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Subject Matter Expert III - Foreign Assistance Programs

Washington, DC
Competitive Innovations, LLC (CI) is seeking a Foreign Assistance Programs Subject Matter Expert III to support the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), Office of Global Programs. The Sr. Subject Matter Expert represents and communicates DRL’s program objectives to other State Department and U.S government offices involved in programming Democracy Fund and Human Rights and Democracy Funds (HRDF) and other transfer funding to include, but not be limited to, regional bureaus, Office of Acquisitions Management, Office of the Legal Advisor, Congressional Liaison office, Office of Management and Budget and USAID offices. They liaise and consult on program administration, financial planning and acquisition of programming funds. They will respond to Congressional requests for information regarding programs and DRL program objectives. They will also provide information to the NGO community and other implementing organizations regarding the USG and DRL grants processes. This is a full-time position located in Washington, D.C.
 
 
Responsibilities:
 
  • Maintain, update and develop as necessary systems for the efficient and accessible retrieval of documents regarding the allocation, notification, transfer and implementation of Democracy Fund, HRDF, transfer funding, and special Congressionally-mandated funds; and track the award of grants
  • In coordination with the team lead, develop strategies, and work with the Applied Learning and Evaluation team to develop portfolio specific evaluation indicators as needed
  • Work closely with Subject Matter Expert I and II to ensure that program deadlines are being met in a timely and efficient matter
  • Coordinate with the Grants Officer Representative in the administration and coordination of programs
  • Work directly with Team Lead and Deputy Directors to oversee program funding for assigned portfolio
  • Develop goals, objectives, and programs for utilization of foreign assistance funding
  • Monitor budget and activity execution to ensure program objectives are met
  • Collect grant application documentation for review by decision-making panels who will nominate grant recipients within available funding levels
  • Liaise with offices involved in administration, financial planning and acquisition of program funding
  • Skillfully communicate verbally and in writing to provide briefings, status reviews, and advice upon request to the other DRL program staff and senior personnel on grant issues
  • Work on designated portfolio to ensure pre-award, award, and ongoing management and monitoring of programs globally
  • Monitor grantee budget execution and drawdowns to ensure program objectives are met and are in accordance with 2 CFR 200
  • Negotiate program solicitation language with regional bureaus, Post leadership, and within DRL
  • Advise senior Bureau officials on development of goals, objectives and programs for utilization of foreign assistance funding
  • Remain informed on the changing political environment in the designated portfolio as well as global issues impacting the region by regularly meeting with grantees, human rights defenders, researchers, and other funders
  • Communicate DRL's program objectives to other State Department and U.S government offices involved in programming Democracy Fund and Human Rights and Democracy Funds (HRDF) and other transfer funding
  • Coordinate with policy colleagues to prepare paper and brief DRL Bureau leadership for meetings on issues related to a specific region or thematic area
  • Prepare budget and programmatic reports that track grant obligation data and program successes for active grants
  • Review and provide analysis of program proposals to decision-making panels
  • Prepare responses to auditor inquiries on programs
  • Assist with responding to Congressional requests for information regarding programs and DRL program objectives
  • Travel globally to highly sensitive areas as needed
 
 Minimum Qualifications:
  • Eligible to obtain SECRET Security Clearance; required to start in position
  • Bachelors’ degree with 10-12 years of experience or a master’s degree with 8-10 years of experience or a PhD with 5-7 years of work experience
  • Demonstrated applicable work experience related to human rights; gender equality; and Women Peace and Security. 
  • Knowledge of and experience in international programming in addition to relevant education and training, ideally with a strong understanding of domestic and foreign NGO administration
  • Understanding of the legal requirements of different types of foreign assistance funds
  • Strong knowledge of 2 CFR 200
  • Experience working in professional, fast-paced, and demanding environments
  • Ability to manage competing priorities with minimal supervision
  • Experience leading teams and ability to handle diverse work styles
  • Qualified candidates that are HUBZone residents, preferred (check your status here:  https://maps.certify.sba.gov/hubzone/map#center=39.828200,-98.579500&zoom=5)
Competitive Innovations (CI) is a technology partner and trusted advisor to government and industry customers with critical demand for information technology, program management, cyber security, mission support, and secure high integrity web-based solutions. Founded in July 1999, CI’s dedicated professional team is committed to excellence, persistence, and agility in solving complex challenges and delivering innovative solutions.  CI is a SBA HUBZone certified small business concern, Microsoft Gold Certified Partner/CSP, Kentico Gold Partner, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) prime and Navy SeaPort-NxG prime contractor.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or military/veteran status.
 
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