Grants Manager - Kyrgyzstan
Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit. With 13 field offices and two U.S. offices, we support the right of every individual to be free.
The Grants Manager will manage the grants administration function of Freedom House’s USAID-funded program in coordination with the Kyrgyzstan human rights community to strengthen the capacity of human rights activists and groups. Specifically, the Grants Manager will support operations and grants functions and will be responsible for disbursement and management of institutional and rapid response grants to local NGO partners. S/he will oversee the grant approval process, manage the database, and work with other project staff to support their work. S/he will have financial oversight for the two grants programs in Kyrgyzstan, with supervision and oversight from Project Director and Washington, DC office. S/he will also coordinate with the DC-based Finance, Compliance, and other operations-related units to ensure that grant activities are completed and closed according to USAID regulations and Freedom House policy. This position is based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and reports to the Project Director. This position is contingent upon funding. The successful candidate must demonstrate equal to or better than native knowledge of the language, culture, history, people, politics, and civil society.
Bachelor’s degree in international development, economics, finance, business administration or related field; Master’s in international development or relevant advanced degree strongly preferred
Minimum of 6 years’ experience managing small and large complex grants within an international NGO or Kyrgyzstani development organization
Minimum 4 years of experience working in human rights or civil society in Kyrgyzstan or their grants recipients
Strong knowledge of human rights principles and mechanisms, and understanding of democracy promotion Demonstrable ability to manage full cycle grants administration process to include grant design, deliverables, project performance assessment, capacity building, disbursement, budgeting, and reporting Knowledge of US Government grant requirements and regulations, and working knowledge of USG Circulars (OMB A-110, OMB A-122, 22 CFR 226, 22 CFR 228, and 22 CFR 145) Advanced ability to communicate effectively in English and Russian, both orally and in writing; knowledge of Kyrgyz and/or Uzbek would be an added advantage Experience providing technical assistance to local organizations in Kyrgyzstan Ability to develop excellent relationships with the human rights community, including the government of Kyrgyzstan, donors, civil society, activists, international organizations, and others Ability to advocate human rights issues for policy recommendations to government representatives Experience in mentoring and managing staff and organizations and transferring skills and knowledge Excellent organizational skills and ability to determine priorities and meet multiple deadlines Detail-oriented with good multi-tasking abilities and communication skills, both oral and written Able to work well both within a team and independently, in a challenging and fast-moving multicultural environment Proven success in managing and building external partnerships Strong ability to effectively manage a diverse team of employees Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times
Some Duties and Responsibilities
Oversee grant management programs, assuring that all assistance provided under the award is technically sound and appropriate, and in compliance with relevant USAID and Freedom House regulations Design and develop calls for proposals, evaluate proposals, manage and disburse sub-grants, support and monitor sub-grantee implementation, and close out Adhere to USAID-approved Grants Management Plan; FH’s grants management policies, procedures, and practices; and full compliance with USAID rules and regulations Train, support, and provide post-award guidance to subgrantees including basic terms of signed agreements, reporting schedule, and documentation for allowable costs Review and approve all financial and program reports from the subgrantees to ensure compliance with USAID rules and regulations Coordinate with technical staff to ensure that each grant awarded meets approved milestones on timely basis and maintains budgetary and reporting requirements, providing training on proper management procedures to sub-awardees as needed Lead day-to-day aspects of donor reporting processes to ensure the timely submission of high quality programmatic reports, and coordinate with the Finance team in DC to ensure timely submission of budget modifications and financial reports Ensure quality information management through regular maintenance of grant files, reporting calendars, timely submission and updating of internal FH documentation Assist in preparing, reviewing and modifying memoranda of understanding and grant agreements as needed Build grant management capacity of field staff by facilitating training and individual support. Manage the monitoring and evaluation process, and writing of program reports to ensure timely completion of program objectives Represent Freedom House before counterparts in country, and the donor community Other related duties as assigned.
Qualified and Interested applicants We invite qualified candidates with equal to or better than native knowledge of Kyrgyzstan to send a resume, and cover letter with salary history and desired salary (only candidates who send salary requirements will be considered for the position) to: email@example.com or fax at (202) 822-3893, Attention: HR Dept., referencing 2013-086 GM Kyrgyzstan in the subject line. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.