Grants and Contracts Manager

Conservation International | Arlington, VA

Posted Date 6/04/2019

Grants & Contracts Manager

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. 


Conservation International seeks a dedicated, passionate, finance professional to join the Grants & Contract group in its Finance Division. Successful candidates for this position will be motivated by CI’s mission to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet by providing a superior level of support and training in financial and contractual compliance to our programs and sub-recipients around the world. The Grants & Contracts Manager position oversees a portfolio of sub-awards funded by a diverse pool of public, multilateral and private donors. Sub-awards are implemented by a wide range of organizations from local community-based organizations to international organizations, consulting firms and individual experts.


  • Provide reliable and solution-oriented support to CI field programs managing sub- grants and sub-contracts;
  • Support the full outgoing grant and contract award cycle, preparing agreements, amendments, close out letters;
  • Interpret and explain CI and donor policies to programs, colleagues and sub-recipients;
  • Ensure that prime donor terms and conditions are reflected in sub-award agreements with all grantees and consultants;
  • Review and analyze all pre-award financial due diligence documentation to assess financial capacity and internal controls of sub-grantees; establish appropriate financial risk mitigation measures;
  • Review and analyze financial reports and supporting expense documentation submitted by sub-recipients;
  • Process or approve agreements, amendments and payments for assigned portfolios;
  • Ensure all procurement under sub-awards is executed in compliance with prime donor policies;
  • Deliver training in sub-award management and procurement to colleagues and sub-recipients around the world virtually and in-person;
  • Conduct on-site field assessments of financial and contractual compliance of sub-awards;
  • Support and champion user adoption of new Salesforce-based grants management system delivering live support and training to colleagues and sub-grantees.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor



  • International travel up to 5 times a year may be required
  • This position can be located in Arlington, VA or Seattle, WA




  • Minimum of a Bachelor degree, preferably in a finance-related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a not-for profit setting working in grants or finance.
  • Proficiency in written and oral Spanish.
  • Experience with US government or multi-lateral donor rules and regulations
  • Experience in a matrix management environment
  • Experience mentoring or training staff or implementing partners
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills including intermediate Excel, familiarity with databases, and cloud-based document management systems and  collaboration tools.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.



  • Some knowledge of environment and international affairs.
  • Experience with Salesforce.


View all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE



Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms. 

Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.

Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.



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