REGAL-IR Grants Officer at Adeso

On Monday, June 24th, 2013
Organization: Adeso – African Development Solutions
Position Title: REGAL-IR Grants Officer
Reporting to: REGAL-IR Grants Manager
 
Working with: REGAL-IR Program and Finance Teams
 
Program / Duty Station: REGAL-IR Project Office, Isiolo Town, Isiolo County
 
Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension
 
Starting date: August 1, 2013
 
Organizational Context:
Adeso, formerly known as Horn Relief, is an expanding and vibrant African based international development and humanitarian organization. 
At Adeso, we work with African communities who are yet to realize their full potential; working inside these communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive. 
Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming. 
We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by: reinvigorating the economy, developing skills for life and work, providing humanitarian aid, and influencing policy.
For the past 20 years we have strengthened rural livelihoods through environmental awareness, training, technology transfer and innovative humanitarian projects in pursuit of a peaceful, self-reliant, and greener future. 
At present, Adeso has programs in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan.

Adeso is an exciting and dynamic organization experiencing managed rapid growth. It offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development.
Project Summary:
The REGAL IR program is a 5 year initiative aiming to reduce hunger and poverty, increase social stability and build strong foundations for economic growth by strengthening social, economic, and environmental resilience in pastoral and transitioning communities in Kenya’s arid lands. 
It has six thematic areas including diversifying livelihoods, improving value chain inclusiveness, natural resource management, conflict management, disaster risk reduction, and improving nutrition. The main project office is based in Isiolo County.
REGAL-IR implements activities in Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana counties.
Position Summary:
The Grants Officer (GO) will report to the REGAL-IR Grants Manager and will be responsible for making grants to community-based organizations (CBOs), NGOs and other recipients participating in the REGAL-IR program across five project counties.The GO will help strengthen the capacity of beneficiaries to receive grants to implement resilience projects and to manage them effectively.
The GO will assist the Grants Manager to assess potential recipients’ capacity, facilitate the strengthening of grants management capacity, and monitor grants budgeting and reporting per Adeso and USAID guidelines. 
The GO will minimize operational risks and ensure compliance with Adeso’s and USAID’s grant management rules and regulations.
 
Specific Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Under supervision from the Grants Manager and the COP, and in cooperation with the Finance and Program Teams, make grants to various community-based organizations (CBOs) and NGOs to assist grant recipients to implement resilience-strengthening projects and to further the objectives of REGAL-IR;
  • Provide technical assistance to CBOs and other recipients to implement and manage the grant cycle/process, including: proposal development and submission, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, periodic reporting and grants close out;
  • Assist the Grants Manager to develop the REGAL-IR Grants Management Manual containing rules and regulations in conformance with Adeso and USAID standards;
  • Maintain a reporting and tracking system to monitor recipients’ grants implementation and compliance with rules, regulations and deadlines;
  • Ensure REGAL-IR staff understand donor guidelines, compliance issues and grants management procedures;
  • Conduct regular visits to field offices and project sites;
  • Coach and mentor grants recipients.
Skills and Qualifications:
 
Essential:
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Minimum 3 years grants experience in a professional services firm, international NGO or donor organization;
  • Demonstrated experience managing donor funds and ensuring compliance with donor requirements;
  • Understanding of risks and related relevant controls primarily in the overall grant cycle including program, financial and procurement cycles;
  • High level skills in written standard English and ability to transform documents and reports developed by program staff into dissemination standard documents;
  • Ability to present, discuss and supervise compliance with grants monitoring protocols with team members of varying levels;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective project files for accountability and audit purposes.
Desirable:
  • High level skills in coaching, mentoring, capacity building, team development, around grants management and donor compliance;
  • Evidence of strong team player;
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise others;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships;
  • Demonstrated experience to work productively in ASALs environment;
  • CPA or accounting experience.
Application Process:
This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional.
If you would like to join this dynamic team and be part of building resilience and economic growth in Africa, please submit your application to [email protected], quoting the position in the email subject matter, by 8th July 2013.
Each application should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager and include the following:
  • An updated CV;
  • An application letter which should include remuneration requirements and contact information for three work-related referees.
Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 
Adeso is an equal opportunity employer.
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