GRANTS OFFICER

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development

GRANTS OFFICER

Are you passionate about making a difference in communities? Do you thrive in dynamic environments where your skills can contribute to positive change? The Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development (CCGD) is seeking dedicated individuals to join our team as Loans Officer & Grants Officer. Reporting to the Jasiri Fund Manager, you will play a pivotal role in managing grant-funded projects, supporting beneficiaries, and ensuring compliance with grant terms and regulations.

Grants Officer Responsibilities:

Grant Project Management:

  • Coordinate with program managers and project teams to oversee the implementation of grant-funded projects, ensuring alignment with grant goals, timelines, and milestones.
  • Facilitate the identification, assessment, and selection of beneficiaries for business grants, while supporting other types of grants to partner implementing organizations.
  • Monitor grant agreements, contracts, and requirements from donors, ensuring compliance and timely reporting.

Financial Oversight:

  • Conduct regular reviews and assessments of grant-funded activities to ensure adherence to budgetary guidelines, program objectives, and performance indicators.
  • Collaborate with finance teams to monitor grant budgets, expenditures, financial reporting, and cost allocation for grant-funded programs.

Reporting and Communication:

  • Prepare and submit timely and accurate grant reports, progress updates, impact assessments, and narrative summaries.
  • Cultivate positive relationships with donors, funding agencies, and grant-making institutions, serving as the primary point of contact for grant-related inquiries and communications.

Capacity Building and Training:

  • Provide training, guidance, and technical assistance to sub grantees on grant management procedures, reporting requirements, and compliance standards.
  • Promote capacity building initiatives, knowledge sharing, and learning opportunities to enhance grant management skills and organizational effectiveness.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, finance, economics, or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of progressive working experience in donor-funded contracts and grants management in NGOs.
  • Strong knowledge of grant funding mechanisms, donor relations, grant compliance, and reporting standards.
  • Excellent attention to detail, ability to interpret budgets and grant agreements.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to prepare clear, concise, and compelling reports.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, multitask, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send your application letter and Curriculum Vitae to the HR officer at hr@ccgdcentre.org and copy ccgdinfo@gmail.com, clearly indicating the position you are applying for before April 26th, 2024. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Certificates and testimonials are not required at the application stage.


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SAMPLE COVER LETTER FOR A GRANTS OFFICER POSITION

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am writing to express my interest in the Grants Officer position at the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development, as advertised. With a Bachelor’s degree in [Your Degree] and over [Number of Years] years of experience in donor-funded contracts and grants management in the NGO sector, I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to your team.

Throughout my career, I have demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring grant compliance, managing grant-funded projects effectively, and cultivating positive relationships with donors and stakeholders. My attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and ability to work collaboratively in fast-paced environments have enabled me to drive success in grant management initiatives.

I am particularly drawn to CCGD’s mission to promote gender equality and development, and I am eager to leverage my skills and experience to support the organization’s goals. I am confident that my background in [relevant skills or experiences] make me a strong candidate for this role.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how my qualifications align with the needs of the Grants Officer position at CCGD.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT FOR THE GRANTS OFFICER ROLE

  1. Research the Organization: Familiarize yourself with CCGD’s mission, values, and current projects to tailor your application accordingly.
  2. Highlight Relevant Experience: Showcase your experience in donor-funded contracts and grants management, emphasizing your ability to ensure compliance and drive project success.
  3. Demonstrate Attention to Detail: Provide examples of how you have meticulously managed grant budgets, reporting, and compliance requirements in previous roles.
  4. Showcase Communication Skills: Clearly articulate your ability to communicate effectively with internal teams, stakeholders, and donors through written reports and verbal presentations.
  5. Emphasize Team Collaboration: Highlight your experience working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams to achieve shared goals and objectives.
  6. Stay Updated on Best Practices: Stay informed about current trends and best practices in grant management, demonstrating your commitment to professional development.
  7. Prepare for Interviews: Anticipate questions about your experience, skills, and approach to grant management, and prepare thoughtful responses that highlight your qualifications.
  8. Be Enthusiastic: Show genuine enthusiasm for the opportunity to contribute to CCGD’s mission and make a positive impact on communities through grant-funded projects.
  9. Follow Application Instructions: Ensure that your application materials are submitted correctly and include all required documents, following the instructions provided in the job posting.
  10. Stay Positive and Persistent: Keep a positive attitude throughout the application process, and follow up politely if you haven’t heard back after a reasonable period.

Possible Grants Officer Interview Questions With Answers:

  1. Can you walk us through your experience in managing grant-funded projects?
    • Answer: Certainly. In my previous role at [Previous Organization], I was responsible for coordinating the implementation of various grant-funded projects, ensuring alignment with grant goals and timelines. I worked closely with program managers and project teams to oversee project activities, monitor budgets, and ensure compliance with grant requirements.
  2. How do you ensure compliance with grant terms and regulations?
    • Answer: I have a strong understanding of grant funding mechanisms and regulatory requirements, which allows me to interpret grant agreements accurately and ensure compliance throughout the project lifecycle. I regularly review grant agreements, contracts, and reporting deadlines to identify and address any discrepancies or risks proactively.
  3. How do you approach communication with donors and funding agencies?
    • Answer: I believe in maintaining open and transparent communication with donors and funding agencies to foster positive relationships and ensure alignment with grant objectives. I provide timely updates, progress reports, and impact assessments, addressing any inquiries or concerns promptly to demonstrate accountability and build trust.
  4. Can you discuss a challenging situation you encountered while managing a grant-funded project and how you resolved it?
    • Answer: In a previous project, we faced unexpected delays in procurement that threatened to impact project timelines. I collaborated with the project team to identify alternative suppliers, renegotiate contracts, and adjust project plans to mitigate the delays. By maintaining clear communication with stakeholders and adapting to changing circumstances, we were able to successfully navigate the challenges and achieve project objectives.
  5. How do you prioritize tasks and manage deadlines in a fast-paced environment?
    • Answer: I prioritize tasks based on their urgency and impact on project milestones, using tools like project management software to track progress and deadlines. I regularly communicate with team members to identify any bottlenecks or resource constraints and adjust timelines accordingly to ensure timely project delivery.

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Best wishes on your job search, and thank you for considering a career with the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner. Remember, we are an equal employer and do not charge any application/recruitment fee, whether refundable or not.

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