Grants Specialist

  • Entry-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 30 June 2020
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Job Description

Category: Programs
Req ID: GRANT02124
Posted Date: 2020-06-29
Schedule: Full Time
Location: Nicaragua NIC


Description

Background:

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions, and stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Project Summary:

The purpose of Nicaragua Youth and Communities Secure, Empowered and Resilient (NYCSER) is to empower youth and their communities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to become resilient and better equipped to advocate for their own best interests and security in the current national context of social and political instability and discrimination, including by actively participating in their communities’ and nation’s decision-making.

Position Summary:

The Grants Specialist will provide administrative and technical support to the Grants Manager on market research, design grant activities, pre-award activities and post-award activities, such as: information research, documents completion, tracking activities, and filing grant documents.

Reporting and Supervision:

The Grants Specialist will report to the Procurement/Grants Manager

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provide advisory assistance to grant applicants;
  • Assist in the evaluation of grant submissions for technical and budget soundness and compliance with donor regulations, recommending award actions;
  • Provide support to Grants Manager to ensure that pre-award documents are complete appropriately;
  • Coordinate the issuance of awards and maintain grant documentation through the development and upkeep of a grants database;
  • Support the tracking of grant activities to monitor timely grants implementation;
  • Support project grants using Creative’s online grants management system, the System for Managing Activities, Reporting and Tracking (SMART);
  • Support grantees and colleagues in the use of SMART through training and mentoring, as needed;
  • Coordinate and prepare scheduled and special reports, studies and analyses regarding the grants program, as needed;
  • Provide support to Grants Manager on closeout of grant activities; and
  • Work closely with Creative Associates’ headquarters grants department, as needed.

Required Skills and Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in management, business administration, or accounting desirable;
  • At least two (2) years of experience with grants management, preferably in Nicaragua;
  • At least three (3) years of experience working in international development;
  • Understanding of USAID regulations and procedures pertaining to grants management, and ability to interpret and explain USAID regulations;
  • Understanding of 2 CFR 200, ADS 302 and 303;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects;
  • Ability to analyze cost proposals and prepare reports and recommendations on grantee selection;
  • Ability to analyze budget line items for compliance with budget guidelines;
  • Proven records maintenance and database management skills;
  • Understanding of cost-share and/or leveraging preferred; and
  • Fluency in Spanish is required; fluency in English is desired.

Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position contingent upon donor funding.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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About the Organization

Creative Associates International (Creative) is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm has field presence in 20 countries worldwide with a strong and diverse portfolio that includes global contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other clients including the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm has earned a solid reputation among its clients and missions worldwide and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

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