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Grants Management Specialist GMS
Title:Grants Management Specialist GMS
Location:Washington, DC
Security Clearance:Secret


The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program under the of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affair's Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC) offers assistance, training, and support to groups and individuals striving to create positive change in the society. MEPI works across the Middle East, and North Africa region partnering with civil society organizations (CSOs), community leaders, youth and women activists, and private sector groups to advance their efforts to improve their communities.

The Grants Management Specialist (GMS) will work with Program Officers and Grants Officers to facilitate effective and timely management of federal assistance awards. The GMS will support the complete lifecycle of grants, from pre-award preparation through implementation and close-out. The Grants Management Division is responsible for the full range of grant functions, including reviewing proposals, negotiating, administering, and closing grants, cooperative agreements, and inter-agency agreements in accordance with applicable statutes and regulations.

Job Duties

•Manage federal assistance awards.

•Accurately prepare Notices of Award packages in accordance with the intent of the project.

•Independently perform thorough cost-analysis of grant budgets to ensure compliance with applicable laws, policies, and regulations.

•Monitors grantees’ continuing operations to ensure compliance with the provisions of awards.

•Works with Grants Officers to review project budgets, prepare award documents, and maintain award files.

•Assists grantees and staff in the use of on-line project management and reporting databases.

•Provides support for monitoring and evaluation of MEPI-funded projects, including financial monitoring site visits of grantee organizations

•Use knowledge of grants management policies and procedures to provide assistance, consultation, and training to grantees.


Areas of Responsibility


•Support the complete lifecycle of grants, from pre-award preparation through implementation and close-out.


1.Effective Communicator

2.Analytical Skills

3.Project Management

4.Critical Thinking


Supervisory Responsibility – Not required for this position.

Required Education, Experience and Skills

•Bachelor’s degree required - Master’s degree in International Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, or other relevant fields preferred.

•A minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience required, 2-3 years of experience in related field preferred.

•Professional and/or academic exposure to NGO programs; especially in the Middle East and North Africa.

•Knowledge of U.S. Government grants regulations and policies.

•Experience with programmatic project design, performance indicator development, and monitoring and evaluation.

•Skill and experience in the management of federal assistance grants and Cooperative Agreements.

•Arabic or French language skills a plus.

•Flexible team-player with a client-focused orientation, strong attention to detail, and the ability to exercise sound judgment in a politically sensitive environment.

•Strong communication and editing skills.

•Strong computer skills; proficiency in databases.

•U.S. Citizen, able to obtain secret security clearance. Current security clearance preferred.

• travel to international locations, which may be required.

Work Environment

This job operates in a traditional office environment. This role is mostly sedentary and routinely uses standard office equipment (e.g. computers, fax machine).

Physical Demands

This role requires the ability to lift and carry up to 40 pounds for short distances, stoop, bend, kneel, and walk.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position, generally requiring 40 – 45 per week, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional hours and possibly weekend work may be required upon client’s request.


The GMS may be required to travel from various client sites in order to meet with clients and employees. Other domestic and/ or international travel will be required for this position based on the client’s needs.


Work Authorization/Security Clearance

This person must be able to obtain a minimum of a Secret security clearance required by the Government.

AAP/EEO Statement

One Federal Solution is an equal opportunity employer (EEO) and affirmative action employer.




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