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11 Oct 2022

Grants Manager at John Snow Health Zambia Limited

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Job Description

John Snow Health Zambia Limited

USAID Controlling HIV Epidemic for Key and Underserved Populations (CHEKUP II) Activity


Job Title: Grants Manager

Department/Unit: Finance & Operations

Location: Lusaka Province, Zambia

Category: Full-Time

Reports to: Director Finance and Operations


The USAID Controlling HIV Epidemic for Key and Underserved Populations (CHEKUP II) Activity is a five-year project to address the needs of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and those most at risk of acquiring HIV and contribute to HIV mitigation and epidemic control, improving the health outcomes of priority populations in the highest HIV-burden provinces of Zambia. USAID CHEKUP II is implemented by John Snow Health Zambia (JSH).

Position Description:

JSH seeks a dynamic and highly experienced candidate for the position of Grant Manager, in Lusaka, Zambia. S/he will manage sub-award and compliance activities for the project, and work closely with Lusaka and provincial colleagues. This position will report to the Director of Finance and Operations to help in achieving the project’s goals and objectives.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Sub award Management and Monitoring

  • Implement and adhere to JSH’s personnel, finance, operations and fraud management policies.
  • To review the grant agreements against JSH systems and policies. Identifying the gaps and assisting in the development of systems and procedures that would enable full compliance with the contractual obligations
  • Ensure that all sub award financial procedures, files, accounting practices and procurements of goods and services follow policies and procedures, Government laws and donor (USG) regulations.
  • Oversee the Sub Recipient Management and Monitoring Plan, in coordination with finance and program colleagues to ensure successful implementation by partners.
  • Understand and monitor contractual sub-recipient special award condition requirements
  • Track and monitor sub recipient spending against the obligated amount and budget amount, updating the sub tracker monthly.
  • Review and reconcile monthly sub award financial reports, supporting documents and cash advance requests. Provide feedback to the sub recipients on the status of their financial reports.
  • Conduct sub recipient field reviews of financial transactions, checking for compliance with the award regulations, local laws and sub recipient policies and procedures. Provide a report and status of log issues for the period under review.
  • Conduct sub recipient capacity building activities based on findings of the reviews of financial records and reporting.
  • Prepare payments for sub recipients monthly and liaise with finance to ensure timely advances and reconciliations and/or invoicing.
  • Liquidate the advances for forward funded sub-recipients in QuickBooks with approved subrecipient invoice payment forms which are supported with signed financial reports, payments vouchers, invoices and receipts.
  • Upload all the sub-recipient invoices/financial reports on one drive and keep physical files updated.
  • Manage sub-award compliance and process sub-award modifications. With the guidance of the supervisor, prepare sub-award modifications for any changes to the sub-award, ensuring dual execution and complete files. Review and keep an up-to-date subrecipient budget and obligation tracking.
  • Oversee the annual and final sub-award financial closeouts.
  • Coordinate with procurement team and administration on the procurements that relate to sub-awards and keep a track record of all assets bought by JSH and transferred to sub-recipients. Assist sub-recipients with LPO to avoid them paying VAT under the sub award.
  • Perform other duties assigned.


Liaise with JSH organizational Finance Manager on project-specific compliance spot checks.

Spot check program, financial, procurement, and other documentation/transactions for the project.

  • Follow up on any audit findings.
  • Ensure project compliance calendar is up to date and send reminders to relevant staff of upcoming compliance due dates, and file documentation to support completion of the compliance calendar.
  • Monitor Staff Advances for all staff and sends reminders to staff with outstanding advances.
  • Ensure that JSH financial policies and procedures are adhered to and conduct training as needed for staff; regularly update all staff of any new financial policies and rates.
  • Ensure that cash in transit is secured in all regional offices within acceptable risk limits.
  • Perform other audit-related functions as assigned by the Finance and Operations Director when the need arises.
  • To assist all Finance staff in the regional offices ensuring that effective measures are implemented in accordance with JSH and USAID regulations.
  • Conduct document reviews and audits, visiting the Regional Offices as the need arises.
  • Review JSH Employee Salary files periodically.
  • Review Procurement files and procurement processes periodically for high-value amounts
  • To ensure that adequate financial control measures are implemented.
  • Provide budgetary control information related to program financial burn rates.
  • To create a strong awareness of JSH financial policies not only for finance and admin staff but in particular for program staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, economics, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 4 years of direct work experience in finance, operations, or contracts management in Zambia with mid to senior-level responsibility for project administration and finance.
  • At least 5 years of work with sub-recipient management and administration.
  • ACCA Part III/CIMA Part III preferred
  • Some knowledge and experience with USAID-funded programs and knowledge of USAID rules, and regulations desired;
  • Extensive knowledge with QuickBooks accounting system;
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Access;
  • Excellent verbal and written English.
  • Proven record of systems strengthening and internal controls.
  • Registered and paid up member of ZICA
  • Ability to take initiative and work and lead teams.

John Snow Health Zambia, Limited is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer committed to workplace diversity. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, genetic information, political affiliation, or military status (special disabled veterans or veteran status) in any employment decisions.

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Method of Application

To apply please complete the application form available HERE. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and CV with three references and full addresses and contact information via the application form

Closing Date: 17th October 2022

Please note that you do not need to apply if you do not meet the minimum requirements. Only candidates meeting the minimum requirements will be contacted.

To apply for this job email your details to [email protected]


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