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Compliance Manager (US Grants/Cooperative Agreements)
 
Title: Compliance Manager (US Grants/Cooperative Agreements)
Category: Other
Job type: Permanent
Job status: Full Time
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Description:
ARK Group DMCC is a stabilisation, development and conflict transformation consultancy that provide research-informed analysis and policy recommendations, as well as evidence-based interventions, in conflict-affected areas. Working with and through local communities, we seek to understand and then mitigate the negative effects of conflict and instability to enhance community safety and promote human security, development and economic opportunity.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the supervision of the Head of Corporate Services, the Compliance Manager will serve as the internal expert on grants management practices and processes for the Group worldwide. S/he will add value by developing and auditing systems which adhere to US Government rules and regulations, providing guidance and oversight in the administration US Government grants and cooperative agreements from bid submission through to award, administration and close-out.

The responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Work closely with Project Managers and Heads of Department providing guidance on interpretation of grant rules and regulations. Analyse and respond to regulatory questions from internal and external sources by interpreting company policies and applicable governmental regulations. At project inception phase carry out a thorough review of grant terms and conditions identifying potential issues impacting project delivery. Take initiative to identify and analyse potential issues impacting project delivery schedule, quality and objectives. Review direct and indirect cost allocation, working closely with the Finance Department on proper company costing practices and internal controls, including implementation of NICRA. Support the Finance Department in producing timely reports on grant spend and spend predictions in conjunction with project managers. Lead on award close-out in conjunction with the project manager(s) ensuring all donor requirements are met, ensuring positive audit results. In collaboration with the Head of Corporate Services, find organisation-wide solutions to compliance issues. Oversee the preparation and delivery of staff training and other internal guidance documentation. Keep up to date with changes within the industry through resource sites, publications and continuing education. Requirements

Education and experience

BA/BS degree in a related field such as International Relations, Business Administration required; Master’s degree preferred. Minimum of seven years of administrative and/or technical experience working with a contractor or international NGO managing US Government-funded projects. Candidates who do not have experience in managing US Government funding will not be considered. Up to date trainings and certifications on compliance and administration of US Government grants and cooperative agreements. Experience in dealing directly with the funding agency. Key competencies

Maintains a high standard of integrity Ability to apply knowledge and independent judgement to resolve complex problems Strong organisational skills and attention to detail Proactive, problem solving approach Excellent interpersonal skills projecting a cooperative attitude Ability to work in a team with people of different backgrounds Excellent written and oral communication skills; presentation and training skills a plus Excellent Outlook, SharePoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills Ability and willingness to travel internationally
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