Chemonics International seeks a Grants Associate for SME Growth Grant Fund (under the Challenge Fund) for its USAID Small and Medium Enterprises Activity (SMEA).
SMEA is a 5-year, $35 million project that is aimed at improvement of financial and operating performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan in selected high-
performing industrial, manufacturing and services sectors. Through Challenge Fund grants program, SMEA will support the creation and diffusion of innovative, sustainable, and scalable business solutions to the competitiveness challenges facing Pakistani SMEs.
The Grants Associate will report directly to the Grants Specialist and be responsible for assisting in designing and executing rounds of the challenge fund based on themes as approved by the project work plan.
The Grant Associate’s responsibilities will range from providing support in technical design, financial management and administration to mentoring, provision of technical assistance, research and advocacy for challenge fund rounds.
This position will be based in Lahore, Pakistan with an anticipated 25% of travel time at field locations.
Contribute to the coordination and execution of challenge fund solicitation rounds in support with grants specialist and the sub-contractor.
Focal point for official correspondence during and after the solicitation calls and shall maintain the essential logs and grant trackers.
Work with the grants team for operations and compliance, to adapt Chemonics’ comprehensive grants manual to the Fund, assist Grants Specialist in establishing a USAID compliant grants database, grants solicitation, award, monitoring, and closeout.
Support potential grantees in grant budget making exercises.
Assist in Managing the competitive process for the different rounds of the fund, including proposal screening and selection of grantees
Assist in Managing the grants process including assessment and oversight, with a strong emphasis on due diligence, value-
for-money and cost effectiveness
Work with the M&E and Communications team for promotion of the Challenge Fund among potential grant applicants through use of social and print media, events, etc.
Work with the M&E team to ensure that USAID specified objectives of the fund are measurable and reported at all stages
Draft periodic reports on the challenge fund rounds for the project management as well as the donors.
Uphold the grants archive both in soft and hard files.
Coordinating and visiting grantees in field.
A Master’s degree or higher related to finance, business administration, economics, or commerce.
At least 2-3 years of experience in managing donor-funded, large-scale grants program design and administration. Preference given to candidates with USAID-grants experience.
Ability to perform successfully as a member of multiple project-related teams
Strong computer literacy skills required in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, web browsers, and email
Excellent communications and writing ability in English
Demonstrated successful interpersonal skills
Fluency in both English and Urdu required; other Pakistani languages preferred