Chemonics International

Grants Specialist

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Grants Specialist



Chemonics is an international development consulting firm that promotes meaningful change to help people live healthier, more productive, and more independent lives. Chemonics’ mission is driven by our commitment to service – to our mission, our beneficiaries, and clients, and our staff. Working under contract with USAID and other aid donors, Chemonics designs and implements development projects in many of the world’s developing countries.



The Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) program implemented by Chemonics International in Iraq. DCEO aims to support vulnerable communities to build community resilience against destabilizing factors by increasing their adaptive capacity and economic well-being. The project consists of two objectives. Objective 1, Adaptative capacity of vulnerable communities increased is achieved through two components. Component 1.1 seeks to mitigate drivers of conflict in targeted communities and Component 1.2 seeks to enhance community leadership of inclusive local development.  Objective 2, Economic well-being of communities advanced, will rest on the assessments, analysis, foundations, and groundwork of Objective 1.



The Grants Specialist plays a pivotal role in ensuring the seamless design, implementation, and closeout of grants within DCEO. Responsible for providing policy guidance, financial oversight, and capacity-building support to grantees, the Grants Specialist ensures compliance with Chemonics and USAID regulations while fostering effective communication and collaboration between project teams and external partners. The position aims to uphold the highest standards in grants management, contributing to the overall success and impact of development initiatives.






  • Provide expert input in designing and developing grants, ensuring feasibility, compliance with policies, and alignment with DCEO goals.
  • Work closely with the technical team to integrate technical inputs into all grants.
  • Develop budgets and analyse cost estimates for allowability, allocability, reasonableness and consistency. Ensure memorandum of negotiation for each grant are thoroughly developed.
  • Assess grantee financial management, administrative, and technical capacity to implement the award, identify areas where additional capacity will be needed for successful implementation and viability of the grant.
  • Lead the analysis of grant budgets, set up financial monitoring, oversee implementation, and manage grant agreement closeout.
  • Monitor grant implementation for compliance with donor regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintain complete and updated grant files, prepare monthly financial projections, and track clearance and disbursement rates.
  • As needed, actively participate in the problem solving and troubleshooting throughout the grant cycle to assure implementation remains within the spirit of the original design concept.
  • In collaboration with the technical team prepare monthly projections for grant activities for submission to the finance director, and actively track the clearance rates and disbursement rates of the activities within the respective GMU.
  • Track activity completion dates to ensure any extensions are submitted in advance for approval.
  • Coordinate as needed with procurement staff to ensure receipt and timely delivery of items procured on behalf of grantees.
  • Ensure that grants and activities are closed out within required time frames and in compliance with the close-out checklist. Flag funding de-obligations for activities undergoing closeout.
  • Conduct assessments of grantee capabilities, advise on enhancements, and identify training needs for grantee staff.
  • Ensure awareness and compliance with the DCEO Branding Implementation and Marking Plan (BIMP) for grants.
  • Other duties as assigned.







Reports to: Task Order Director (Economic Opportunities Director)

Staff reporting to this post: N/A



Required Travel: 25%

Working Hours: 40 hours/week




  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least three (3) years of relevant work experience, including experience with development support organizations, civil society and community-based organizations, and governmental entities.
  • Experience drafting a memorandum of negotiation and tracking spending is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of political and social conditions in Iraq is strongly preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with culturally and geographically diverse staff.
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to multi-task work in high-pressure, fast-paced environments.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Prior experience on USAID programs preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Iraq.
  • Fluency in written and oral Arabic and English is required.



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