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Foreign Assistance Program Analyst

Washington, DC
Competitive Innovations, LLC is seeking a Foreign Assistance Program Analyst – Subject Matter Expert II to support the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Office of Global Programs (DRL/GP). This position is responsible for ensuring effective execution of program requirements: establishing systematic methods of program execution, evaluation, and advocacy; determining whether funding is warranted and available and assessing activities to determine funding requirements; analyzing program and budget proposals and presenting them to the State Department and interagency panels; preparing justification or recommendation memoranda for review and approval by appropriate officials; and providing follow-up problem-solving assistance, guideline interpretations, and technical consultations as required to applicants. This is a full-time position located in Washington, D.C.


Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate with the grants officer representative in the administration and coordination of programs
  • Assist Team Lead and Deputy Directors to oversee program funding for assigned portfolio
  • Help develop goals, objectives, and programs for utilization of the foreign assistance funding
  • Collect grant documentation for review by decision-making committees who will select 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 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
  • 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 who will select grant recipients within available funding levels
  • Prepare responses to auditor inquiries on programs
  • Assist with responding to Congressional requests for information regarding programs and DRL program objectives
Qualifications:
  • Security clearance (Secret) or ability to obtain a clearance
  • Bachelor's degree with 6 years of relevant experience or a master’s degree with 4 years of relevant experience
  • 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
  • Strong understanding of different types of foreign assistance funds
  • Awareness of the requirements and understanding of 2 CFR 200
  • Ability to manage competing priorities with minimal supervision
  • Experience working in professional, fast-paced, and demanding environments
  • This position will be working closely with the global LGBTQI+ movement and other marginalized populations from a rights-based perspective; preference will be given to those candidates who have demonstrable previous experience working with such communities.
    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)

 

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