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DRC - Danish Refugee Council

Job Title : Grants Manager

Duty Station: Gadaref

DRC Sudan

DRC has been present in Sudan since 2004, delivering life-saving programming in protection, emergency response, shelter, food security and livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, camp management, and humanitarian mine action. DRC has implemented projects in Central Darfur,  South Kordofan, Gedaref, Madani, White Nile and Port Sudan . Sudan hosts one of the largest displaced populations in Africa, with over 3.7 million internally displaced people and over 1.1 million refugees from South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Chad, Yemen and Syria. Against a background of political crisis, Sudan faces economic and social turmoil, with sharp increases in food and energy costs, further exacerbated by disease outbreaks and ongoing conflict.

 About the job

The overall purpose of the role

 The Grants Manager (GM) is a management position supporting country leads to ensure the country strategy and programme design are of high quality, based on evidence, and implemented according to the organization’s standards.The GM is responsible for leadership, quality control and management of the Grants Management Unit, which consists of Grants Management and Partnerships. This position also provides coordination and technical support to the Head of Programs (HoP).

Responsibilities and Tasks


  • Provide oversight in regular updating of the Grants Management System in DRC’s Enterprise Resource Planning platform – Dynamics with reports, proposals, contracts and related milestones.
  • Grants focal point for specific country level donors.
  • Track grants processes and milestones for all awards through the grants cycle ensuring relevant information and documentation are disseminated to relevant staff in a timely manner.
  • Facilitate project kick off meetings ensuring relevant staff and partners are aware of their programmatic, financial and compliance obligations/requirements.
  • Review current grant progress against original plans and log frames, identify areas of concern and ensure remedial actions are taken.
  • In consultation with the finance department, assist in consolidating and/or quality control of reports, in relation donor requirements, original project proposal, and consistency in both narrative and financial reports.
  • Facilitate the Country Trimester review meetings in consultation with the Area Managers and Technical Managers.
  • Support the tracking of donor financial disbursement against signed contracts and prepare request for financial disbursements from donors as contained in the project agreements.
  • Support best practices on grant closure procedures and monitor compliance to grant closure steps/milestones.
  • Responsible for hard and soft copy filling of original signed project and administrative organizational documents.
  • In coordination with Finance department, manage effective tracking of project income from the relevant donors.

Compliance management

  • In coordination with HQ and other relevant staff, design, maintain and inform internal procedures, systems and tools to facilitate partner compliance with contractual obligations to donors.
  • Carry out internal financial reviews to ensure that donor guidelines are implemented and followed, including financial, procurement and administrative aspects.
  • Carry out contract management training of staff through inception workshops, coaching and mentoring in setting up systems to monitor key accountabilities e.g. co-financing, exchange rates, interest and budget rules in line with contractual requirements.
  • Conduct and document periodic implementing partner reviews.
  • Support program teams in the interpretation and operationalization of donor rules and regulations.


  • With input from the Area Managers, Technical Coordinator, and MEAL Unit, help produce high quality program progress reports as per donor and DRC requirements.
  • Provide high quality review and assembly of program documentation including drafting editing and formatting.
  • Provide through progress reporting, a continuous analysis of the achievements, facilitate project reviews, evaluation and audits.
  • Develop donors reporting timelines and requirements template; ensure it is updated at all times.
  • Timely dissemination of reporting tools and requirements and follow up to ensure internal and external reporting deadlines are respected.

Proposal development and donor engagement support

  • Consolidate proposal write ups and draft budgets from field teams in a timely manner for select donors as agreed with line manager.
  • Support program development through review of specific project proposals, concept notes and assessment reports.
  • Collate and disseminate donor-specific requirements and guidelines for tenders and proposal processes.
  • Provide support in relation building with specific priority donors including representing DRC to the donors as requested by management.
  • Serve as focal point for relaying updates from field to specific donors and ensure instructions on programming changes from donor are communicated to field.
  • Provide timely support in processing of emergency requests under project contingency funds and crisis modifiers by assessing competing emergency needs, prioritizing interventions for emergency funding and preparing requisite documentation in coordination with the Technical Managers and Head of Programmes.
  • Provide inputs during development of Consortia including drafting of pre-teaming agreements and donor-specific grants requirements.
  • Lead on the development of the Fundraising Strategy and implementation plan.

Staff management

  • Ensure appropriate staffing within the Grants Management Unit.
  • Incorporate staff development strategies and performance management systems into team building process. Establish a result-based system and follow up.
  • Manage and mentor Innovation Interns in grants management processes.
  • Ensure staff understand and are able to perform their roles, have clear work plans, performance objectives are in place and their capacity is strengthened.
  • Provide capacity building support to in-country teams in areas such as in proposal writing, report writing.
  • Support the partnership department in development of the partnership strategy.

Business Opportunities

  • Leads the design and implementation of country and area resource mobilization strategies.
  • Monitors the funding pipeline and leads on new business development and forecasting at a country and area levels.
  • Actively identifies, qualifies and tracks funding and partnership opportunities in a systematic manner in pursuit of supporting DRC’s programming in Sudan.
  • Actively tracks multi-country, multi-sector and multi-area funding opportunities and looks for new consortium partnerships with stakeholders at country level for multi-country programming.
  • Lead on mapping activities so that DRC in Sudan has a deep understanding of the donor landscape, including donors, stakeholders, I/LNGOS and programmes that work DRC’s thematic areas.

Representation and Relationship Building

  • In conjunction with the CD, Head of Operation, Head of Programmes, represent DRC externally with donors, peer agencies, and strategic partner organizations through building relationships and networking within Sudan.
  • Support the SMT in policy influencing (advocacy) activities at relevant local and regional levels, consistent with the DRC Program Strategy.
  • Actively participate in the humanitarian, community safety and durable solutions forums with the objective to strengthen DRC position in the area.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with the NGO community and other humanitarian actors.
  • Outline and assemble talking points and develop agenda to present DRC’s perspectives in relevant forums with donors and support the CD with funding negotiations with donors.

Work closely with the Regional Business and Partnerships Development Manager in advocating for good practice when it comes to building strong business environment in country programmes.

Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

 Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • At least five years of professional experience in humanitarian emergency contexts with grants management responsibilities, preferable to have at least two years of experience at management level.
  • Knowledge and experience working with multiple sectors including protection, food security, WASH, shelter & NFIs, CCCM, mine action.
  • Proven ability to lead a high performing and diverse team, manage performance, foster a positive working environment and manage issues sensitively and diplomatically.
  • Extensive knowledge of UN, US and European institutional donors and their compliance requirements with proven experience of developing successful funding proposals, contract management including consortia grants.
  • Technical expertise in Monitoring and Evaluation and Information Management.
  • A keen understanding of the complexities in the East Africa region.

Excellent writing skills.

Education background: (include certificates, licenses etc.)

University degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Economics, or International Development or other relevant field. An Advanced degree is preferred.

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

: Fluent in English and Arabic 

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.  
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.  
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.  
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.  
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

We offer

Contract length:12 months

Level: Manager F

Salary range:  2425-2730 USD

Location: Gadaref

Expected Start date: As soon as possible

Note: Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply:

Application process:

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note.

Applications Closing Date:5/6/2024

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