Senior Grants, Compliance, and Risk Management Manager, USG Portfolio

Zinc Network
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 03

Position description

Introducing Zinc Network (Zinc):

Zinc Network is an international development agency headquartered in London and with offices in Washington, D.C., Kyiv, Tbilisi, and Nairobi. We’re on a mission to achieve meaningful, measurable change through communications, technology, and behavioural science. We are a B-Corp certified, ethical business with 80+ team members from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds. We work with a broad range of governmental, NGO and private sector clients.

We conceptualise and create award-winning programs, interventions, and campaigns that change the way that people think, feel, and behave about some of the world’s most complex social issues including disinformation violent extremism, poor governance, online safety and gender-based violence.

About the Role:

Zinc seeks a Senior Grants, Compliance, and Risk ManagementManager, USG Portfolio who will ensure Zinc’s portfolio of USG grants and contracts adhere to all relevant rules and regulations (e.g., USAID policies, FAR, 2 CFR 200 & 700, Zinc’s policies) and to smart practices from start-up to close-out. The Senior Manager will work closely with Zinc’s finance, operations, and project management teams to provide guidance on award requirements and compliance with client regulations (primarily USAID and the Department of State). The individual will report to the Managing Director and closely liaise with Zinc’s grants and operations managers based in the field.

The Senior Grants, Compliance, and Risk Management Manager, USG Portfolio will be based in Washington, D.C., and will be requested to be onsite in Zinc’s Washington, D.C. office at least two days a week. The position will include regular travel to London and to Zinc’s field offices for coordination, training, and team building.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee Zinc processes and procedures designed to adhere to all rules and regulations relevant to USG grants and contracts (e.g., USAID policies, FAR, 2 CFR 200 & 700, Zinc’s policies)
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Zinc’s finance, operations, and project management teams to provide guidance on award requirements and compliance with USG regulations (primarily USAID and the Department of State)
  • Liaise with Zinc teams (project management, strategy, finance, operations, legal, human resources, information technology, security, and senior management) on issues related to grants compliance and/or corporate risk – flag risks early when identified
  • Review and negotiate with USG clients on awards, contracts, and modifications – interpret USG rules and regulations and provide guidance on adherence for Zinc
  • Oversee auditing process for Zinc’s USG awards, working with identified and compliant auditors and Zinc field and HQ teams to ensure the completion of timely and compliant audits
  • Participate in award start-up and close-out planning, providing guidance on and interpretation of applicable contractual and regulatory requirements – when needed, travel to field offices to assist with compliance during start-up and close-out
  • Conduct independent, timely reviews of vendor agreements, subgrants and subcontracts, contract terms and conditions, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), and teaming arrangements to assess and manage risk
  • Coordinate sub-recipient compliance and Zinc procurement procedures in accordance with Zinc and USG policies and award provisions
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts to strengthen Zinc’s grants and compliance policies and procedures; make recommendations on strategies to streamline policies, systems, and templates
  • Ensure all relevant grants and contracts documentation is available and stored in Zinc’s systems, including through close work with team members to monitor and record grant-funded projects’ activities and performance
  • Conduct internal training on grants and compliance-related policies and procedures (procurement, rules, and regulations, etc.)
  • Contribute to the development of program-related requests for applications (RFAs) and requests for proposals (RFPs), working with grants and contracts field staff as appropriate
  • Review and provide support for entity registration activities (both domestic and international)


Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, business administration, program management, or a relevant subject or equivalent years of experience
  • Minimum of five years of progressive experience managing grants, contracts, and procurement systems and processes for USG clients
  • Deep knowledge of USG regulations, including relevant portions of the FAR and of 2 CFR 200 & 700, as well as related USAID policies and procedures
  • Experience leading negotiations and communications with clients in a professional manner
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience overseeing internal and external audits, ensuring documentation is filed professionally and accurately
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time
  • Fluency in English

Conditions of Employment

Candidates who receive a job offer will be required to:

  • Disclose any previous disciplinary action against them resulting from substantiated safeguarding (including any breaches involving trafficking-related activities) or workplace investigation.
  • Undergo background checks including employment verification, sexual offender registry (as available), identity confirmation, and anti-terrorism vetting.

Area of Selection:

We’re committed to hiring a diverse workforce from different professional and cultural backgrounds, and to that end, we encourage a variety of people to apply to join our company to represent the diverse range of subjects associated with our projects.


Salary range:

$80k - $110k USD

Application instructions

Application Process

Please include a cover letter stating how you meet each of the requirements.

If you require an accommodation to be made at any point throughout the recruitment process, please contact [email protected].