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Grantmaking Managing Officer

Skoll World Forum

Skoll World Forum

Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2023

The Grantmaking Managing Officer is a new position at UAF and will provide management and thought leadership for UAF’s grantmaking and grants management systems and processes. They will be responsible for leading a Grantmaking Team of 6 under the direction of UAF’s Director of Programs. This position will directly supervise three grantmaking Senior Program Officers and one Senior Grants Officer. The Grantmaking Managing Officer will work to re-design, oversee, and implement UAF’s grantmaking strategy and process in collaboration with the Director of Programs and other Program team colleagues. They will also serve as a connector between the grantmaking team and UAF’s Learning & Impact, Collective Care, and Advocacy teams. They will act as a collaborator and thought-partner by offering country, regional, issue and other expertise to inform the broader Programs team strategy while at the same time obtaining input and ideas from colleagues to inform their own projects and strategies. Additionally, they will provide information and analysis for fundraising proposals and relevant reports and insights on UAF’s work and that of its grantees.


Drive Grantmaking– develop and/or support the development of grantmaking strategies including for advisory network engagement with relevant members of the Program Team; review and decide on grant approval requests from grantmaking team members; backstop for grantmaking team members during significant absences by reviewing grant requests, completing due diligence and making recommendations for approval or declination; inform the development of the annual grantmaking budget; oversee all components of domestic and international grants processing, including legal and regulatory compliance, processing of grantmaking requirements, data entry/cleaning, and reporting of data.

 Establish and manage Grantmaking team staff and consultants The hiring of this position is part of a Program team restructure, and the Grantmaking Managing Officer will lead a Grantmaking team of 6 (with 4 direct reports). The role will require cohering a restructured team (previously supervised by the Director of Programs) and working to establish a “connective tissue” between the other branches of the Programs team, including Learning & Impact, Collective Care, and Advocacy. They will also be responsible for leading the recruitment of grantmaking staff/consultants, and providing training, supervision, and leadership development for grantmaking team members.
 Inform Program Strategy and Staffing Structure – make recommendations, give feedback, share data and reflections on UAF’s Program Strategy and staffing structure build out.
 Coordinate Outreach – support grantmaking team to build relationships with grantees advisors, and other stakeholders, and to ensure that potential grantees are aware of UAF’s work; gather information to stay abreast of landscape trends across programmatic themes and countries.
 Drive Special Initiatives – lead the design and implementation of special projects to further grantmaking team goals and objectives (for example: landscape analyses, convenings, conference/meeting sessions, etc.)
●  Support Partnership Participation – represent UAF in consortia, partnerships and field communities across our sector to support fundraising, grantmaking & advocacy efforts.
 Support Organizational Learning – share relevant information about the work of the grantmaking team, UAF grantees and their contexts with the UAF team for example through quarterly learning memos, team presentations, and responses to information requests.



Please submit a resume and cover letter to employment@urgentactionfund.org. Applications will be accepted through 8/25/23, we will be holding interviews in September and October, and our target candidate start date is Mid to Late November.