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Capacity Development and Grants Manager, Eastern and Southern Caribbean
Job SummaryRTI is currently accepting applications for Capacity Development and Grants Manager for an anticipated USAID-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions project that will focus on ten countries in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) region.
~~RTI International is an independent nonprofit research institute and leading development organization headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. Since 1958, RTI has worked in over 150 countries and designed and implemented cutting-edge solutions in the sectors of economic growth, governance, education, and health. A cornerstone of RTI’s work is strengthening the capacities of local partners and systems in order to increase local ownership and ensure that host country individuals and organizations have the skills and resources to achieve their missions and sustain their services in the long term.
RTI is currently accepting applications for Capacity Development and Grants Manager for an anticipated USAID-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions project that will focus on ten countries in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean (ESC) region. These countries include: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago. The project office and staff will be based out of Bridgetown, Barbados and the Capacity Development and Grants Manager will be expected to travel to other target countries as necessary.
The Local Capacity for Local Solutions project will focus on strengthening the operational, managerial and administrative capacity of NGOs/CSOs in the ESC using innovative and non-traditional means. This will likely involve a mix of peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and coaching, distance learning and other outside-the-box approaches beyond training. Although NGOs/CSOs are the primary beneficiary of capacity development activities, the project will also seek to strengthen the connectivity of NGOs/CSOs and other disparate entities in the private sector, academic, and government at national, sub-regional and regional levels. The project approach and management should strongly reflect USAID’s Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) approach. The project is expected to be four years in duration and approximately $16 million USD in value. The grants component of the project may be up to $3 million USD in value. The project is anticipated to commence in April 2017.
The Capacity Development and Grants Manager will be responsible for overseeing capacity development activities to local NGOs/CSOs throughout the region as well as managing grants to them that support capacity development activities. The Capacity Development and Grants Manager will possess a broad background in strengthening the managerial, operational and administrative capacities of NGOs/CSOs in the Caribbean and will have a deep understanding of the issues
This position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding. Nationals of ESC countries are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Capacity Development and Grants Manager will be responsible for overseeing grants issued to NGOs/CSOs throughout the region that focus on boosting their managerial, operational and administrative capacities. In addition, she/he will also coordinate capacity development support to these grantees through non-traditional means, helping to oversee and support that will likely include a mix of peer-to-peer learning, mentoring and coaching, e-learning, etc. The Capacity Development and Grants Manager will coordinate with project partners in the region that will also be supporting this work. She/he will ensure that all capacity development support is streamlined, able to meet the needs of local partners, and is implemented with exceptional quality.
Capacity Development Support
• Facilitate participatory organizational capacity assessments of target NGOs/CSOs that may receive grants and/or technical assistance under the project. These assessments should engage target NGOs/CSOs in a dynamic manner in order to encourage reflection on their institutional gaps and to create broad buy-in and consensus around priorities.
• Develop customized institutional strengthening plans for local NGOs/CSOs in order to ensure that they can measurably improve their managerial, operational, and administrative capacities.
• Provide direct capacity development support to NGOs/CSOs that may address a wide range of institutional areas including financial and administrative management, human resources, institutional governance, marketing and communication, strategic planning, networking, leadership, etc. She/he will be involved in both the design and development of learning programs as well as their delivery. Support must extend beyond traditional trainings and should include innovative ways to allow NGOs/CSOs to develop and deepen their skills through peer learning, mentoring and coaching, e-learning, etc.
• Coordinate and facilitate any capacity building activities among the Technical teams or outside firms/consultants where the Capacity Development and Grants Manager cannot provide direct support herself/himself. A range of local partners will also be engaged in strengthening the institutional capacities of NGOs/CSOs and the Capacity Development and Grants Manager should look to coordinate this support and ensure consistency and high quality.
Grants management duties will include:
• Day-to-day administration of grants awarded under the project. Grants management will cover the solicitation phase through grant close-out. This will include issuing a request for applications in consultation with the project team, reviewing and negotiating all grant applications, conducting pre-award due diligence, and providing continuous guidance to grantees on USAID rules and regulations.
• Coordinate execution of award documents (pre-award authorizations, awards, modifications, etc.).
• Maintain grant files including records on monitoring and evaluation and other quality control activities (financial, programmatic, proof of performance).
• Review and process grantee invoices for compliance and coordination with technical teams for performance measurement.
• Work with the project Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to examine capacity development results.
• Work with the project Communications Specialist to highlight particularly successful results and disseminate stories and information in order to showcase these experiences.
• Close-out completed grants.
Required Skills and Qualifications
The successful applicant will have extensive experience in managing complex and multi-year programs that focus on strengthening civil society. In particular, the ideal candidate will possess significant experience in working with and strengthening the institutional capacity of NGOs/CSOs within the ESC region in a broad range of operational and managerial areas. She/he will be results-driven, have exceptional communication skills, and will be a team player capable of working with a diverse type of NGOs/CSOs across different cross-cultural settings. She/he will be collaborative and will ensure that capacity development support is demand-driven but also results oriented. She/he will be able to apply best practices but also be able to think outside of the box and adopt non-traditional approaches that can be adapted to the unique environments where they will be employed. The candidate will also be extremely detail oriented, familiar with USAID rules and regulations, and able to multi-task and work under tight deadlines and resources. Although capacity development support will be provided through a variety of project partners, the Capacity Development and Grants Manager will not simply be a coordinator, but play a hands-on role in developing materials, empowering and mentoring local partners in the capacity development process, contributing to new ideas, and ensuring strong quality control in capacity development support.
Required skills also include:
• Master’s degree in social studies, business administration, or related field.
• At least 9 years of experience in strengthening the managerial and administrative capacities of NGOs/CSOs, preferably within the ESC region.
• At least 6 years of experience in grants administration, management and oversight.
• Proven ability to manage and train new subgrantees, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of programs required.
• Demonstrated ability to work well with teams of grantees, particularly from diverse backgrounds and cultures from other countries.
• Experience previously working on USAID projects in a Grants Manager or similar capacity.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to coach and mentor NGOs/CSOs in a collaborative fashion.
Application Instructions: Qualified candidates are invited to apply for this position and submit their CV and cover letter to RTI at www.rti.org/job17755 . Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.