IRC is Recruiting Grants and Partnerships Officers (2024)

Closes 10 Jan 2024

IRC is seeking a Grants and Partnerships Manager, based in Nairobi for a Euro 30 Million five-year, urban livelihoods program: Refugees in East Africa: Boosting Urban Innovations for Livelihoods Development (Re:BUiLD). The Re:BUiLD program is funded by the IKEA Foundation and is being  implemented in Kampala and Nairobi.

IRC is the Lead Partner of a consortium of local and international partners to deliver the program. Re:BUiLD seeks for urban refugees and vulnerable host residents to achieve economic self-reliance and benefit from strengthened urban economic, regulatory and social environments.

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Position summary 

The Grants and Partnerships Manager is a member of the regional Re:BUiLD Project Management Team  that supports the implementation of the program across Kenya and Uganda. This position reports to the Re:BUiLD Program Director with technical support from the IRC Regional Grants Director. 
The Grants and Partnerships Manager will be responsible for grant management, including ensuring compliance, and will act as the focal point for relationship management with Re:BUiLD partners based in Nairobi, Kampala and internationally.

This position will work closely with the IRC HQ partnership team to ensure adherence to the grant agreement, policies and procedures. The Grants and Partnerships Manager leads all donor reporting, fundraising, information and grants management for the Re:BUiLD program. Facilitates/oversees partnership arrangements and agreements with city governments, technical, private, and CBO/RLO organizations.

Grants Management and Compliance

• Maintain a deep understanding of donor policies, regulations, and procedures. Liaise with IRC HQ and the IKEA Foundation to ensure grant compliance requirements are clearly understood, documented and communicated to relevant colleagues in the Re:BUiLD Program Management Team and country teams

• Advise Re:BUiLD program technical leads and operations staff on reporting and compliance requirements and ensure inputs are received in a timely manner

• Establish and maintain systems to proactively identify and track grant compliance risks and compliance with internal IRC policies and procedures. Raise issues to the Re:BUiLD Program Director in a timely manner and advise on necessary actions.

• Lead grant opening meetings, quarterly grant review meetings, and grant close out meetings in collaboration with the Re:BUiLD Program Director. Monitor post-meeting implementation of action points.

Donor Communication and Reporting

• Coordinate all donor reporting, ensuring that reports are timely, accurate and responsive to donor needs.• Upon delegation, provide liaison or representation to donors when need arises 

• Ensure that effective channels of internal and external communications relating to grants are established and respected.

• Ensure that senior management and technical leads understand donor communication protocols and provide copies of correspondence for files.

• Ensure project activity progress and indicator tracking, and top-line expenditure forecasting and tracking (including supporting teams to develop spending plans).


• Degree in Finance, Business Administration, Social Sciences, International Development or any related field.

• At least 3 years prior experience in an NGO in a similar position; demonstrated involvement and success in the key areas of this JD will be critical.

• Lived/experience working with refugees in the urban setting. 

• Good communicator, with excellent proposal and report writing and editing skills and close attention to detail• Strong organizational and time management skills

• Experience working with sub-grantees and/or local partner organizations and demonstrated ability to form effective and productive relationships with stakeholder counterparts.  

• Proven prior experience with donor compliance. Knowledge of European (DFID, EU, SIDA, etc) and private foundation donor requirements and procedures is an advantage.

• Ability to develop, manage, and analyze budgets with a high degree of accuracy

• Willingness to travel to the field in Kenya and Uganda.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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