Technical Specialist / Grants Manager - Uganda (60720)

  • Uganda
  • 06/07/2019
Management Jobs in Uganda

Job Description

Organization Overview


The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance—as well as in international evaluation. Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.




Abt Associates, a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the field of international development, seeks qualified candidates for an expected USAID-funded Agricultural Systems and Institutional Strengthening project in Uganda. The objective of the program is to put Ugandan institutions on a true path to self-reliance and autonomy by improving their internal abilities to self-assess pain points and take intentional steps to make improvements. The program will work with both the public sector and private APEX organizations, improving business practices, enhancing relationship management, supporting institutional reorganization, etc.


The Grants Manager will work under the supervision of the Director of Finance and Administration. She/he will manage the project’s grants program, assuring compliance with USAID regulations and generally accepted standards, laws, and administrative policies. 

Key Roles and Responsibilities


  • Work with the project’s technical staff to define scopes of work for grantees to support Agricultural Systems and Institutional Strengthening project objectives
  • Conduct grants solicitation and advertisements; design and prepare grant review guidelines for evaluators, including scoring formats
  • Convene grant committee meetings; participate in negotiations with applicants, prepare the negotiation memoranda and awards
  • Oversee grant administration, compliance and implementation procedures, and ensure compliance with USAID procurement regulations and local laws
  • Develop and implement a grant tracking system to ensure the timely and correct execution of all grant agreements
  • Collaborate with the monitoring, evaluation and learning team to obtain required monitoring data and to support ongoing learning
  • Make periodic visits to the organizations and institutions that are executing projects supported by grant funds
  • Review grantees invoices and ensure that all payment requests are supported and justified by appropriate documentation
  • Facilitate the technical approval and payment of grantees
  • Organize/provide ongoing support and training to strengthen grantee financial, management, and governance systems, as well as operational policies and manuals
  • Ensure a successful and compliant close-out of grant activities
  • Other duties may be assigned


Preferred Skills / Prerequisites


  • Bachelor’s Degree required (Master’s Degree preferred) and at least four years of experience managing USAID grants
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills, problem-solving ability and able to exercise good judgment
  • Ugandan national preferred

Minimum Qualifications


  • (6+) years of experience and a master degree OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.


Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.