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.
Position Summary :
Creative Associates seeks a Grants Manager for an anticipated donor-funded project in West Africa. The Grants Manager will provide administrative and technical guidance and support to the Chief of Party and staff on the design of grant activities, guidelines, and regulations for the small grants mechanism.
Reporting & Supervision :
The Grants Manager will report to the Chief of Party.
Primary Responsibilities :
Provide advisory assistance to grant applicants;
Facilitate the evaluation of grant submissions for technical and budget soundness and compliance with donor regulations, recommending award actions;
Coordinate the issuance of awards and maintain grant documentation through the development and upkeep of a small grants database;
Ensure use and support grantees and colleagues in the use of Creative’s online grants management system, the System for Managing Activities, Reporting and Tracking (SMART); and
Prepare scheduled and special reports, studies and analyses regarding the small grants program.
Required Skills & Qualifications :
Bachelor’s degree in management, financial analysis or accounting desirable; Master’s degree preferred;
At least five (5) years’ experience with sub-grants management, preferably in West Africa; minimum of three years working in international development;
Solid understanding of USAID regulations and procedures pertaining to grants management, and ability to interpret and explain USAID regulations;
Strong 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 whether or not applicants should be funded;
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
Speaking, writing and reading fluency in English.