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Lead Grants Specialist at Nature Conservancy

We work with local communities, governments and organizations to conserve Africa’s important places. Africa is special. Its wild lands and waters are home to incredible numbers and diversity of species living close to people. For most rural Africans, connection to place takes on unique meaning, more so than anywhere else on Earth because their daily existence depends on the productivity of their natural resources. Challenges in Africa Some 60 percent of Africa’s lands and waters – community property, in a sense – are managed by the people who live on them. These people are undoubtedly the most vulnerable on Earth.

Your Position With TNC

The Lead Grants Specialist provides highly specialized grants/finance/accounting-related services to TNC’s Africa region; and supports Grants Managers in the oversight of TNC’s Africa program, through the WO Finance/Grants Services Network. Position location is flexible with strong preference given to Kenya, Tanzania or an established Nature Conservancy office within TNC’s Africa region.

Essential Functions

The Lead Grants Specialist have a high level of expertise in award administration and financial services. The position administers and maintains public award documentation and completes financial activities in accordance with TNC policies and procedures, public rules and regulations, and best practices in financial/organizational management. The Lead Grants Specialist provides assistance to all levels of personnel in their specialty area.

They respond to complex employee/management questions and problems based on advanced knowledge of the subject area. The Lead Grants Specialist shares knowledge with other members of the Grants Services Network (GSN), supports and participates in GSN activities, and supervises GSN staff.

The Lead Grants Specialist oversees and manages a team of Grant Specialists and/or Grants Associates within their assigned geographical area(s). The Lead Grants Specialist may monitor team funding trends and work with the Grants Manager on team workload distribution and new hires. They communicate with the Grants Manager(s) to report, discuss and resolve issues, and identify and implement projects. May collaborate with other Leads or Grants Specialist IIIs.

Responsibilities And Scope

  • Administers public awards.
  • Ensures programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, financial standards and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance.
  • Reinforces consistency in the organization’s policies and procedures and provides support and training related to relevant field.
  • May participate in complex negotiations.
  • Supervises and manages a team of Grants Specialists and/or Grants Associates. Monitors funding trends and capacity for the team and works with Grants Manager if shifts in workloads are needed.
  • May track and assist with single project audits for assigned region
  • Participates in and implements special projects established with Grants Manager.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field and 5 years’ related experience or equivalent combination.
  • 5 years or more of experience with public award accounting/financial issues and analysis.
  • Technical experience with Microsoft Excel, general ledger reports and financial management tools.
  • Experience, coursework or other training with U.S. Federal Uniform Guidance, state and local regulations, multilateral and international regulations, and standard contract clauses.
  • Experience using accounting and financial reporting systems
  • Experience supervising staff.

Desired Qualifications

  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Non-profit accounting experience preferred.
  • Experience in manipulating, analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of current trends in specific field.
  • Experience acting as a resource to others to solve problems.
  • Experience coordinating and leading projects.
  • Experience recruiting and developing staff.
  • Experience with European and Multilateral funder regulations (IKI, GEF, UNDP, BAF)
  • Requires fluency in English.

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