Under the supervision of the Head of Corporate Services, the Compliance Officer will serve as the internal expert on grants management practices and processes. S/he will add value by developing and maintaining systems which adhere to US Government rules and regulations, providing guidance, training and operational support in the administration US Government grants and cooperative agreements from bid submission through to award, administration and close-out.
The responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Work closely with project teams by providing guidance on compliance issues and interpretation of grant rules and regulations.
- At project inception phase carry out a thorough review of grant terms and conditions with project teams.
- Guide project managers on reporting requirements and timelines.
- Support the Finance Department in producing timely reports on grant spend and spend predictions in conjunction with project managers.
- Participate in regular programme board meetings.
- Take initiative to identify and analyse potential issues impacting project delivery schedule, quality and objectives.
- In collaboration with the Head of Corporate Services, find organisation-wide solutions to compliance issues, further improving internal policies and procedures.
- Assist in the preparation and delivery of staff training, including drafting other internal guidance documentation.
- Lead on award close-out in conjunction with the project manager(s) ensuring all donor requirements are met, ensuring positive audit results.
- Keep up to date with changes within the industry through resource sites, publications and continuing education.
Education and experience
- BA/BS degree in a related field such as International Relations, Business Administration required; Master’s degree preferred.
- Minimum of five years of administrative and/or technical experience working with a contractor or international NGO managing US Government-funded projects.
- Up to date trainings and certifications on compliance and administration of US Government grants and cooperative agreements.
- Maintains a high standard of integrity
- Ability to apply knowledge and independement judgement to resolve complex problems
- Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
- Proactive, problem solving approach
- Excellent interpersonal skills projecting a cooperative attitude
- Ability to work in a team with people of different backgrounds
- Excellent written and oral communication skills; presentation and training skills a plus
- Excellent Outlook, SharePoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills
- Ability and willingness to travel internationally
About the Organization
ARK is a research, conflict transformation and stabilisation consultancy that supports local communities in conflict and fragile areas. We believe that international stability, national security, community safety and individual empowerment are intrinsically linked.
As a team at ARK, we partner with local stakeholders to provide insight and develop programmes that are of immediate, tangible assistance to conflict-affected communities. Many of our staff are drawn from partner communities, hence ARK’s commitment to and understanding of conflict zones. ARK has ongoing programming in communities across the Middle East.