Grants Director - Papua New Guinea

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 1 August 2018

Job Description

Cardno seeks a Procurement and Grants Director for an upcoming USAID-funded biodiversity conservation program in Papua New Guinea (PNG). USAID aims to strengthen the management of environmental resources in PNG to promote conservation of the country’s exceptional biodiversity and enhance the resilience of its people. The biodiversity program will reduce significant threats to priority biodiversity hotspots in PNG by supporting communities to manage their customary lands, working at both national and local levels to develop the capacities needed to provide communities with the legal, technical, and financial resources required to achieve the sustainable management of natural resources in their customary lands and waters.

The Grants Director’s primary responsibility is to manage and monitor the disbursement and use of grant funding to sub-awardees in alignment with program objectives.


  • Monitor grantee performance and provide training and technical assistance to grantees on USAID regulations, financial management and reporting
  • Produce financial reporting and reconciliations on subcontractor and sub-awardee grants use
  • Lead the grant-making process from start to finish, including developing Requests for Applications (RFAs), coordinating selection committees, negotiating terms with potential awardees, and documenting the pre-award process
  • Analyze program spending on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis and work with the COP to update and make decisions regarding operating budget, project planning, and administrative oversight
  • Liaise between technical, contractual, finance and management personnel of the program on all grants management issues
  • Ensure program procurement is carried out in compliance with USG, local rules and regulations, and Cardno policies
  • Manage procurement systems and processes to ensure transactions and purchases are done transparently and efficiently
  • Ensure annual property inventory catalogues are updated and reported in a timely fashion


  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) in accounting, finance, procurement; or related field
  • 5+ years’ experience in grants and/or contracts management on donor-funded development programs
  • Demonstrated experience conducting procurement and managing procurement systems for donor-funded programs
  • Working knowledge of USG regulations and compliance issues. Experience with USAID preferred

About the Organization

Cardno has a 50-year history of working in partnership with developing countries to deliver solutions for sustainable development. Through the expertise of professionals operating in more than 100 countries, we investigate the causes of poverty and focus on improving the physical, economic and social infrastructure that sustains communities.

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