Job Opportunity : Grant Compliance Officer

Job Opportunity : Grant Compliance Officer

Job Opportunity : Grant Compliance Officer

Grant Compliance Officer
Date: 10-Jul-2020

Location: Yaounde, CE, CM

Company: Plan International

Plan International is an independent non-profit development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. 

We believe in the power and potential of every child. However, these are often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. In addition, it is girls who are most affected. 

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. 

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. Moreover, we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Value Proposition

The Grants Compliance Officer is responsible for ensuring compliance with statutory donor rules and regulations within his/her assigned portfolio. This role ensures a culture of compliance by providing advice and guidance on statutory donor rules and regulations for grants and contracts, enforces administrative policies, and promotes adherence to procedures to ensure that all PIC staff, project partners, subcontractors, and sub-awardees (partners) are in compliance with statutory donors and local government requirements. The Grants Compliance Officer provides guidance to relevant staff to improve their understanding of the terms and conditions of grants and contracts by providing donor compliance advice and training so that programs are delivered responsibly with minimized compliance risk. The role also advises implementing teams in areas of risk analysis and mitigation.

Dimensions of the Role

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Under the supervision of the Grants Support Manager, the Grant Compliance Officer will have to perform the below main activities:


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This should include a series of brief statements that define the end results required. E.g. drive, contribute, identify, manage, responsible for, advise/coach, build, develop, provide, conduct, oversee, establish, participate etc.

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- Act as focal point for all major compliance matters related to assigned donor portfolio

- Provide support for major compliance matters related to assigned donors portfolio filling in as focal point when needed;

- Strong knowledge of donor regulations and ability to analyze and interpret;

- Develop and maintain strong relations with key staff at various donors and NOs, as well as PIC internal stakeholders: Programs, Finance, ERM, etc. as needed;

- Advise both program and finance stakeholders of any changes made to donor compliance regulations and assess their impact on PIC programs;

- Engage with PUs as needed to provide input and develop solutions on major donor compliance matters;

- Work closely with the Program Unit, the Grants and Business Development Managers and the grants and compliance team to develop PIC policies, guidelines, tools and templates as needed to ensure optimal implementation of donor compliance requirements;

- Assess current contracts, systems, and procedures against donor requirements and develop tools and processes to support contract readiness and compliance, across the organization.

- Support or lead negotiations with donor and/or partners contacts, as needed;

- Work with the NOs Grants/Program Directors/Officers as needed to ensure there is a strong understanding of what issues need to be escalated and ensure there is a strong communication flow;

- Working with the Programs Unit team, engage with PUs, regional teams, and technical units to provide advice, input and develop solutions on Subawards, specifically on assigned donor portfolio

- Working with the Programs and Grants as well as the BDM to serve as a donor expert for the development of assigned donor portfolio subaward and subcontract templates, to support working in partnerships.

- Provide technical support for regional and financial controllers regarding assigned donor portfolio on compliance on budgetary issues;

- Serve as the PIC in-house organizational expert on assigned portfolio grants and contracts rules and regulations, staying abreast of all financial, administrative, and contract related business practice developments;

- Disseminate award/contract policy changes in a timely and user-friendly manner throughout the agency as needed;

- Assist country programs in resolution of grants management issues, such as delays in agreement signing, delays in payments, audit findings, irregular interpretation of award terms, etc.

- Ensure quality assurance is provided to select processes for internal compliance. For example, manage and conduct compliance audits to ensure that internal review and approval processes for awards are being followed;

- Participate in the development/revision/review of future Grants Manuals;

- Work closely with the Program and Grants Units to develop and provide training on donor compliance matters;

- Represent PIC in external fora and liaise with NOs, donors and partners as needed;

- Participate in special projects, as needed;

- Other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.

Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Dealing with Problems/Risks

Ability to draft clear and precise report in responding to grants compliance queries
A good understanding of Plan grants management system for efficiency and compliance
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Must have very good interpersonal relationship with colleagues and supervisors

Key relationships

  • Grants Project/Program Coordinators and manager – high
  • Program Technical Advisor - Medium
  • Head of Programme - Medium
  • Country Finance Manager – High
  • Grants Accountant – High
  • Grants Support Manager - High
  • Country Accountant – High
  • Business Analyst- High
  • PUMs- Low

Partners (High)
NO finance/compliance staff (High)

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Relevant knowledge and experience;

Qualification and Experience
  • University degree in Finance/Economic/Accounting with a certificate in audit or donor Compliance
  • 5 -7 years of relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and prior experience working on multilateral and bilateral donors’ grants and contracts
  • Proven expertise in interpreting and applying statutory and regulatory language in executing awards and contracts from donor entities and in maintaining a current knowledge of changes in the language, application and enforcement of this language;
  • Developed understanding of professional business standards required to create a high performing and accountable environment;
  • Experience with contracts’ compliance a plus;
  • Experience in organizational problem solving, operations, high performance management in complex organizations;
  • A positive thinker and collaborative problem solver.
  • Previous experience with large international nonprofit organizations preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal relations, teambuilding and communication skills;
  • Previous experience providing compliance training in a multicultural setting.

  • Good team player (ability to work in a team)
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications especially spread sheets (e.g. excel)
  • Good communication skills both oral and written
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver to tight deadlines
  • Self-starter and innovative
  • Good English and French is an asset

  • Independent minded, objective and demonstrate a sense of integrity.
  • Organized, methodic and meticulous
  • Innovation and willingness to learn at a faster rate
  • Remains calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations
  • Aware of impact on others and adjusting own behaviour accordingly
  • Tolerant of difference - cultural sensitivity in relation to its impact on HR
  • Monthly feedback on time
  • Monthly Reporting on time.
Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable
  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
  • We strive for lasting impact
Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
  • We work well together
Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering
  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
  • Physical Environment
This position is based in CO with approximately 40% to Program Areas and other travels when required

Level of contact with children

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Low contact: Occasional interaction with children.

To apply for this job, kindly click on "Apply". Your application should include:

A cover letter
A comprehensive CV including details of two referees, one of whom should be your current of most recent supervisor

Location: Yaounde – CAMEROON
Closing date: July 25th, 2020


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