Grants Director / Innovation Fund
Creative Associates International
Abuja, NGA
4d ago

Grants Director / Innovation Fund Economic Growth Division

Position Location : Abuja, Nigeria

Position Location : Background :

Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-

crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.

S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-

regarded by competitors and partners alike.

Position Summary :

The objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Activity is to improve private sector competitiveness with a focus on increasing the agricultural productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers in Nigeria, and promoting West Africa’s regional and international trade.

  • The Activity comprises of three main components : (i) design of a Competitiveness Fund for private sector partnerships; (ii) administration of the Competitiveness Fund to develop private sector partnerships and provide grants;
  • and (iii) technical assistance (TA) that directly supports, coordinates, and organizes qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve USAID’s trade and food security objectives.

    The Trade Hub will contribute to both USAID / Nigeria’s Feed the Future objectives related to increasing the agricultural competitiveness of smallholder farmers in Nigeria as well as USAID / West Africa’s objective to increase broad-

    based growth and resilience.

    Reporting & Supervision :

    Reporting directly to the Chief of Party (COP), the Grants Director / Innovation Fund will support the COP and AgCompete to ensure the innovation fund meets its objectives to catalyze new investment in Nigeria agribusiness and agriculture value chain development.

    Expected Outcomes :

  • Develops grants manual to be approved by the client.
  • Delivers compliant tracking of grants manual.
  • Achieves component deliverables.
  • Primary Responsibilities :

  • Ensures that innovation fund meets its objectives;
  • Liaises with the value chain development team to identify companies / enterprises with potential to contribute to a stronger Nigerian market system through provision of agriculture inputs, expanded processing and trade, linkages to post-
  • harvest handling and storage; and promotion of domestic consumption of key value chains;
  • Oversees a grants management team, ensuring that grants are in compliance with USAID and Creative policies and procedures, and ensuring that grants manual and related program documents are compliant with USAID regulations;
  • Oversees development of a grant tracking system to ensure the timely and correct execution of all grant agreements;
  • Maintains communication with recipients to ensure smooth administration of sub instruments; and
  • Ensures compliance with agreement / sub-agreement terms and conditions.
  • Required Skills & Qualifications :

  • At least a Masters’ degree in business, economics, accounting, finance or other relevant field (or, alternately, a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and 5 additional years of relevant experience);
  • At least 7 years of relevant work experience, including experience with a Contractor or international NGO managing an office or program;
  • Prior relevant experience with USAID or USAID-funded projects is required;
  • At least 5 years of experience in grants management;
  • Experience managing projects and / or an office with culturally diverse teams;
  • Prior experience in Nigeria required;
  • Excellent oral and written English required.
  • Local and regional candidates strongly encouraged to apply. Position contingent upon donor funding.

    Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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