USAID Director Grants & Capacity Building Job Placement – Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC)

Job Title:            Director Grants &
Capacity Building
Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC)
Kampala, Uganda
Anticipated USAID Grant.
Reports to:
Chief of Party
About US:
The Joint
Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) is an indigenous medical organization that was
established in 1991 as a limited liability not-for—profit Joint-venture between
the Uganda Ministry of Health (MQH), Ministry of Defense and Makerere
University Medical School (now Makerere College of Health Sciences),
Job Summary: The Director, Grants and
Capacity Building  will provide technical
leadership for the project in grants management and institutional capacity
building. Responsibilities for this position include oversight and management
of the grants portfolio and direction of capacity building activities, with
particular focus on strengthening internal systems, financial management of the
sub-recipients and building their competence in overall program management. The
Director, Grants and Capacity Building will bring evidence-based capacity
building approaches and standards in the project and training staff in their
use. S/he will report to the project’s Chief of Party (COP). The Director,
Grants and Capacity Building position is contingent upon winning the project
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Lead design of grants management program,
including the project’s grants manual, granting process, partners’ scope of
work based on assessed needs, etc;
Assist in pre-award activities for grant
recipients including training and orientation, review of grantees’
applications, budgets, pre-award questionnaires, supporting documents, etc.
and/or assisting in grant discussions and negotiations with counterparts;
Lead monitoring of grantee compliance with grant
award terms and conditions, including reporting, working closely with
designated staff from each regional team;
Review data in project grants database platform
to ensure grant information is captured accurately for the in-country grants
Follow up with individual grantees not meeting
content or timing of reporting requirements to confirm appropriate assistance
and/or next steps;
Work with designated regional staff to review
grantee work plans, reports, and other deliverables to ensure that they meet
grant award requirements and work with project staff to improve reporting, to
identify issues in scope or budget necessitating award modifications throughout
the life of the grant award, and support award start-up, financial management,
monitoring, and close out activities;
Provide strategic technical direction and
leadership to develop and implement capacity development strategies;
Ensure all technical and institutional capacity
development strategies are evidence-based and are of high quality and train
staff in these approaches;
Supervise capacity building advisors that will
lead assessment of capacity development needs and design and implementation of
capacity building at health facilities, including:
Lead training of project staff in organizational
capacity assessment (OCA) and non-US organization pre-award survey (NUPAS)
tools and participate in these assessments with partners, as appropriate;
Provide templates, and inputs on the design of
capacity building plans individualized per health facility ;
Lead capacity development training for project
Contribute technically to appropriate capacity
development approaches to identify and advocate for needed services for
priority and key populations and improve service coordination and quality; and
Analyze and improve program performance.
Support regional teams to assist health
facilities to strengthen management systems such as HMIS, HR, grants management
and M&E and build resource mobilization capacity; linking them to excellent
consultants in these areas if project staff does not have all the capacity;
Contribute to project leadership as part of the
Senior Management Team (SMT);
Ensure timely and qualitative contributions to
the COP, for all necessary reports and especially quarterly reports, and semi
and annual reports, as well as administration and management activities as

Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s
degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in Management, Finance, Public Health,
International Development, or related field;
Professional certification (CPA or ACCA) and
Audit experience;
Previous leadership experience, preferably with
a USAID funded project;
Minimum of eight (8) years of grants management
and capacity building experience with a proven background of quality
improvement and results;
Experience with US Government-funded projects
and assistance rules and regulations;
Demonstrated knowledge of granting procedures,
from grant start-up, award management, to close out preferably USAID rules and
Demonstrated capacity and experience in training
and supervising project staff in grants management;
Experience with the NUPAS/OCA and strong
capacity development skills in at least 2-3 areas of institutional capacity
development (e.g., assessments, HR, HMIS, resource mobilization, quality
improvement, health facility governance and leadership, financial and
operations systems);
Demonstrated ability in designing, coordinating
and implementing capacity development programs;
Experience in developing strategic frameworks,
work plans, managing project implementation, and fielding and managing short
term technical assistance;
Demonstrated experience and success supporting
the goals and objectives of USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance and PEPFAR local
partner transition;
Strong communications and interpersonal skills
in written and spoken English required;
Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving,
leadership skills, including the ability to make independent decisions and take
Demonstrated supervisory skills and experience;
Must be a Ugandan National.
How to apply:
applications must be addressed to: Manager Human Resource & Development,
Joint Clinical Research Centre strictly by email:
P.O. Box
10005, Kampala. Applicants are strictly advised to apply with a cover letter
and CV combined in one PDF document not exceeding six pages. No other
attachments should be included besides the two mentioned above.
Note: JCRC is
an equal opportunity employer. Any attempts of influencing the recruitment
process will lead to automatic disqualification.
Dead line: Monday 18th November, 2019.
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