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  • Posted: May 6, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
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    Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is a US-based NGO and global community of thousands of volunteers working together to use maps and open data for humanitarian response and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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    Grants Manager

    About the Role

    Positioned in the Eastern and Southern Africa Hub, while reportinging into the Community Services Manager, the Grants Manager will work closely with the ESA Hub team to co-design granting programs and lead on best practices. The position of Grants Manager plays a pivotal role in coordinating the ESA Hub team to implement granting processes from start to finish (inclusive of developing supportive capacity building initiatives that run alongside any granting); managing compliance and supporting the hub team in business development to grow the grant portfolio

    As Grants Manager you will work closely with a portfolio of implementation partners, including but not limited to: 

    • OSM communities located in places vulnerable to humanitarian crisis or experiencing multidimensional poverty
    • Community groups / organisations that are trying to achieve a social impact and use, or could use, map data to do it.
    • Groups that want to show solidarity with other communities through collaboration, contribution or support.


    • Leading on the co-design and development of new models of granting in the region 
    • Analysing the previous impact of grants in the region and making recommendations for future iterations of the granting program to align with Hub priorities
    • Collaborate with ESA Hub team to manage grantmaking workflow and calendars, including:
      • Coordinating application processes and managing incoming grant proposals
      • Assessing grant applications and coordinating an equitable and inclusive review process to effectively analyse the quality and potential impact of proposals 
      • Leading selection/approval meetings with reviewers (internal and external facing)
      • Ensure Conflict of Interest standards are met my participating partners
      • Preparing and sending funding agreement documentation to grant recipients
      • Working with the ESA Hub’s Communications Associate to roll out effective communications to support and promote the program
      • Managing and monitoring grants, through the review of reports and project visits
      • Integrating MERL data workflows across all programs
      • Managing the creation and adherence to reporting documentation through qualitative and quantitative reports 
      • Collaboratively evaluate, develop, implement new and refresh ways of managing the ESA Hub’s workflows, processes, and procedures to improve efficiency and accuracy
      • Contributing to the ESA Hub’s Business Development strategy through the potential raising of funds for future granting programs


    • Authorized to work in Nairobi, Kenya with ability to travel regularly in Eastern & Southern Africa
    • At least 5 years of grants management experience, including sub-award management and grantee management 
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field . Master’s degree preferred.
    • Experience leading, coordinating and facilitating grants 
    • Experience working collaboratively with key stakeholders
    • Experience in program design and implementation
    • Proven creativity and critical thinking through conceptualising impactful programs
    • Experience managing budgets 
    • A commitment to effective relationship building with colleagues and community members
    • Fluency in English
    • Empathy and understanding
    • A good sense of humour and willingness to learn
    • Driven, goal-oriented and strives for continuous improvement
    • Comfortable with working with a global team (e.g. willing to adjust with varying time zones)
    • A passion for humanitarian and development work, and a deep commitment to community-led change, which must be demonstrated through prior experiences


    • Fluency in other languages (particularly Spanish, French, Arabic, Swahili or Portuguese)
    • Experience in writing contracts, and other policies / procedures 
    • Experience of integrating mentorship or peer-to-peer support across workflows
    • Experience of engaging with, or being part of a community group
    • Experience working remotely and leading projects/activities and coaching team members globally

    Closing date: 18 May 2022

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) on to apply

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