Grants and Contracts Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 March 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 11 April 2020
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Job Description

Grants and Contracts Specialist


Digital Frontiers is a $75 million buy-in mechanism available to USAID Bureaus and Missions from 2017-2022. DAI implements the Digital Frontiers project, which works closely with USAID’s Global Development Lab (GDL), the Center for Digital Development (CDD), USAID missions, the private sector, and international and local development organizations to identify successful and sustainable digital development approaches and scale their impact globally.


The Grants and Contracts Specialist will provide support to the Grants and Contracts Manager to ensure efficient management of the grants and contracts aspects of the project. S/he will assist in the day-to-day work of project grants and contracts processes in coordination with other Digital Frontiers staff.

  • Contributes to management of full award cycle for grants and contracts, including solicitation, review, execution, implementation management, monitoring, communication with recipients, and closeout
  • Responsible for day-to-day monitoring of grant and contract distribution and activities under the project
  • Participates in development of grant and contract Scopes of Work together with Digital Frontiers technical team and USAID representatives
  • Ensures full compliance with DAI and US government policies, best practices, and procedures relating to contracts and grant development, awards, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and grant and contract close-out
  • Assists in the development of subaward documents such as RFPs/RFAs, grant and contract agreements, and evaluation and selection process
  • Maintains documentation and reporting in accordance with USAID and DAI guidelines
  • Identifies issues and risks related to project activity implementation
  • Conducts pre-award reviews of possible grantee organizations, in addition to periodic monitoring reviews during implementation and at close-out
  • Update the project’s grants manual, as required
  • Ensures that all grantee/activity monitoring reports and data are correctly entered into the project’s Activity Database (i.e. TAMIS) on a regular basis
  • Assembles data required on a recurrent basis to assist in the preparation of reports, analysis, and presentations on grantee/activity performance
  • Other duties as assigned
Timeframe, LOE, and Reporting

The period of performance for this LTTA position is the date of approval – September 27, 2022. The Grants and Contracts Specialist will report to the Grants and Contracts Manager.

Qualifications and incentives

This is a mid-level position with a lot of opportunity for growth on an exciting and dynamic project. Digital Frontiers works on the forefront of important USAID intiatives such as the Agency-wide Digital Strategy roll out and the Indo-Pacific Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership, as well as various digital innovation challenge activities.

The ideal candidate will have at least 2-3 years of USAID project management experience; 6-8 years of work experience overall.

About the Organization

DAI is an international development company. For 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

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