Consultant, Grants Management, USAID Catalyst Project

  • Posted on 6 May 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 5 July 2020

Job Description

Position Mandate

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Inter-American Development Bank are partnering for the BetterTogether / JuntosEsMejor Challenge, a global initiative to crowdsource, fund, and scale innovative solutions from Venezuelans, wherever they are, and innovators worldwide to support Venezuelans and host communities affected by the migration. The Challenge will: Elevate Venezuelan voices and ingenuity to answer needs across the regional crisis; Connect Venezuelans, host communities, and the world’s collective genius to develop innovative solutions; Expand networks across communities and countries to promote relationships and collaboration; Fund, test, and scale solutions; and Build a marketplace of tested, market-ready solutions.

Resonance is seeking candidates to serve as a Consultant on Grants Management on our USAID-funded Catalyst project. The Analyst, Grants Management, will work closely with the Senior Manager and Program Assistant of the BetterTogether/JuntoesMejor Challenge, as well as other internal and external stakeholders, to ensure that the project’s deliverables are achieved in compliance with the requirements of USAID and Resonance’s rules, regulations, and procedures.

The Consultant, Grants Management, will work with the Senior Manager to implement the Challenge grants program. They will oversee the day-to-day management of the grants program, designed to respond to the humanitarian crisis among Venezuelans and their host communities. They will be responsible for ensuring the grants program strategically contributes to the overall goals, implementation and results of the Challenge.

This consultancy will be for approximately 3 months, reporting to the Senior Manager, BetterTogether/JuntosesMejor Challenge. Candidates with experience managing USAID-funded grants programs are highly encouraged to apply.

Outcomes/Essential Functions


  • Serve as the primary technical and administrative point of contact for all organizations applying for and implementing grants funded by the Challenge.
  • Manage the Challenge grant portfolio in compliance with the approved Grants Management Plan, ADS303, and best practices.
  • Maintain audit worthy grant files.

Due Diligence

  • Prepare mission concurrence documentation for applications that are moving to award in accordance with USAID requirements.
  • Conduct final risk assessment, pre-award organizational assessments, gender assessments and environmental assessments for all applications moving to award.
  • Complete the budget review and cost negotiation to ensure all costs are reasonable, allowable and allocable.
  • Working with the Senior Manager, negotiate grantee tier and milestone deliverables that align with the approved with scope of work and the vision of the Challenge.
  • Draft grant approval package for submission to USAID including the negotiation memorandum, and if applicable exemption to competition.

Grant Systems and Capacity

  • Support the creation of grant making and management systems in collaboration with the larger Catalyst team.
  • Support the roll out and orientation of select Catalyst and Resonance staff to systems and processes.

Required Education & Experience

  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in project management of international development programs in the areas of financial management, contract compliance and project operations.
  • Master’s degree in international development, public administration, public policy, business administration, or a related field; Bachelor’s degree possible if holding at least 7 years of relevant experience
  • Multiple years of experience managing donor funded grants programs
  • In-depth working knowledge of USAID projects, and the U.S. Government rule and regulations
  • Advanced proficiency in Spanish, Venezuelan Spanish or Spanish fluency
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including strong writing and editing capabilities in English and Spanish
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to multitask, and ability to work well under pressure
  • Eligibility to work in US

Preferred Education & Experience

  • Experience working on gender and women’s issues
  • Previous work in Latin America
  • Awareness of the sensitivities and risks faced by development work in the context of fast evolving political and social unrest
  • A confident, professional and diplomatic communicator
  • Previous work in humanitarian and refugee issues

About the Organization

Resonance is an award-winning frontier market solutions firm based in Burlington, Vermont that helps a variety of donor, commercial and investor clients around the world to catalyze lasting impact. We envision a prosperous and just world of thriving markets, healthy ecosystems, and vibrant communities where business, governments and citizens work together creating a better world for all. Resonance seeks to catalyze large-scale social, environmental, and economic change by fostering new and dynamic forms of collaboration. We do this by fostering public-private partnerships, facilitating sustainable investment, and providing deep analytical insights in frontier markets. We strive to merge strategic insight with practical on-the-ground knowledge into an integrated approach that emphasizes results. We seek candidates who are ready to apply their analytical and problem-solving skills to some of our planet’s greatest challenges in an entrepreneurial, fun, and fast-paced environment. We are looking for passionate and committed people who can work in a highly collaborative environment to deliver results for our clients and stakeholders around the world.

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