Grants Manager Niger Niamey

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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.

NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been working in Niger since 2019 and the Niger national office separated from Burkina Faso on June 1st 2023. NRC programs in Niger focus on the education, protection from violence and camp management (CCCM), shelter, water, hygiene, sanitation (WASH), livelihood and food security, and information, advice and legal assistance (ICLA) for populations forced to move. Niger faces a multitude of humanitarian crises: population movements, conflicts, malnutrition, food insecurity, recurring epidemics, cyclical floods and droughts. Conflicts in neighbouring countries contribute significantly to the growing insecurity and instability in Niger, and cause population displacements which are currently affecting five regions of Niger: Diffa, Tillabéry, Tahoua, Niamey and Maradi. NRC is currently intensifying its humanitarian response through the establishment of a rapid response mechanism, while responding to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation.

What we are looking for:

The Grants Manager will contribute to achieving quality programming by leading effective grants management processes across Niger operations. The Grants Manager is responsible for supporting budget holders to ensure donor compliance across the project portfolio, to lead on the development of high quality and timely donor reports and other external products and to lead on project revision processes and support on grant agreement negotiations. The Grants Manager will support the fundraising strategy and support responsible growth of the grants portfolio by providing insight on funding trends, leading on proposal development processes and supporting donor engagement as delegated by the Head of Programme. The Grants Manager will be responsible for the completion of key mandatory activities under NRC’s Project Cycle Management (PCM) framework and will contribute to supporting a culture of accountability and high performance.

What you will do:

  1. Strategic Fundraising & Donor Engagement. In collaboration with the Programme Unit, lead the development of NRC’s fundraising strategy. This includes the mapping of donor policy and priorities and their alignment with NRC’s programmatic and advocacy goals. The Grant Manager will play a key role in maintaining strong donor relationships with strategic funding partners, as delegated by the Head of Programmes.
  2. Partnerships. Collaborate with the partnership focal point to ensure donor requirements are reflected in the Project Implementation Agreements and modification requests, and ensure they are in line with donor requirements/ procedures and captures accurate information. Contribute to the development of NRC’s partnership and localization approaches and strategy, including through the integration of partnerships into the country strategy. Lead and facilitate the continued development and improvement of NRC Niger partnership tools, systems and capacity building of local partners, based on Lessons Learnt and feedback.
  3. Consortia. As delegated by the Head of Programme, play a leading role in NRC’s strategic engagement in consortia. This includes engaging in the development and strengthening of consortium governance structures.
  4. Risk Management. Lead NRC Niger due diligence processes relating to grant agreements and partnerships, in collaboration with the Risk and Compliance team. This includes the review of donor contracts or equivalent and coordinating with other relevant NRC Niger departments. The Grant Manager will provide technical support, training and capacity building to other NRC and partner team members on donor compliance issues. Work with other departments to ensure relevant grant documentation required is ready and available for audits.
  5. Coordination and Representation. Engage in networking, information gathering and context analysis that contributes to NRC’s ability to make strategic and informed decisions regarding fundraising and partnership in support of NRC’s programmatic goals. As delegated by the Head of Programme, actively engage in NRC’s regional and/or global grants and partnerships initiatives.
  6. Budget Development. In coordination with the Finance Manager, support the Head of Programmes with the development of top-down budgets for all funding opportunities and ensure consistency between budget and other proposal documents, as well as compatibility with donor compliance requirements.
  7. Line Management. Line management of the Grants team, to ensure timely and quality completion of tasks. This includes ensuring that the NRC Niger Grants team maintain high quality and accurate information management systems for Grants.

Please download the detailed job description to learn more about the role.

What you will bring:

  • Three years of relevant experience in donor relations and grants management within a relevant context (e.g., with institutional humanitarian and development donors)
  • Experience working in complex environments and with Displacement affected people;
  • Good understanding of donor rules and regulations Knowledge of institutional donors’ rules, regulations, priorities, and compliance requirements - NMFA, UNHCR, DFID, ECHO etc
  • Proven skills and experience in report and proposal development and working with multiple donors;
  • Good personal organisational skills, including time management, and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Willingness to travel to area offices and work in difficult environment according to travel requirements.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French.
  • Strong organisational and team working skills.
  • Good cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.
  • Able to demonstrate experience of writing high quality reports and proposals.
  • Able to demonstrate ability to solve complex problems.
  • Able to demonstrate experience of contributing to positive organisational change.
  • Knowledge of the NGO operations and the dynamics of the humanitarian sector.
  • Good ICT skills, particularly in Microsoft Windows Word and Excel.

What we offer:

  • Location: Niamey
  • Contract: 12 months contract
  • Salary/benefits: grade 9 on NRC’s scale
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Send in your application by 18th April 2024.

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  • When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your passport. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education.
  • Submit your application and CV in English or French, ensuring to attach your latest CV.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • We receive many applications for each vacant position, as a result only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

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We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts.
  • join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.
  • be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity.
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