Transition Award Advisor

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 17 April 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 8 August 2019
  • Current

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

Pact is recruiting for a Transition Award Advisor for the global project Reaching Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women, Children, and Youth (RCAY), whose goal is to reach and sustain HIV/AIDS epidemic control for pregnant women, children and adolescents by supporting them through targeted clinical, prevention and mitigation interventions. The program will also provide an avenue for countries to transition their prime awards to indigenous partners.

The Transition Award Advisor will provide day-to-day administration to the project’s capacity development strategy for transitioning indigenous partners to direct funding by USAID, i.e. assist local partners (LP) to become successful prime recipients of USAID funds by specifically supporting local partners to comply with USG regulations, policies, and PEPFAR performance standards and reporting requirements. The Transition Award Advisor will work closely with the Capacity Development Manager and other RCAY staff to ensure that the program functions in a collaborative basis in the base program and the global portfolio.

Key Responsibilities

The Transition Award Advisor will support local partners (LP) to become successful prime recipients of USAID funds by providing directly or facilitating access to technical assistance for technical and operational capacity development so that they have:

  • Improved financial management and internal control systems (e.g. having banking accounts, book keeping system, charts of accounts, financial statements, accounting cycle, financial reporting, audit and review of financial statements).
  • Ability to manage funding responsibly and efficiently in accordance with donor requirements.
  • Capacity to meet and fully comply with USG programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
  • Active status on SAM website, no exclusions on OFAC website and UN Sanctions List
  • Capability to access, use, and generate data for PEPFAR data systems and for decision-making and course correction as needed.
  • Well-defined indicators of success and a description of how it intends to monitor its own program performance in a cost-effective and efficient manner, including sources of data.
  • Proficiency using PEPFAR reporting and performance management systems and developing a capacity for data analysis and use.
  • Business plans and resource mobilization strategies focused on the diversification of funding to facilitate long term financial sustainability as related to organizational mission.

The Transition Award Advisor’s other responsibilities will include:

  • Facilitating organizational assessments of local partners using RCAY tools to identify capacity needs and support local partners to develop related capacity development action plans in the areas mentioned above.
  • In collaboration with the Capacity Development Manager, provide training, coaching, and mentorship on RCAY tools for capacity assessment and development to country buy-in teams and local partners as appropriate.
  • Providing innovative solutions to complex granting needs of each unique organization.
  • Providing training on USG grants management and compliance to buy-in staff, including remote training to regional/project-specific offices.
  • Provide training, coaching, mentorship, and technical assistance to local partners in selected organizational capacity domains, including those areas mentioned above.
  • Supporting and participating in a community of practice and other mechanisms for knowledge sharing and learning in the areas of institutional strengthening and capacity development and transition award management.
  • Supporting the development and realization of local organizations’ resource

Basic Requirements

  • Masters degree in the area of international development, public health, public administration, business administration, or a related field. A bachelors degree in one of these fields with at least three years of relevant work experience will be considered as equivalent to a Masters Degree.
  • At least 6 years of relevant experience working with large U.S. Government cooperative agreements or contracts either with a for-profit or not-for profit implementer or with a U.S. Government agency.
  • At least 2 years of experience working on PEPFAR-funded projects in developing or transitional countries, with a preference for experience in the areas of organizational capacity development, institutional strengthening, or health systems strengthening.
  • Working knowledge of U.S. regulations and requirements applicable to development assistance and acquisition including OMB Circulars (e.g. A-122), 22 CFR 226 and 22 CFR 228, ADS, FAR, AIDAR, CAS, FFATA, DSSR, FTR.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively working with diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ethical management practices.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with governments and civil society partners in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Professional-level English language skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to travel internationally periodically

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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