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over 1 year ago

APROACH Grants and Awards Manager

Resonance is an award-winning frontier market solutions firm based in Burlington, Vermont that helps a variety of donor, commercial and investor clients around the world achieve to catalyze lasting impact. We envision a prosperous and just world of thriving markets, healthy ecosystems, and vibrant communities where business, governments and citizens work together creating a better world for all.

Resonance seeks to catalyze large-scale social, environmental, and economic change by new and dynamic forms of collaboration. We do this by fostering public-private partnerships, facilitating sustainable investment, and providing deep analytical insights in frontier markets. We strive to merge strategic insight with practical on-the-ground knowledge into an integrated approach that emphasizes results.

We seek candidates who are ready to apply their analytical and problem-solving skills to some of our planet’s greatest challenges in an entrepreneurial, fun, and fast-paced environment. We are looking for passionate and committed people who can work collaboratively to deliver results for our clients and stakeholders around the world.

Resonance is currently seeking Grants and Awards Manager candidates to propose for an upcoming 5-year USAID-funded Zambia Alternatives to Charcoal project. The purpose of this activity is to promote energy alternatives to charcoal with the goal of reducing deforestation and forest degradation in certain provinces of Zambia. The position is contingent upon contract award.

The Grants and Awards Manager will report to the Deputy Chief of Party and lead the design of grant applications, guidelines, and mechanisms. The Manager will analyze grant submissions, recommend award actions to the team, and coordinate the issuance and management of awards contracts.

Essential Functions:

Lead the grant applications process from supporting the design of applications procedures to analyzing and evaluating grant submissions for technical and budget soundness and compliance with donor regulations, recommending award actions to the project team;

Coordinate the issuance of awards and maintain contract documentation through the development and support the design, build, and upkeep of the grants database;

Provide guidance on sub-award management, including vetting and collaborative scoping of partners, drafting and review of sub-award agreements and modifications, oversight and report verification;

Provide day to day technical oversight of an activity and grants portfolio to ensure effective programmatic delivery that meets the objectives of each activity;

Prepare scheduled and special reports, studies and analyses regarding the grants program;

Ensure technical and financial reporting requirements per USAID requirements

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in management, financial analysis, accounting, public administration, or a related field;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in grants and awards for US Government foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental organization;
  • Thorough understanding of USAID policies, regulations, and procedures pertaining to grants management;
  • Demonstrated experience working on cross-cultural teams
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects;
  • Ability to analyze technical and cost proposals and prepare reports and recommendations on whether or not applicants should be funded;
  • Ability to analyze budget line items for compliance with budget guidelines;
  • Proven record of maintenance and database management skills;
  • Ability and interest to live and work in Lusaka, Zambia
  • Preferred Education, Experience & Competencies:
  • Master’s Degree in management, financial analysis, accounting, public administration, or a related field;
  • Experience leading the formulation and implementation of a grants and awards strategy for a USAID project.

Work Environment:

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Policy of SSG-Advisors, LLC (doing business as Resonance) is to provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all associates and job applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.
  • Resonance hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.
  • Resonance believes that employees should be provided with a working environment which enables each associate to be productive and to work to the best of his or her ability. We do not condone or tolerate an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. We expect and require the cooperation of all employees in maintaining a discrimination and harassment-free atmosphere
  • Work Authorization/security clearance:
  • Zambian work authorization

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to the email below:

Please include “Governance and Partnerships Lead” in the email subject line, and save documents (cover letter, resume, and references) in one PDF as ‘Last Name_First Name.pdf’. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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