Grants Manager – Francophone Region

Grants Manager – Francophone Region (Mauritania, Cameroon, CAR)

Position based in Yaoundé, Cameroon

Position type and closing date

Please note that this is an accompanied position

The closing date for applications is 10 January 2019

Contract duration: 1 year with possibility for extension


Applicants are required to uphold the core values of our organization.



World Service is the internationally recognized humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation, assisting people in need irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or gender. We implement programs worldwide, working with both local and international partners, helping communities achieve their full potential and advocate for their universal rights. Our partners include Lutheran Churches and their related agencies, the European Commission (ECHO), the US Government (BPRM) and UNHCR, with whom we are a key implementing partner. For additional information please see

Purpose of the position

The Grants Manager (Francophone Region) is responsible to develop high quality project proposals and concept notes for direct submission to key donors including ECHO, Europeaid, UN Agencies and other major institutional donors. Experience with and an understanding of the rules and requirements of these donors is essential.


Developing log-frames, work-plans, budgets and monitoring processes/templates will be a key task, requiring hands-on work with the country program teams ahead of and during the proposal development process. The ‘needs assessment’ is also an important and major element for proposal development and, while not being the responsibility of this position, must be undertaken by the country program teams to enable the task to be completed by the Grants Manager.

The Grants Manager (Francophone Region) will need the ability to adapt and quickly shift focus and/or agenda in response to shifting priorities within the country programs while taking on diverse tasks within the proposal development process from writing, developing monitoring plans, and providing administrative support.


Based in Yaoundé, Cameroon the Grants Manager (Francophone Region) shall report to the Global Funding Coordinator in Geneva (line management, technical and work-planning matters) and to the Team Leader, Cameroon (for admin and security issues in country).

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in humanitarian or development work, and/or other related social science.


Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in international humanitarian and development programs. Experience in project plan donor networks. Work experience with institutional donors including ECHO & Europeaid is required.
  • Cultural sensitivity and adaptability. High degree of integrity and professional responsibility.
  • Working experience in African countries is an asset.
  • Flexibility, patience and ability to work under pressure in challenging contextual circumstances and working with very tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and at times with little supervision.
  • Ability to travel in the region at short notice (including securing necessary visas and travel documents)
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication.
  • Strong computer literacy.

Language Skills

English            advanced written and oral skills

French             advanced written and oral skills



Main Duties

Proposal Development (40%)


  • To identify specific funding opportunities (Institutional donors including, US, UN, EU and other Government funding) through necessary mapping and research in the 3 country programs/emergency operations and then provide proposal development support according to agreed priorities (preparedness and readiness to respond).
  • To lead and/or coordinate the timely submission/response to calls including writing high quality concept notes and proposals.
  • To assist remotely as well as provide in-country support for the proposal development and writing process (including log frames, work plans, budgets and monitoring templates).
  • To conduct the necessary research to support the technical content of concept notes and proposals (including liaison with relevant technical staff in country).
  • To maintain proper records and electronic filing systems of all drafts and final submissions and approved proposals.
  • To ensure that all rules and regulations required by the donor are adhered to and included in the proposal. This can include donor liaison when in country.
  • To finalize, package and submit proposals in collaboration with the GFT in Geneva according to donor specifications and deadlines and LWF quality standards.


Monitoring and Evaluation (15%)


  • Work closely with the M&E focal points in country and the Regional M&E Advisor (where present) to develop and maintain program monitoring and evaluation tracking tools to ensure all project indicators report clear linkage of activity outputs to intended outcomes and that the progress of change is clearly tracked.
  • To carry out regular and continuous site visits to track project progress, measure performance, and ensure accountability to the targeted communities as well as compliance with donor rules and regulations.


Capacity Building (10%)


  • Provide training support and build capacity of the implementing project officers in the country programs. This will include internal workshops as well as identifying external training opportunities (e.g. in situ and online).
  • Liaise with the GFT in Geneva to develop and conduct training modules with key staff in country programs (eg. ECHO, EuropeAid, USG etc).


Grants Management (30%)


  • Manage assigned grants’ proposal development, monitoring, timely reporting and close out of grants.
  • Ensure that the approved grants are in compliance with donor requirements.
  • Maintain the relations with respective donors in country.
  • Identify sources of co funding for new funding opportunities (including timely discussions with potential co funding agencies).


Other (5%)


  • To carry out any other tasks as needed and requested by the LWF-WS Global Funding Coordinator (e.g. screening reports, monitoring visits, training workshops, exchange visits).
  • To participate in exchange visits to LWF Country Programs in the region/country with a focus on peer exchange of experience in capacity building, grants management and successful project implementation.




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