Monday, 13 August 2018

Job Opportunity at International Executive Service Corps - IESC, Institutional Grant Assessor

Location
Other Dar es Salaam District Dar Es Salaam
Description
Location of Assignment: Tanzania—Dar es Salaam, with possible travel to Morogoro, Iringa, Mbeya, Zanzibar, and/or Arusha.

Proposed Level of Effort: 25 days

Anticipated Start Date: August 27th , 2018

Anticipated End Date: October 31st , 2018

Background

The Tanzania Enabling Growth through Investment and Enterprise Program (ENGINE) is a four-year, USAID-funded Feed the Future activity awarded through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), that aims to streamline and enhance many of the regulatory, informational and financial channels that encourage domestic and foreign investment in the southern mainland agricultural regions of Mbeya, Morogoro, and Iringa, and in Zanzibar.

ENGINE works at the district level, using a broad-based approach to engage with district Local Government Authorities (LGAs), private sector associations, business development service providers, financial institutions (FIs) and small and medium enterprises. The program’s activities are divided into three main components:

Implement policies for growth. Build the capacity of the private sector to effectively dialogue with the government to set the policy agenda and improve the capacity of the public sector to implement policies.

Equip businesses for growth. Strengthen SME capacity and foster the growth and capacity of a sustainable market for business development services (BDS) in Tanzania.

Access to finance for growth. Broaden access to finance for small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs), especially women and youth entrepreneurs and those working within agricultural value chains, to facilitate increased investment and growth.

Problem Statement

Entering into its third programmatic year, the program faces a confluence of several timesensitive grant activities requiring finalization. Each grant represents a lengthy and thorough series of administrative procedures, including a pre-award responsibility determination process to understand each potential grant recipient’s financial reporting procedures and to determine whether the potential recipient possesses the managerial capacity to plan and manage activity implementation in compliance with all applicable regulations. Additional human resource support is therefore needed to complete all of these assessments quickly to enable grant activities to be undertaken.

Objectives of the Assignment

To support ENGINE’s Grants Manager and technical teams to ensure that grants are issued to identified recipients in an expedient manner by conducting thorough, yet efficient, pre-award responsibility determinations of recipients.

Assignment Tasks

Conduct pre-award responsibility determinations for potential grant recipient organizations in accordance with procedures outlined in ENGINE’s Grants Manual. These procedures include:
Issuing an organizational self-assessment—make sure that the organization understands the process and all of the questions in the form. Ensure that the form is completed and returned in a timely manner.
Conduct follow-up visits to each organization. During the visit the consultant reviews relevant documentation (audit reports, manuals, policies, the previously completed self-assessment form, etc.) and also reviews the organization’s financial management system(s) to determine its effectiveness in managing sub-grant resources.
Conduct and thoroughly document organizational reference checks o Identify any issues that could potentially prevent the organization from properly adhering to the terms of the intended grant.
Report all findings back to the Grants Manager, Component Team Lead and Chief of Party, including whether the expected sub-grant recipient:
Is capable of managing the planned activities; and,
Needs to have specific conditions put in place to ensure compliance (conditions and rationale should be described in detail).
Conduct exit debriefings for the Component Leads and Grants Manager.
Deliverables

• Completed assessment of each potential recipient organization, including documentation from site visits, in-person interviews, document reviews, reference checks, and professional recommendations.

End of the Assignment:

• At the end of the assignment, the contractor will provide exit debriefings for the ENGINE management team.

Qualifications

University degree in accounting or relevant field, advanced degree preferred.
Current Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.
At least 8 years of relevant experience in grants or contract management.
5+ of donor funded experience is preferred
Knowledge and understanding of sub-grant mechanisms, including fiduciary risk management and due diligence processes
Demonstrated experience making recommendations on the scope, duration and value of grants.
Demonstrated ability to analyze sub-grant applicant’s reports for compliance and make recommendations to strengthen performance.
Clear writing and communication style.
Self-motivated, proactive, detail-oriented, mature, professional team player, who is a strong people person and communicator, with good inter-personal skills.
Good computer skills in MS Office.
Fluent written and spoken English and Swahili.
Ability to work legally in Tanzania.
A proposal SHOULD INCLUDE the following:

Price of each category in Tanzania Shillings

Details Personal CV or company profile

Three names and contract details for reference checks. Must have done work with them in the past

Bank details

Proposal Submission Interested Candidates are requested to submit their proposal via email to enginebids@iesc.org by August 17th, 2018. to the following address:

Any request for clarification about this assignment shall be addressed by e-mail to enginebids@iesc.org. IESC will respond at least 24 hours before the submission deadline.