USAID ACDI / VOCA RWANU Project Jobs – Senior Grants Officer

Organisation: ACDI/VOCA
Project: Resiliency through Wealth, Agriculture, and
Nutrition in Karamoja (RWANU)
 Moroto, Uganda
 Chief of Party
ACDI/VOCA is carrying out the USAID-funded PL
480 Title II Development Food Assistance Program entitled “Resiliency
through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Karamoja (RWANU)”. The RWANU
Program is focusing on reducing food insecurity among vulnerable rural
populations in selected sub-counties of Amudat, Moroto, Napak and Nakapiripirit.
The Program’s strategic objectives are (1) improved availability and access to
food and (2) reduced malnutrition in pregnant and lactating mothers and
children under five. The RWANU Program takes a preventive approach to reducing
malnutrition, focusing on the first 1,000 days of life when conditional food
rations will have the highest impact. RWANU will promote diversified
livelihoods strategies including linkages to market opportunities to ensure
long-term food security and resilience to food insecurity shocks.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. The Senior Grants Officer will steer the
granting process and supervise compliance of grantee activities:
  • Develop granting process guidelines jointly with technical team.
  • Manage the creation of grantee selection committees involving
    technical staff and GOU/other stakeholder committee members as called for
    in the Granting Guidelines.
  • Ensure that grants unit participates in review and initial screening
    of proposals from potential grantees.
  • Keep records of all grant award decision making process and share
    with committee members.
  • Draft grants agreements and MOUs in collaboration with Technical
    Team members.
  • Initiate procurement requests for in-kind grants jointly with
    indicated Technical Team member.
  • Monitor the utilization of in-kind grants to ensure proper
  • Develop reporting tools for use by technical team.
2. Work in liaison with the DCOP in
strategic management of RWANU in-kind and financial grants budget to obtain
best program impact:
  • Monitor use of annual and LOP grant funds.
  • Recommend adjustment between categories to meet project objectives.
  • Review proposal from technical team and/or USAID for new grant
    categories; oversee elaboration of description and selection criteria.
3. Responsible for financial oversight of
all cash grants extended to partner institutions:
  • Carry out pre-award surveys of potential recipients of cash grants;
    review systems (management and accounting) used by grantees.
  • Review budgets presented by grantees.
  • Actively facilitate the operations of systems that meet USAID
    requirements and in line with best accounting and management practices.
  • Engage, review and manage disbursements.
  • If required review expense reports of cash grantees.
  • Manage the portfolios of approved cash grants.
  • Ensure compliance and adherence in the implementation of grants to
    donor requirements
4. Supervision and capacity building:
  • Mentor and manage other grants officer(s) and short-term staff or
  • Steer the training of all RWANU staff involved in the granting
    process and monitoring of grantees.
  • Assist in all aspects of capacity building of grantees to enable
    attainment of program goals and objectives.
  • Orient and coach grant selection committee on procedures.
5. General compliance:
  • Ensure environmental and PERSUAP compliance in all grantee
    activities working closely with the RWANU DRR/Environment.
  • Ensure that grant making is transparent and fair, does not create
    conflicts in communities and enhances gender equity, working closely with
    Gender and Conflict Mitigation Officers.
  • Ensure effective communication of grantee activities to
  • Significantly contribute to preparation of program reports
  • Systematically and quickly respond by letter to unsolicited
    non-conforming grant requests, with COP signature
  • Represent RWANU and ACDI/VOCA in industry and development forums as
  • Attend to any other related duties as assigned from time to time.
Skills and Experience: 
  • The prospective USAID RWANU project employee should hold a relevant
    Bachelor’s degree, CPA or MBA is an added advantage.
  • At least five years’ experience that demonstrates the required
    knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Detailed working knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is
  • Prior experience in accounting and granting processes for donor
    funded programs
  • Past exposure and experience in contraction and supervising
    financial audits and following up on audit recommendations
  • Good communication and reporting skills
  • Possess the ability to manage and supervise technical staff
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a team
How to
All suitably qualified and interested
candidates who desire to work in the USAID RWANU Project should send their
applications (only by e-mail) addressed to the Human Resources Manager attaching
their application letters and CV to
NB: Women are encouraged to apply as ACDI/
VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Only those shortlisted for interviews
will be contacted.
4th July 2014

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