Adam Smith International are an award-winning professional services business that delivers real impact, value and lasting change through projects supporting economic growth and government reform internationally. Our reputation as a global leader has been built on the positive results our projects have achieved in many of the world’s most challenging environments. Adam Smith International has a strong corporate presence globally, with 146 current projects across 49 countries and over 1,000 staff and associates. Headquartered in London, our regional headquarters are based in Africa (Nairobi, Abuja, and Pretoria), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and South Asia (Delhi), with numerous registered offices across Africa and Asia.
Illicit financial flows – broadly defined to include tax abuse, market and regulatory abuse, corruption and abuse of power and money laundering – impede economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa. They are a significant drain on the revenue and resources that African governments have to fund their own development, and are both a cause and a symptom of poor governance and state fragility.
The Regional Facility for Strengthening Transnational Responses to Countering Illicit Financial Flows (CIFFs) is a four year DFID-funded programme that aims to strengthen regional and transnational responses to illicit financial flows, corruption and crime across Africa. Working closely with stakeholders in Africa – governments, civil society, and NGOs – the facility will use multiple delivery mechanisms including grant funding, direct technical assistance and knowledge management to achieve its objectives. Regional bodies are essential to tackling issues that are transnational in nature. The CIFFs Facility will build capacity in regional actors working transnationally and will contribute to the evidence base of effective interventions.
Adam Smith International are seeking a technically skilled and highly motivated Grants Manager with extensive experience working on financial governance issues throughout Africa.
- Strategic responsibility towards supporting the design of robust grants and financial management mechanisms. This includes developing frameworks and policies including accounting system, grant management manual and procedures, as well as contribute towards development of effective fiduciary risk management system including risk management framework, internal audit framework, and risk reporting.
- First point of contact for grantees and responsible for the entire grants management cycle (from pre-award to post award management). This includes, but is not limited to, drafting calls, supporting the undertaking of due diligence and finalising contracts.
- The candidate is also responsible for monitoring performance against milestones including conducting regular financial reviews and grant audits where applicable.
- Manage and monitor the various controls and financial measurements for the projects including budget limits, obligations and burn-rates on an ongoing basis.
- Exercise sound financial management of grantees, overseeing expenditure and ensuring timely payments to sub-recipients.
- Develop financial monitoring tools and guidelines to monitor budget execution.
- Oversee all documentation related sub-grants or other contracts with fund recipients.
- Maintain cash flow analysis.
- Maintain adequate financial resources in country to support monthly program operations and subproject reimbursements.
- Clarify any issues arising from audits conducted for ASI London, the ASI Southern Africa Office or development partner agencies.
- Take line management responsibility for subordinate finance staff, including monitoring their performance and identifying development needs.
- The candidate is to provide oversight regarding grant close out procedures.
- Minimum of 5 years in the development field with significant, demonstrable grant management experience on matters relating to governance, countering organised crime or illicit financial flows.
- Strong demonstrable experience in in financial leadership positions on programmes relating to governance and areas relating to governance sub-sectors: e.g. natural resource governance; anti-corruption and illicit financial flows; tax and PFM; and transnational crime.
- Finance or accountancy-related undergraduate degree
- Experience managing programmes that include managed and/or challenge funds is desirable.
- Excellent English speaking/writing skills and ability to work collaboratively across technical disciplines.
- Accountancy or Financial Management post graduate qualification
- Experience in using performance-based management procedures.
- Experience in Francophone/Lusophone Africa is highly desirable.
- South African national/permanent resident preferable
*Position is subject to the outcome of DFID’s procurement process.