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APPLY NOW|| Creative Associates Job Recruitment

Creative Associates International Job Recruitment. Creative Associates International is a fast-growing, social impact company that specializes in the areas of education, economic growth, democratic transitions, and stabilization in post-conflict environments. Located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Creative Associates has offices in more than 25 countries and has solid partners including the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department.

The organization has made a good name for itself among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

POSITION: Grants Officer

JOB SUMMARY

OTI’s Littorals Regional Initiative (LRI) program is able to provide support to indigenous partners across particular West African coastal countries to withstand the increasing pressures of VEOs by addressing instability factors including localized conflict, ethnoreligious marginalization, lack of understanding of the VEO threat, local grievances against governance structures, and weak social cohesion.

LRI complements the broader USAID presence in the region by providing short-term, targeted programming that reduces windows for VEO expansion and helps national governments and local communities build prevention capacity.

  • The Grants Officer will be responsible to ensure effective and efficient management of grants administration and ensuring flexible, innovative, and rapid-response mechanisms are designed to target key zones.
  • S/he will also ensure that the Grant Management and administration function is always in compliance with Creative and USAID’s policies and procedures; and will work towards capacity building of the recipients as well as the other staff members in the area of grants management.

The Grants Officer will report to the Senior Grants Manager.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Development Of Activity

  • Contribute actively to internal discussions on programmatic strategy and activity ideas.
  • Conduct research and outreach to identify potential partners, consultants, and grantees for the program.
  • Support the Senior Grants Manager in developing targeted scopes of work and solicitations (Requests for Applications, Annual Program Statements, Request for Proposals, etc.)
  • Work in close collaboration with the Senior Program Development Officer and Grantees on the development of activity Implementation Plans and Detailed Budgets.
  • Conduct on-site grantee capacity assessments, including reviews of financial and administrative systems.
  • For each activity under development, ensure that the activity background, implementation plan, budget, and monitoring & evaluation plan are coherent and consistent.

 Implementation Of Activity

  • Ensure compliance with Creative’s grants policies as detailed in the Field Manual and the program’s Activity Manual Addendum (Grants Manual).
  • Update and maintain grants files in Creative’s grants management system, Sharepoint as well as the USAID/OTI online database.
  • Mainly regular contact with LRI grantees under the grants officer’s portfolio, at a minimum through a weekly call.
  • Work with the Snr. Grants Manager in drafting Grant Agreements and related grant management documents (negotiation memorandum, environmental compliance forms, etc.) according to Creative’s policies and procedures.
  • Conduct ad hoc activity site visits to understand how grantees are implementing their awards. Write concise activity notes documenting such visits.
  • Collaborate with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team and Snr Grants Manager to ensure that activity notes have been uploaded to the USAID/OTI database on a weekly basis.
  • Facilitate grant kick-off meetings, coordinating with finance, procurement, and program staff.
  • Ensure quality control and the integrity of the data in Creative’s and USAID/OTI online grants databases and ensures that the data in the system is always up to date.
  • Monitor activity budget and timelines, coordinating with the Programs, Procurement, and Finance departments to ensure activity-level spending is on track and provide quality control on any required modifications. Maintain a budget tracker for each activity, updating them on a bi-weekly basis in close collaboration with Finance staff.
  • Participate in grants regional department weekly meetings and provide updates for the site

Activity Close-out

  • Conduct a financial reconciliation of the activity budget in partnership with Procurement and Finance staff and advise the Senior Grants Manager funds need to be de-obligated.
  • Conduct a final review of the grant files including media files (photos, videos), and ensure they have been uploaded to Creative’s grants management system (SMART), Sharepoint as well as the USAID/OTI online database.

Teamwork and Relationship Management

  •  Work in close collaboration with the Senior Program Development Officer, the Procurement & Logistics Officer, and the Finance Officer to ensure rapid and efficient development, implementation, and close-out of program activities.
  • Present activity updates directly to USAID/OTI during weekly meetings; prepare Powerpoint slides documenting the latest activity updates.
  • Assist the SGM to provide guidance and interpretation for program staff as well as grantees of Creative’s grants policies and procedures and USG regulation.
  • Assist the SGM to provide training and support in grants compliance to Creative staff.
  • Other duties as required by the Senior Grants Manager (SGM).

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or professional accounting/financial qualification required.
  • At least three (3) years of professional experience working in complex and challenging field operational contexts.
  • At least one (1) year working on an international donor program with a grant component. Previous USAID grant experience is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of computers and using financial software.
  • Understanding of budget and cost control management.
  • Good written and spoken English skills.
  • Must be willing to be based in Tamale, Northern Ghana.
  • Proficiency in languages spoken in Northern Ghana is desired.
  • French language proficiency is desired.
  • Must have existing work authorization for Ghana.

HOW TO APPLY

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CLOSING DATE: MAY 5, 2022

Creative Associates International is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. EOE/AA. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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