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Outreach and Grants Manager

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About DAI/ACE-II

The objective of the Agriculture Credit Enhancement II (ACE II) Project is to expand access to credit for the agriculture sector in Afghanistan. ACE II will facilitate the transition of the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) lending unit, supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), into a standalone, sustainable agricultural development finance institution. It will also encourage the entry of other financial intermediaries into agricultural financial services provision in Afghanistan.

Job Summary

The Outreach and Grants Manager will assume responsibility for the coordination and implementation of ACE-II Outreach and Grants activities. Outreach responsibilities include activities and events with key stakeholders as well as of ACE-II events under the direction of the COP and Project Specialist. Grants responsibilities include both an administrative and technical role throughout the entire grant process, from first implementation to the closeout of existing grants, under the direction of the DCOP.

Reporting: This position reports to the ACE-II DCOP

Supervisory: This position will directly supervise the work of the ACE-II Grants Assistant.

Location and Hours: This position is to be based in Kabul, Afghanistan at the ACE-II/ADF offices. The position will be a full-time work week position: Sunday to Thursday, from 8am to 4:30pm.

Duration: This position is an STTA position that will run through approximately mid- to late-June 2018.

Job Details

Date Posted: 11 Mar 2018 Reference: #786
Closing Date: 17 Mar 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Technical Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Short Term Years of Experience: 3 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 4 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

Outreach: ACE-II has a wide variety of stakeholders, including MAIL, ADF and their clients, the agricultural credit and finance community, as well as partners and potential partners of ACE-II. Outreach and follow up with this group will help to develop the solid and collaborative relationships necessary for the successful accomplishment of ACE’II’s objectives.

Some specific tasks under the Outreach portion of the SOW include:
• Organization, logistics and agenda preparations for High Council Meetings, in support of the ADF.
• Maintaining regular contact with MAIL, to promote ACE-II and the ADF and to provide MAIL with ongoing updates about key activities and accomplishments.
• Documenting key meetings with MAIL by preparing meeting notes and other communications
• Work with MAIL to support the planning and implementation of agricultural fairs and the participation of the ADF and ACE-II in those events.
• Supporting the technical work of the Agricultural Credit Technical Working Group by organization of meetings and events, meeting agendas and other areas.
• Assisting in the preparation of meeting notes, papers and documentation and the distribution no of them to the ACTWG
• Support the design, development and implementation of a wide variety of types of outreach events of ACE-II including knowledge sharing events and others.
• Serve as focal point for public relations and liaison with organizations and stakeholders
• Promotion of ADF and ACE-II activities and support to ACE-IIs relationship development activities with key financial partners.

Grants Management: ACE-II’s Innovation Grants cover a wide range of thematic areas to partner institutions. A qualified candidate will be able to complete the following tasks to manage the grants portfolio of ACE-II:
• Participate with COP, DCOP, and Project Specialist in follow up meetings with concept note applicants, full proposal applicants to discuss questions/comments on the proposals.
• As member of Grants Committee, review grantee proposals, concept notes, applications, and budgets for cost reasonableness and adherence to grant management strategy and policies
• Track applicants’ response to questions and requests for additional information or documentation, to assure that the requested data and information is received.
• Train local grantees in compliance with USAID assistance regulations , including ADS 303 rules and regulations, and DAI grant policies and procedures
• Help facilitate Grant Selection Committees, ensuring that Committee participants understand evaluation criteria, have no conflicts of interest, and are trained in the required evaluation process
• Establish and maintain accurate grant documentation for each new award, including use of TAMIS grants module.
• Develop and maintain IGF pipeline report updated weekly to accurately reflect the status of the pipeline of both concept notes and applications.
• Oversees grant implementation from executing and signing of the award, monitoring of and documenting grantee activities, administrative actions, as necessary, and final reports
• Develop due diligence check list and process with Operations team, and assure that required due diligence reports are completed prior to grant awards.
• Review grantee quarterly financial and technical reports. Identify key milestones or delays.
• Responsible for reviewing grant deliverables and with Operations Manager review vouchers for payment before disbursements are made
• Field visits to grantees to monitor implementation
• Work with Operations team to develop grantee asset USAID inventory procedures
• Oversee grant closeout procedures, including physical file and documentation review and a TAMIS review, disposition plans, as applicable
• Mentor the Grants Assistant on their daily activities, and ensure they are trained on all grants policies and procedures
• Other duties as assigned.

Skills

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Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years relevant experience in a grants role, preferably with USAID and/or other international donor-funded projects.
• Experience in private sector engagements, finance, credit, or agriculture all highly preferred.
• Direct experience, knowledge of, and contacts within MAIL and other relevant government ministries a high preference.
• An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and appropriate professional image.
• An extremely well organized and self-directed individual with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus.
• Computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office required, knowledge of Lotus Notes and online databases desirable.
• Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines in a fast paced, stressful environment.
• Good understanding of USAID and USG requirements, regulations, and policies.
• Ability to travel to provinces outside of Kabul.
• Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Dari, Pashto a bonus.
• Preference will be given to candidates that can start work immediately.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Please send CV and cover letter to below email and include GRANTS MANAGER: ACE-II in the subject line of the application.

Submission Email

ACEII_HR@dai.com

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