The Iraq Community Resilience Initiative – Ta’afi (ICRI-Ta’afi) is a United States Agency for International Development Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) program implemented by Chemonics International in Iraq. ICRI-Ta’afi aims to increase stability in Iraq by supporting accelerated recovery in conflict-affected areas, improvement of the public’s perception of local leadership, and strengthened social fabric of Iraqi communities.
The grants manager reports to program manager and manages grants associate.
Work Location and Number of Vacancies:
The position is based in Erbil-Iraq. (1) vacancy.
Provides input in the design and development of grants (in coordination with the COP, DCOP-P, RPM, PDO, 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 PDO, 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
Coordinates as needed with procurement staff to ensure the timely delivery and proper reception of items procured by the project on behalf of grantees
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
Trains, mentors, and supervises grant assistant(s)
Participates and provides input into the development of the program strategic framework, objectives, and proposes concepts for yellow light
Other duties as assigned
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
Ability/willingness to travel throughout the country on a regular basis
Experience managing grants and/or contracts for international organizations is highly desired
Experience reviewing and negotiating budgets, drafting memoranda of negotiation, conducting pre- award responsibility assessments, and tracking spending strongly preferred
Experience with cash-based activities is 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
Possess creativity and analytical capacity to manage grant compliance issues and assist other staff in ensuring the implementation of grant activities
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; written and oral fluency in Kurdish, and other local languages is a plus, but not required
Equal employment opportunities:
Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
Contract period: 12 Months with possibility of extension
Salary: The salary of this position falls under band FSN-09
The selected candidates will be vetted.
Chemonics Iraq offers a fair, competitive, and transparent recruitment process. We are promoting the health and well-being of our staff and their loved ones. We are just as committed to creating an environment that encourages professional learning and growth. Our benefits include:
Health insurance for its full-time fixed-term employees and their dependents (spouse and children) at no additional cost. The health insurance Chemonics provides is an exclusive package with wide network in different cities within Iraq. The employees and their dependents can visit hospitals and receive treatments with no payment.
Life insurance for the employee at no additional cost
Resilience Support Program at no additional cost
Annual professional development fund for approved trainings for each employee.
Online platforms for language and technical skills development (Mango Languages and Degreed)
Contribution to Social Security scheme.
Due to high number of applicants only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Applications are due by 16 June 2020