The International Rescue Committee has been in Nigeria since October 2012 and came in response to a widespread flood disaster. IRC’s Emergency Response Team, with local partner, Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication (CISCOPE), implemented projects to support food security,
livelihoods, nutrition and WASH in Kogi State. Beginning of January 2014, IRC shifted geographical location to the North East, in Adamawa state to provide humanitarian response to the conflict-affected populations. In the North East, IRC has three operational offices: Yola and Mubi field offices in Adamawa state and Maiduguri field office in Borno state-with the latter office opened in October 2015. In both states, IRC is providing humanitarian support to internally displaced populations hosted in IDP camps, camp like settings,host communities and returnee populations. Both Adamawa and Borno states have a combined IDP population of 1,658,030 people.
The IRC Nigeria country program is implementing multi-sectoral interventions in the sectors of: Health and Nutrition; Environmental Health; Child Protection; Education; Women’s Protection and Empowerment; Food Security and Livelihoods and Protection. Most of these programs are driven in partnership with strategic local NGOs.
The IRC in partnership with three other INGOs, Save the Children International, Norwegian Refugee Council and Danish Refugee Council have developed a three year (2016-2019) proposal, titled ‘Promoting Rights and Supporting Protection Needs in north East Nigeria (ProSPINE)’ to be funded the Department for International Development (DFID). This is an-all protection focused program and is to be implemented in three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe: the four member consortium is being led by the IRC as the lead agency. The ProSPINE program will be implemented through a combination of direct protection response and case management; providing capacity building support to government and community based protection structures and referral pathways; plus advocacy to key stakeholders in the Nigerian government to improve the policy environment.
Job Title: Consortium Grants Manager
The Grants Manager will be reporting directly to the Protection Consortium Senior Coordinator.
- Ensure that the ProsSPINE program is implemented in compliance with DFID regulations, including maintenance of updated grant files and organization of regular grant meetings; coordinate modifications to any agreements (i.e. extensions, indicator changes, budget realignments), as necessary;
- Organize monthly budget management meetings with sector managers/coordinators to ensure strong financial management of grants;
- Responsible for donor compliance (quality narrative and financial reporting, procurement requirements, etc.) for DFID grants and other active grants;
- Manage all reporting deadlines, develop calendars for report development and coordinate report compilation and review;
- Manage and regularly update Grants Tracking Sheet to inform senior management, SMB and regional support;
- Support program staff in assessing funding opportunities and ensuring that the opportunities reflect IRC Nigeria’s strategic objectives and the local context;
- Work with coordinators and managers to coordinate the timely development of high quality new funding proposals and reports;
- Coordinate with consortium team members on grants management, project progress, monitoring and evaluation;
- Ensure that partnership and sub-grant related administrative processes and procedures are standardized and consistently implemented throughout the program, including pre-award compliance checks, agreements, disbursements, reporting and partner capacity-building;
- Responsible for ensuring compliance of sub-grantees and consortium agencies to IRC and donor rules and regulations;
- Organize and facilitate monthly partnership meetings with senior program staff; support and guide program staff in partner amendments, realignments and general challenges in project implementation, as necessary;
- Manage archiving of all grant files and institutional memory of grants and programs;
- Review agreements and provide recommendations and concerns to the senior management, SMB and regional support;
- Act as focal point for communications with HQ grants administration and compliance functions in London, including maintaining submissions on IRC’s online opportunity management tracking system;
- Review and advise on all partner agreements (including logframe, budget, spending and workplan); ensure New York/London review of partner agreements;
- Perform other duties as may be assigned.
Qualifications and experience:
- Detail oriented, organized, and able to manage competing urgent requests and priorities.
- Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
- Excellent English written and verbal communications skills;
- At least two years experience working in relief or development programs .
- Previous successful experience developing projects and writing proposals for public donors
- Knowledge of main donor regulations and priorities, including DFID, EU, UN, USAID, ECHO and other European donors.
- University degree in international affairs, Mass Communicatios or related subject; masters degree preferred.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
Deployment Security Protocols:
North East Nigeria is security phase 3 (ORANGE) so the Grants Manager will be expected to respect the various security protocols in place in country. Phase 3 requires clear contingency planning in place with staff prepared should hibernation or evacuation be called. This position is unaccompanied
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