Global Fund Director of Finance and Grants Management at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on vulnerable children, agriculture, health and HIV, extractives and governance, and peace building programming.We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:Job Title: Global Fund Director of Finance and Grants ManagementJob Ref Code: DFG21019Location: AbujaDepartment: ProgramsBand: 10Reports To: Chief of Party (& Head of Operations - Finance)ContextCRS has a long and rich history of collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). Since 2003, CRS has been awarded nearly $700 million in Global Fund resources to implement programs in 27 countries. In Nigeria, CRS is a sub-recipient (SR) on the Global Fund HIV and the principal recipient (PR) for the Global Fund Malaria grant since January 2017.As PR, CRS will partner with the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP), 3 SRs – Management Sciences for Health, Malaria Consortium, Society for Family Health and Malaria Consortium; various state governments, malaria partners and stakeholders to coordinate the 2018 - 2020 long lasting insecticide treated nets (LLIN) mass campaigns in 7 states. CRS will also oversee the 3 SRs and support a range of malaria treatment and prevention services at the state level.Job SummaryThe Director of Finance and Grants Management is responsible for overall budget monitoring and compliance oversight of the Global Fund malaria grant and all related sub-grants/sub-contracts. s/he oversees the design and implementation of strong internal controls and appropriate financial reporting procedures/policies to minimize/manage risks associated with grant implementation, safeguard Global Fund’s resources, achieve consistent compliance with Global Fund grant agreement, approved workplan/budget, Global Fund policies and guidelines, as well as CRS’ policies and procedures.S/he coordinates assessments and the identification of needs for support in compliance, budgeting and financial management and their implementation as well as actively works with the sub-recipient (SR) on their grant management capacity.In coordination with the program team and CRS Nigeria and HQ finance and compliance teams, s/he develops and implements the strategy to prevent or reduce compliance-related liabilities and risks.The scope of work covers all aspects of financial and grant management of the Global Fund Malaria grant implemented by CRS in Nigeria.Specific Job ResponsibilitiesGrants Management and Budgeting:In coordination with the Chief of Party, ensure that all SR, partner and service provider agreements and amendments are well prepared, grant files are updated/maintained on Gateway, key grant documents are shared with the Nigeria and HQ finance teams, and that the GFSU reviews all relevant agreements and amendmentsEnsure that donor required reports are prepared accurately and disseminated within the due dates; coordinate financial reporting with the CRS/Nigeria and HQ finance teams. This includes ensuring that reports (e.g. PU/DRs, AFRs, etc.) are discussed collectively with the different functions (program management, PSM, M&E, finance) to ensure quality analysis of the issues and identification of appropriate solutions, ensuring that this is captured in the report and carrying out accuracy and quality checks before submission to the Global Fund.Review all management letters and ensure that all issues raised are resolved expeditiously in collaboration with the Global Fund Program Manager and Team (Global Fund).Lead the identification of budget and compliance needs and oversee the implementation of trainings on budgeting and compliance with all relevant Global Fund malaria program staff and the SR(s) under the grant.Proactively track budget spending against the budget and provide recommendations to the Chief of Party on needed actionsDevelop effective budget monitoring tools and implement them for all Global Fund malaria program activities; review SR budgets against spending and provide comments / recommend approval by the Chief of PartyActively engage in budget discussions and generate feedback for Global Fund malaria program PMU on adverse budget variances in monthly BCR meetings and results from SR monitoringTake the lead on liaising with CRS Nigeria and HQ finance teams, prepare cash projections, ensure that proper accounts are used, review cash disbursement advance journals, review and approve liquidation journals, and review posted journals for errors, recommending correction when necessaryActively attend Global Fund malaria program PMU Meetings and contribute to the overall team work spirit of Global Fund malaria programCoordinate grant closure activities with the Chief of Party and respective CRS Nigeria staff and ensure that expired sub-grants are fully closed out within 90 days’ limitCompliance:Ensure that all program activities are compliant with both CRS and Global Fund policies, procedures and regulationsServe as the principal point of contact on grant management and compliance issues with CRS Nigeria and HQ Finance and Compliance staff, the LFA and Global Fund program staffEnsure project documents and financial records are maintained and readily available for internal/external audits and reviewsCoordinate the development and implementation of grant management trainings and capacity building activities in close collaboration with CRS Nigeria finance and compliance staffBuild the capacity of Global Fund malaria program staff in relevant and appropriate donor financial management policies, procedures, and standardsEnsure integrity and the effective control of financial, material and human resources and assetsSR Financial Assessments, Monitoring and Support:Lead implementation of CRS’ sub-recipient financial management policy for the Global Fund malaria program; ensure that staff understand and are correctly implementing the policyEnsure that the Global Fund malaria program has in place and adheres to a schedule of planned SR monitoring visits; the basis for the selection, timing and frequency of its monitoring visits should be properly documentedEnsure that assessments and monitoring visits are being carried out in accordance with CRS policies about timeliness, comprehensiveness, professionalism and documentationIf needed, ensure that corrective action plans are prepared within sixty calendar days of the assessment or monitoring visit, and that program staff are supporting the SR to address the identified issues within agreed timelines.Ensure financial and programming staff participate in the financial monitoring of the SR (including site visits); trip reports must indicate the monitoring steps performed, the processes reviewed, and the result of the testing and reviewsReview and analyze assessment, monitoring, trip reports and monthly updates on a timely manner and to inform follow-up actionsEnsure that the SR receives support from CRS to correct weaknesses detected by internal and external auditors, Global Fund malaria program staff, LFAs, and others; directly address issues that are escalatedEnsure SR internal control systems are reviewed and monitored to verify that financial duties are adequately segregated; Global Fund malaria program finance and compliance staff should regularly monitor and assess SR ability to accurately record and post all financial transactions and provide feedback to the Program Director.Ensure that the project SR evaluates and effectively monitors any SSRs and/or partners to achieve efficient use of Global Fund resources.Ensure that the Global Fund malaria program finance and compliance staff provide direct technical support in all aspects of finance, compliance and internal controls for SRsAdvise and ensure on GAAP and basic accounting records to be maintained at the SR levelContractual Oversight of ACOMIN:Ensure that the Finance and compliance officer provides direct support in building the capacity of ACOMIN Finance and Program team on Global Fund policies and procedures required for the CSO intervention activities on the grantEnsure that there is real time on-site monitoring of ACOMIN during implementation of key activities.Ensure that there is periodic assessment of ACOMIN financial system and processes to identify gaps/weaknesses and recommend steps to mitigate riskProactively track spending against the budget for the ACOMIN budget line.Approve all liquidations and ensure there is adequate support documentation for the implemented milestones.Human Resources:Lead, direct, mentor and coach a team of finance and grants compliance staff to meet GF program objectivesTake the lead in setting annual Global Fund malaria program finance and compliance targets and ensure that specific tasks are built in staff performance plansConduct periodic reviews of staff performance in keeping with CRS’ performance management system and mentor staff to ensure high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamworkLead the identification of performance gaps and needs of program, SR and partner staff and ensure the design and delivery of high-quality support and technical assistance to program staff, SRs and states 

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