Current Recruitment in an International Development Company (Development Alternatives, Inc (DAI)

Development Alternatives, Inc (DAI) is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries. Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines.

Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

We are recruiting to fill the positions below:

Job Title: Grants Manager – MADE II
Job Code: 3452
Location: Abuja
Project Title: Market Development in the Niger Delta (MADE) Phase II
Reports to:Deputy Team Leader/Operations Manager
Start Date:  March 2018
Programme Overview
Market Development in the Niger Delta (MADE) II is a 2 year phase II of an earlier 4.5 year programme that uses the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach to generate pro-poor and inclusive economic growth in the non-oil sectors of the nine Niger Delta States. The programme’s stated objective is to raise the incomes of at least 155,000 poor people, 50 per cent of whom will be women, by up to 15 per cent.

MADE II will also, identify and address livelihood and economic factors contributing to human trafficking, forced labour and modern day slavery in the region, particularly in Edo State. MADE II will pilot interventions aimed at tackling the root causes of MDS, strengthen efforts to combat slavery and reduce vulnerability. A target of increasing incomes or providing livelihood opportunities to 30,000 people (as part of the target to add 155,000 incomes increases) within at risk geographies and demographic groups. MADE II will focus on sectors such as ICT, hospitality and the creative industries to support investment and growth in sectors that are seen as ‘aspirational’ and attractive to potential victims of trafficking, and thus reduce drivers for emigration

The programme’s base is Port Harcourt, with project offices in Abuja and Benin City.

Scope of Work

  • The MADE Grants Manager, based in Abuja Nigeria.
  • The Grants Manager will devise and manage the design, development, implementation and programme monitoring and evaluation of grant-making authority and grants management policies, procedures, and practices related to the MADE project.
  • For this role you will ideally have previously worked in Grants Management from an operational aspect in previous donor funded projects.
  • You will be familiar with the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) procedures and requirements for grants.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Revise the existing grants procedures in line with DFID and DAI guidelines including the development of a Grants Manual and other tools as required
  • Evaluate grant applications and ensuring proper negotiation of the terms and conditions for grants
  • Work closely with Finance Manager and Portfolio managers in monitoring grantee compliance with financial management and reporting obligations and facilitating timely disbursements
  • Support the DTL/Operations Manager in the development of capacity-building plans for assessment of the financial, grants management and administrative capacity of grantees
  • Manage the on-going assessment of performance delivery of grantees against project objectives
  • Liaise closely with grantees to ensure understanding of and compliance with the grants management manual and procedures
  • Working closely with grantees and other DAI specialists, coach grantees to enhance effective compliance with grant obligations
  • Ensure grants management records are uploaded into TAMIS (in house procurement system) efficiently and accurately and ensure TAMIS is always up to date
  • Through regular reporting processes (biweekly and monthly), provide advice to DTL on grants management delivery and performance overall programme grantees;
  • Guide grantees in implementing their proposals according to MADE guidelines;
  • In collaboration with the DTL, undertake scheduled and spot check field visits to grantees;
  • Contribute specialised input to the DAI quarterly consolidated report to DFID;
  • Provide other support to the DAI team effort as requested by DTL;
  • With all team members, participate in identifying and articulating a thematically-based risk and mitigation strategy for MADE;
  • Participate in MADE’s meetings as required;
  • Contribute to efforts in meeting donor reporting requirements as well as reporting to DAI Europe home office;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Key Skills & Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in Economics, Accounting, or related fields.
  • 10 years’ overall grants experience working in development programs in Africa preferably in Nigeria.
  • Grant management and development of grant mechanisms
  • Experience working with donors preferably DFID
  • Strong skill set in reporting, finance and monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience establishing and managing grants programs
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral) is essential

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this position

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