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Humanity & Inclusion – U.S. Director for Grants Management and Compliance

The U.S. Director for Grants Management and Compliance is responsible for assuring that all grants issued by U.S.-based donors and signed by Humanity & Inclusion in the United States are compliant with appropriate regulation and law. In addition, the Director will provide leadership across the Handicap International Federation, developing and disseminating best practices on grants management and compliance across all relevant U.S. funders. This position will focus on grant management and compliance of current U.S.-funded projects, from both U.S. Government and private foundation sources.

This position will work closely with members of the Grants Management team, the U.S. Director for Business Development and staff, the U.S. Director for Finance and Administration and staff, the U.S. Executive Director, other HI U.S. personnel, HI Federation staff, field staff and donors/partner organizations.

The Director will remain informed about and manage all compliance issues related to U.S. Government grants and cooperative agreements, including (but not limited to) quarterly and annual reporting, partner vetting, counter-terrorism and anti-fraud regulations, sub-grant management, due diligence and project closeout/final reporting. The position will also support negotiations with the U.S. Government on the organization’s Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement.

The Director will be responsible for creating and disseminating appropriate tools/training materials for U.S. Government and private foundation procurements related to grants management and reporting, vetting, and project closeout to the rest of the HI U.S. team, and relevant members of the HI Federation. The position will measure progress according to agreed-upon indicators and report on this monitoring at regular intervals, including supplying the U.S. Executive Director for the organization’s Board of Directors as required.  The position will ensure that all materials produced will be made available to HI Federation staff through shared drives or other knowledge management portals maintained in Lyon and Brussels.  The Director will provide technical leadership to all members of the Grants Management team, and will directly supervise and guide the Program Support Officers in the unit.

This position will be an essential link with the Federation and work closely and regularly to ensure that compliance requests from the U.S. Government are aligned with validated Federation ethics, policies and procedures.  This will involve risk assessments and making necessary revisions as required. The Director will contribute to best practices in donor compliance with the HI Federation by working across teams and nationalities.  The position will be expected to communicate regularly with colleagues from the HI Federation and national associations concerning developments of general interest in U.S. donor compliance and grants management. The Director will liaise frequently with members of the HI Federation staff involved in grants management and compliance, financial management and operations, including the Lyon-based referent for compliance issues.

The position will directly manage the U.S. portfolio of U.S. Government and private foundation grants, and be responsible for regularly reporting on changes in the portfolio to the U.S. Executive Director, the U.S. Board of Directors and the HI Federation.

The Director will manage two Program Support Officers with responsibility for their grant management and compliance oversight of the U.S. portfolio. This includes, but is not limited to: supervising and supporting the PSO to meet – and exceed – their roles, and to ensure highest quality assurance in line with the organization’s expectations and established policies; setting annual performance goals in line with the organization’s overall annual plan conducting annual performance reviews; and meeting regularly with PSOs to strengthen team and individual performances. The Director will represent the PSOs and their perspectives in meetings with the Executive Director and with HI Federation staff.

The Director will also participate in efforts to develop new business for Humanity & Inclusion by providing input on U.S. compliance and grants management issues during the proposal submission process. In this work, the Director will collaborate closely with the U.S. Director for New Business Development, as well as proposal drafting teams.

The Director will maintain close contact with donor staff, organizing regular meetings, telephone briefings, email exchanges and other contact. The Director will arrange, as required, meetings in Washington, D.C. or virtually.

Location: Silver Spring, Maryland*; or Lyon, France
Type of Employment: Full-time, exempt
Starting date
Closing date for applications: September 15, 2021

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