About the program:
The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), through the Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program (CCTCP), works with Southeast Asian and Pacific countries to improve cyber resilience within the region. The CCTCP aims to equip countries with the capacity to respond to the opportunities and challenges that cyberspace and critical technology present.
Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia) Pty Ltd (Cardno) was engaged by DFAT to manage a Support Unit (CCSU) for the CCTCP. The objective of the service is to provide DFAT with responsive and efficient expertise to support effective delivery of the Program and its activities, including in the areas of grants management, monitoring and evaluation, financial management and general program administration.
The services include:
- Providing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) technical support, including working with CCTCP implementing partners to design M&E methods and tools, and supporting them to effectively report against their key indicators and contribute to the broader program outcomes.
- Providing operations and grants management to support effective delivery of the program, while adhering to good development practice and program management standards.
- Providing transparent quality management and administrative systems and processes (including accounting and financial management systems, risk management and quality control procedures, travel processes and systems) that enable the Support Unit to operate effectively.
- Providing technical support to DFAT and partners on embedding best-practice GESI approaches into activity implementation and reporting
Roles and Responsibilities
- Working closely with DFAT’s in-house program team, design, negotiate and manage the grant agreements with implementing partners, ensuring accountability and compliance with all Commonwealth and DFAT laws, rules and policies.
- Manage the CCSU grant management system including tracking grant milestones, tranche payments and expenditure, identifying causes for variations/amendments and providing related advice to DFAT.
- Work closely with the Senior Grants Manager, Team Leader, DFAT’s in-house program team, and other CCSU team members to implement the services set out in the contract between Cardno and DFAT, including grant management, operational and financial management, risk management, M&E and reporting.
- Facilitate interaction between DFAT’s in-house program team and the CCSU to maximise the quality and relevance of advice and assistance.
- Facilitate interactions with implementing partners to maximise the quality of deliverables and provide advice and support as required.
- Communicate, in consultation with Team Leader, to DFAT issues and concerns relating to grantee performance and implementation.
- Provide inputs on grant management in preparation of major outputs including annual plans, dashboard reports and the operations manual.
- Review implementing partner milestones/deliverables, facilitate inputs from DFAT and the CCSU’s M&E Advisers, provide feedback to implementing partners on required improvements, and monitor implementation of actions.
- Provide briefings to new implementing partners on DFAT compliance including due diligence, risk and fraud and safeguards, and identify any training or capacity building required.
Selection Criteria Qualifications and Experience
- Experience developing and overseeing a grant selection process.
- Experience in developing grant management manuals and systems in accordance with all Commonwealth and DFAT laws, rules and policies.
- Strong experience in negotiating innovative grant agreements.
- Experience in providing advice and guidance to grantees in relation to program management, grant management, budget management, risk management and fraud prevention.
- Demonstrated understanding of DFAT requirements in relation to child protection, gender equality and social inclusion and other cross-cutting issues.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate.
- Stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to collaborate effectively.
- Dynamic and flexible to be able to respond to changing priorities.
- An understanding of QuickBase.
How to apply
All applications may be submitted by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. Alternatively, send an email to ID.Talent@cardno.com.au with:
Applications close at 30th June 2021, 11.59PM Melbourne time.
- The words ‘CCSU Grants Manager’ in the email subject
- Your CV
- A cover letter, describing how your skills and experience are applicable to the selection criteria.
- The names and contact details of three professional referees
- Full ToR: https://bit.ly/3vbP1G8
Cardno is committed to achieving workplace diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, people with a disability, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Cardno does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Due to the expected volume of applications, only candidates under positive consideration will be notified.
Amendments to the Terms of Reference may be made during the period of the engagement as required.