Grants Management Director, Washington D.C. Sustainable Inclusive Development for Equity At CARE USA

CARE is dedicated to ending poverty and improving the lives of women, girls, and vulnerable populations around the world. We do this through meaningful partnerships with social justice movements, local civil society groups, and broad networks of organizations focused on social inclusion. We are locally led, globally connected, and committed to advocating for the rights and inclusion of marginalized, under-represented populations around the world. We believe the inclusion of every individual, regardless of their identity, is essential in helping to transform societies and improve quality of life.

We seek a Grants Management Director to help lead an anticipated USAID-funded inclusive development activity to engage with and support the priorities of marginalized and underrepresented groups in the development process globally. This includes partnering with and accompanying local organizations in ongoing efforts to transform their societies to be more inclusive, equitable and responsive to the needs of marginalized communities across diverse geographies and sectors.

The USAID Sustainable Inclusive Development for Equity (SIDE) activity is expected to be a five-year program in the $50M range. The solicitation is expected to be released in April 2022.

The Director will be responsible for establishing and leading a unit that will develop and implement systems necessary for the review, processing, and financial/contractual monitoring and evaluation of projects implemented under the activity. The unit will develop grants management guidelines and an audit function. It will also provide training to CARE staff, partners, and communities in contractual, administrative, and financial management issues.

This position is pending donor approval and funding.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Build and manage a team of grants management specialists to oversee all activity sub-awards including the full award cycle for grants and local awards: solicitation, review, execution, implementation management, monitoring, communication with recipients, and closeout.
  • Collaborate closely with the Chief of Party and other senior project staff to ensure compliance with USAID requirements in all financial, administrative, and other operational areas. Collaborate with program leads to identify resources that help the program meet its goals, deliverables, and milestones.
  • Direct the development of grants and local award agreements, as well as the evaluation and selection process.
  • Contribute to the development of annual work plans and translate the work plan to line items in order to develop annual and project budgets. Coordinate input for the annual budgeting process with the Chief of Party and partners. Develop budgets, and budget forecasts, and monitor budgets on an on-going basis.
  • Monitor expenses against the program budget, and provide precise, detailed, reports during project start-up and throughout implementation and close-out.
  • Manage all aspects of procurement, from planning to purchasing, in compliance with CARE and USG policies and standards.
  • Review periodic financial and operations reports with the Chief of Party and other program leads. Take the lead on addressing any operational issues that might impact the program achieving its goals.
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID regulations and CARE policies, practices, and regulations.
  • Advise project staff on donor requirements; provide training on grants management, financial management, recordkeeping, operational systems, and policies as needed.
  • Coordinate with partner organizations to ensure consistent, effective, and efficient use of project resources. Monitor financial performance and progress toward objectives.
  • Provide information, advice and technical assistance to partners and sub-awardees on project related compliance issues such as financial reporting requirements, audit reports, procurement, and award monitoring.
  • Review and audit sub awardees’ reports, budgets, expenses, and proposals to ensure compliance with award terms and USAID regulations and maintenance of accurate financial records.
  • Ensure preparation and submission of complete and accurate financial reports and cash requests to CARE and USAID.
  • Maintain effective linkages between technical components and finance and administrative functions within the project.
  • Prepare all required documentation for accounting and audits.
  • Supervise and mentor project operations and finance staff.


  • At least 10 years’ experience in senior finance, administration, and contract management positions, 5+ years managing sub-grantees or sub-contractors as well as umbrella grants.
  • Substantial experience managing contracts or grants for USAID-funded projects.
  • Experience working with and building the capacities of local communities, NGOs, private sector, and/or international organizations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of GAAP and thorough understanding of non-profit accounting principles and grants management.
  • Supervisory experience including all facets of teambuilding: recruiting, motivating, training and staff management.
  • Excellent record of successfully establishing and managing grants programs for large and complex USAID-funded programs.
  • Expertise in USAID regs and regulations.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Ability to travel globally as required and as security and Covid-19 situations allow.

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