SCOPE OF WORK
Grants and Subcontracts Specialist
Climate Finance for Development Accelerator (CFDA)
Pakistan Climate Financing Activity (PCFA) Buy-In
I. Program Overview
Chemonics International, a US-based international development firm, is implementing the USAID Climate Finance for Development Accelerator (CFDA). CFDA is accepting applications from qualified professionals for the anticipated buy-in activity, the Pakistan Climate Financing Activity (PCFA). PCFA aims to mobilize public and private, domestic and international finance for increasing clean energy generation, clean energy systems’ resilience, and adaptation efforts through policy reform, awareness raising, and targeted activities to enhance the role of the private sector in Pakistan. PCFA has two primary objectives:
- Objective 1: De-Risking and Catalyzing Investments in Clean Energy. Under Objective 1, PCFA will support the capacity and linkages for multilateral climate finance proposals for multilateral climate funds (Green Climate Fund, Green Environment Fund, Adaptation Fund). PCFA will build the capacity of relevant ministries in Pakistan for targeted proposal development support, support eligible local entities to become GCF Direct Access Entities (DAEs), and provide a platform for donor coordination. PCFA will also support the private sector, with the goal of building a pipeline of bankable and investable clean energy projects and firms, and linking those projects and firms withclimate financing.
- Objective 2: Catalyzing Investment in Resilience and Adaptation. Objective 2 aims to unlock and catalyze public and private finance to strengthen the climate resilience of Pakistan’s energy sector, catalyze investment into other sectors for developing climate-resilient infrastructure, and support the country’s National Adaptation Plan. PCFA will focus on improving the enabling conditions for investment, including shifting market incentives towards climate-smart investments, and increasing public funding allocated to achieving adaptation goals. PCFA will also seek to build capacity of relevant public and private institutions to adapt to climate change through awareness raising.
Chemonics seeks a senior international development professional to serve as Grants and Subcontracts Specialist of this activity.
II. Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Maintain overall responsibility and oversees all steps of the grant/subcontract lifecycle from solicitation, selection, award, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and close-out to ensure adherence to the CFDA Grants Manual, CFDA Prime Contract and ADS 303.
- Perform strategic planning and coordinates with other technical staff on grants and subcontracts program implementation. Significant emphasis on problem solving within USAID rules and Chemonics’ policy standards.
- Liaise with technical staff to ensure the proper planning and preparation of solicitation documents and materials for Review Committees.
- Provide guidance to prospective grantees on preparation of applications and negotiates budgets and project description in accordance with the applicable cost principles, CFDA Prime Contract and the implementation plan.
- Analyze, assess and assist with the budgetary and financial aspects of grant applications, grantee financial management capacities and needs, and the disbursement/payment of grants.
- Prepare and execute grant documents in line with Chemonics’ policies and procedures and USAID regulations.
- Facilitate contractual management by proposing and implementing financial and administrative control systems and tools to ensure transparency, organization and accurate reporting of contractual information. Ensure these tracking systems are accurate and updated.
- Ensure grantee compliance with all terms and conditions of the grant agreements including USAID mandatory standard provisions, Required Certifications and Chemonics’ reporting and record-keeping requirements.
- Serve as liaison between project staff and grantees; ensure grantees receive necessary technical advice and assistance in fields including financial management and sustainability planning.
- Keep abreast of USAID and other U.S. government regulations and requirements affecting project activities.
- Maintain overall responsibility for submission of all required technical, administrative and financial project reports related to the grants program.
III. Required Skills and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, finance, non-profit management, or a related field required.
- At least 7 years of work experience, including at least 5 years working directly with management of sub-grants or sub-contracts with USAID.
- Experience implementing USAID activities in Pakistan
- Extensive knowledge of USAID rules and regulations (FAR, AIDAR, ADS 303)
- Experience managing subawards under USAID funds including facilitating prior approvals, subaward reporting, risk assessment, risk mitigation, documentation requirements and other actions needed under USAID funded projects.
- Excellent management and administrative skills; ability to negotiate budgets, review financial vouchers, and audit expense reports.
- Administrative experience with NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and NGO procedures.
- Experienced in assessing and strengthening grantees' organizational capacity.
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work on teams
- Demonstrated experience working independently, as well as in collaboration with multiple stakeholders and project implementation teams.
- Knowledge of climate finance, renewable energy and energy efficiency, climate adaptation and resilience, and private sector engagement preferred.
- Fluent English oral and written communication skills are required. Urdu language skills preferred.
IV. Reporting Position Location
The Grants and Subcontracts Specialist will report to the PCFA Team Leader. The position will be based in Islamabad, Pakistan, with intermittent travel in country.
V. Submission Guidelines
Interested applicants should kindly submit a Resume and Cover Letter with the subject line: Grants and Subcontracts Specialist PCFA to [email protected] by June 16, 2023. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.
Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.