STRIVE Global Program responds to the EU s Counter-Terrorism Strategy which promotes democracy, dialogue, human rights and good governance. Organised around four pillars: prevention, protection, pursuit, and response, it is within the first pillar; prevention, that the EU has engaged with Hedayah, the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) to deliver this Program.
The overall objective of this four year EU funded Program (which is in its last year of implementation) is to build the capacity of state and non-state actors to effectively challenge radicalisation and recruitment to violent extremism while continuing to respect human rights and international law.
The specific objective is to work with local partners to design, implement and develop approaches that have a demonstrable impact on the threat posed by radicalisation and recruitment to terrorism. It will do so through the allocation of financial support to local implementing partners and the provision of expert support through targeted training and capacity building.
The main activities of this Program will be to:
•Develop and deliver a cascaded training program for raising awareness of, and building support for, CVE amongst Public Officials and Civil Society Organisations;
•Support design and implementation of Civil Society initiatives to CVE;
•Address the challenge of media coverage of terrorism by raising the awareness and building the capacity of state and media actors; and
Develop research resources that provide an evidence base for CVE interventions
The Grant and Administration Officer will be responsible for monitoring compliance of the program activities and budget, financial accounting, verification of financial and other evidence and preparation of technical and financial reports. The Grant and Administration Officer will also be responsible for technical, financial and administrative support to grantees, follow-up, monitoring and evaluation of Projects under implementation and will support in closing STRIVE Global Program (final workshop, visibility, reporting, final evaluation and audit).
Key Responsibilities :
The Grant and Administration Officer will be responsible for:
Monitoring and ensuring that activities are implemented in accordance with all aspects of the Description of the Action and the terms and conditions of the contract with the Contracting Authority.
Administering the Program budget and implementation, including:
o Budget controls;
o Monitoring project expenditures/Accountancy and preparing grantees payment requests;
o Preparing budget analytic documents and expenditure;
o Preparing budget forecasts and amendments;
o Responding to grantees Project extension and Budget reformulation requests;
o Preparing financial reports; and
o Acting as interface for the Program s external audits and evaluations.
Provide country level assistance to third parties in terms of Project design, planning, monitoring and evaluation (remotely and with visits on the ground).
Administering technical and financial support to grantees.
Collecting, consolidating and systematically documenting all necessary information to the required level of detail for the final report to the Contracting Authority, including but not limited to:
o Technical reporting;
o Financial reporting;
o Reporting on all aspects of the Action for the period covered including qualitative and quantitative information (measurement of indicators and collating means of verification) needed to demonstrate fulfilment of the Contract conditions; and
o Audit, monitoring and evaluations of the Action.
Coordinating communications between the Program and the Contracting Authority and other third parties.
Implementing country level assistance in terms of project planning and evaluation and
Handling all the administrative work related to the program (contracts, MoUs, letters, traininings and workshops logistics).
Experience and Qualification:
A minimum of 2 year experience in Program/Project administration/implementation on the ground and track record of working in/with governments, NGOs and international organizations including project and financial management, and monitoring and evaluation;
Good knowledge of DEVCO regulations, processes, procedures and project cycle management;
Experience in financial management and carrying out strict audits and evaluations; and
Experience of the EU funding process and/or allocation of financial support to third parties.
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Development, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Security Studies, Public Policies, European Studies, Human Rights, etc.
Master s level is preferred.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders including governments, EU institutions, policy makers, community leaders and actors, NGOs, practitioners and experts;
Able to work independently as well as within a team;
Flexible, willing to share information and to take up various tasks done in a relatively small office;
Constructively managing internal and external relationships with diplomacy, cultural sensitivity and discretion;
Capacity to work in a multi-cultural and multinational environment;
Ability to meet deadlines;
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, primarily with Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
Fluent in English.
Russian and Arabic will be an asset; and
Willingness to travel including to medium to high-risk countries.