Grants Specialist

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 26 April 2021
  • Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Closing on 10 May 2021
  • Current

Job Description

Program Overview

Abt PNG Management Services supports the PNG Australia Governance Partnership which aims to contribute to security, stability, basic service delivery and inclusive growth for all Papua New Guineans. The PAGP is responsible for the design and implementation of the majority of Australia’s governance portfolio under the strategic direction and oversight of the Australian and PNG Governments. Bringing governance activities under one umbrella, the PAGP allows for greater coherence between, and consolidation of, individual activities, effective gender mainstreaming, smarter administrative, contracting and management processes, and improved knowledge sharing and actions on lessons learned across the governance portfolio.

The Shared Services Platform supports overall PAGP implementation and consists of the Executive Director’s Office; People, Culture and Diversity; Delivery Enabling Services; and Implementation Enabling Services.

There are five Partnerships that the Facility supports, each with their own governance arrangements:

· Decentralisation and Citizen Participation (DCP)

· Economic Governance and Inclusive Growth (EGIG)

· Kokoda Initiative Partnership (KI)

· Bougainville Partnership (BP)

· PNG Partnership Fund Education (PPF)

Education Support Services (ESS) and Institutional Partnerships Program Deployment Support Services (IPPDSS) are also administered by the PAGP

Position Summary – Grants Specialist

The Grant Specialist will possess the end to end grants management experience and be required to provide technical operational support, including (but not limited to) quality assurance of partner financial reporting, reconciliation of acquittal documentation, review and acceptance of partner external audit reports and grant close out requirements.

Duties include but not limited to:

Leadership and Strategic Management

· Lead the active management of grants as priorities with the Partnerships in compliance with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines and contractual obligations.

· Provide specialist technical advice about all three phases of grant-making and grant management (Pre-award, Implementation and Closure) to Partnerships to ensure effective risk management.

· Maintain high-level oversight of grants under Partnership management to ensure a holistic understanding of the grant portfolio to enhance coherence across the Partnerships.

· Support effective and consistent stakeholder engagement with external stakeholders including AHC and grant partners.

· Provide interface between Abt Corporate and the PAGP on grant matters.


· Manage the implementation of fit-for-purpose in-country grant processes and procedures contextualised to the PNG operating environment to improve efficiency and effectiveness and meet Partnership requirements and DFAT regulatory requirements.

· Support Partnerships’ review and assessment of grant related documentation.

· Support the mainstreaming of gender equity and social inclusion principles and Safeguarding risk management in grant activities.

Document Management

· Review grant management systems and protocols for information tracking and document management.

· Provide technical advice to the Partnerships for grants tracking and document management to ensure complete grant records are maintained.

Quality Assurance

· Provide quality assurance on findings and recommendations to Partnership Directors, particularly in the acquittal of grants and service delivery tranche payments.

Applications should be submitted online via the Careers page of Abt Associates’ website and MUST include a CV and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria listed.

Further details for this opportunity can be found in the Information for Applicants available from the Careers page of Abt Associate’s website at:

Go to ‘Apply Now’, ‘Aus/UK Postings’ and by searching ‘By Country/ Region’ for Papua New Guinea, you will find this and all other roles currently being advertised for Abt Associates in PNG. Applications should be submitted online and should include a current CV, cover letter and a response to the key selection criteria, including questions of due diligence.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 10 May 2021 (Mid-night local time).

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from diverse backgrounds, gender and people with disabilities.

We welcome and thank all applications, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women. Abt Associates is a child safe organisation and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

More information

IFA - STA Grants Specialist.pdf

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