Award Manager and SAMS Specialist

Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 5 November 2017
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 October 2017

Job Description


Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 50 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of approximately $174 million.

We are seeking a D.C.-based AMS Systems Manager will manage two critical segments to the operation of AMS. These includes: (a) prime award administration and (b) Subaward grant management system (SAMS) support.


Primary activities include but are not limited to: provide advice to HQ staff and field offices on regulatory requirements of prime awards and subawards; research and give interpretations of all donor rules and regulations for assistance and acquisition instruments including Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulations, USAID Automated Directives System, and agency-specific supplemental acquisitions regulations; provide quality assurance to communications with donors on contractual and regulatory issues concerning award negotiations, modifications, and request for contractual approvals; and review subawards and all supporting documentation including negotiation memos, budgets, program descriptions, and scopes of work to ensure compliance.

In addition, under the supervision of the Senior Director, this position will take the technical lead in rolling out the Subaward Grant Management Systems (SAMS). They will work closely with the software developer to create instruction material for field staff. They will also work with the Senior Director of AMS to develop a guideline to staffing requirements and best practice operations to be utilized with SAMS. This person will provide in-country training to grant and technical staff on utilizing the software, among other processes related to the system. After the completion of each roll-out of SAMS within the field, this person will create reports about the process and make recommendations for improvements. In addition, they will serve as the primary contact for subgrant related support on SAMS, including coordinating system maintenance, administration, and troubleshooting.


Minimum Qualifications require a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, International Development, Law, or related field required. Minimum of five years of experience in U.S. government contracts, grants, or finance administration, at pre-award and post-award stage. Experience with and/or knowledge of USAID and international development organizations is preferred. Strong organizational skills, candidates that are solution-oriented and have the ability to prioritize and delegate tasks required. Demonstrated proficiency with Windows XP, 7, 8, or 10. Fluency in English required. French and/or Spanish language skills desired. The ability and willingness to travel internationally is required.

About the Organization

ACDI/VOCA is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries. Offering a comprehensive range of technical assistance services, ACDI/VOCA addresses the most pressing and intractable development problems. Driven by the goal of adding value to local enterprise, which underlies prosperity and stability, ACDI/VOCA works in five main practice areas: * Agribusiness * Enterprise Development * Financial Services * Community Development * Food Security The ACDI/VOCA Difference ACDI/VOCA has a proven record of development success dating back more than 45 years. This experience coupled with operational integrity, technical expertise and the ability to operate at scale means that clients and partners can always expect positive results from ACDI/VOCA. ACDI/VOCA is also distinguished by its: * identity as a nonprofit that means business * proficiency at grassroots, self-help organizing * private sector and market orientation * dedication to beneficiary gains in income, jobs and savings * leadership in value chain approaches to enterprise development * legacy of lasting institutions and organizations * vast talent bank * experience working on a regional/global scale * network of U.S. and international partners * systems approach to technical solutions and operations * grants-management capacity * cutting-edge approaches to fragile/failing states, trade capacity building, public-private partnership, information and communications technology and integrated HIV/AIDS programming * experience with large indefinite quantity contracts (IQCs)

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