Senior Grants Specialist

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 1 March 2021
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 30 April 2021
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Job Description

The Senior Grants Specialist will negotiate and prepare all pertinent documentation for new grants, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, awards to public international organizations, and all amendments/ modifications thereto, and supporting documentation such as waivers and memorandums of negotiations. This individual will ensure package of documents is complete for the approval and signature of the Agreement Officer. Explain the legal requirements, policies and regulations, negotiation terms and grant procedures to U.S. and non-U.S. organizations interested in applying for grants. Work with client to develop grant solicitations and post them on Advise client’s technical review committee on grants and budget issues. The Senior Grant Specialist will participate in pre-award reviews and assessments and provide guidance as necessary.


Education and Experience:

  • Masters Degree and 12 years of experience
  • Bachelors Degree and 15 years of experience
  • Less than a Bachelors and 20 years of experience


  • 7 years working experience with USAID Assistance program (grants activity).
  • Familiarity with US Government entities in general and USAID in particular.
  • Experience in the negotiation and administration of grants, cooperative agreements and interagency agreements.
  • Good knowledge of USAID Assistance Regulations such as Code of Federal Regulation (CFRs), Automated Directive System (ADS) series, OMB Circulars and other directives governing grants and contracting.
  • Experience with drafting, posting and negotiating USAID Annual Program Statement (APS) or other solicitations is a plus.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with USAID financial management procedures and its interface with Assistance and Acquisition as well as USAID Global Acquisition and Assistance System (GLAAS) generating contracts/grants software.
  • Thorough understanding of USAID field Mission Controller and Contracting/Agreement Officer functions.
  • Proficiency in basic Microsoft Office 2011 (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Team player and ability to multi-task in fast-paced environment.
  • Professional level skills in both oral and written communication.


  • The incumbent will support the Grants Unit operation for the Office of Food For Peace, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),
  • He/she will solicit, negotiate and prepare Grants, Cooperative Agreements, Interagency Agreements, plus amendments/modifications thereto and supporting documentation, such as waivers and memorandum of negotiation, for the Agreement Officer’s signature.
  • Explain to USAID FFP, U.S. or Non-U.S partner organizations the legal requirements, policies and regulations, negotiation terms and grant procedures of USAID grants.
  • Work with USAID FFP to develop grant solicitations and post on Grants.Gov and advise members of technical review committees on grant and budget issues.
  • Incumbent will work with USAID GLAAS Award database, financial systems, and be involved in all FFP grant activities.
  • Participate in pre-award reviews and assessments.

Ability to obtain and maintain a US Government issued Secret clearance for the duration of your employment. One of the requirements for a US Government Secret clearance is US citizenship. Only applicants who currently hold an active Secret or higher-level security clearance or who are eligible to receive a Secret security clearance will be considered for this position.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. Government, its allied partners and international organizations. As it enters its 60th year of business, PAE’s current portfolio includes capabilities in critical facility infrastructure, aviation, logistics, training, range operations and national security solutions, to support some of the most meaningful and exciting missions in the world.

Today, the approximately 20,000 members of our global workforce perform with excellence and dedication in roughly 60 countries, on all seven continents, in some of the world's most challenging regions. We attribute our success to the quality of our work and the integrity and high ethical standards that define our business operations. PAE is headquartered in Arlington, Va.

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