London, Greater London
£31,000 - £35,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Grants Officer


The Fund for Global Human Rights (the Fund) is a leading supporter of locally rooted human rights groups around the world. Dedicated to finding and funding the most effective human rights organisations, the Fund offers grants and facilitates technical support to ensure the long-term effectiveness and viability of frontline groups working in challenging conditions with scant resources.

Since 2002, the Fund has awarded more than $95 million to nearly 650 human rights organisations across the globe. Grantees work on a wide range of issues from indigenous land rights in Guatemala, to women’s rights in Morocco, to discrimination against HIV positive people in India. The Fund currently maintains programmes in five regions. 

Based in London, the Fund’s European Office leads its work in Europe and seeks to raise the profile of the organization and its grantees in front of key audiences across the continent. The Office is expanding with a dynamic staff of ten working across a range of departments – communications, development, program, and operations.


The Grants Management team sits within the Fund’s Operations department and is primarily focused on ensuring that resources are reaching frontline activist organisations. The team seeks an Arabic-speaking Grants Officer who will report to the Manager of Grantmaking Operations and manage the Fund’s programmes in the Middle East & North Africa.  Please note that portfolio assignments are subject to change.

The successful candidate will join a high-performing, enthusiastic grants management team, a deeply committed global staff, and an organisation constantly learning and adapting to global contexts.

Essential Duties of the Position

Grants Management

  • Manage the Fund’s Middle East & North Africa grant
  • Manage incoming grant proposals and evaluate eligibility of prospective grantees
  • Prepare and send grantees grant letters
  • Disburse funds to grantees, track disbursements, and troubleshoot disbursements when issues arise
  • Track reporting deadlines and communicate with grantees to ensure that they are met
  • Work collaboratively with fundraising and finance staff to track restricted funding, manage donor-advised funds and administer donor-advised grants
  • Collaborate closely with programme officers to ensure grants and grantee relationships are managed according to their risk level and operating context; identifying operational challenges due to changing contexts and local financial and compliance regulations
  • Occasional travel to the field and/or domestic conferences
  • Translate grant-related documents and materials as needed
  • Correspond with grantees in Arabic, French and English

Database and Systems Management

  • Act as an internal expert on the Fund's grants management database (GIFTS Online), including:
  • Ensuring that all grant and grantee information is entered consistently and accurately
  • Generating reports and dashboards for the programme, fundraising, and finance teams
  • Acting as a point person with GIFTS Online support staff when we encounter glitches
  • Support staff training across departments on how to use the database to get the information they depend on
  • Work collaboratively with the Manager and Sr. Grants Manager to implement new and refresh current grants management workflows, processes, and procedures to improve efficiency and accuracy, as needed
  • Collaborate with programme, finance, and fundraising staff to ensure grantmaking budgets are accurate ad regularly updated
  • Responsible manage and monitor grantmaking financial platforms and currency tools
  • Maintain accurate digital grantee files

Docket Preparation

  • Collaboratively project manage the docket workflow with the Manager of Grantmaking Operations
  • Work closely with programme officers to prepare and assemble docket materials

Organisational Citizenship

  • Participate in cross-departmental working groups as needed
  • Participate in annual grants management retreat
  • Participate in annual all-staff retreat
  • Be an enthusiastic member of the Fund’s European Office


  • One+ years of experience managing grants or Two+ years of relevant work experience, e.g. managing workflows and processes
  • Strong organisational, time-management and problem-solving skills
  • Track record of strong and consistent attention to detail while managing a large portfolio in a fast-paced, complex environment
  • Working knowledge of databases
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Able to exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality in maintaining critical and sensitive information.
  • Fluent in English and strong working proficiency in Arabic and French (written and verbal)
  • Authorised to work in the UK without sponsorship

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a non-profit environment; grants management experience at private or public foundation a plus
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Experience in or demonstrated interest in human rights and/or social justice issues
  • Additional language proficiency, especially in Spanish, Hindi, Thai, or Burmese
  • Familiarity with US and/or UK non-profit compliance requirements and best practices
  • Familiarity with a grants management database, especially GIFTS Online, Fluxx, or Foundation Connect

The ideal candidate will also possess the following attributes:

  • A constructive and solutions-oriented approach to problem solving
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to convey information accurately and listen effectively
  • Exceptional and consistent attention to detail while performing routine tasks in a fast-paced, complex environment
  • Ability to manage workflows and processes for different programmes at the same time
  • Thinks strategically and analytically; anticipates the impact of changes—small and large
  • Works proactively to address molehills before they become mountains
  • Comfortable in fast-moving, ever-changing environment
  • Enterprising, curious and willing to take on new projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills and thrives in collaborative, diverse team settings
  • Customer service oriented; understands who we serve and, considers the client(s) when managing change

The Fund for Global Human Rights UK encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply; we especially encourage people of colour, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTIQ applicants.  As a human rights organization, cultural competency and sensitivity are requirements for all staff positions at the Fund. The Fund for Global Human Rights UK is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of March 31st 2021. The position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Start date is flexible, but April 2021 preferred. No phone calls please.

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Refreshed on: 04 March 2021
Closed date: 31 March 2021
Tags: Business Development, Operations

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