Grants & Compliance Officer

Grants & Compliance Officer

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Position Summary

The Contracts and Grants Officer will provide critical compliance support to our global program portfolio by ensuring adherence to USG and donor rules and regulations and build the capacity of Headquarters and field based staff in the compliance function. The incumbent will review contractual documents and budgets, provide regulatory guidance and training to program implementers, develop and revise templates to standardize procedures and assist projects with guidance on regulatory issues/challenges from start-up to close-out.  In addition, the incumbent will help contribute to the development of organizational policies and best practices. 

General Responsibilities:

  • The Contracts & Grants Officer will be responsible for a wide range of functions, including but not limited to:
  • Ensures contract compliance with USAID and other donors, federal regulations, and CNFA policies and procedures by reviewing and approving subcontracts, grants, consultant agreements, and procurement documents for final approval and signature;
  • Serves as a technical resource by responding to compliance related questions and advising on various contractual matters and CNFA policy;
  • Researches regulatory issues and stays up-to-date on revisions to relevant regulations;
  • Develops and/or revises program templates and ancillary business forms;
  • Delivers trainings for HQ and field office staff in a variety of contract, subcontract, grants, and allowance-related topics;
  • Drafts, reviews, and negotiates sub-awards and amendments;
  • Supports the systematic closeout of programs in the portfolio;
  • Reviews complex proposal budgets and budget narratives; 
  • Reads and compares solicitation or other sponsor budget instructions to ensure accuracy of calculations, internal consistency, and that budgeted costs are allowable and in accordance with donor regulations and CNFA policies.  Recommends and negotiates changes as required;
  • Assists in responding to a variety of unique contractual project issues as needed; and
  • Participates in the development of corporate policies and standards and thinking creatively and critically about way to streamline operating procedures; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience focused on contracts and grants-related advising; and
  • At least one year of experience working with USG-funded contracts or agreements; preferably with the USG or a NGO.
  • Strong knowledge of USG Assistance and Acquisition Regulations and Framework (FAR, AIDAR, ADS, CFR);
  • Ability to conduct analyses on a wide variety of grant management and budget issues; synthesize information and present findings in a cohesive and understandable format;
  • Ability to independently read and interpret contractual documents, and grants, operating instructions, policies, and procedure manuals;
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to work with large amounts of data;
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines;
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and client focused with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team using a solution oriented approach;
  • Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of a second language is preferred;
  • Ability to train others on contractual matters;
  • Experience with USAID preferred; and
  • Ability to travel for short-trips domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

International Recruiter

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Position Summary

 

CNFA is seeking an International Recruiter for a position out of our Headquarters in Washington D.C. The International Recruiter will be responsible for sourcing the best possible candidates and matching them to temporary and/or permanent positions for proposals and existing projects. The International Recruiter will focus on talent sourcing, candidate identification, networking and relationship building with potential candidates, attending networking events, and serving as a strategic staffing partner to internal customers. 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • The International Recruiter will be primarily responsible to lead the sourcing and selection of candidates by:
  • Managing job advertising, assisting with job description and/or statement of work development;
  • Actively using CV/resume databases, networks, social media and other mediums to identify and attract experienced international development professionals and consultants;
  • Collecting information to verify applications and background check forms;
  • Screening, evaluating and ranking of applicants based on qualifications relevant to the job description or statement of work for proposals and/or existing projects;
  • Conducting initial interviews with identified candidates, checking references and biodata forms and distribute ranked evaluation notes to proposal and/or project managers for selection and action;
  • Working with proposal and/or project managers to schedule candidate;
  • Manage communications with candidates and proposal and/or project managers to ensure optimal timing of the recruitment process;
  • Negotiating the employment terms and conditions with selected candidates, ensuring compliance with both CNFA internal processes and client requirements;
  • Actively participate in job fairs and other networking, marketing events;
  • Actively work as part of proposal teams to anticipate and plan for upcoming recruitment activities;
  • Attend New Business Development team meetings as required;
  • Occasionally assist in formatting, spinning and finalizing CVs for inclusion in proposals, as assigned; and
  • May be required to work on special projects or other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management, Business Administration, International Relations, Public Administration or related field required;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the recruitment of multi-disciplinary staff for international development projects and proposals;
  • Working knowledge of current USAID rules and regulations;
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills;
  • Strong written, presentation/verbal, and negotiation skills;
  • Capacity to function well on a team and as an individual contributor;
  • Extremely organized with the ability to manage deadlines;
  • Proven experience using current recruitment and social media tools; preference for experience using LEVER applicant tracking system or similar ATS;
  • A proven methodology for getting hard to source candidates;
  • Fluency in English, both written and oral; abilities in a second language preferred;
  • Ability to travel internationally when needed (approximately 10% annually);
  • US work authorization required.

Call for Experts (Long-Term)– Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA)

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Project background:

CNFA is seeking applications from qualified candidates for the newly awarded Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA) project. The project has a particular focus on agricultural technologies and practices that can increase the productivity and competitiveness of smallholder farmers.  The project will be located in Islamabad, Pakistan.

 

CNFA is currently seeking senior level applicants for positions in the following areas of expertise:

 

·         BDS/Marketing Officer

·         Crops Technology Officer

·         Finance & Compliance Manager

·         Access to Finance Officer

·         HR/Administrative Officer

·         Safety, Security & Logisitics Manager

·         Accountant

·         Driver

Ideal Candidates:

  • At least seven years of relevant, professional experience in roles with increasing levels of responsibility required, 10+ years preferred
  • Experience supporting donor-funded projects is required, USAID experience preferred
  • Experience working in or with relevant pubic and private sector actors strongly preferred
  • Bachelors degree in economic development, agribusiness, agriculture, or a related field required; master’s degree preferred
  • Fluency in English is required

NOTE: This position will be located in Islamabd, Pakistan.  Local candidates preferred. 

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Applications will be accepted, reviewed and filled on a rolling basis. 

Senior Livestock Production Lead – Kenya LWA

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Brief Project Overview

The USAID/Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems project will focus on the development of the livestock market system within Northern Kenya by linking activities to increase production of livestock and build the capacity of the private sector along the livestock value chain.  By the end of this 5-year project, people, households, and communities in the counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana will be more resilient in the face of complex risk and reoccurring drought. 

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven track records in East African development and the livestock sector, specifically with experience working in Kenya. 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Livestock Productivity and Value Chain Advisor.

Women and Kenyan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • 7+ years of experience in the East African livestock industry, including in livestock and other market systems development, is required, preferably in Northern Kenya;
  • Demonstrated success strengthening livestock sector value chains, including support to producer organizations, input and service providers, and ancillary value chain actors is required;
  • Experience designing and managing implementation of interventions that support improved herd management, livestock-related livelihood and small business development, rangeland rehabilitation, livestock market infrastructure, insurance, investment, processing, supply chain management, behavior change, quality standards, access to finance, and other related areas is strongly preferred;
  • 2+ years of experience working on USAID-funded projects is preferred;
  • Experience in the inclusion of youth and women into livestock value chains is strongly preferred;
  • Experience developing inclusive commercial relationships among livestock actors that facilitate the profitable participation of pastoralists and other vulnerable communities is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is strongly preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and Kiswahili are required; knowledge of local languages is strongly preferred. 

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Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor – Kenya LWA

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Brief Project Overview

The USAID/Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems project will focus on the development of the livestock market system within Northern Kenya by linking activities to increase production of livestock and build the capacity of the private sector along the livestock value chain.  By the end of this 5-year project, people, households, and communities in the counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana will be more resilient in the face of complex risk and reoccurring drought. 

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven track records in East African development and the livestock sector, specifically with experience working in Kenya. 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor.

Women and Kenyan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • 7+ years of experience in the design, implementation, and adaption of monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) systems and collaborative learning and adaptation (CLA) for complex, multi-sectoral projects is required, preferably for USAID and other donor-funded projects;
  • 2+ years of relevant supervisory experience is required;
  • Experience managing MEL and CLA for livestock, nutrition, and/or livelihood activities or related activities is required;
  • Experience strengthening the capacity of government entities and other organizations to better manage knowledge sharing, monitoring, evaluation, and learning;
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills within rural and pastoralist settings is required;
  • Familiarity with the Kenyan livestock industry is preferred;
  • Familiarity with the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and Kiswahili are required; knowledge of local languages is strongly preferred. 

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Public/Private Engagement and Coordination Advisor

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Brief Project Overview

The USAID/Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems project will focus on the development of the livestock market system within Northern Kenya by linking activities to increase production of livestock and build the capacity of the private sector along the livestock value chain.  By the end of this 5-year project, people, households, and communities in the counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana will be more resilient in the face of complex risk and reoccurring drought.

 

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven track records in East African development and the livestock sector, specifically with experience working in Kenya. 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor.

Women and Kenyan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • 7+ years of experience coordinating public and private stakeholders to produce evidence-based policies, regulatory reforms, and frameworks to support agricultural development is required;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Kenyan stakeholders involved in resilience and economic growth, including livestock sector development, livelihood diversification, health and nutrition, drought cycle management, natural resource management, conflict management, and other related fields, is required;
  • Experience assessing institutional capacity of government, civil society, and private sector stakeholders and developing organizational strengthening plans is required;
  • Demonstrated capacity to integrate input from county governments, civil society, and private sector to align with the priorities of national policy reform and devolution is preferred;
  • Experience strengthening institutional capacity of government entities to develop and implement pro-growth policy and regulatory frameworks;
  • Demonstrated success supporting county, national, and East African regional government entities to attract investment in the agriculture sector is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated success facilitating cross-border economic development with Tanzania and working with Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is preferred;
  • Master’s degree is required, a PhD is preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and Kiswahili are required; knowledge of local languages is strongly preferred. 

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Senior Grants Manager – Kenya LWA

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Brief Project Overview

The USAID/Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems project will focus on the development of the livestock market system within Northern Kenya by linking activities to increase production of livestock and build the capacity of the private sector along the livestock value chain.  By the end of this 5-year project, people, households, and communities in the counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana will be more resilient in the face of complex risk and reoccurring drought. 

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven track records in East African development and the livestock sector, specifically with experience working in Kenya.    

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Grants Manager.

Women and Kenyan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • 5+ years of experience in the design and administration of grants-under-grants/contracts is required, preferably related to value chain/market systems approaches;
  • 2+ years of supervisory experience in grants administration is required, preferably for grants facilities in excess of $5 million;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID financial and management systems, regulations, and reporting requirements, while maintaining an attitude of creativity and flexibility, is required;
  • 2+ years of experience working on USAID-funded projects is strongly preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to include women and youth in grant implementation is strongly preferred, especially within the Northern Kenyan livestock industry;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and Kiswahili are required; knowledge of local languages is strongly preferred. 

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GIS Officer – Kenya LWA

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Brief Project Overview:

The USAID/Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems project will focus on the development of the livestock market system within Northern Kenya by linking activities to both increase production of livestock and building the capacity of the private sector along the livestock value chain.  By the end of this 5-year project, people, households, and communities in the counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana will be more resilient in the face of complex risk and reoccurring drought. 

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven track records in East African development and the livestock sector, specifically with experience working in Kenya.  We encourage innovators, technicians, managers, intellectuals, and dynamos to apply.

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a GIS Officer.

Women and Kenyan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Applications will be reviewed on the rolling basis.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • 3-5+ years of experience in the use and administration of GIS, ILWIS, Kalypso, TerraView, Oracle Spatial, and/or other remote sensing/mapping software is required;
  • 2+ years of experience in the management of a database is required;
  • 2 + years of experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is strongly preferred;
  • Experience with the design, coding, and implementation of software for both the public and private sector is strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with both the Kenyan and East African technology industry is strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with the Northern Kenyan livestock industry is preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s is preferred;
  • Experience working in Kenya is highly preferred;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and Kiswahili are required; knowledge of local languages is strongly preferred. 

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Market Systems Governance Advisor – Kenya LWA

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Brief Project Overview

The USAID/Kenya Feed the Future Livestock Market Systems project will focus on the development of the livestock market system within Northern Kenya by linking activities to increase production of livestock and build the capacity of the private sector along the livestock value chain.  By the end of this 5-year project, people, households, and communities in the counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana will be more resilient in the face of complex risk and reoccurring drought. 

CNFA is looking for candidates with proven track records in East African development and the livestock sector, specifically with experience working in Kenya. 

CNFA is currently seeking applicants for a Market Systems Governance Advisor.

Women and Kenyan Nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Ideal Candidate’s Experience

  • 7+ years of experience in the design, implementation, monitoring, and adaption of livestock and other market policies in Northern Kenya;
  • Experience strengthening public-private sector relationships in Kenya is required;
  • Experience in developing county-level systems for improved market governance is required;
  • Experience strengthening the institutional capacity of government entities to develop and implement pro-growth policy and regulatory frameworks;
  • Demonstrated success supporting local governments to attract investment in the agriculture sector;
  • 2+ years of experience working on USAID-funded or other international donor-funded projects is strongly preferred;
  • Experience in the inclusion of youth and women into value chains is strongly preferred;
  • Experience with the East African livestock import/export market is strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of Kenyan institutions involved in livestock and livestock investment is preferred;
  • Familiarity with livestock insurance mechanisms is preferred;
  • Master’s degree is required;
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English and Kiswahili are required; knowledge of local languages is strongly preferred. 

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