TheInternational Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a experienced and proactive Grantsand Contracts Regional Manager to lead and support the implementation of theGrants and Contracts Strategy for the Regions of Africa and Asia. About the role: Thesuccessful candidate, under the direction of the Grants and Contracts UnitHead, will manage SSA and part of Asia Regional Grants and Contracts portfolio(donor and subgrantee/partner portfolio) including awards funded by CGIARInitiatives, ensuring compliance of projects in accordance with donor, CIP andCGIAR guidelines, procedures and requirements in the post award phase of theproject life cycle. Also, she/he will build capacity of CIP regional and fieldstaff – including close coordination with other CGIAR centers - on the subjectof grants and contract concepts and compliance.Thisposition will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will report to the Grants andContracts Head.Keyresponsibilities:Project-related responsibilities:Manage the SSA regional portfolio of awards (donor, prime, subrecipient) as G&C contact point, acting as representative of the G&C HQunit, in coordination with SSA Regional Director, Program Leaders, PrincipalInvestigators (PI), and Regional Staff.Manage the Asia portfolio of awards (with main focus on projects basedin India) as G&C contact point.Responsible for reviewing, negotiating and approval for signature (asdefined in the Delegation of Authority – DoA) of donor/prime agreements.Responsible for drafting, negotiating and approval for signature (asdefined in the DoA) of subrecipient agreements and project-relatedcollaboration agreements or MoUs.Conduct change management of transactions that require a modification todonor or subrecipient awards.Support technical and financial reporting function ensuring timelyfollow up with SSA/Asia PIs and Finance staff on submission deadlines andresponse to donor queries.Participate in project life cycle reviews and meetings (Start up andClose-out Meetings).Support the Unit Head in the provision of contractual input at pre-awardphase of project life cycle.Maintain up-to-date database and repository of SSA/Asia regional signedawards, project related MoUs and communications in OCS and/or Knowledge ManagementG&C public and internal sites and PMU Project sites in coordination withG&C System Officer in HQ.G&C managementresponsibilities:Supervise the Regional G&C staff (e.g. Analyst) based in SSA byorganizing and monitoring work and providing ongoing people management,development, recruitment and retention strategies.Participate and support in development of institutional policies,guidance documents and procedures.Participate and support global and regional initiatives to buildcapacities and train CIP regional and field staff (as well as subgrantees) ongrants and contract compliance and donor’s requirements.Participate of One CGIAR Community of Practice and taskforces aroundG&C topics and procedures.Participate in organization wide activities and represent G&C atvarious meetings or events.Comply with applicable health and safety CIP policies and procedures.RequirementsWhat are we looking for?Master’s degree in international relations,Business Administration, Law, Operations or related field, or an equivalentcombination of education and experience.At least 8 years of demonstrated experiencein grants and contracts management, with at least 2 years working on multinationaldevelopment organizations, at a global scale (USAID and/or GIZ experiencepreferred).In-depth knowledge of current best practicesin grants and contracts management.Project Management for Developmentcertification preferred.Knowledge and understanding of USAID andother donors’ rules and regulations pertaining to grants and contractsmanagement.Fluent in official language according tocountry location.Excellent written and oral communicationskills in English.Knowledge of French language is desirable.BenefitsWhy should you consider thisopportunity?CIP is a global and reputableinternational organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&Dbackground.CIP is dedicated to achievingfood security, improving nutrition and well-being, and gender equity for poorpeople in roots, tubers farming and food systems in the developing world.CIP is a member of the CGIAR, aglobal research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science isdedicated to transforming food, land and water systems in a climate crisis. Itsresearch is carried out by 13 CGIAR Centers/Alliances in close collaborationwith hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes,civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and theprivate sector.What are we offering?Great career opportunity in an international organization.Generous compensation package commensurate with experience.Fixed-term contract with the possibility of renewal.Work in an equal and diverse workplace.
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