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International Development
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Management Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area management consultancy with a 40-year history of delivering results for our clients. Our expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation; democracy and governance; peace and stability; rule of law and accountability; education; gender and inclusion; strategic communications; and leadership and organizational development. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Ukraine, and works domestically. We support clients ranging from the U.S. Government (e.g., the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Departments of State and Labor, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation) to large bilateral and multilateral donors (e.g., the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program). We also work with national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.

Project Summary: 

The USAID/OTI Colombia Program seeks to address emerging factors of instability through support to the Government of Colombia (GOC) and communities for robust peace accord implementation, thus helping to demonstrate that an integrated, comprehensive approach to the conflict also provides solutions to some of the country's biggest problems to include rural insecurity and illicit economies. Implicit in this approach is support to the GOC in understanding the unique post- accord drivers of instability and support for piloting innovative solutions. The program will also focus on increasing the capacity and co-responsibility of both GOC and community actors for accord implementation.


**Please note: Only Colombian citizens are eligible for this position.**

Position Summary:

The Grants Specialist position will be based in Bogotá and is part of the Grants team on the Colombia/OTI Program. This position is responsible for outreach and advertising, screening candidates, developing SOWs and maintaining recruitment files and a database of candidates for short term technical assistance (STTA).   They will help screen all candidates, develops short-lists, and conduct biodata and reference checks in coordination with the Grants Specialists. The position supports all administrative processes for social security requirements for consultants. They will support the STA and Project Development Officers (PDOs) to interview finalists, as needed.  This position is also responsible for doing overall support to the Program Teams as required on activity implementation and provide a checklist for activities close outs and other assignments by the Grants Manager.


  • Review and ensure that SOWs are in line with the activity objective, and establish recruiting strategy, timeline, and selection panel composition.
  • Work through advertising and outreach to ensure that positions are distributed through Colombia’s job boards.
  • Network with partners and resource organizations, candidates, and their own networks to source qualified candidates.
  • Assist in conducting evaluations of grant activities, identifying lessons learned, and sharing lessons with the broader program team.
  • Screen all candidates, develops short-lists, interviews competitive applicants, and conducts biodata and reference checks.
  • Work closely with other staff to ensure a smooth transition to onboarding.
  • Maintain candidate relationships, keeping applicants apprised of their status and maintain recruitment files.
  • Support budgeting process with the Grants Specialists in Regional as needed and with the Procurement Specialist.
  • Complete excluded party verifications and Negotiation Memos as required.
  • Maintain accurate program and grant documentation in electronic, hard copy and back-up copies.
  • Have constant and close communication with the Program Teams.
  • Ensure that grants assigned, and the recruitment process have been managed in response to the Program needs.


  • High School diploma required; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • At minimum three years of experience in grant roles on development projects.
  • Experience with USAID and OTI project preferred.
  • Task and detail-oriented, with the ability to work independently and within a team. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working in remote and complex areas. 
  • Excellent communication skills and proactive problem-solving skills.
  • Fluency in written and oral English preferred.

MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.

We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans Employer.

Reasonable Accommodations:

MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email MSI.Dept.HRRecruiting@tetratechinc.onmicrosoft.com with “Reasonable Accommodations” in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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