Manager Grants Management, Partnerships and Fundraising Job in Kenya - Concern Worldwide

Position Title: Manager Grants Management, Partnerships and Fundraising

Reports to: Programmes Director

Direct Reports: Senior Officer Partnerships, Senior Officer Grants, Officer Programme Support

Job Location: Nairobi (Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Kenya at the time of application - National Position)

Contract Details: Fixed Term, Twelve (12) Months Contract

Job Summary:

The primary purpose of this role is to coordinate grants management, oversee partnerships with a focus on on-boarding, capacity building and working through local partners (localization) and coordinating in fundraising for the country programme.

The job holder is expected to identify funding opportunities both locally and globally in collaboration with the local and global fundraising teams. S/he will directly manage a team in charge of local partnerships, programme support and grants to ensure efficient grants management, fundraising and commitment by the country programme to strengthen localization.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Grants Management and Fundraising

  • Lead in identifying funding opportunities (institutional, foundations and private sector) and coordinate together with the programme director and sector leads on strategic donor engagements
  • Oversee grants management in line with the Grants Management System (GMS) with a focus on expressions of interests, concept notes, proposals, partnerships, donor contracts, costed and no Cost Extensions, donor reporting, GMS based approvals, kick off and close out of all grants for the country programme
  • Working closely with the programme director, finance, systems and sector leads and occasionally consultants to coordinate expressions of interest, concept notes and proposal development by ensuring availability of adequate information, scheduling timelines and timely submissions for in-country and head office reviews of the same
  • Oversee the go/no go decision making process for all funding opportunities
  • Take a leading role in facilitating development of fund-raising communication materials by working closely with the country management team, sector leads and relevant head office teams
  • In consultation with the communications team, maintain a regularly updated organizational profile of the country programme for strategic partnerships
  • In coordination with programme director conduct and/or coordinate regular trainings and/or updates on donor guidelines for proposal development
  • Working closely with the programme director and sector leads, coordinate timely development, review and submission of internal and external technical and financial project reports
  • Develop teaming agreements with potential partners and oversee timely approval of the same by the country programme and relevant partners
  • In consultation with the programme director, represent the country programme in relevant meetings

Partnership management

  • In close collaboration with the programme director, field operations coordinator and senior officer partnership, take a leading role in the management of local partners in line with the country programme’s commitment to localization
  • Support the Senior Officer Partnership for the timely implementation of local partners capacity building and regular updates of the partner capacity assessment in line with the suitable tools
  • Support the Coordinator Field Operations and Senior Officer Partnership in the implementation of the partnership policy
  • Identify opportunities for the country programmes and Partners to profile their work and link into regional networks/forums on Partnership & Localisation.

People Management

  • Engage with direct reports for performance management and development through regular performance development reviews; monthly work plan development, implementation and review
  • Manage leave planning and utilization for direct reports
  • Support direct reports in understanding, adhering and promoting the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies.


  • Adhere to and promote the standards outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and associated policies to their team, beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment
  • Participating and contributing towards Concern’s emergency response, as and when necessary
  • Take all possible measure to meet Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Line Manager

Person Specification

Minimum Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • Bachelors’ degree in a related field (e.g., Project Planning and Management, Development Studies, Disaster Risk Management or relevant field.)
  • At least 5 years’ experience in grants management, fundraising, partnership management and people management
  • Familiarity with donor guidelines and localization instruments such as grand Bargain
  • Experience in the development of proposals in health & nutrition, food security & livelihoods, governance, advocacy & communication, and education sectors

Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Strong facilitation and time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles and manage competing priorities
  • High integrity and demonstrated ability to follow standards and policies
  • Ability to work in a systematic and organized manner and attend to details
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn

Competencies required:

This position will demand a highly motivated, committed and energetic individual who will be able to manage, engage others, influence and communicate effectively.

  • Effective management
  • Individual leadership
  • Communicating and working with others
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Influence, advocacy and networking

Safeguarding at Concern: Code of Conduct and its Associated Policies

Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a consultancy opportunity with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their consultancy contract. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies. Additionally, Concern is committed to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults and children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to do consultancy work or volunteer with vulnerable adults and children are recruited by us for such roles. Subsequently, being hired as a consultant with Concern is subject to a range of vetting checks, including criminal background checking.

Concern’ is the trading name of ‘Concern Worldwide’, a company limited by guarantee, registered number 39647; registered charity number CHY 5745, registered in Ireland, registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Follow Concern online:

How to apply

How to apply

Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should send a detailed CV with three referees and Cover Letter Only to with the subject of the email as "Manager Grants Management, Partnerships and Fundraising’ on or before Tuesday 4th July 2023. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (for application, written test, interview, training, medical examination etc.) nor act through recruitment agents. This is applicable for all opportunities including staff and interns.

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During this job application, you will provide Concern with your personal data. Concern takes its responsibilities towards this personal data very seriously and is committed to complying with all relevant data protection legislation.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on ensuring that the name of any employee or volunteer (existing or new), does not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will only be made following a successful clearance check being conducted on the applicant and such checks may be updated periodically during the course of the period of employment.

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