Under the direction of the CEO, the VP of Contracts and Grants is responsible for overseeing Blumont’s Contracts and Grants functions, including award negotiations, compliance with donor/client funded projects, and procurement training for staff at HQ and in field offices. The VP of C&G will lead teams through business improvement processes, develop strategies and implement enhancements to Blumont’s procurement systems, policies and practices. This role requires extensive experience and expertise in developing, negotiating and administering U.S. Government, foreign government and multilateral agency contracts, grants and agreements, collaborating with technical, operational, financial and legal staff in HQ and in the field.
The VP will work closely with the CEO, Senior Leadership and field offices to foster a healthy organizational culture that promotes the effective achievement of strategies, plans and policies to accomplish short- and long-term goals and further Blumont’s Mission, Vision and Values.
Essential Job Functions:
- Provide strategic direction and leadership to C&G department and field offices. Recommends changes and additions to the contract strategy structure to reflect company and client requirements and alignment with company program and risk mitigation objectives.
- Act as primary interface with government contracting officers and other clients to ensure contracts are negotiated and executed in a manner which reduces the risk exposure of the organization.
- Act in the capacity of subject matter expert to provide staff with guidance on and interpretation of USG and other institutional donor regulations, terms and conditions, as they relate to the life cycle administration of contracts and grants.
- Review, update, streamline and enhance efficiency of Blumont’s procurement processes.
- Provide appropriate guidance to HQ (Finance, HR, PQL, BD, IT) and field staff to ensure Blumont procurement policies and procedures are followed and/or amended, as needed.
- Propose and oversee the implementation of updated procurement systems, tools and templates, ensuring all required USG requirements are incorporated for various subcontracts, purchase orders, leases, GUCs etc.
- Review, analyze and/or approve RFPs/RFQs/RFIs, contracts, grants, subcontracts and GUCs awarded in compliance with applicable Blumont policies and procedures and USG regulations.
- Advise clients on various contractual provisions and issues and develop resolutions to business disputes.
- Ensure maintenance of audit-ready contracts and grants files.
- Responsible for timely resolution of internal and external issues/problems related to contracts and grants administration
- Prepare subcontractor/grantee monitoring plans, conduct sub-award monitoring in collaboration with project and finance staff, and document monitoring results, including performance, compliance with terms and conditions and budget management
- Monitor business risks including, but not limited to, tracking funding delays, execution of subcontracts, expired authorizations, delayed payments and advances to subcontractors and vendors
- Actively assess compliance with terms and conditions of contracts and awards, taking leadership in seeing that deficiencies in compliance are corrected. Contribute to development of G&C’s department operations and compliance guidance documents as requested, reinforcing donor/client requirements, reflecting best practices and award monitoring tools and templates
- Conduct trainings and provide technical assistance and guidance in procurement policies and procedures for HQ and field office staff
Required Education, Skills & Experience:
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree in business administration, international affairs, or related field; Master’s degree or JD preferred
- Minimum 15 years of executive or senior level leadership experience in government contracts, grants, sub-contracts and procurement management is strongly preferred
- Extensive knowledge of USG procurement rules and regulations, including FAR for USG acquisitions and 2 CFR 200 for USG assistance awards required
- Experience with various federal awards including contracts, grants and cooperative agreements
- Experience with fixed price contracts, construction contracts and/or FIDIC-based contracts a plus
- Experience with institutional funding agency awards, i.e., USAID, Department of State; foreign government and multi-lateral agency awards, i.e., UN, World Bank; experience with UNHCR or other Blumont donors preferred
- Experience working with international procurement professionals; preferably in the Middle East and Central Asia
- Familiarity with Deltek Costpoint a plus
- Ability to negotiate diplomatically and effectively
- Problem solver
- Exceptional organizational, analytical, written and verbal communication skills
- Self-motivated, able to work well independently and under pressure; maintains composure and quality under deadlines in a fast-paced environment
- Strong leadership skills to drive inspired, creative and technical innovation
- Organizational expertise and dexterity to manage multiple complex projects at once
- Team player with excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
- Thrives in dynamic, multi-cultural organization
- Ability to travel to field office locations as needed (once company deems it appropriate to travel). Field offices include Iraq, Jordan and Afghanistan.
We recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion benefit our company, our clients, and the communities in which we work and live. To that end, we strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
About the Organization
Blumont is a global organization working in concert with local communities to design and implement innovative approaches to build infrastructure, deliver lifesaving humanitarian assistance, and foster opportunities for long-term stability and development. With two decades of experience working in the world’s most challenging environments, we have the capacity to effectively operate in nearly any conditions. Blumont serves refugees, internally displaced persons, victims of conflict, and other underserved populations through programming tailored to local contexts and needs in order to empower communities from relief and recovery to sustainable resilience.