Grants and Due Diligence Officer, Education Pathways to Peace
Company Overview
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Project Overview and Role

Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) is a $90 million Government of Australia investment to improve the delivery and quality of education in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao. The nine-year program (six years with possible three-year extension) seeks to address the challenges associated with ensuring effective implementation and sustainability in a conflict-affected area.

Pathways intends to contribute to peace-building by addressing inequity and disparity in participation and performance in basic education. This will be accomplished through facilitating and strengthening effective engagement and collaboration processes and the institutional systems of key stakeholders to support the delivery of quality basic education. The Program will focus on supporting improvements in the participation and performance of learners at the early grade levels (Kindergarten to Grade 3), in teacher education and development, and in the development of context-appropriate curriculum.

Responsibilities

Purpose of the Position: The Grants and Due Diligence Officer supports the Grants and Due Diligence Manager to deliver the Pathways Responsive Innovation Fund in compliance with Palladium Corporate Policies; the Pathways Operational and Financial Procedures Manual; the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines; and conditions of the grant and implementation agreements.

Duties: The Grants and Due Diligence Officer will:
1. Support the implementation of the Responsive Innovation Fund Manual including advising on selection criteria, promotional guidelines, eligibility, time frame, process, monitoring and evaluation conditions, and financial arrangements;
2. In collaboration with the Grants Manager, Communications Manager and in compliance with the Pathways Communication Strategy, help promote the RIF to eligible stakeholders;
3. Be responsible for completing Due Diligence checks on grantees, including -
  • Gathering of data/evidence and conducting of Due Diligence assessments on prospective grantees; and
  • Liaising with applicants on any 'red-flag' issues emerging from due diligence process.
4. Support negotiation with and finalisation of grant agreements;
5. Support the disbursement of funds in compliance with grant agreements and Commonwealth guidelines;
6. Report lessons learned to feed into future rounds of funding;
7. Assist the finance team with procurement due diligence checks; and
8. Other activities as may reasonably be required by the Program Manager.

Requirements

Qualifications and Experience: The Grants and Due Diligence Officer should have the following qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge:
  • A relevant Bachelor's or degree;
  • A minimum of 3 years' relevant work experience in financial, procurement, or program/grant management;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyse financial reports;
  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; and
  • Experience working in project delivery, legal, government or NGO context desirable.

Details
Junior Level
Cotabato City, Philippines
Closing date:
03 March 2019