Grants and Contracts Manager, Zambia
2d ago

Pact Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization.

We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.

Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more.

This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department Overview

Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact employees embrace the following core values as representatives of the institution :

  • all people have a right to participate in decisions affecting their lives
  • gender equity is mandatory for social transformation
  • resources are allocated in a transparent manner, guided by accountability to our clients and Pact’s role as steward of resources intended for the poor
  • diversity in background, gender and age strengthen our capacity to be wise managers of public and private funds
  • teamwork and collaboration shape our day-to-day working relationships
  • innovation and risk taking to achieve impact and broad scaleable results drive strategic priorities
  • gathering and sharing information are primary roles for all employees
  • staff growth and advancement are a priority, including training and professional skills building to increase knowledge and competence and to stay abreast of new developments, especially in technology
  • a healthy balance between work and life outside of work must be maintained for work satisfaction and fulfillment
  • Position Purpose

    The Grants and Contracts Manager is directly responsible to and supervised by the Deputy Chief of Party, Pact Zambia. The Grants & Contracts Manager provides high-level grants and contracts management and administration to achieve project goals, working with partner organizations of all levels.

    S / he provides overall leadership and oversight for all aspects related to management of sub-grants, subcontracts, and procurements.

    This requires close collaboration with Pact HQ to ensure compliance with Pact and USAID guidelines. The Grants and Contracts Manager supervises all staff with grants and procurement functions.

    S / he reports to the Deputy Chief of Party.

    Key Responsibilities

    Key Performance Areas :

  • Grants Administration
  • Grantee Capacity Building and Support
  • Specific Duties :

    Sub-award Administration

  • Develop subcontract and sub-grant award documents compliant with donor requirements and Pact standard templates and work closely with Pact HQ Agreement Management team to execute quality sub-awards.
  • Administer the full cycle of sub-award management activities beginning from solicitation through selection, pre-award assessments, negotiation, monitoring / compliance visits, and closeout.
  • Utilize Pact’s sub-award management system (Salesforce) and accounting system (Serenic NAV) for sub-award issuance and management.
  • Ensure that all required documentation is available and stored as per Pact regulations.

  • Oversee budget management of projects’ sub-award pools working with the Finance Manager. Work closely with the Finance Manager to ensure accurate and timely disbursement and liquidation of sub-award expenses.
  • Ensure timely training of grantees and Pact staff to understand and comply fully with donor standards. Develop training materials and carry out regular trainings with grantee partners.
  • Ensure that office systems for grants and contracts administration are maintained and that regular reports are provided to Pact headquarters.
  • Award and administer sub-contract(s) and consultant agreements necessary to support local programs and projects
  • Develop and / or update Country Office Sub-awards Manual in compliance with Pact HQ guidance.
  • Support closeout of awards, including preparation of final inventories, property disposition, etc.
  • Other Responsibilities

  • Provide effective performance management, mentoring, and coaching for staff under his / her direct supervision.
  • Provide training, as required, related to areas of his / her expertise and country office needs.
  • Contribute to the global Grants Management Community of Practice to share best practices and lessons learned on Pact’s intranet Mosaic.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Skills and Abilities :

  • Consistently works within internal process and procedures
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills
  • Exceptional planning and time management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to make a presentation
  • Ability to problem-solve difficult issues
  • Ability to multitask with ease, adapting to frequently changing priorities
  • Good negotiating and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong understanding of budgets
  • Competence using common desktop applications and internal systems
  • Basic Requirements

  • MA / MSc Financial Management, Full ACCA, CIMA, ZICA and at least 7 years of relevant experience (or equivalent)
  • Experience managing sub-award design and administration
  • Experience in donor funds administration
  • Understanding of local contract and procurement law
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations as related to contracts and cooperative agreements; working knowledge of OMB Circulars
  • Fluency in English
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience assessing the responsibility and grant-worthiness of organizations through financial statements, audits, and other documentation presented in a proposal or in support of an award
  • Proven capacity to design and deliver a range of training and technical assistance programs to build full range of capacities for grant management
  • Proficiency in a local language
  • Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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