Chemonics seeks a director of grants for the Improving Reading, Equity, and Accountability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (ACCELERE!1) project. ACCELERE!1 is a five-year, $134 million early grade reading project jointly funded by USAID and the U.K. Department for International Development. The project improves access to education and learning outcomes for girls and boys, making this access more equitable, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This work includes support for education service delivery in at least 25 education sub-provinces across target provinces (e.g., Haut-Katanga, Lualaba, Kasai-Central, Kasai-Oriental, and Equateur), including in government schools and schools that religious networks administer but the government of the DRC recognizes. ACCELERE!1 assists the government with increasing equitable enrollment in quality education, improving education quality, and enhancing education governance and accountability by stakeholders. In addition, efforts to support educational access for out-of-school youth through accelerated learning programs will take place in the previously mentioned provinces and North and South Kivu. The director of grants will be based in Kinshasa, DRC. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.
- Oversee and manage of all grants awarded through the ACCELERE!1 project and ensure that they comply with USAID regulations and Chemonics policies
- Implement the grants program, in consultation with the chief of party and technical team, making sure it follows policies, procedures, and practices in the grants manual and procurement manual
- Develop new grant activities according to established processes and procedures
- Ensure that grant activities emphasize and integrate considerations related to gender and women’s empowerment in line with USAID’s gender policies globally and for the DRC
- Review all grant applications for contractual consistency, accuracy, and compliance with USAID regulations
- Lead conferences, workshops, training, and other capacity building exercises related to grants
- Recommend improvements to grants management policies, procedures, and practices, as necessary
- Ensure the proper preparation and execution of grant documents and disbursements in line with USAID and Chemonics procedures
- Liaise between project staff and local grantees and subcontractors, ensuring that they receive suitable technical advice and assistance to complete their grant objectives and scope of work
- Provide guidance on managing grants and subcontracts, including reviewing monthly financial reports, processing payments in accordance with individual grant/subcontract types, etc.
- Assess the guidance on how grantees handle procurement, including source and nationality issues and disposition of equipment, and provide best practices on assisting the grantees in these processes
- Provide guidance on the pre-award risk assessment processes and documentation, including reference checks, organizations’ formal registration, applicants’ audited financial statements, copies of grantees and subcontractors’ policies and procedures, etc.
- Analyze award files to make sure they contain critical award elements, including signed certifications, memorandums of negotiation, Mandatory and Required as Applicable Standard Provisions, environmental impact assessments, marking and branding strategies, etc.
- Meet with and maintain positive relationships with government of the DRC officials and partners
- University degree or equivalent preferred
- Minimum of five years of demonstrated experience negotiating, managing, and closing local grants for international donor-funded initiatives preferred
- Proven ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with donors, grantees, and multiple host-country counterparts
- Creativity and analytical capacity to manage grant compliance issues and assist other staff in implementing grant activities
- Experience with international donor-funded programs; USAID experience preferred
- Proven leadership ability and experience managing large teams in culturally diverse settings
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
- Fluency in English and basic French required