Grants Coordinator Job-International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Title: Grants Coordinator

Organisation: International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About US:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education and power.

Job Summary:  The Grants Coordinator is responsible for the timely and effective management and business development of a large multi-donor grant portfolio. This position manages all functions of the grants unit at IRC Uganda, inclusive of proposal development, reporting, donor compliance, and other administration. The Grants Coordinator reports to the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP) and manages a team of one Grants Manager and two Senior Grants and Partnership Officers. The position will work closely with the MEAL Coordinator, Partnerships Coordinator, finance department, and program sector leads. The role is based in Kampala with occasional travel to program sites across Uganda.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Program Fundraising

  • In coordination with the DDP and Country Director (CD), investigate opportunities to expand existing programming and new opportunities for IRC Uganda, based on the finalized and approved Strategic Action Plan (SAP)
  • In coordination with the DDP, M&E Coordinator and Technical Coordinators, support in ensuring development of integrated and long-term program plans beyond project-based plans.
  • Support in searching for new funding opportunities and maintaining good relationships with current donors.
  • Develop a grants strategy including a Uganda Fundraising Plan in line with the SAP
  • Maintain tracking of proposals/concept notes in pipeline and update projections of funding as necessary.

Proposal Development

  • Prepare for and lead Go/No Go meetings for funding opportunities as required.
  • Lead the development of concept notes and proposals for submission to donors in coordination with sector leads and the finance and operations teams. Including:
  • Analyzing requests for proposals/concept notes
  • Organizing and managing the use of timelines, templates and guidelines for proposals
  • Liaising with programs, operations and finance staff regarding proposal writing and budgeting
  • Writing or compiling and managing review of proposals
  • Liaise with the IRC Awards Management Unit (AMU) to ensure proposals meet internal standards, as well as being responsive to donor requirements
  • Packaging proposals for submission.
  • Maintain a record of lessons learned from proposal development and donor feedback and share with Technical Coordinators, Finance and SMT.
  • Follow-up submissions, proposal evaluations from donors and provide feedback as necessary.

Program Reporting and Donor Compliance

  • Lead day-to-day aspects of donor reporting processes to ensure the timely submission of accurate programmatic reports. Coordinate with the Finance department to ensure timely submission of budget modification requests and financial reports. This includes tracking and disseminating reporting schedules and templates, as well as, reviewing and submitting reports to donor.
  • Coordinate HQ and technical unit reviews and approvals prior to donor submission.
  • Ensure strict compliance with internal and donor deadlines.
  • Provide programs and operations teams with routine technical guidance and information to ensure that all grants are implemented in compliance with IRC and donor regulations.
  • Coordinate with HQ to obtain and disseminate specialized compliance guidance as required.
  • Proactively raise potential compliance issues to senior management; work closely with HQ compliance colleagues to resolve any related issues.
  • Develop and update compliance cheat sheets for all grants.

Grants Management and Monitoring

  • Act as focal point for communications with HQ on all grants administration functions.
  • Ensure the timely and productive facilitation of Project Cycle Meetings (PCM), including project design, opening, implementation, closing, and learning meetings. Capture all action points and regularly follow up to completion.
  • Facilitate monthly budget-versus-actual meetings to analyze project spending and track action points for corrective action.
  • Lead and/or support all project revisions, amendments, and budget realignments.
  • Ensure quality information management through regular maintenance of grant files, reporting calendars, timely submission and updating of internal IRC documentation and other Grant Unit tools and IRC specific online platforms (particularly, OTIS) including coordination and preparation of documents and files for internal and external audits.
  • Assist in preparing, reviewing and modifying memoranda of understanding and grant agreements.
  • Lead management of implementing partners in line with internal protocols.
  • Ensure all departmental communication with IRC colleagues and donors is constructive, clear, and organized.

Partnership Management

  • Lead and oversee all pre-award partnership processes, including partner due diligence, according to the IRC Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS).
  • Act as the focal point for all partner-related compliance.
  • Work closely with the Partnership Coordinator to facilitate post-award partnership processes, as required.

Staff Management and Development

  • Lead direct management of the Grants Unit staff and provide professional development/capacity building as needed.
  • Build the grants management capacity of program staff by facilitating training and provide one on one follow up support in report writing, proposal development and other related topics as needed.
  • Keep team updated on new grant management initiatives launched by donors, by IRC Regional or Headquarter offices and disseminate updates on grant management tools to team.
  • Ensure clear delineation of roles and responsibilities and logical portfolio allocation for all team members.
  • Coordinate performance management within the department and ensure a culture of high performance through staff engagement and accountability.
  • Oversee recruitment of new staff as required. Ensure comprehensive onboarding and training for new hires.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and applicable experience in nonprofit governance, administration, grants management, including BD and compliance
  • At least six years of experience in humanitarian grants management in a multi-donor, multi-sector working environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in an inter-departmental coordination role and the ability to communicate with and balance the priorities of a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience leading the development of large multi-sector funding proposals.
  • Advanced skills in donor report drafting and compilation, including the coordination of inputs and development of complex documents across different departments.
  • Prior grants management experience and familiarity with USG (BPRM), European (FCDO, ECHO, European Union), and UN (UNHCR, UNFPA, World Bank) donor regulations, procedures and requirements. Familiarity with private foundations (IKEA and LEGO) is a plus.
  • Exceptional English writing and editing skills required. Able to draft and edit detailed documents for donor submission with minimal oversight.
  • Working knowledge of budget development and management
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting and preferably in Africa
  • Familiarity with international IRC systems and processes a plus.
  • Strong cross-cultural communication skills and eager to work as part of a diverse team. Sensitive to interpersonal differences and a range of viewpoints.
  • Exceptional advance planning and organizational skills. Able to effectively prioritize and follow multiple activities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Analytical, strategic, and able to proactively develop solutions to complex challenges.
  • Reliable, patient, and able to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong ability to mentor and build staff capacity.

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below

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