RIPA-The Resilience in Pastoral Areas Project will improve the resilience capacities of households, markets and governance institutions across the Somali, Afar and Oromia regions, collectively contributing to enhanced food security and inclusive economic growth for over 178,000 households.
The LI-WAY (Livelihoods Improvement for Women and Youth in Addis Ababa) Programme aims to contribute to sustainable poverty reduction and stability for 200,000 women and youth, of which at least 50% are women and 75% youth, in Addis Ababa. It will achieve this through the facilitation of inclusive and integrated urban livelihood development.
The Senior Subaward & Compliance officer is a member of the Finance team for Mercy Corps’ STEDE/RIPA/Li-WAY, and as such is responsible for managing the financial and operational aspects of subawards issued by STEDE/RIPA/Li-WAY, compliance with the donor regulations and working collaboratively with other program team members to ensure compliance with Mercy Corps internal policies and procedures. S/he will also lead efforts to build the capacity of local subrecipients to meet finance and compliance requirements of USAID ,SIDA,and EU and other donors, so that these local organizations develop professional personnel and systems. S/he works under the direction Senior Subaward and Complaince Officer and work closely with staff dedicated to the program, Finance Manager and Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, and the Operations department, and consult regularly with Mercy Corps HO.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Sub Awards Management:
Participate in the development of the overall programmatic strategy and the strategy for the subawards program.
Work closely with consortium-level subrecipient organizations to ensure they are issuing, managing and monitoring subawards in accordance with the STEDE/RIPA /LI-WAYsubaward manual.
Ensure that STEDE/RIPA/LI-WAY is complying with the procedures in approved STEDE/RIPA/LI-WAY subawards manual, and that the annexes are being used as applicable.
Update the STEDE/RIPA/LI-WAY subawards manual as needed with input from MC HO, assist COP/CM with requesting USAID and EU approval of any updates
Participate in the design of Request for Applications (RFA) or Application for Solicitation (APS), publication of RFAs/APS, issuing of RFA/APS packages to prospective applicants, manage the administrative process of receiving RFA/APS applicant and providing the applicants to the RFA/APS Review Committee.
Administer competitive RFA/APS processes in accordance with the STEDE/RIPA /LI-WAY subawards manual, with, for each RFA/APS, clearly defined and communicated steps for selecting, negotiating and awarding subawards.
Responsible for the review of RFA/APS applicants’ budgets and budget narratives for completeness, cost realism and compliance with RFA/APS budget requirements.
Responsible for pre-award financial review and other due diligence of apparently successful applicants.
Coordinate selection of subaward agreement type, draft subaward and negotiate subaward agreements with selected subrecipients.
Draft modifications to subawards, as needed.
Develop and conduct subrecipient financial and compliance training workshops;
Review subrecpient financial reports for correctness and completeness and ensure that reports are submitted on time.
Develop subrecipeint monitoring plans, conduct financial monitoring of subrecipients and prepare financial monitoring visit reports.
Follow up on all subaward compliance issues and audits and document resolutions.
Create and update/maintain subaward cards and enter subaward expenditure reports in Navigator.
Maintain subaward files in accordance with the Field Finance Manual.
Process subrecipient payments and reconcile subaward financial tracking to general ledger reports.
Responsible for subaward financial close-outs, including ensuring that all requirements of the subaward agreement have been met and that subaward funds have been properly settled.
Provide compliance guidance and consultations to subrecipients on a demand-driven basis.
Assist the program team with assessing subrecipient organizational needs, so that the subaward process strengthens the ability of local NGOs/CSOs to meet world class standards.
Ensure that STEDE/RIPA/LI-WAY is executed in alignment with the prime award agreement and the applicable USAID and EU regulations, staying abreast of changes in regulatory environment related to donor/grant compliance; update STEDE/RIPA/LI-WAY procedures as necessary.
Identify and communicate compliance risks associated with program implementation. Work with program teams ensure that program activities are designed to be compliant, while facilitating the achievement of the program objectives.
Review STEDE/RIPA/LI-WAYF procurement and program transactions, contracts and other documents for compliance requirements and ensure these requirements are met.
Prepare prior approval, waiver and other compliance requests to the donor. Assist subrecipients, as needed with subrecipient compliance requests to Mercy Corps.
Prepare and maintain internal and donor compliance-related reports.
Influence & Representation
Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.
Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
· As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
· Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
A BA/S or equivalent in accounting or finance, management, economics required; advanced degree preferred.
At least 3 years of relevant field or management experience of complex, multi-dimensional programming including administering small subawards in an international environment..
At least 3 years’ experience in grants management as well as an understanding of USAID ,,SIDA,EU regulations required.
Demonstrated experience and skill with administrating solicitations for subawards, assessing potential subrecipients and the proven ability to oversee a team that is responsible for monitoring subrecipients.
Prior management experience and strong organizational skills.
Advanced computer skills in MS Office, (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.
Excellent oral and written English skills required; proficiency in Amharic Somali and Oromo language are preferred.
Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.
The successful candidate will have an ability to interact effectively across all program and finance teams successfully. S/he will be able to support programmatic objectives with timely and meaningful financial information, have a demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities. An impeccable professional standard of finance and procurement ethics and the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures is essential. The Finance Manager must be willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps field offices and project sites. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
How to Apply
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply for the position advertised. All applications should be submitted to the Mercy Corps office/through e-mail that includes a CV, three references, and all relevant official documents. Applications will not be returned and will not be retained for future recruitment efforts. In order to ensure fairness to all applicant’s personal inquiries are not permitted.
Only candidates that are short listed will be acknowledged and called for interviews.
“Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity and diversity. Qualified female and young candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to empower women and youth.”
DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS: 11 March 2022
Please send non-returnable applications and credentials to one of the following addresses:
Note: Please make sure that you mention the position title in the subject line of your email application. OR:
Mercy Corps Recruiter
Addis Ababa: P.O. Box 14319
Arbaminch: P.O. Box 33, Jijiga: P.O. Box 225
Negelle Borena: P.O. Box 116
Dire Dewa: P.O. Box 974
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