Counterpart International, Inc.

  • Grants Management Consultant - Afghanistan

    Job Locations AF-Kabul | US-VA-Arlington
    Category
    Programs
    Employment Type
    Consultant
    Job Type
    Expatriate/TCN
  • Overview

    Counterpart International is currently seeking a Grants Management Consultant to provide grants management training, support and guidance under its current multi-year, USAID-funded Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP) based in Kabul, Afghanistan. This is a short-time assignment (up to two months) during an anticipated high-volume period. This position will report to the Regional Director in Arlington in the first month of the consultancy where the consultant will be based in Arlington, VA and to the Chief of Party in the second month when the consultant deploys to Kabul.

     

    The goal of ACEP is to promote civil society and media engagement that enables Afghan citizens to influence policy, monitor government accountability, and serve as advocates for political reform. The program aims to achieve this goal through the following program areas: regular CSO engagement with government; expand civic engagement and voter education; and increase CSO organizational capacity. The Grants Management Consultant is expected to work closely with the Grants Department, Programs team and the Deputy Chief of Party – Finance and Administration to provide high level support to the staff members managing the grants. This includes assessment of grantee capabilities, due diligence, monitoring of financial/programmatic progress, grant compliance, grant documentation and retention, re-assessment and audits, partner liaison, partner capacity building, application of grantee corrective action plans, and evaluations.

    Responsibilities

    The Grants Management Consultant will:

    • Review grant packages to ensure agreements, budgets, and other relevant documents are accurate prior to execution.
    • Provide mentoring, training and technical assistance to Grants and the Program teams and/or potential grantees, as necessary.
    • Support Grants Director with monitoring and documenting grantee performance; and provide technical assistance to grantees in resolving financial weaknesses and/or internal control deficiencies.
    • Assess documentation of monitoring efforts and recommend improvements, if necessary.
    • Maintain and conduct updates of all relevant grants management tools (grants tracker, grants payment tracker, grants timeline) to be regularly shared with HQ.
    • Employ efforts to mitigate risk throughout the grant life cycle, and notify the COP (and HQ) when risks, non-compliance and/or significant deficiencies are identified and recommend steps to resolve.
    • Provide guidance on applicable regulations related to Grants.
    • As directed by the Regional Director and COP, perform other tasks in support of the overall assigned activities.

    Qualifications

    Required:

    • Minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience with international development organizations, with at least 5 years in a managerial and/or supervisory capacity.
    • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience with USAID awards (assistance and acquisition) and working knowledge and ability to interpret and apply 2 CFR 200/700 and USAID Standard Provisions.
    • Minimum of four (4) years of experience managing grants programs or providing technical assistance to strengthen the organizational capacity of community based organizations in Afghanistan.
    • A bachelor’s degree in Law, Business Administration, Organizational Development, Economics, Accounting or other relevant field of study.
    • Fluency in English required.
    • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure with attention to details.
    • Excellent cross cultural skills, ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural NGO environment, with respect, professionalism and gender sensitivity.
    • Experience with Share point, Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
    • Able to travel to the provinces in Afghanistan as needed and as security situations allow.

     

    • Preferred:
    • Master’s degree in Law, Business Administration, Organizational Development, Economics, Accounting or other relevant field of study.
    • Knowledge of additional local languages (Dari or Pashto).

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