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Portfolio/ Grants Manager

The British Asian Trust
The British Asian Trust

£28,000 -£30,000 per annum depending on experience London

Deadline: 09 March 2012

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Reporting to: Director

The British Asian Trust is a grant making Trust working in the areas of education, livelihoods and health across South Asia and the UK. We aim to ensure that UK based donors and foundations are provided with strategic advice and guidance to invest their charitable funds in South Asia.

The Grants Manager will be responsible for the effective management and growth of the Trust’s Charitable Portfolio,
its regular monitoring and evaluation, management of relationships with charity partners and reporting to donors. You will ensure best practice and accountability in grant giving. 

This is a high-profile role calling for extensive experience of grant management within a Foundation or a Trust. You
will possess analytical and decision making abilities as well as a good understanding of development issues in South Asia. A strategic thinker you will have strong communication and budgeting skills and the drive to ensure we deliver against our mission.


Grant Management

  • Establishing and maintaining high quality grant management processes and systems including due diligence systems, monitoring and evaluation and reporting. 
  • Ensuring all programmes and charity partners on the grounds are duly assessed and evaluated before bringing them on to the Trust Portfolio.
  • Establishing Key Performing Indicators to ensure that grant requirements for donors and the Trust are met.
  • Writing regular reports for our donor base that includes individuals, Trusts and Foundations and Corporates.

Grant Administration

  • Liaise with applicants and answer incoming enquiries.
  • Ensuring all grant payments are made in a timely fashion and all grant conditions are met before renewals are undertaken
  • Maintaining and editing all contractual documents with partners and charity partners. Working with our legal team to ensure that all our legal documents are compliant with in-country and UK charity requirements.

Relationship Management

  • Maintaining close and regular relationships with charity and funding partners in-country to ensure that the Trust has all the intelligence and information it requires to meet its high standards.
  • Regular travel to visit charity partners and assess programmatic impact.
  • Undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time, which are commensurate with the seniority of this post and the post holder’s competencies

Business Development
Develop new grant programmes alongside the Director in line with the interests of the Trustees and the needs of donors.

Skills and experience required:

We are a small team dealing with a wide range of issues at any one time so we value a flexible approach to work, ability to multi-task, and a willingness to work co-operatively with people from a wide range of backgrounds.

  • An understanding of South Asia - knowledge &practical experience of one or more of the charitable areas supported – education, livelihoods, health or South Asia.
  • Ability to identify needs and shape grant programmes.
  • 3-4 years of experience of doing M & E or grant management at a Foundation or Trust
  • Experience in quantitative/qualitative data collection techniques.Excellent written and oral
  • communication/reporting skills in English.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and in close coordination with diverse audiences.
  • Financially literate
  • Process orientated
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office software, Windows and internet;
  • Qualified to degree level
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Enthusiastic and hardworking
  • Reliable, professional, calm under pressure
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, confident and with good organisational skills.
  • Excellent writing skills; able to articulate project complexities effectively
  • A clear communicator, able to liaise with people at all levels

Additional Information:

Hours of Work: 37.5-hour week, (Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm)
Salary: £28,000 -£30,000 per annum depending on experience
Location: The British Asian Trust offices currently based in London SW1.
Paid Leave: 25 days (3 of which must be taken over the Christmas and New Year holiday period) in addition to public
holidays and any discretionary days as may be offered by the Trust to all staff
Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing date 9th March 2012

Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments due to a disability to assist you in completing your application and/or participating in a selection test or attending an interview in the event that you are short-listed.

Please note due to the high volume of applications received we are unable to respond to non shortlisted candidates. Successful candidates will be notified within 2 weeks of the closing date.


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