Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI's Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI's experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world**.**
RTI is recruiting a Grants Manager for an anticipated, upcoming project in Ethiopia, Poverty Reduced Sustainably in an Environment of Resilient and Vibrant Economy (PReSERVE). PReSERVE an integrated activity to improve food security of vulnerable households in targeted Productive safety Net Programme (PSNP) communities in the Amhara Region and contribute to a sustained reduction in rural poverty. The Grants Manager is responsible for is responsible for providing day-to-day supervision, guidance, and monitoring of all grant funds and activities.
Please note that this role is contingent upon the award of this project to Food for the Hungry and RTI.
Responsibilities of the Grants Manager include, but are not limited to:
- Provide day-to-day supervision, guidance, and monitoring of all grant funds and activities including management of the grant-making mechanism, grant solicitation and information conferences, evaluation, award, monitoring, environmental compliance, pre-award site survey, applicant vetting, legal registration, etc.
- Ensure all grants are administered in compliance with USAID policies and procedures and other regulations.
- Work with Value Chain and Market staff to originate new ideas, identify opportunities for innovative energy solutions suited for grants and grantees.
- Use RTI’s already-developed Grants Manual as an adjustable template to tailor grants processes, requirements, and reporting mechanisms during start-up and maintain strict compliance to regulations and requirements related to all aspects of recipient monitoring and awards management.
- Oversee grants management process & subcontracts for local organizations, including grant proposal tracking, review, and approval process.
- Conduct periodic grants reviews including site visits to the grantees and report follow up as appropriate, in consultation with the Chief of Party
- Maintain financial management files for grants and ensure audit trail for all necessary grant documentation.
- Ensure timely financial disbursements and compliance with grants financial management policies, monitor all grant expenses, and provide regular updates on grant status.
- Provide technical assistance as required to build capacity of local partners & grantees.
- Coordinate closely with relevant technical and operational personnel to ensure timely delivery of appropriate grants supporting technical assistance, physical infrastructure, and equipment.
- Manage and monitor the budget of the grant mechanism and individual grants in consultation with the Finance Manager and Chief of Party.
- Manage the grant evaluation and submission process including screening potential grantees, evaluation of potential grantees and applications in accordance with USAID and RTI regulations, assessment/feasibility of deliverable completion, and approval requests as needed and required.
- Prepare quarterly financial and activity reports.
- Master’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, or related field with 3 to years of experience; or bachelor’s degree with 6 years of experience.
- At least three years of experience in grants design and administration, management, and distribution of grants; past experience administering USAID grants strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated experience in leading grant solicitation, due-diligence, selection, award, monitoring & evaluation and closeout of a large grants program; USAID grant making experience is a significant advantage;
- Strong oral/written communication skills in English and ability to communicate effectively at multiple levels in the organization.
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented setting.
- Working knowledge in MS Office applications.
- Familiarity with USAID and US Government regulations preferred.