SUMMARY STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES :
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.
DETAILED RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS :
- 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 proposals and amendments, working 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 accurate.
- 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 & Germany 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.
- 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.
- Support the Senior Grant Manager on the research of donor compliance issues for new opportunities or existing grants, as needed, within the assigned portfolio of IRC Ethiopia.
With the support of the Senior 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.
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.
Management and Capacity Building
- Provide orientation and on-the-job training to the Grants team members. Topics may include donor compliance rules and regulations, BVA, OTIS, project design, proposal development, budget development, Grant Opening and Grant Closing meetings etc.
- 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 hard copy folder.
EDUCATION: BA degree required or Master’s degree in Accounting, Economics, International Affairs, Social Sciences, or STEM (Science, Technology and Math) strongly preferred.
EXPERIENCE: At least 4 years of experience in program management and or grants management or proposal/business development/design.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES :
- Proficiency in English, spoken and written, is the most important requirement for this job; Proficiency 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.
- 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 interpersonal, cultural and diplomatic skills.
- Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements.
- Strong capacity to mentor and build the capacity of staff.
- Ability to prioritize 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.
- Ethiopian Nationals with experience working abroad are strongly encouraged to apply
- Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.