Grants and Activity Manager

Posted 8 months ago by Chemonics International Inc.
Location Baghdad Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO
Deadline: 10th of February 
Chemonics International seeks applications from qualified candidates for the position of Grants and Activity Manager for the USAID Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) Project. This position will be based in Baghdad, Iraq. The Grants and Activity Manager supports the senior grants manager to build and implement program systems and ensure regulatory compliance.
Responsibilities include:
  • Provides expert input in the design and development of grants (in coordination with the COP, Technical Advisory Team, procurement team, and all other relevant staff) to ensure activities are feasible, achievable within current capacity and comply with all relevant policies and procedures
  • Leads the analysis of grant budgets and cost estimates for reasonableness and consistency; setup the financial monitoring of grant activities; oversee the implementation of grant agreements; and manage the closeout of the grant agreement 
  • In coordination with the Senior Grants Manager, oversees grant implementation and monitoring of schedule, budget and performance
  • Ensures grant implementation is conducted in compliance with all relevant requirements and donor regulations and follow up as needed regarding grant policy guidance and interpretation
  • Provides regular updates on grants implementation and anticipates and troubleshoots grant implementation challenges with others on the program team 
  • Maintains complete and updated grant files in both digital and hard copy format  
  • Prepares monthly financial projections and actively tracks the clearance and disbursement rates of grant activities
  • Prepares and maintains supporting grant documentation in compliance with all applicable requirements, procedures, and best practices
  • In coordination with finance and procurement staff, assesses grantee capabilities related to activity implementation and advises them on how to enhance them 
  • Collaborates with MEL manager and team in the design of MEL plans, and their execution
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • A minimum of two years of experience in grant activity management, focused on ensuring that procurement, finance, logistics, and programmatic aspects are implemented on-time and in accordance with the specifications of the approved activity
  • Experience with NGOs and/or community-based organizations is preferred 
  • An up-to-date understanding and knowledge of political and social conditions in Iraq is strongly preferred
  • Experience reviewing and negotiating budgets, drafting memoranda of negotiation, conducting pre-award responsibility assessments, and tracking spending strongly preferred
  • Ability to work in a professional and cordial manner with fellow staff members, visitors, and partner institutions including international and local NGOs, governmental entities, support organizations, and the general public
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to prioritize multiple work assignments in an extremely fast-paced environment, to meet deadlines, and to exercise good, professional judgment that reflects positively on the image and communicates the established program message 
  • Good analytical ability and knowledge of project objectives so that the key points of grant implementation can be identified
  • Demonstrated commitment to management best practices 
  • Flexibility, creativity, and the ability to maintain a rapid and demanding pace of work are also required
  • Ability to effectively use computer software including MS Word and Excel  
  • Fluency in written and oral Arabic and English is required


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