Grants Management Specialist (Bilingual)

U.S. African Development Foundation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 12

Position description

The U.S. African Development Foundation is an independent US government agency. USADF invests in African grassroots organizations, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises. USADF promotes local economic development; and creates pathways to prosperity for marginalized populations and underserved communities. Utilizing a community-led development approach, USADF provides seed capital and local project management assistance improving lives and impacting livelihoods while addressing some of Africa’s biggest challenges around food insecurity, insufficient energy access, and unemployment, particularly among women and youth. Over the last five years, throughout Africa’s Horn, Sahel and Great Lakes regions USADF has invested more than $115 million dollars directly into over 1000 African owned and operated entities, and impacted over four million lives.


- Implements and manages the processes related to Federal Foreign Assistance grants and cooperative agreements and provides grants-related assistance and services.
- Performs the grant management system processes of grant initiation to grant approval and the procurement system processes of grant financial approval.
- Assists in collecting data and maintain spreadsheets to demonstrate the extent to which projects are contributing to the achievement of the country's development.
- Drafts and submits project descriptions and Congressional Notifications.
- Recommends changes in the pre-application stage and application stage to partner to ensure quality, impactful projects.
- Conducts program evaluation, including monitoring and assessing awardee performance using established standards and criteria to measure program effectiveness, and drafting performance measures.
- Serves as liaison with external customers, recipients, and awardee community to clarify, interpret, and resolve a variety of different issues.
- Identifies innovative and high impact grants in assigned portfolios and prepare write-ups highlighting grantee success stories.


This position contains a selective placement factor (SPF) that is part of the minimum requirement of the position. If you do not meet the SPF, you are ineligible for further consideration. The SPF for this position is:
Fluency in French, both orally and in writing. This must be documented in your resume.
At the GS-09 level, you must meet one of the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to: experience independently performing duties and responsibilities that involve analytical work related to grants and cooperative agreements that support the programs and customers.


B. Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.


C. A Combination of education and experience as list above.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs

Application instructions

Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on