Grant Finance Manager

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The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The position holder will be responsible to support effective implementation of Grant based projects by managing the overall financial management and monitoring of portfolio of grants projects through supervising, coordinating, standardizing, and consolidating Grant Finance Coordinators who are assigned to budget, donor reporting, capacity building on donor compliance and Funding Agreement Document (FAD) administration.  In addition, the position holder maintains the Grants Information System and provides grants-related financial analysis.

Accountabilities and MAIN WORK ACTIVITY

Grant Reporting (30%)  (some of the activities)

  • Establish donor reporting protocol (financial) for each grant before this goes into implementation phase and ensure project team oriented on the same.
  • Review monthly grants reporting schedule produced by Grants Finance Coordinators
  • Review monthly/quarterly/half-yearly/yearly financial reports of all projects under grants fund  in line with donor regulations and requirement and in donor format with accuracy and within schedule date

    Audit Facilitation (20%) – (some of the activities)

  • Be the grants focal point for audit of grants funded projects by different auditors (internal, external including donors) and ensure all information and documents related to the audit of grant funded projects per requirement of the auditors;
  • Facilitate the audit practices of fund providers (Donors/NO).
  • Ensure/ review closeout notification and checklist for project 3 months before closing of a project

    Due Diligence and Liquidation and Grant Budget Management (15%) – (some of the activities)

  • Prepare and submit the Indicative Grant Funding on monthly bases to MEESA.
  • Ensures Grant Budget proposals are prepared in conformity with Cost recovery guideline of Plan international Ethiopia.

    C ompliance (15%) –  (some of the activities)

  • Ensure that Plan International Ethiopia project implementation is in accordance with Plan Financial Standards and Policies (Cost recovery rate maintained including apportioned cost)
  • Ensure that Plan International Ethiopia project implementation is in accordance with the Government of Ethiopia’s rules and regulation
  • Manage the Grant Tracking Sheet and provide timely financial analysis across a portfolio of grants to Program team to ensure the effective and solid implementation of projects.

    Team Management (20%)

  • Provide a supervisory role to the Grants Finance Coordinators in ensuring continuity of the project cycle management and adherence to Finance Manual
  • Train and provide mentoring to all grant finance staff on matters related to grants finance management.

    Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI)

Leadership and BUSINESS management COMPETENCIES


  • Set and communicate ambitious but realistic work goals and priorities, explaining how these contribute to Plan International’s purpose.
  • Set high standards for self and others’ behavior, inside and outside work. Championing our values and commitment to rights, gender equality and safeguarding. Supporting the health, well-being and both physical and psychological safety of our staff, including their safety to speak out.
  • Hold self and others to account for what we have agreed, dealing with poor performance quickly, firmly and constructively.


  • Understand relevant sectoral context including how the sector operates in terms of funding and governance and awareness of Plan’s purpose, values, and global strategy
  • Manage legal and reputational risk including risk assessment, communication, risk management and reporting in full compliance with risk-related standards, including in areas such as Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection, Gender equality and inclusion, Counter Fraud, Safety and Security

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge


Qualifications/ experience essential:

  • Education at First Degree level or equivalent vocational study in fields such as Accounting and Finance
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience as Grant Accountant / Grant Finance/Grant Manager
  • Experience of International NGO grant management systems and financial regulations
  • Knowledge of Grants Administration especially system management and donor compliance in reporting of diverse institutional donors (EU, USAID, ECHO, UNICEF, GFFO, DFID etc.)

Qualifications/ experience desirable:

  • Demonstrated knowledge in cost recovery principles and systems, experience in implementing a cost recovery system is preferable.
  • Experience in managing performance and facilitating development of staff is preferred.

Languages required

  • Fluency in English language is essential
  • Knowledge of Local Languages is a desirable

Location: Addis Ababa

Type of Role: Managerial

Reports to: Head of Finance

Grade: D2

Closing Date: June 30, 2021

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Category: Health Care, Social Sciences and Community Location: Addis Ababa  Career Level: Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director) Salary: Job Description Reports to: Senior Program Director/Country Director Job Summary:  The Program…