Requisition ID: req10467

Job Title: Grants Manager

Sector: Grants

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Ethiopia

Job Description

Job Description
The Grants Manager will contribute to overall grants management at IRC Ethiopia. The position will report to the Senior Grant Manager of the portfolio. This position is based in Addis Ababa with occasional trips to field sites, if needed. The Grants Manager will work collaboratively with all of the Grants and Partnership Unit members, the technical coordinators, operations team, and the finance team. The IRC Ethiopia is made of grants mostly from ECHO, EU, USAID, OFDA, BPRM, DFID, SIDA, UNICEF, UNHCR, OCHA and private foundations.


1. Proposals:
Lead coordination of proposal development and amendments (including design meetings) working with program staff and ensuring proper review at the HQ level, gathering input from technical coordinators, technical advisors, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation staff, and the Regional Unit.
Lead and coordinate budget development for newly assigned proposal and amendments, work with program staff, other members of the Grants and Partnerships Unit, the Finance Department and Regional Program and Business Development Units.
Ensure proper review of new budgets and realignment/modification budgets at both HQ and Addis levels, incorporating all feedback and ensuring that budgets are error free.
Coordinate and develop budget narratives, edit proposals, and ensure proper proposal and grant management procedures are followed.
Act as focal point with donor’s in-country for the proposal development process, as needed.
Monitor and support the use of management tools such as Budget vs. Actual (BVA) for the proper monitoring and the successful implementation of programs and early warning in case of obstacles or challenges.
Liaise with IRC NY, UK & DG grant units in order to ensure proposals meet internal standards, apply IRC’s Outcomes Evidence Framework (OEF), are in line with IRC Ethiopia’s Strategic Action Plan (SAP) and are donor compliant.

2.    Reporting
Ensure that reports to donors are submitted on time; that reports are coherent and accurate (quarterly, interim or final reports); and that the internal reporting tracker and OTIS reporting info is up to date.
Lead Project Cycle Meetings, as well as monthly/regular grants management meetings (BVA meetings) which include representation from each unit (finance, programs, logistics) and ensure proper follow up of issues raised.

3. Donor Compliance
Research donor compliance issues for new opportunities or existing grants, as needed, within the assigned portfolio of IRC Ethiopia.
With the support of the S.Grant Manager, review donor agreements and coordinate their review with the relevant IRC HQ office.
Ensure that grants are implemented in compliance with IRC and relevant donor regulations.
Maintain and update grant files related to proposals.

4. Communication and Information Management
Communicate with donors and attend donor meetings in order to share IRC’s accomplishments as well as to stay up to date on the latest donor developments and requirements.
Distribute to IRC staff all documentation (grant proposals, reports, budget, etc.) related to their specific programs.
Keep an updated inventory of all communications related to programs/donors and ensure communication and visibility requirements are met.

6. Administrative/Other
Ensure OTIS data is up to date for all assigned new proposals. Secure all OTIS approvals for the assigned new proposals prior to submission to the donor.
Keep an accurate Grants Filing system on the Shared Drive (Box), OTIS and hardcopy folder.


Job Requirement

– Fluency in English, spoken and written, is the most important requirement for this job; Fluency in Amharic required. Fluency in   Amharic required. (The written English skills will be tested through an exam).

– Advanced MS Excel and Math skills required (skills will be tested through an exam) and are the most important requirement for   this position.

– BA degree required; Master’s degree in International Development/Affairs Economics, Social Sciences.
– At least 4 years of experience in program management, grants management or proposal/business development/design;
– Prior knowledge of donor (ECHO, EU, USAID, OFDA, BPRM, DFID, SIDA, UNICEF, UNHCR, OCHA etc.) and government     regulations preferred. 
– Good communicator with strong organizational, time management and analytical skills.
– Excellent inter-personal, cultural and diplomatic skills.
– Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements.
– Strong capacity to mentor and build capacity of staff.
– Ability to juggle competing priorities, meet demanding deadlines and work under pressure in unstable security environments.
– Strong computer skills required.
– Previous successful experience developing projects, writing winning proposals and donor reports preferred.
– IRC is looking for an individual with previous grant management, proposal development and general Pre and Post Award   experience, though budgeting skills are essential it is not a mandatory requirement

 Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances
Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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