The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC in Kenya is the primary provider of health services in Kakuma and Hagadera (Dadaab) Refugee Camps, including clinical services, maternal and newborn care, nutrition and immunization services for children and pregnant and lactating women, community health outreach, and HIV-AIDS & TB prevention and care. IRC’s office in Lodwar, Turkana County, serves local communities through livelihoods support programming, support to VSLAs and women’s and girl’s safe spaces, and efforts aimed at preventing and responding to gender-based violence. In Nairobi and Kajiado counties, IRC supports urban refugees and vulnerable populations through its Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) programming, as well as through protection and advocacy efforts. As of June 2021, IRC began implementing nutrition and women’s protection and empowerment (WPE) programming in West Pokot County, in collaboration with local partners.
SCOPE OF WORK
Based in Nairobi, the Grants and Partnership Manager will be a key member of IRC Kenya’s Grants Unit and will report to the Deputy Director for Grants and Accountability (DDGA). This position does not currently have supervisory responsibility. Occasional travel to field sites and refugee camps may be required. The Grants and Partnership Manager will work collaboratively with all members of the Grants Unit, including two Princeton in Africa (PiAf Fellows), as well as with technical coordinators, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and the finance and operations teams. The Grants and Partnership Manager will primarily be responsible for building and maintaining strong local partnerships across geographic areas where IRC Kenya works, and for ensuring effective management of partnerships. They will coordinate and manage the sub-award lifecycle in accordance with the IRC’s Partnership for Excellence and Equality System (PEERS), including conducting due diligence, ensuring partners understand applicable donor regulations, and managing receipt and review of partners’ deliverables. They will also contribute to overall grants management efforts and work to ensure adherence to donor regulations and compliance across grants and sites.
Partnership Building & Management
Partner Identification & Mapping
- Contribute to development of a clear framework on identification of local partners/organizations, and maintain clear, accessible documentation of identified organizations.
- Prioritize engagement with local partners/potential partners and lay the groundwork for long-term relationships with partners, rather than project- or funding-specific engagements, with the aim of ensuring there is a mutual, collaborative effort by IRC and partners.
- Lead the partner engagement process according to the IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS) including: (1) partner project capacity review (PPCR), (2) anti-terrorism checks (ATC), (3) partner identity and background review (vetting) (4) preparation of the required partnership documents such as the internal signing memorandum, draft partnership agreement, monitoring schedule, or other, and (5) review partner’s proposal documents.
Review Requests for Proposals & Partner Submissions
- Prepare and/or review solicitations and requests for proposals from Program team(s) before publishing to ensure compliance with IRC policy and donor rules and regulations.
- Lead in drafting sub-grants/partnership agreements and modifications for compliance with donor rules and regulations, act as focal point with HQ for review and approval, and facilitate signature by IRC and partner.
Support Partnership Agreements / Project Cycle Management
- Provide oversight and coordination of all IRC Kenya Partnerships according to IRC’s PEERS methodology, ensure needed support is provided to partners, and act as focal point during the project cycle. Sub-grant related administrative processes and procedures should be standardized and consistently implemented throughout the project cycle, such as for disbursements, reporting and monitoring. This includes organizing, participating in, and facilitating partners’ financial and technical monitoring and verifications led by the IRC, as well as tracking of partner deliverables.
- Support IRC Kenya program and operations staff to ensure any emergent compliance concerns are addressed during the term of the partnership/sub-grant agreements.
Partner Capacity Building
- Support IRC Kenya program and operations staff in assessing partner’s capacity building needs and coordinate discussions with partners to develop a capacity building/development plan which is based on the outcome of the assessment (PPCR). Ensure the plan is tailored, targeted, and responsive to their organizational needs and priorities.
- Design tools to effectively monitor progress made against the agreed upon partner capacity building plans to best support partners in their organizational development.
- Maintain a sub-grants tracker for all partnership/sub-grant agreements including basic sub-grant details, funds disbursed, and liquidations received. Contribute sub-grant updates to the country program’s monthly internal financial report template (FM01) and provide analysis of all current Partnerships, as required.**Proposal Development**
- Support the Grants Unit in the proposal development process, as needed, through compilation of inputs to technical proposal narratives/concept notes and annexes; development and/or review of budget narratives, and initial review of proposals to ensure proper proposal templates and grant management procedures are followed.
- When proposals are undertaken by the country program with partners, the Grants and Partnership Manager will be the primary focal point with the partner organization throughout the proposal development process. They will be responsible for establishing the teaming agreement and working with the partner to ensure the various technical narrative and non-technical inputs are shared in a timely manner.
- Ensure partner inputs are received and incorporated into the initial grant report draft and ensure the relevant technical coordinators and M&E team have sufficient time to review inputs and raw reporting data submitted by the partner; solicit feedback from partners as questions arise on content of reports, and ensure revisions are managed in a timely manner; edit report inputs as needed. Overall, seek to provide high-quality, well-written and timely reports meeting IRC and donor requirements.
- Ensure partners remain apprised of grant report due dates and submission dates for partner inputs are kept updated on IRC’s internal tracking sheets.
- Ensure all partner report submissions are filed in the Grants Unit’s Box folder system, and maintain hard copy files of report submissions, as appropriate.**General Grants Management/Administration**
- Records Management: Support comprehensive information management and filing system to ensure all grant and sub-grant agreements, reports, key correspondences, T codes, etc. are appropriately filed in up-to-date and consistent soft (Box) and hard (physical) files managed by the Grants Unit.
- Communication and information management: Provide overviews of partners and projects, as needed, for correspondences and communications materials such as IRC Kenya’s quarterly publication, Darubini. Take minutes during grants-led meetings, as well as bi-monthly Senior Management Team (SMT) meetings, and following up action points, as required.
- Support other program initiatives/workstreams/tasks as assigned.
- University degree in international relations, or other relevant fields.
- Master’s degree desirable.
Required Experience & Competencies:
- 3 to 5 years’ experience working with sub-grantees and/or local partner organizations and demonstrated ability to form effective and productive relationships with stakeholder counterparts.
- Experience in grants management, proposal development (program narratives and budgets) and donor reporting.
- Knowledge of UN (UNHCR/UNICEF/UNFPA/WHO), US (USAID/BHA/CDC), EU (ECHO/EC), and UK (FCDO) donor regulations, procedures, and requirements.
- Ability to work with tight deadlines for report writing/ information requests.
- Excellent organizational skills, the ability to determine and juggle multiple priorities and attention to detail is critical.
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural context as a flexible and respectful team player. Patience, cultural sensitivity, and the application of contextual understanding in day-to-day work is required.
- Willingness to travel to IRC Kenya’s field sites or to new locations for partner assessment, as needed.
- Excellent written and spoken English essential.
- High-level of knowledge and practice with Word, Excel, Teams, Outlook, etc. required.