Regional Grants & Contract Manager

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Conservation International

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Madrid, Spain

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9 days ago

Regional Grants & Contract Manager

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a global challenge. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we periodically reassess our plans to reopen our offices. For the safety of our employees, our approach is tailored to the situation in each of the 30 countries we operate in. Travel is only conducted when absolutely necessary and safe to do so. Hiring managers will provide guidance on flexible work arrangements in accordance with country-specific safety policies.

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.


CI is seeking an experienced Regional Grants & Contract Manager to oversee a diverse and dynamic portfolio of programs in the Americas region. The successful candidate will be able to apply regulatory expertise in a flexible and agile manner in order to support CI grantees and regional partners.


The Regional Grants & Contracts Manager provides support in interpreting, applying, and ensuring compliance with donor obligations, organizational policies, and industry best practices. This position interacts with all field offices in the Americas to ensure that grant and contract management is performed efficiently and to a high standard of quality, providing full-cycle grant and contract support and high-quality training to staff.

This position provides technical procurement knowledge on policies, procedures, systems, documentation, and standards to assist internal stakeholders in undertaking procurement planning, development, sourcing, and management.

Successful candidates for this position will have experience in procurement, sub-grant management, or other finance-related fields, the ability to professionally communicate with different levels of management, and uphold the highest standards of integrity. Key responsibilities include:

Grant & Contract Monitoring:

  • Provide guidance on the application of CI policy to support a wide range of grant and contract mechanisms.
  • Support grant and contract-making in the region by ensuring compliance with CI policies, processes, and best practices.
  • Provides technical throughout the grant and contract life-cycle, including planning, application, contracting, implementation and close-out.
  • Ensure that donor policies are appropriately reflected in grant and contract applications, proposals, budgets, and awards.
  • Monitor grant and contract systems to expertise to ensure compliance with CI processes.
  • Supports field offices to procure equipment, goods, and services.


  • Support the onboarding of new grant and contract staff in the field by providing comprehensive training on CI policies, processes, and systems.
  • Work with the Regional Manager to develop and administer regional training designed to facilitate regional grant and contract actions.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • This position is open to Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guyana, and Suriname.
  • Travel is expected internationally up to 25%.



  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree, preferably in a finance-related field.
  • 4 to 6 years of experience in a not-for-profit setting working in grants, procurement, or finance.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience with diverse funding environments including US and European governments, multi-laterals donor rules, and regulations applicable to sub-grants and sub-contracts.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience with procurement processes.
  • Excellent computer skills including Excel, grants and/or contracts management systems, cloud-based document management systems, and collaboration tools.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively work in cross-cultural situations with a wide range of partners.
  • Ability to work under general supervision and take initiative to solve problems under the supervisor’s direction.
  • Proficiency in written and oral English and Spanish.


  • Fluency in written Portuguese/and or Dutch.
  • Experience with Salesforce.
  • Experience in capacity building.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled