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Vacancy at EFInA
Location: All Nigeria
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EFInA is seeking to appoint dynamic, strategic, and committed individuals to build on its current
achievements and accelerate the impact of financial inclusion in Nigeria. EFInA is a rapidly growing organisation with considerable influence in the financial sector. Employment with EFInA offers an exceptional and challenging opportunity for the right candidate.

Job Title: Grants Manager


Job Field
NGO, Non-Profit

The Role
The Grants Manager will assist the Head of Innovation Funding to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria by developing a robust and diverse grants portfolio, managing and monitoring the performance of all grants awarded by EFInA. By driving the entire lifecycle of grants pipeline development, the Grants Manager will actively support the process of identifying prospective
grantees, reviewing grant proposals, conducting due diligence, developing Grant Agreement contracts, monitoring grants according to the Grant Agreement, providing reports on the status of each grant, supporting the impact evaluation of the grants and leading the grant conclusion or termination process.
Effective grants management will form a core function of the Grants Manager’s role. He/she will
ensure consistent and effective high standard for the grants administration process. The Grants
Manager will ensure that grantees meet their targets and the progress is managed effectively. The Grants Manager will possess strong project management skills. He/she will also actively manage consultants to provide technical assistance support to enhance grantees’ ability to meet their financial inclusion targets.
The Grants Manger will possess the gravitas and credibility to build and maintain relationships with current and prospective grantees. He/she would be able to represent EFInA’s objectives and work with partners to deepen financial inclusion. The individual will be a strong team play who is able to develop and inspire action among peers and direct reports.
This is a market making role that requires a fast learner who can understand the technical elements of the grants and excel in monitoring the grants portfolio throughout the lifecycle of the grants. The role demands a person who is an analytical problem solver. He/she will have a successful track record of innovative thinking and constant improvement of processes and systems.
The successful applicant will be comfortable negotiating change, taking responsibility, solving
problems and making complex strategic and operational decisions. Highly adaptable, creative, and used to delivering results in a dynamic and fluid working environment, the Grants Manager will be expected to contribution to EFInA as soon as he/she joins the organisation.

Grant Project Management
Develop and implement an effective project management process for all EFInA grants
Support the development of a robust and diverse grants portfolio in line with EFInA’s strategic objectives
Support the Programme Managers in the initial evaluation of grant proposals
Work with Programme Managers to manage the overall grant submission and approval process
Lead the due diligence process for all prospective grantees and grants
Prepare draft Grant Agreements in conjunction with the relevant Programme Manager and the Head of Innovation Funding for all grants to be awarded and ensure that all relevant documentation has been received before the funds are disbursed
Actively monitor the progress of all grantees vis-à-vis contractual milestones and Grant Agreement
Ensure that information on the grants that EFInA has awarded is widely disseminated through all relevant communication channels

Grantee Relationship Management
Maintain regular contact with all grantees and in conjunction with the Grants Administrator, conduct at least one site visit per quarter for each grantee
Arrange monthly, quarterly interaction/feedback sessions for grantees
Provide technical assistance, through consultants, where applicable in order for grantees to meet their financial inclusion targets

Grants Financial Management
Oversee the financial management of grants, including grantee budgets and audits, to ensure timely grant disbursement
Ensure timely disbursement of grants, in line with the disbursement schedule in the Grant Agreement
Prevent financial misappropriation for all EFInA grants

Ensure that all project monitoring reports are received within the timelines specified in the Grant Agreement
Produce quarterly reports that provide a dashboard of the progress of key performance indicators of all existing grants for sign off by the Head of Innovation Funding
Prepare project completion reports for sign off by the Head of Innovation Funding
Regularly update the Innovation Fund Policies & Procedures Manual for approval by the Head of Innovation Funding

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
Capture lessons learned based on the grantees’ experience for dissemination within EFInA and among relevant stakeholders
Support the Head of Innovation Funding and Head of Knowledge & Evidence in communicating the achievement of EFInA’s grant portfolio to various stakeholders to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria
Ensure that impact assessments are conducted for all innovation grants that have been fully disbursed
Ensure that the impact of grant-funded projects is clear and communicated with all relevant stakeholders

Staff Development
Monitor, manage and report on performance of staff directly reporting to this position, including the setting of monthly objectives, milestones and performance as reflected in their annual Job Plan
Provide quarterly assessment of staff directly reporting to this position and conduct their yearly performance appraisal
Perform any other duties that support the organisational objectives of EFInA

A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Finance, Banking, Law, Business Administration, or any other related discipline A Master’s degree in International Development or a relevant Social Science related discipline is advantageous
Minimum of five years’ experience in a grants management related role, with a track record of success
Strong relationship management experience with the ability to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders
Experience working in a complex and pioneering environment and of managing or facilitating change
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Experience writing and reviewing contracts and agreements
Experience evaluating business proposals, including experience reviewing and creating budgets
Highly numerate
Demonstrated project management experience Prince 2 or a similar project management certification would be advantageous
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft programs Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project
Proven ability to produce concise and well-structured reports and presentations
Experience in one or more of EFInA’s strategic areas
Commitment to the financial inclusion agenda

Work experience in Nigeria and internationally
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project)
Strong project management skills
Demonstrated ability to drive continuous improvement in processes and systems
Works well independently and as part of a team
Highly numerate, with strong analytical and problem solving skills
Proven ability to produce concise, well-structured, and very high quality reports and presentations
Ability to interpret and analyse large amounts of information and data
Very high level of attention to detail and accuracy
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong presentation skills
Strong public speaking skills
Effective influencing and relationship building skills, including at senior levels

Personal Qualities
Commitment to the financial inclusion agenda
Committed to delivering high quality results, with cost-effective use of resources
Highly professional, organised and efficient; able to multi-task effectively and prioritise work based on minimal direction and multiple competing priorities
Gravitas, credibility and ability to initiate and develop strategic partnerships and alliances
Integrity and high personal ethical standards
Works well under pressure and meets deadlines
Can-do approach
Driven and a self-starter
High levels of initiative
Enterprising attitude that is quick to search out alternative solutions to needs or problems
Positive, flexible, supportive attitude to work
Exhibits a helpful behaviour beyond strict job requirements
Discreet and respects confidentiality


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