Senior Grants Manager

at International Rescue Committee - IRC
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 7, 2021
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Social Sciences
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB



The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. IRC has been working in Ethiopia since 1999 and is implementing coordinated, community-managed programs aimed at improving the quality of lives and recovery of livelihood of the disaster-affected population, including host communities, through promoting individual participation, strengthening institutions, and emergency response.

Position Overview:

Senior Grants Manager:  The Senior Grants Manager will contribute to overall grants management at IRC Ethiopia. The position reports to the Grants Coordinator. This position is based in Addis Ababa with occasional trips to field sites if needed. She/ He will supervise Grants team members under her/his portfolio and will be responsible to lead all aspects of the overall grant’s management of that portfolio, including the management of grants within the portfolio. She/He will also work collaboratively with all the Grants and Partnership Unit members, the technical coordinators, the operations team, and the finance team. The IRC Ethiopia is made of grants mostly from ECHO, EU, USAID, BHA, BPRM, DFID, SIDA, UNICEF, UNHCR, OCHA, GAC, and private foundations.


1. Proposals

    • Coordinate and as needed own the coordination of his/ her portfolio proposal development and amendments (including budget development and amendment) working with program staff, gathering input from technical coordinators, technical advisors, the Finance Department, Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation staff, and the Regional Unit. This includes facilitating a design meeting.
    • Ensure accurate review of new proposals or amendments, prior to HQ and donor submission. Addis level,
    • Ensure accurate review of new budgets and realignment/modification budgets prior to donor submission, 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 the focal point with donors 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 accurate monitoring and the successful implementation of programs and early warning in case of obstacles or challenges.
    • Collaborate closely with IRC NY, UK & DG grant units 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

    • Coordinate all reporting for his/her portfolio Grants and ensure quality control of reports, coordinating HQ reviews and approvals before submission to the donor. Send out monthly info to team members on all reports due in the coming 60 days.
    • Ensure that reports to donors are submitted on time; those reports are coherent and accurate (quarterly, interim or final reports); and that the internal reporting tracker and OTIS reporting info are up to date.
    • Coordinate with Grant Managers ensuring all Project Cycle Meetings (PCM) are set up using the latest PCM guidance, as well as monthly/regular grants management meetings (BVA meetings) which include representation from each unit (finance, programs, logistics) are timely which include any follow up needed.
    • Coordinate proper grants management of his/her Portfolio grants. Ensure Grants Tracker and other information management systems are up to date.
    • Monitor burn rates and implementation progress and flag grant underperformance and compliance issues to relevant Field Coordinators, Program Coordinators, and the Senior Management Team. Support follow-up actions to resolve grant challenges.
    • 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.
    • Lead capacity development of Program staff to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge on how to write donor reports.

3. Donor Compliance

    • Review donor agreements and coordinate their review with the relevant IRC HQ office. Coordinate and support the team to acquire DOAs prior to grant signatures, as needed.
    • Ensure that grants are implemented in compliance with IRC and relevant donor regulations.
    • Obtain compliance guidance from HQ as needed. Ensure that the compliance knowledge of the Refugee team grows.
    • Coordinate the development of compliance cheat sheets for his/her Portfolio grants.

4. Communications and Information Management

    • Act as a focal point for all donor communications in his/her assigned portfolio. 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, with a special focus on Donor, HQ/Field communications, and information exchange.
    • Lead all aspects of the distribution to IRC staff in Addis, HQ, and field offices of all documentation (grant proposals, reports, budget, etc.) related to their specific programs.
    • Ensure an updated inventory of all communications related to programs/donors.
    • Coordinate that all visibility requirements for the grants in the portfolio are met in a timely manner and accurately documented.

5. Team Management and Capacity Building

    • Coordinate and give overall leadership for one of IRC’s Grants Portfolio teams to consistently deliver high-quality results.
    • 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.

6. Administrative

    • Ensure OTIS, Shared Drive (Box) and Hard Copy data is up to date for all assigned new proposals and grants. Secure all OTIS approvals for these proposals prior to submission to the donor.

7.       Other

    • Complete special projects as assigned by the Grants Coordinator that may fall outside the job description and backstop the Grants Coordinator, as needed.
    • Perform tasks and take the responsibility on behalf of the Grants Coordinator when absent

Job Requirements

  • 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). As the portfolio and role will include heavy pre-award and copy-editing, strong writing skills are an essential skills to be successful in the role.
  • 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 Accounting, Economics, International Affairs, Social Sciences, or STEM (Science, Technology and Math) strongly preferred.
  • At least 5 years of experience in program management and or grants management and proposal/business development/design; or
  • At least 1 year of management experience
  • Experience in Ethiopia is an advantage.
  • Prior knowledge of donor (ECHO, EU, USAID, OFDA, BPRM, DFID, SIDA, UNICEF, UNHCR, OCHA etc.) and government regulations preferred.
  • Good communication with strong organizational, time management and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, cultural, and respectful skills.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements.
  • Strong capacity to mentor and build capacity of staff.
  • Ability to balance priorities, meet demanding deadlines and work under pressure in unstable security environments.
  • Strong digital literacy required.
  • Previous successful experience developing projects, writing winning proposals and donor reports preferred.


Applying Instructions

Candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply only through the below IRC On-line recruitment website:




Please include 3 references from current and former employers.

Applications will not be returned. IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.

Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short-listed and contacted.

IRC is an equal employment 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 or disability.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information.

·         Name of the position you have applied for

·         Date of application

·         Summary of  your qualifications and experience

·         Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job

·         Permanent Address and present address (if different from permanent) and telephone number if possible also email address

·         Disclose any family relationships with existing IRC employees.


IRC is an equal employment 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 or disability.


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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

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