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Grants and Partnerships Manager (Rwanda)

FHI 360

FHI 360

Sales & Business Development
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2023

FHI 360 is a global organization that mobilizes research, resources and relationships so people everywhere can access the opportunities they need to lead full, healthy lives. With collaborations in over 60 countries, we work directly with local leaders to advance social and economic equity, improve health and well-being, respond to humanitarian crises and strengthen community resilience.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Grants and Compliance Manager for the upcoming FCDO Rwanda Girls in Rwanda Learn (GIRL) program.

This position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda and is contingent upon award.

Project Description

Girls in Rwanda Learn (GIRL) (2023 – 2030) is the FCDO’s new bilateral education program in Rwanda. The program will support marginalized girls and children with disabilities to return to school, stay in school and learn. It will improve teaching pedagogy, which will in turn improve foundational learning outcomes in English and math for girls and boys. The program will reduce drop out and improve transition to lower secondary/other learning opportunities, particularly for girls and children with disabilities.

Position Description

The Grants and Compliance Manager is responsible for developing and leading a compliant grants management system for an innovation fund that will provide grants to local and other organizations to pilot interventions that provide support to out-of-school girls (OOSG) to return to school or access other learning opportunities. The Grants and Compliance Manager will be a senior management professional with experience in the management of innovation funds or grant schemes, partnership management and a sound understanding and experience of FCDO compliance.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

Work with Innovation Fund team to:

  • Develop and finalize fund design and application process.

  • Lead grant cycles from pre-award to close-out, including solicitation processes, evaluation committees, negotiation, preparation of grant packages, execution, monitoring, overall grant management, administration and close-out, in line with FCDO and FHI 360 requirements.

  • Work with technical, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), grants accountant and finance teams to adapt and apply the FHI 360 grants manual and templates to this Fund.

  • Ensure that robust and appropriate safeguarding procedures are in place and applied across the Fund.

  • Contribute to design of solicitations and accompanying application materials.

  • Prepare solicitation packs for approval.

  • Organize all aspects of the competition, including dissemination, questions and answers process, solicitation workshops, application processing, coordinating and facilitating application reviews and due diligence, documenting the selection process, informing applicants of their status, application tracking, etc.

  • Coordinate and review pre-award assessment results and negotiate documentation requirements, special award conditions, etc, as needed.

  • Liaise with shortlisted applicants and technical/MEL teams on final project design and budget.

  • Conduct negotiations on final project design and budget, performance monitoring plans, quarterly reporting requirements in conjunction with MEL and technical teams.

  • Monitor grant compliance, coordinating with technical, MEL teams and finance teams; approve modification requests as, as needed.

  • Provide capacity building to local grantees in grants management and reporting, as necessary.

  • Develop and maintain strong partnerships and relationships with counterparts (internal and external).

  • Lead on Innovation Fund risk management.

  • Engage in managing disputes, business-sensitive transactions, and delicate funder and grantee relationships to preserve the reputation and good standing of the organization.

  • Produce regular reports on Innovation Fund performance.

  • Work closely with the Innovation Fund team and MEL staff to optimize Fund performance (taking appropriate action to address poorly performing grants and/or pursuing opportunities to scale up).

  • Conduct periodic reviews of the grants portfolio with the senior management.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree or international equivalent or comparable level of professional experience in business administration or related field. Master's preferred.

  • Minimum of 8+ years’ experience in a position with responsibility for contracting of technical assistance or project delivery either with FCDO, Non- governmental Organization (NGO) or commercial consulting firm.

  • At least 5 years of negotiating experience and direct management of a diverse portfolio of grants and other agreements.

  • Direct experience of FCDO rules and regulations that apply to contractors and grantees.

  • Experience working in an NGO or commercial consulting firm.

  • Experience working with international donors.

  • Prior supervisory or mentoring experience preferred.

  • Ability to build positive working relationships with local communities, government officials, implementing partners and donor representatives.

  • Ability to analyze and establish effective cross-program coordination, procedures, and management systems.

  • Demonstrated ability in sophisticated environments, working across different cultures, and leading diverse teams to deliver impact within agreed timelines.

  • Oral and written fluency required in English and Kinyarwanda.

  • Oral fluency preferred in French.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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