Grant Specialist

The Grant Specialist is responsible for the day to day management of a portfolio of assistance activities, ensuring that those activities uphold CRDF Global policy and best practices in all aspects of grant implementation. The Grant Specialist is required to have an enhanced knowledge and training on the principles, concepts and methodology of grant implementation and demonstrated skill in applying this knowledge to many different and unrelated project activities.

While standard operating procedures are available, the Grant Specialist applies a range of policies, procedures and best practices to develop implementation plans, evaluate compliance and resolve recurring issues. The position requires initiative and resourcefulness in occasionally deviating from traditional methods, analyzing trends and patterns to propose new procedures, and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external customers.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Oversees a portfolio of assistance activities with medium complexity: performs pre-award reviews, prepares implementation plans, issues and negotiates grant agreements, coordinates with internal and external stakeholders, ensures subgrantee compliance with policies and procedures and maintains agreement files.  
  • Provides comprehensive financial monitoring, including the review and approval of subgrantee payment requests and expense reconciliations.
  • Recommends policy or procedural improvements that will improve the efficiency or effectiveness of award administration, including the creation of forms and report templates for internal use.
  • Represents the team or department in internal events, teams or activities.
  • Provides high quality, timely support to internal and external clients.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Related Field
  • 3+ years of experience in a related field; 2+ years of experience in federal assistance programs
  • Field-specific training or certifications preferred
  • Customer service experience and effective communication skills, including experience working with international partners. Arabic speaker a plus.
  • Ability to utilize MS Excel and to prepare financial reports and statistical analysis
  • Strong critical thinking and analysis, planning and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to adapt quickly to new challenges
  • High level of organization and attention to detail
  • U.S. work authorization


CRDF Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). CRDF Global provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran or disabled status.

CRDF Global offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Contact Information

CRDF Global



1776 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209


Background Information

4-Year Degree

3+ in a related fie

  • Non-Profit
  • Compliance
  • Grants and Contracts

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

  • Full Time