The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
IRC has been present in Cameroon since January 2016 when the organization launched an assessment in response to increasing concerns for people affected by violence linked to Boko Haram. In March 2016, IRC opened a field office in Mora in the Far North, delivering life saving programming to increase access to water and improving hygiene practices in vulnerable displaced and host communities. Soon after the IRC launched unconditional cash programming to enable poor families to meet basic needs and improve food security, further expanding programming into GBV prevention, service provision and case management. With funds from ECHO, SIDA, SV and Irish Aid, the IRC has an ambitious expansion plan to rapidly meet the needs of a growing number of increasingly vulnerable displaced and host families.
JOB OVERVIEW: The Grants Manager provides day-to-day oversight of a number of projects within a specific portfolio. The Grants Manager is the focal point for all proposal development, donor reporting, information management and grants management capacity-building efforts within their portfolio. The Grants Manager also provides key in programmatic and budgetary monitoring, compliance with donor and internal IRC rules and regulations and other key functions as required.
The Grants Manager is directly supervised by the Country Director
Grants & Compliance
- Ensure that reports to donors are submitted on time and are coherent and accurately written (quarterly, interim and/or final report)
- Maintain hard and soft files on IRC Cameroon grant portfolio
- Play a key role in Grant Opening and Closing meetings, as well as monthly/regular grants management meetings which include representation from each unit (finance, programs, logistics) and ensure proper follow up of issues raised
- Monitor and support the use of grants management tools such as FM01, BvAs, procurement planning, hire planning and activity plans amongst program teams to ensure accurate tracking of implementation and timely alerts to potential challenges/obstacles
- In coordination with IRC-UK and IRC NY, monitor implementation of programs to ensure they are in accordance with donor and IRC internal requirements
- In coordination with the Country Director, lead program staff teams in the development of quality proposals. Act as the lead writer for all proposals.
- Liaise with NY grants units, technical units and IRC UK to ensure proposals meet internal standards, apply IRC Program Framework principles and are donor compliant
- Visits to field sites in order to work directly with program staff on the development of proposals and to regularly visit IRC program activities
Training and capacity building
- To offer training and capacity building of all staff on program reporting and IRC program specific documents
- Ensure that all staff are aware of and integrate the IRC program framework into all programs
- Keep informed on monitoring and evaluation techniques and support tools which can be shared with program staff; work closely with the various program sector heads
Information management/data collection
- To distribute and share with all IRC staff copies of all documentation (grant proposals, reports, budget etc) related to their specific programs. Ensure comprehensive grant files are maintained up to date and are available for use
- To act as an information resource on Cameroon. In connection with the Country Director, be able to provide informative and varied articles from several sources regarding the current political, socio-economic, security situation in the country
- Provide briefing papers and support development of external communication tools as relevant for donor visits/meetings on IRC Cameroon as a whole and IRC Cameroon programs in particular
- Attend inter cluster/coordination as when Country Director and/or sector coordinators are not available to collect and share information on program work and security information in Cameroon
- Identify opportunities for program development
- Assist technical assessments as a basis for program development
- Coordinate and initiate project proposals and develop program proposals for the IRC Cameroon Program under the supervision of the Country Director
- Participate in all internal program strategy meetings with senior management team
- Participate in meetings with in-country donor representatives to discuss ongoing and future programs
- Master’s degree in relevant field
- Excellent oral and written reporting skills and demonstrated ability to write and edit reports under deadline pressure.
- Ability to write clear and concise reports and proposals and to meet required reporting deadlines
- Working knowledge of budget development and management
- Experience conducting assessments, preferably using participatory approaches
- Experience working in a multi-cultural setting
- Competence with Windows, Microsoft Office
- Ability to work in unstable security environments
- Previous experience working with international partners, in particular UN, SIDA, WB, and ECHO
- Fluent written and spoken English and French required
Housing: The Grant Manager will be based in Yaoundé with frequent travel to Maroua in the Far North. In Yaoundé accommodation will be in the office/apartment. In Yaoundé accommodation is shared with other international staff guesthouse with a private bedroom with electricity, internet and cable TV.
Security: Maroua is security level orange and the IRC has a curfew in place. The situation is calm though there remains a risk of terrorist attack and kidnap.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
This is an unaccompanied position.