Grants Officer

Innovations for Poverty Action, United Arab Emirates
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Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Grants and Contracts, the Grants Officer will work closely with the Sector teams to support their awards portfolios throughout the entire life-cycle to include review and negotiation of award agreements, compliance and financial monitoring, and contractual and financial reconciliation during award close-out. The Grants Officer will also be responsible for coordinating, preparing, and issuing agreements and modifications to subrecipients from federal and non-federal prime awards. The Grants Officer will ensure adherence of proper due diligence and subrecipient monitoring requirements. The Grants Officer will also play a key role in developing materials and facilitating trainings aimed at building the capacity of program and country staff in the area of compliance with grants and sub-award terms and conditions. Among other qualifications, the ideal candidate shall have: a) minimum of 3 years experience managing federal grants and/or contracts for international programs, preferably with at least one of those years in a compliance or finance role; b) good command of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards as well as multilateral institutions and foundations standard terms and conditions; c) proven ability to work effectively with program teams and with a high degree of customer service orientation; d) experience drafting clear and concise guidance documents and training materials; and e) excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Monitor and manage subawards and necessary reporting/compliance requirements per donor terms and conditions.
  • Provides guidance to sector staff and country offices on compliance issues on subawards and procurement.
  • Develops templates and guidelines aimed at simplifying the sub-award process within our programs.
  • Drafts and reviews sub-award and sub-contract agreements to ensure adherence to donor rules and regulations.
  • Reviews sub-award and sub-contract expenditures and other financial analysis on a monthly / quarterly basis as required.
  • Drafts guideline documents and prepares and facilitates training sessions in areas related to compliance of sub-award monitoring and procurement.
  • Supports the design and implementation of IPA grants database systems, workflow processes, and procedures and procurement and sub-awarding.
  • Provides backstop on review and, as needed, negotiation of grants, cooperative agreement, and contractual instruments.
  • Provides backstop on review and monitoring awards and budgets during pre-award, post-award, and close-out periods to ensure compliance with award requirements.
  • Assists country offices and sector staff on interpretation of OMB and CFR regulations
  • Ensures sponsor prior approvals and other grants management record-keeping is filed and complete.
  • Assists with financial inquiries and preparation for annual audit review


  • At least three years’ experience working in a finance, accounting or grants department.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Management, Finance, Business Administration, Economics, Accounting, Project Management or any related field.
  • Knowledge of typical grant award/contractual documents such as grant agreements, subcontracts, modifications
  • Experience with international, non-profit organizations (larger than $10M), as well as a multi-office, multi-national environment
  • Experience with financial analysis, financial reporting, cash flow analysis, budget development and forecasting
  • Understanding and interpretation of OMB, CFR and US government regulations
  • Proficiency in the use of financial software applications, databases, spreadsheets, including MS Office
  • Team player with a positive attitude and ability to build strong working relationships.
  • Excellent customer service skills (oral and written communication) in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to focus on technical work and ability to work on simultaneous projects
  • Attention to details, and excellent time management
  • Proficiency in another language (French or Portuguese) a plus
  • Experience with Salesforce and NetSuite is a plus/added advantage.