Reporting to the Senior Grants Manager, the Grants Manager will work closely with the Research Methods and Research & Policy teams to support their awards portfolios throughout the entire life-cycle to include review and negotiation of award agreements, compliance and financial monitoring, and award close-out. The Grants Manager will also be responsible for coordinating, preparing, and issuing agreements and modifications to subrecipients from federal and non-federal prime awards. The Grants Manager will ensure adherence of proper due diligence and subrecipient monitoring requirements. The Grants Manager will also play a key role in developing materials and facilitating trainings aimed at building the capacity of program and country staff in the area of compliance with grants and subaward terms and conditions as well as IPA 
grants-related policies and procedures. Among other qualifications, the ideal candidate shall have: a) minimum of five years experience managing federal grants and/or contracts for international programs, preferably with at least one of those years in a compliance or finance role; b) good command of the U.S. Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards as well as multilateral institutions and foundations standard terms and conditions; c) proven ability to work effectively with program teams and with a high degree of customer service orientation; d) experience drafting clear and concise guidance documents and training materials; and e) excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 


•    Leads review and negotiation of grants, cooperative agreement, and contractual instruments as well as monitoring awards and budgets during pre-award, post-award, and close-out periods to ensure compliance with award requirements.
•    Drafts and reviews subaward and sub-contract agreements to ensure adherence to donor rules and regulations.
•    Oversees subaward management and necessary reporting/compliance requirements per donor terms and conditions.
•    Manages and tracks the status of tasks needed during sub-agreement negotiations and implementation.
•    Provides guidance to Research Methods/R&P staff and country offices on compliance issues on subawards and procurement.
•    Participates in the design and implementation of IPA grants database systems, workflow processes, and procedures related to procurement and subawards.
•    Develops templates and guidelines aimed at simplifying the subaward process within our programs.
•    Liaise with subgrantees and relevant IPA teams to complete due diligence checks, negotiate subgrant agreements, and process amendments.
•    Reviews subaward and sub-contract expenditures and other financial analysis on a monthly/quarterly basis as required.
•    Prepares guideline documents and facilitates training sessions in areas related to compliance of subaward monitoring and procurement.
•    Assists country offices, Research Methods and R&P staff on interpretation of 0MB and CFR regulations
•    Ensures sponsor prior approvals and other grants management record-keeping is filed and complete.
•    Assists with financial inquiries and preparation for annual audit review


•    At least five years' experience working in a grants/contracts or sponsored research department.
•    Bachelor's degree in Management, Business Administration, Public Policy, Project Management or any related field.
•    Knowledge of typical grant award/contractual documents such as grant agreements, subcontracts, modifications
•    Experience with international, non-profit organizations (larger than $10M), as well as a multi-office, multi-national environment
•    Understanding and interpretation of 0MB, CFR and US government regulations
•    Demonstrated project management skills and attention to detail
•    Proficiency in the use of financial software applications, databases, spreadsheets, including MS Office
•    Team player with a positive attitude and ability to build strong working relationships.
•    Excellent customer service skills (oral and written communication) in a fast-paced environment.
•    Ability to focus on technical work and ability to work on simultaneous projects
•    Attention to details, and excellent time management
•    Proficiency in another language (French or Spanish) a plus
•    Experience with Salesforce and NetSuite is a plus/added advantage.

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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-202-386-6200. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to

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