Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with People in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Winrock International (WI) is currently recruiting for the position of a Procurement and Grants Manager in its Malaita project office to support the five-year, USAID-funded Solomon Islands Strengthening Competitiveness, Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Environment – Natural Resource Management (SCALE-NRM) Program. The SCALE-NRM Program will foster conservation economies at a community scale that provide opportunities for income generation from NRM and drive provincial and national government commitment to natural resource governance. As USAID’s flagship NRM initiative in the Solomon Islands, SCALE-NRM will pave the way for future USAID investments in promoting competitive, sustainable, and inclusive economic development.
SCALE-NRM has three objectives:
- Promote a people-centered approach to resource governance, which will leverage the traditional connection among Solomon Islanders and a track record of communities organizing themselves around specific opportunities
- Strengthen markets for conservation through provincial and community-driven schemes that ensure communities have options to pursue alternative livelihoods and participate in diversified economic opportunities from environmental conservation
- Build the capacity of government in implementing a holistic, ecosystem-wide approach to NRM, which includes ecosystem health, land-use, climate change adaption, and economic development
The Procurement and Grants Manager is responsible for preparing local contracts, grants, and procurement documents; ensuring compliance with USAID and Winrock procurement and awards policies and procedures. They will also design and implement the SCALE Seed Fund (grants project) and conduct due diligence and monitoring for grantees, on an as-needed basis.
- Manages and processes small- and large-scale procurements and subcontracts in accordance with USAID rules and regulations and Winrock procedures and policies, including preparation of bid documents, bid invitations, evaluations, recommendations, approvals and placement of orders. This includes USAID mission approvals as required.
- Maintains sound records of all vendors, subawards, and transactions.
- Conducts negotiations and due diligence reviews; verifies payments and ongoing monitoring for subcontracts and service contracts, including as part of the Seed Fund.
- Submits periodic reports including annual procurement plans, inventory reports, grant reports, and others as requested by supervisor or COP.
- Prepares and supervises relevant work plans, financial, logistical and other reporting documents in compliance with funding agreements.
- Develops systems and supports team efforts to monitor, track and report on agreements.
- Conducts periodic inventory of office properties, updates and maintains inventory records, identifies discrepancies and recommends reconciliation actions in consultation with the Operations Director and report to Home Office.
- Publicize grant opportunities, and coordinate and manage proposal review process.
- Develop and implement program’s grant strategy and in consultation with program staff and stakeholders, identify and prioritize funding opportunities thru socio-economic analysis.
- Ensure grants align with program objectives and respond to local needs
- Build financial and administrative capacity of grantees as needed and coordinate with project technical staff to assist grantees to achieve their targets and milestones
- Coordinate with relevant Home Office Management team, Contracts staff, program staff to develop, analyze, review and negotiate contract documents related to program’s grant component
- Review sub-award modifications, if any
- Maintain high ethical standards of integrity; respect confidentiality and represent Winrock International at all times
- Work closely with the administration team on other matters as requested.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
Degree in business, accounting, economics, public administration, or a related field plus demonstrated industry experience
- A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience
- A minimum of four (4) years procurement experience is strongly preferred
- Financial management skills and experience
- Minimum three (3) years of experience on donor- funded programs is required
- Experience in conducting due diligence tests in the form of pre-selection assessments; financial reviews or audits; or some other form of accountability assessments
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with private sector and NGO grantees
- Experience managing grants of any type (including challenge, cost reimbursable, in-kind and/or FOG) is strongly preferred
- Strong communication and English writing skills
- Strong communication and English writing skills.
All interested candidates shall submit their applications (maximum 5 pages including resume, two references and one-page cover letter) in English indicating “Procurement and Grants Manager, Maliata” in the subject line. Qualified applicants will be contacted by Winrock.
EOE STATEMENT We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, caste, tribe, age (40 or older), disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.