Management Sciences for Health (MSH) seeks a Contracts/Grants Manager for a 5 -year USAID-funded Accessible Continuum of Care and Essential Services Sustained (ACCESS) program in Madagascar. The purpose of the program is to build the capacity of Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) actors at the district level and below in all districts in the implementation regions, to design, develop, manage, deliver, monitor and evaluate health services and programs in their catchment areas. The activity will also engage with regional health authorities with limited interventions to ensure coordination, planning and effective management of health activities in their districts. Work at the national level will focus on informing policy, guideline development, as well as advocacy on key health service delivery issues. ACCESS will work to improve the clinical skills and health governance skills of primary health care providers to deliver high quality, accessible preventive and curative health services. To expand the reach of the public health system, the activity will work to improve the skills and motivation of community health volunteers to deliver quality health services and ensure they work under the supervision of their respective CSB. Finally, ACCESS will promote positive health behaviors, including care seeking behaviors in the target communities through a comprehensive and contextualized social and behavior change (SBC) approach and improve the capacity of the MOPH and local institutions to design, implement, and monitor and evaluate SBC activities.
In collaboration with the Director of Finance & Administration, the Contracts and Grants Manager participates in evaluating contract and grant proposals and budgets and assists applicants in refining them. The Manager monitors, on an on-going basis, the performance of grantees or contractors with respect to the activities, reporting deliverables, and milestones agreed upon in their funding proposal. The Manager works closely with administrative staff and technical advisors to facilitate the capacity-building of the grant recipients.
The Contracts and Grants Manager develops or adapts and implements procedures and templates to be used for formulating, negotiating, executing, monitoring and closing contracts and grants according to USAID regulations. S/he designs/revises mechanisms to solicit applications, award grants, negotiate terms of reference, and monitor and report on financial activities as appropriate. The Manager conducts educational and training workshops on proposal preparation and/or financial monitoring, as necessary. S/he documents the process by which organizations are selected for awards, and notifies applicants and other stakeholders of awards granted and ensures that such activities are in accordance with USAID and MSH guidelines. The Manager assists grantees with monitoring progress, tracking expenses, and preparing financial reports. S/he develops mechanisms for making payments and monitoring/reporting financial performance, in accordance with USAID guidelines and those established in the agreement or contract. S/he administers the contracts and grants according to criteria and guidelines set forth by USAID, stated in the award and guidelines.
S/he also supports the development and monitoring the project’s budgets.