The Awards and Compliance Officer will provide critical compliance support to our global program portfolio by ensuring adherence to USG and donor rules and regulations and build the capacity of Headquarters and field based staff in the compliance function. The incumbent will review contractual documents and budgets, provide regulatory guidance and training to program implementers, develop and revise templates to standardize procedures and assist projects with guidance on regulatory issues/challenges from start-up to close-out. In addition, the incumbent will help contribute to the development of organizational policies and best practices.
The Awards and Compliance Officer will be responsible for a wide range of functions, including but not limited to:
- Ensuring contract compliance with USAID and other donors, federal regulations, and CNFA policies and procedures by reviewing and editing subcontracts, grants, consultant agreements, and procurement documents for final approval and signature;
- Serving as a technical resource by responding to compliance related questions and advising on various contractual matters and CNFA policy;
- Researching regulatory issues and stays up-to-date on revisions to relevant regulations;
- Developing and/or revising program templates and ancillary business forms;
- Develop training content for HQ and field office staff in a variety of contract, subcontract, grant, procurement, allowance, and other related topics;
- Drafting and reviewing sub-awards and amendments;
- Supporting the systematic startup and closeout of programs in the portfolio;
- Reviewing teaming agreements, complex proposal budgets and budget narratives;
- Reviewing solicitations and other donor budget instructions to ensure accuracy of calculations, internal consistency, and that budgeted costs are allowable and in accordance with donor regulations and CNFA policies;
- Assisting in responding to a variety of unique contractual project issues as needed;
- Participating in the development of corporate policies and standards and thinking creatively and critically about ways to streamline operating procedures;
- Assisting in compliance with corporate reporting requirements;
- Supporting assembly and issuance of Delegations of Authority, Powers of Attorney, country registration documents, and other operational tasks; and
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
- Minimum of two years of professional experience focused on contracts and grants-related compliance;
- At least one year of experience working with USG-funded contracts or agreements; preferably with USAID;
- Strong knowledge of USG Assistance Regulations (ADS, CFR, etc.) for Cooperative Agreements and Grants. Experience with USAID strongly preferred. Familiarity with Acquisition Regulations (FAR, AIDAR, etc.) is strongly preferred;
- Ability to conduct analysis on a wide variety of grant management and budget issues, synthesize information and present findings in a cohesive and understandable format;
- Ability to independently read and interpret contractual documents and grants, operating instructions, policies, and procedure manuals;
- Strong analytical skills and the ability to work with large amounts of data;
- Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines;
- Accuracy, attention to detail and client-focused with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team using a solution-oriented approach;
- Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of a second language is a plus;
- Ability to train others on contractual matters;
- Ability to travel for short-trips domestically and internationally as needed;
- Advanced proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required;
- Authorization to work in the United States required.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
About the Organization
CNFA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to stimulating economic growth in the agricultural sector by nurturing entrepreneurship, private enterprise and market linkages. CNFA specializes in fostering private sector investments in training, new technologies and marketing as a means to increase the overall competitiveness of agricultural value chains, to expand exports, and to develop skills in the rural workforce. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.