Deputy Project Director - Grants Management

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 September 2019

Job Description

This position is contingent upon donor funding

CRS seeks a Deputy Project Director - Grants Management for an anticipated Expanding Health Partnerships (EHP) project under Round 2 of the New Partnership Initiative (NPI) funded by USAID’s Bureau of Global Health. The project will aim to foster local partnerships to strengthen health services for improved accessibility, affordability, replicability, and/or accountability in support of improved health outcomes. The EHP project contributes to USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance strategy by strengthening the capacity of new and underutilized local entities such that they can become direct recipients of USG funding.

As Deputy Project Director - Grants Management you will lead the sub-award process with new and underutilized partners, negotiate effective and efficient sub-agreements, and execute, monitor, and track agreements under the EHP project, ensuring compliance with donor and CRS policies. You will oversee procurements, including the hiring of consultants, support the development of scopes of work and budgets for country buy-ins, and develop systems to manage buy-ins across multiple countries and regions. Your management and technical knowledge will ensure the delivery of high-quality programming, while proactively managing and mitigating risks. The DPD – Grants Management will report to the Project Director, and act on their behalf as needed, including global representation to the donor.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:
* Manage key aspects of the development, implementation and consolidation of the EHP project. Serve as a point of contact to the donor as well as public, private and non-government stakeholders, when needed.
* Manage responses to USAID Mission field buy-ins; ensure workplans and budgets are developed and reported on in accordance with the approved budget, USAID regulations and procedures, and the specifications determined in the SOW.
* Implement a system for managing rapid recruitment and hiring of STTA, as required to support country buy-in scopes of work.
* Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Help ensure compliance with USAID grants, including financial tracking and oversight of budgets, finance, administration and donor reporting.
* Build and maintain positive relationships with key staff of partner organizations.
* Create and maintain proper conditions for learning. Establish a safe environment for sharing of ideas, solutions, and difficulties and the capacity to detect, analyze and respond quickly to deficiencies. Identify performance gaps and training opportunities for CRS and partner staff and recommend trainings and technical assistance.
* Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming.

Basic Qualifications
* Master’s degree in Business, Finance, International Development, International Relations or a relevant technical area.
* 10 years’ experience overseeing and managing large, complex, multi-country USG funded projects with a large number of sub-awards.
* Knowledge and experience in budget management.
* 5 years of experience with contract negotiations in an international context.
* Successful experience managing complex, high-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics.
* Capacity building, providing coaching and mentoring, and presenting training material.

Required Languages – Excellent written and spoken English required; French preferred.

Travel – up to 30%.

Key Working Relationships:
Internal EHP team, Global Grants team, Global Compliance & Risk unit, Ethics unit staff, Senior Technical Advisors, Regional staff, Country Program staff, other HQ departments

External: EHP project sub-recipients, USAID Washington and in-country staff

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

EOE/M/F/D/V - CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS's Agriculture and Livelihoods team supports farming communities using our Pathway to Prosperity approach, which enables rural families to increase their productivity within sustainable landscapes, achieve a living income and build more resilient communities.

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