Title: Specialist Sr, Grants Business
Division/Department: Global Operations
Location: Country Office in incumbent’s home country – Within Africa
Reporting Relationship: Regional Director
The Specialist Sr, Grant Business will contribute to ChildFund International’s overall grant acquisition and management strategy and provide key support in financial analysis, budget development, and grant financial reporting. This includes participation in work teams during proposal preparation, and inputs into the process of grants compliance and administration. The Specialist Sr, Grant Business is also expected to help interpret and understand the financial part of donor policies, procedures and regulations, budgeting and reporting requirements. The Specialist Sr, Grant Business will report to the Regional Director and mainly focused on supporting grant acquisition and management in the respective region. Depending on needs, the Grants Business Specialist could be deployed to support countries in other regions as well. The The Specialist Sr, Grant Business will also maintain working relationships with the Global Finance as well as the Global Business Development and Grant Management Teams.
Participate on proposal development teams with direct responsibility for the development of project and proposal budgets in the process of acquiring grants and Non-Sponsorship Projects (NSPs).
Analyze and advise country teams on donor requirements for budgets and financial reports and on efficient reporting systems.
Provide inputs into the cost analysis of the Country Office in order to explore opportunities for cost recovery from grants for shared program and operational costs.
Contribute to compiling the final financial report and financial close-out of major grant projects.
Advise country and proposal development teams on donor regulations governing procurement, staff recruitment, travel, and other operational aspects and monitor compliance.
Participate in reviews of spending vs. budget and progress towards program objectives.
Provide advice on the need for adjustments and extensions as it relates to grant budget management,
Based on the global monthly opportunity tracker, provide CO-specific analysis of progress against annual acquisition (LoA) targets.
Contribute to and participate in evaluations of acquisition processes and win/loss analysis.
Remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills which will enable him/her to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding policy and procedures and conduct self in a manner consistent with Child fund’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
At least 5 years of experience in grants acquisition and management, with focus on financial analysis and compliance aspects.
Demonstrated knowledge of major donors’ requirements for budgets and financial reports, applicable local regulatory and legal requirements.
Demonstrated capability in understanding the various stages of the grant lifecycle including pre-award review, grant progress monitoring, and award closure.
Proven excellent communication, networking and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team, in a matrixed structure, for a successful achievement of proposal development and project reporting.
Detail oriented and able to work under tight deadlines.
Preferred: some work experience with responsibility for activities in multiple countries and/or outside country of origin.
Outstanding written and oral communication and mathematical skills.
English required and French desired an added advantage
Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or equivalent in relevant area required. Equivalent relevant work experience may be acceptable in lieu of degree.
Certification from a reputable service provider in Financial Project Management is preferred.
The Grants Business Specialist can draw on the support and collaboration from global team members in the development of his/her responsibilities. Preferably these global team members provide input into recruitment, performance planning and evaluation. The primary global team members for this position will be:
GFAST: Senior Manager, Area Finance Lead
Program and Partnership: Global Business Development Team, Business Development Advisor
Program and Partnership: Global Grant Management Team, Grant Management Specialist
Global Operations: Country Directors
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