Grants Officer Job at Plan International

Grants Officer Job at Plan International… See details on how to apply for the opportunities available at Plan International.


Plan International was founded over 75 years ago with a mission to promote and protect the rights of children. The organisation was set up by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge in 1937, with the original aim to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil War.


Award and Grants Portfolio Management (25%)

  • Support project specific budgeting in liaison with the grants coordinator and National Office (NO) contact person.
  • Conduct regular grants monitoring for the project and ensure individual grants performance are being tracked effectively, and that risks and issues are being recognised and action taken.
  • Provide regular reports on grants performance to the Project Manager & Grants Coordinator.
  • Support in the annual planning process at project level.

Monitoring and Analysis of Grants 20%

  • Track and identify NRGRANT and DUMMY expenditures and ensure timely reversals are done before the closure of the month.
  • Monitor and analyse activities regularly and work with Project Manager to resolve any issues identified in specific project.
  • Co-ordinate with Project Manager and Grants coordinator in order to ensure budgets are correctly allocated and phased-in.
  • Track and monitor grants expenditure.
  • Prepare and deliver timely financial reports.
  • Conduct project field visits and spot checks.

Assessment and Compliance of Systems, Processes and Partnerships 20%

  • Work with project teams to ensure adherence to both donor and Plan processes and procedures.
  • Support in grants mapping, central filing and updating grants information in the grants management system.
  • Participate in due diligence for implementing partners and review MOUs.
  • Conduct capacity building for partners on donor requirements.
  • Coordinate grants “Kick off” meetings at project level.
  • Support timely close out processes for projects.
  • Provide information during grants audits and compliance reviews at project level.
  • Review of partner’s reports and liquidation of funds.

Finance Processes and Reporting: 25%

  • Work with project teams to ensure adherence to both donor and Plan processes and procedures.
  • Payment requests and related transactions to ensure accuracy and compliance with Plan Policies and donor conditions.
  • Prepare Financial reports in liaison with project staff.
  • Process partner advances and approved liquidations in ERP.

Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) (5%)

  • Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
  • Leads the orientation of programme staff to ensure that they are properly inducted on and understands their role in upholding Plan International’s safeguarding and GEI policies;
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in project design, during implementation and as principles applied in day-to-day work of Programme team;
  • Ensures that Plan Kenya contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted.

Other duties (5%)

  • Any other assignment within the scope of work.


  • Courageous in taking a lead, focussed on Plan International’s purpose and making the most effective contribution within their own work context.
  • Behaves in line with Plan International values and safeguarding practices, inside and outside work.
  • Challenges own attitudes, unconscious bias and behaviour and speaks up when they see wrong doing, especially by those who use their power over others to create fear or abuse.
  • Understand and adhere to the policies, processes, practices and standards relevant to own work and keeps their knowledge and skills up to date.
  • Honest and efficient in use of resources, including own time.
  • Takes responsibility for own performance and development: reflecting; seeking and listening to feedback; learning from mistakes; finding people or resources to help them learn.
  • Constructive and optimistic in facing setbacks, challenges and change, using own initiative to analyse issues and improve things.
  • Good team player, communicating effectively and being open and supportive towards those around them.


  • Understands relevant sectoral context including how the sector operates in terms of funding and governance and awareness of Plan’s purpose, values, and global strategy
  • Manages legal and reputational risk including risk assessment, communication, risk management and reporting in full compliance with risk-related standards, including in areas such as Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection, Gender equality and inclusion, Counter Fraud, Safety and Security.
  • Managing activities and resources including skills in planning and organising, financial and project management.
  • Managing people and information including skills in communication skills, both speaking and writing, and digital working, including personal digital skills.


Qualifications/ experience essential:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in either business, social sciences or international development.
  • At least CPA 2 or other equivalent professional qualification in accounting.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in grants management or a similar role in INGO.
  • Experience in award portfolio management and knowledge of major donors’ (USAID, DFID, EU, etc.) compliance requirements.
  • Experience in supporting program teams.
  • Problem solving skills to identify and lead the resolution of issues.
  • Strong communication (written and spoken), and interpersonal skills.

Qualifications/ experience desirable: 

  • Previous experience in SAP ERP or any recognised grants management system.
  • Attention to detail and analytical skills.
  • Planning, management and coordination skills.
  • Experience in working with multicultural teams.
  • Facilitation and training skills.
  • Administration and effective communication skills.
  • Ability to work and interact with others at all levels.


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