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  • Posted: Dec 22, 2020
    Deadline: Jan 8, 2021
  • FilmAid is an international development and humanitarian communications organization that harnesses the power and influence of media and the arts to respond to emergencies as well as promote social change through dialogue in order to protect the wellbeing of displaced and vulnerable populations by building stronger, healthier, and more informed communities a...
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    Grants Officer, Finance- Re-advertisement

    Job Purpose:

    The Grants Officer is responsible for the strategic oversight of FilmAid Kenya’s grants through adherence to all donor requirements, staff training and supporting the development of new grants, including liaison between the country office and location offices (Dadaab and Kakuma).

    Working closely with the Programmes Director, the Grant Officer is expected to manage existing grants

    and assist in the application for new opportunities.

    Key Performance Indicators:

    • Monthly grant cash forecasts against work plans in collaboration with the Programmes Director and done and submitted to the Country Director
    • Petty cash requests reviewed against project needs before approval and disbursement
    • Purchase requisitions reviewed against approved grants before procurement
    • All grant reports verified against all grant terms and conditions and ensure due compliance through their accuracy, reasonability and completeness.
    • Monthly grant reports generated and discussed with the Finance Manager, Field Manager / budget holders, Programmes Director and Country Director and recommendations followed up for actioning
    • Budgets to support grant applications generated in collaboration with the Programmes Director.
    • All recommendations arising out of external audits, donor reviews and other inspections related to financial / administrative operation of grants are implemented within the timelines indicated in the management responses.
    • All commitments made to creditors/suppliers/vendors aligned to grants are met as per the LPO and/or contract agreements.

    Key Duties

    The Grant Officer fulfils the following functions;

    • Grants Management
      • In close collaboration with the Programmes Director, Field Managers, Country Director and Finance Manager;
      • Lead and manage the financial and administrative function of grants and contracts to ensure FAK’s compliance with requirements, procedures and policies while providing appropriate guidance and oversight.
      • Manage the financial oversight of the successful implementation of all grants ensuring donor compliance, contractual requirements and accurate and quality reporting of the projects’ financial activities and position.
      • Manage internal financial tracking of all grants and support Programmes Director to ensure work plans are integrated with financial grant management, including close liaison with field offices.
      • Supervise and support post-award administration including negotiation of terms and conditions of sub-agreements, sub-grants and subcontractors, obtaining donor approvals when required and managing award administrative closeout of awards.
      • Continuously support the improvement of financial management including grants and frameworks and how FAK’s administrative systems are set up to support these.
      • Ensure that systems are in place to maintain accurate records and effective and timely reporting of financial performance of sub-grantees and sub-contractors.
      • Play a key role in the development and implementation of best practices for the grants, contractors and procurement functions.
      • Understand and integrate the donor financial reporting requirements.
      • Work with SMT and the Finance Manager in ensuring cost share applicability and compliance with donor cost share regulations.
      • Take the lead in all donor financial verification processes.
      • Provide regular reports to the SMT on progress of grants and identify areas of concern.
    • Budgeting and Grant Development**
      • Work closely with the Finance Manager to develop annual and periodic FAK budgets, monitor them on a monthly basis, and report on it at the end of each financial year.
      • Assist Senior Management Team and Country Director in the development of grant proposals including integration of FAK’s existing organizational strategy and vision.
      • Provide expertise in financial aspects of new grant development.
    • Organizational Development
      • Develop and conduct compliance training on new and emerging donor issues, policies and procedures for newly hired or existing employees.
      • Work closely with Finance Teams to ensure donor and grant compliance.
      • Create internal procedures and documentation to ensure best practice in financial management of grants including targeted training for field programmes staff.
      • Work closely with the Finance Manager to develop /update policies, procedures, templates and manuals.
    • Submit a final report with proposals for;
      • Templates for new financial budgets including integration of departmental requirements
      • Approval systems to ensure new grant proposals are in line with FAK strategic plans.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Commerce or Finance.
    • Recognized Certificate of Professional qualification in Accounting (ACCA, CPA)
    • At least 3 years experience in accounting or finance preferable with an international development/humanitarian aid organization.
    • Commensurate education and years of experience.
    • Proven experience in grant management, preferably with major international donors.

    Skills and Competencies

    • Financial planning, financial management skills and accounting and budget principles.
    • Budgeting and budgetary control.
    • Ability to develop internal financial tools that match external grants.
    • Knowledge of best practice grant management approaches.
    • Understanding of organizational objectives and how that relates to finance and grant management.
    • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel
    • Proficiency in Quick Books

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    Research and Learning Manager

    Job Purpose:

    The Research and Learning Manager is tasked to deliver research, monitoring and evaluation of FilmAid’s programs on multiple donor funded communications projects in Kenya specifically for Dadaab and Kakuma humanitarian and development operations. The position also requires exemplary research, analytical & interpersonal communication skills to be used in communicating impact and promoting learning within the organization and externally with donors, government and other key stakeholders.

    Indicators of Good Performance on the job:

    • Annual plans, implementation and monitoring frameworks developed and monitored
    • Program Teams observe Program Quality Control measures
    • Organization’s objectives and desired impact achieved
    • Continuous evaluation for effective project design and improvement

    Job Knowledge:

    • Demonstrated ability in data analysis, project design, monitoring, and evaluation of development activities.
    • Experience in developing results frameworks, logical frameworks, or similar tools for project design is required.
    • Experience developing and/or using performance management plans or similar tools is required.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in monitoring and evaluating programs—including indicator development, study design, and data analysis—in multiple sectors.
    • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems; proficiency in using statistical analysis software, such as SPSS and Excel); qualitative data analysis software (such as QSR) will be an asset;
    • Expertise and familiarity with cutting-edge M&E methods, designing results frameworks and evaluating development results, including experience in practical implementation of impact evaluations, experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations, particularly in public and private enterprises;
    • Experience managing grants or contracts is also highly desired.
    • Demonstrated experience in applying qualitative/participatory research methods; linking planning to M&E; results based approaches;
    • Experienced in rendering M&E results with Social Behavior Change Communication approaches;
    • Experience with principles and practice of humanitarian aid and/or development;

    Main duties and responsibilities include:

    • Direct responsibility and accountability for planning management and oversight of CwC outreach, livelihood and media arts programmes and projects and any other research, monitoring and evaluations relating to the Kenya Country office;
    • Establishes mechanisms to assure all mandatory M&E requirements are met, the intended results are realized and documented;
    • Provides evaluation feedback into policy/project/programme design, including comments on various documents and regularly monitors project’s risk logs;
    • Follows up on implementation of evaluation recommendations; ensuring the optimal use of evaluations by providing guidance in preparation of timely management response to all mandatory evaluations and by developing a communication plan;
    • Provides support to the Senior Management on the programme of work, including identification of topics, and projects/programme to be evaluated;
    • Provides support to internal team and stakeholders on ways and means to improve M&E related components and activities;
    • Provides support at the design stage of programmes/projects for setting up a framework with defined indicators to facilitate the evaluation at the later stages;
    • Leadership and coordination of evaluation missions for projects, sectoral and thematic evaluations, including desk evaluations/studies on selected sectors/themes;
    • Supports the development of project proposals – particularly performance monitoring plans and M&E sections;
    • Develop standards for measuring quality of activities implemented;
    • Lead in the assessing the quality of programmes on a routine basis; 
    • Communicate challenges, lessons learned, opportunities and best practice resulting from quality assurance activities;
    • Ensures timely submission of good quality programme and M&E reports, including any other reports requiring M&E inputs. The reports should enlighten, inspire and record.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified persons with the required experience are invited to submit their applications with only Cover Letter, CV and 3 references to Email address: [email protected] on or before 8th January 202, and clearly indicate on the subject line as ‘Grants Officer’ and stating your expected remuneration for this role.

    Note that applicants who send letters of references, testimonials or any other documents apart from those requested will be automatically disqualified.


    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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