Foundation Representative (Bilingual)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 May 2020

Job Description

Support innovative solutions to development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean! This position works within the Inter-American Foundation’s (IAF) Office of Programs. The incumbent will function as the Foundation’s programmatic contact for a funding portfolio in assigned regions/countries.

  • Manages and provides guidance for the administration of a grant portfolio of grassroot community organizations. Functions as the Foundation’s contact point for grant making in assigned regions/countries.
  • Liaises with other federal agencies, host governments, and international and national development institutions.
  • Assists, analyzes, and provides program guidance on development and implementation opportunities in the field requiring knowledge of community development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Identifies potential grantee partners, pre-screens projects, visits potential grantees, analyzes grant proposals for consistency with Foundation priorities and guidelines, and presents proposals for discussion at project reviews.
  • Participates as a team member in the review of other projects. Coordinates the grant agreement process and consults with other Foundation offices, such as the Office of General Counsel, as necessary.
  • Manages active grants and partnerships, recommends amendments, and approves disbursements. Coordinates local contractors monitoring grants.
  • Prepares grant and country budgets and provides required information regarding assigned countries or grants. Works with external partners as necessary to conduct project activities.
  • Works with management and other Foundation Representatives to develop programs and strategies to carry out the performance goals in the Foundation’s Strategic Plan. Drafts position papers on country contexts and development topics.
  • Summarizes and clarifies pragmatic, project-oriented, and general lessons learned from Foundation-supported project activities.
  • Maintains regional expertise and updated information regarding events affecting social and economic development in assigned countries and programs.
  • Translates strategic goals into program objectives (i.e., grant making and capacity building strategies, strategies for developing multi-partner efforts in priority thematic areas such as sustainable agriculture or social inclusion).
Travel Required: 50% or less - You will be expected to travel for this position.

About the Organization

The Inter-American Foundation, an independent U.S. Government agency, was created by Congress in 1969 to channel development assistance directly to the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IAF has carried out its mandate by responding with grant support for the most creative ideas for self-help received from grassroots groups and nongovernmental organizations. It also encourages partnerships among community organizations, business and local government directed at improving the quality of life for poor people and strengthening democratic practices. The IAF is governed by a board of directors appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A president, appointed by the board, serves as the Inter-American Foundation’s chief executive officer, managing a group of employees based in Washington D.C.

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