Grants Officer
Innovations for Poverty Action - New Haven, CT

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Deadline to apply: Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Desired start date: As soon as possible
  • Length of Commitment: Open-ended
  • Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. Based in New Haven, CT, with offices in New York, NY, Washington, D.C. and worldwide, IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    The Grants Officer will manage a large portfolio of private and public grants and contracts with an emphasis on donor compliance and reporting. The Grants Officer will collaborate closely with members of his/her unit, Finance Team, and General Counsel, Country Directors, Initiative Teams and project staff to maintain financial oversight over projects and to ensure compliance with donor requirements.
    • Manage a large portfolio of private and public grants and contracts with an emphasis on donor compliance and reporting
    • Ensure donor requirements and compliance, by tracking the terms and conditions of grants and contracts, including expense restrictions; managing and overseeing the timing of deliverables, invoices and timely submission of reports to donors
    • Ensure compliance with donor regulations and requirements and IPA policies and procedures
    • Collaborate with the Legal Team on compliance issues and completing certifications and assurances
    • Serve as the primary liaison with donors for awards within assigned portfolio
    • Provide technical support for Country Offices and Initiative Teams regarding compliance and financial issues. Review, analyze and submit donor financial reports and invoices. Coordinate narrative reports per donor requirements
    • Travel to Country Offices to support and streamline Country Office operations and financial systems with Headquarters’ reporting and financial needs
    • Serve as a primary resource for Country Office staff and Initiative Teams on technical compliance issues on Federal Government, private and public donor regulations
    • Provide financial management and oversight over existing projects in conjunction with project staff and Country Office Management
    • Support Finance Department in areas of fiscal management, audit and financial reporting
    • Assist Proposal Development & Analysis team in final budget review
    • Administer awards by reviewing awards, budgets, set up of financial codes in financial system, maintenance of master agreement tracking files
    • Ensure the timely processing of all grant closeouts
    • Bachelor’s degree with 4-7 years contract administration or international development experience
    • Experience working in a fast-paced environment, preferably in an international non-profit or academic institution desirable; Interest in the field of international development and poverty alleviation desirable
    • Flexibility, self-motivation, and an ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks efficiently; Ability to manage several projects concurrently; and excellent skills in written and oral communication
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
    • Excellent computer proficiency (MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook)
    • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
    • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
    • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards
    • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards
    • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone
    Application Instructions:

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    Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class.

    IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-203-772-2216.

    DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the Grants Officer . The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to .

    ** Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.

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