff time of 40 hours a week.

Estimated LoE:
This is a long-term position based in Kampala, Uganda with intermittent travel throughout the country.

Reporting:
The Grants Officer will report to the Grants Specialist.

Deadline for submission of applications
Send an updated CV and a 1-page cover letter describing your pertinent qualifications and experience to info@ftfugandaiss.com by November 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm. Late applications will not be reviewed.

Equal Opportunity statement: Cardno has a long-standing policy of Equal Opportunity in employment. Our practice is to fill positions by selecting applicants who can perform the work in a competent and professional manner. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status. At any time, if you need an accommodation during the application process, please contact Human Resources at jobs@cardno.com. This position will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment and reasonable accommodations will be considered.

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