Grants & Contracts Manager (19-42)

Category: Research and Development

Location: Lima, Lima Peru

The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking an experienced Grants & Contracts (G&C) Manager with excellent skills to support the Unit Head in order to achieve the Unit’s strategic goals by providing guidance and oversight of G&C’s portfolio and ensuring the processes are compliant with donors’ and CIP’s requirements. If you enjoy working with other professionals dedicated to achieving food security, we encourage you to apply.

The position: The G&C Manager position will be based on Lima, Peru managing the Grants & Contracts portfolio (donor and partner portfolio), ensuring compliance of projects in accordance with donor, CIP and CGIAR guidelines, procedures and requirements in the post award phase of the project life cycle. The position will report directly to the Grants & Contract Head.


Key responsibilities:

  • Manage the portfolio of awards (donor, prime, subrecipient) in coordination with Program Leaders, Principal Investigators, Project Managers.
  • Review of all donor and subrecipient (partner) award transactions, in collaboration with other functional areas such as Program, Project Management Unit (PMU), Finance, Legal/Intellectual
  • Property, Administration and/or HR for review and approval.Responsible for drafting, negotiating and approval for signature (as defined in the delegation of authority) of subrecipient agreements and project-related collaboration MoUs in collaboration with other functional areas such as Program, PMU, Finance, Legal/Intellectual Property, Administration and/or HR for review and approval.
  • Conduct change management of transactions that require a modification to donor or subrecipient awards.
  • Ensure adherence to applicable delegation of authority policies as they relate to signatory delegation of authority powers.
  • Maintain up-to-date database and repository of all signed awards, project related MoUs and Hosting Agreements in OCS* and/or Knowledge Management G&C public and internal sites and PMU Project sites.
  • Participate in development of institutional policies, guidance documents and procedures.
  • Support the Unit Head in the provision of contractual input at pre-award phase of project life cycle.
  • Support CIP initiatives to build capacities and train CIP staff on grants and contracts compliance and donor’s requirements.
  • Support technical reporting function ensuring timely follow up with Principal Investigators on submission deadlines and response to donor queries.
  • Participate in project life cycle reviews and meetings (Start up and Close-out Meetings).
    *OCS refers to the One Corporate System (ERP).


What are we looking for?

  • Master’s degree in International Development, Business Administration or related field. Bachelor’s degree in Law or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least 7 years of relevant work experience in an international organization / NGOs or project-based organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in grants and contracts management, with at least 2 multinational development organizations, at a global scale.
  • USAID experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with best practices in grants and contracts management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Why should you consider this opportunity?

  • CIP is an international organization that has a strong, state-of-the-art R&D background.
  • CIP is a recent World Food Price Winner, and CIP has been recently awarded the Al-Sumait Award for our Orange Flesh Sweet Potato work in Africa.
  • CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved nutrition and well-being, and gender equality for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world.
  • CIP is a member of the CGIAR, a network of 15 research centers that are mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members.

What are we offering?

  • Great career opportunity in an international organization.
  • Generous compensation package commensurate with experience.
  • One-year term contract with the possibility of renewal.
  • Work in an equal and diverse workplace.
Applications: Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website including a letter of motivation, a full C.V. with the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. Screening of applications will begin on April 22, 2019 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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