Grants Manager

04 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Position: Grants Manager

Reports to: Grants Frameworks Manager

Department: Grants Management and Frameworks Pillar

Location: London, UK

Salary: GBP38,000

Grade: UK-5

Contract: Fixed term for six months

Hours: Full time (37.5 hours)


Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC's mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The International Rescue Committee UK is part of the IRC global network, which has its headquarters in New York and London. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 28 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.


Our European headquarters, IRC-UK, were established in London in 1997 to support the organisation's global activities and particularly to diversify its donor base and be able to better advocate with European policy-makers on behalf of the people we serve. Since its establishment IRC-UK has grown rapidly and is now acknowledged for its high quality project management, technical expertise in governance and rights and economic recovery, and innovative thinking on early recovery and gender based violence. The IRC also has offices in Brussels, Berlin and Geneva. IRC-UK comprises approximately 90 staff across five departments.

The Purpose of the Role

The Grants Manager will be tasked with direct support and oversight of grants implementation to meet Policy and Practice and IRC-wide priorities. The Grants Manager will provide the Policy and Practice teams with the capacity to ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations and high quality reporting. This includes, but is not limited to:

Advice and support on developing systems and processes for managing and delivering complex and strategic grants, including providing guidance on forming partnerships with organisations
Advice on donor standard compliance rules and regulations, including IRC's policies and liasing with compliance team as needed
Report quality assurance
Management of focal point donor relationship
Line management including remote management



Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:

Masters Degree in relevant field required (e.g. International Relations, Development, Anthropology, and Sociology)
Excellent communication, influencing and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively manage a variety of relationships in a multicultural environment
Strong diplomatic skills, including the ability to tailor language to different audiences and needs
Demonstrated ability to collaborate equally effectively with colleagues in 'remote' and diverse teams
Strong attention to detail to ensure own work, and work of others is of a consistent high quality in a fast-paced, demanding environment
Organized self-starter and able to manage competing priorities and identify strategic and critical issues
Ability to work autonomously and under remote management
Ability to travel internationally


Significant experience in managing, delivering and reporting on grants for humanitarian / development work from governmental / statutory donors - including DFID, EU institutions, Sida, SDC and Irish Aid
Experience of writing, reviewing and editing narrative and financial reports and excellent attention to detail
Experience of working in development and/or humanitarian contexts, preferably for an INGO or international organization (e.g. UN, major donor), preferably with some time spent in the field
Experience in building and maintaining relationship with senior staff across different teams and functions, including those based in other countries
Experience in providing advice and best practice on grants management, including financial management
Line-management experience


Good understanding of humanitarian aid and development programming
Experience of donor liaison and developing and contributing to successful funding proposals

To Apply

Please send a CV (two pages maximum) and cover page (two pages maximum) to:

Please state clearly in your cover letter:

Your reasons for applying
How you meet the skills, knowledge and experience specified in the person specification part of the job description
Where you saw the job advertised
Current salary

The closing date is: 10am (UK time) on Monday 21st August 2017.

Interviews will take place on Friday 25th of August 2017.

In order to minimise administrative costs, IRC-UK will only contact short-listed candidates.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

IRC-UK strives to be an equal opportunities employer. IRC-UK is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.