Local Development Grants Coordinator

Jamaica

Position Title: Local Development Grants Coordinator

Position Location: Kingston, Jamaica

Reports to: Project Manager, Field Support Services Project (FSSP) in the Caribbean

Application deadline: November 30, 2021

Nature and Scope:

The Grants Coordinator will be responsible for the overall development, implementation and management of the Field Support Services Project’s (FSSP) Local Development Initiatives (LDI) Mechanism in the Caribbean. The LDI Mechanism seeks to support Sub-Projects proposed by eligible local organizations in the Caribbean, and that responds to the evolving priorities of Canada’s international assistance in the Caribbean, along with Government development priorities across the region which is focused on DFATD Feminist International Assistance Policy Action Areas: human dignity; growth that works for everyone; inclusive governance; and gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.  

The duties and responsibilities of the Local Development Grants Coordinator include:

i. Development of the LDI Mechanism:

  • Develop an Operating Procedures Manual, including management procedures, tools (e.g. brochures, outreach documents, due diligence checklists) and reporting guidelines and templates;
  • Ensure the integration of cross-cutting themes in the design of the LDI Mechanism (e.g. gender equality, environment and governance);
  • Identify Recipient and Sub-Project eligibility and selection criteria;
  • Prepare the LDI Mechanism selection processes (e.g. call for proposals). 

ii. Implementation and management of the LDI Mechanism:

  • Launch and manage the publication of the LDI Mechanism selection processes;
  • Manage the receipt of proponent proposals;
  • Conduct preliminary screening of proponent proposals;
  • Support due diligence of short-listed proponents;
  • Prepare and negotiate funding agreements;
  • Manage the funding agreements with recipients (e.g. ensuring sound financial management, risk management, managing for results, etc.);
  • Make recommendations regarding payments to recipients;
  • Support the delivery of the Sub-Projects with technical expertise;
  • Manage the integration of cross-cutting themes (e.g. gender equality, environment and governance);
  • Coordinate the input and services of the Technical Advisors supporting the implementation and management of the LDI Mechanism;
  • Lead the development and review of key project documents;
  • Monitor LDI Mechanism implementation, including conducting site visits and reviewing reports;
  • Coordinate external project monitoring, evaluating and auditing activities; and
  • Provide any other related services, as required.

Qualifications:

Education

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline, such as business, finance, accounting, logistics, economics, international development, procurement, project management, business administration, engineering, or applied sciences.

Experience & Competencies 

  • At least five years of cumulative related experience working in the Caribbean;
  • Demonstrated experience providing logistical services;
  • Demonstrated experience with grant applications, managing competitive grant processes, assessing project viability, performance measurement, and reviewing financial reports; 
  • Demonstrated experience developing operational documents including but not limited to: manuals, procedures, policies or templates;  
  • Experience with international development capacity building program or project management; 
  • Familiarity with the local non-profit sector in the Caribbean; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written, oral); 
  • Strong organizational skill and attention to detail;
  • Effective time management: able to prioritize work and meet deadlines; 
  • Excellent problem-solving skills: able to solve problems and/or identify when an issue should be elevated; 
  • Able to work effectively in a dynamic team environment (working both independently and as part of a small team); and 
  • Analytical: interest and ability to seek out data to identify issues and trends, assess project viability and financial performance.

Background:

WUSC (World University Service of Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.

Applications:

Interested candidates should submit an application to  [email protected]  by November 30th, 2021. Candidates should submit a CV and a cover letter which details why they are an ideal candidate (qualifications and experience). Please indicate “Local Development Grants Coordinator, FSSP Caribbean” in the subject line. 

Kindly note this employment opportunity is subject to an anticipated Request for Proposals by Global Affairs Canada (GAC).  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please. 

About WUSC

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, consultants, representatives and partners correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion and sexual exploitation and abuse of any form.

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