Innovations for Poverty Action, an international non-profit, seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Grants Manager to serve as a main point of contact for information and guidance on grants and contracts, maintain quality oversight of a portfolio of grants within Innovations for Poverty Action’s programs, and act as a direct supervisor to one or more Grants Officers. This position will work closely with in-country and Project Teams and members of Grants, Global Finance, Grants Financial Management, IT, and Legal Teams to review, negotiate, and accept incoming agreements, ensure compliance with existing agreements, act as a subject matter expert in grants administration operations that emphasize assessment and mitigation of risk, compliance, and enforcement of OMB circulars and institutional grant-related policies and procedures, and, lastly, exercise sound judgement in independently interpreting and adapting policies and regulations for application to specific grant awards as well as develop solutions to substantive challenges affecting the effectiveness and efficiency of the grant agreement process. The Grants Manager enables IPA to discover and promote effective solutions to global poverty by managing a portfolio of private and public grants and contracts within an assigned geographic region (East Africa, West Africa, Asia and/or Latin America) and/or thematic sector.

IPA's compensation structure is designed based on the labor market for the specific geographic location where the employee is located.  We are offering the following salary ranges for this position: 
-  Grants Manager/Senior Grants Manager is classified as "C3" on IPA's global job structure.
-  For US based employees the starting annual gross salary is $77,598 with a maximum of $90,000.
- The salary for locations outside of the US will vary depending on IPA's salary scale ranges for that specific location.

Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location.

  • Lead assigned functional area of grants management, coordinating closely with internal and external stakeholders, from pre-award through close-out
  • Serve as primary in-house expert and resource on a specific aspect of grants management (e.g. USG or FCDO rules and regulations, internal policies, training, and subrecipient monitoring.)
  • Serve as a primary resource for Country Office staff and Project teams on grant awards and donor requirements
  • Ensure compliance with donor requirements by tracking the terms and conditions of grants and contracts via regular and reoccurring portfolio review meetings
  • Work with project teams to request and secure award modifications on a timely basis
  • Serve as the primary liaison with donors for awards within assigned portfolio
  • Collaborate regularly with Project teams and members of Grants, Global Finance, Grants Financial Management, IT, and Legal to create and/or refine existing grant-related policies and procedures
  • Conduct, participate, and/or design training on grants-related topics for IPA staff as requested
  • Review draft award agreements including amendments and cost extensions, negotiate terms with donor and coordinate internal approvals and set up of awards in IPA systems
  • Manage the subrecipient process within assigned portfolio in coordination with Project and Legal teams including:
    • Performing due diligence on potential subrecipients;
    • Preparing and negotiating subaward agreements;
    • Monitoring subrecipient performance for compliance
  • Support the business development team on proposal and budget preparation as requested, particularly for those involving federal funds
  • Judiciously escalate to their manager any projected inabilities to meet contractual obligations and proactively mitigate risks through regular review of grant portfolios and readiness to propose remedial solutions
  • Maintain accurate grant records
  • Coordinate preparation and submission of award agreement deliverables per donor requirements
  • Ensure the timely processing of all grant closeouts
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, particularly business administration, finance, accounting.
  • 5-7 years of professional work experience including prior grants management, sponsored research and/or contract administration experience (8-10 years of experience for Senior Grants Manager position)
  • Proven track record administering grants from federal (e.g. USAID), international (e.g. DfiD), and other major donors (e.g. Gates Foundation)
  • Demonstrated capacity to handle a portfolio of grants ranging in award size and volume
  • Prior experience managing, training and mentoring other staff, including direct reports
  • Ability to build and foster strong relationships with internal/external clients at all levels of the hierarchy within the organization
  • International development experience in Africa, Asia or Latin America preferred
  • Excellent computer proficiency, particularly in MS Excel and Salesforce, Box and Google or similar applications and software.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and changing environment and to handle multiple tasks and demands, and establish priorities, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Detail oriented approach with an ability to effectively liaise across multiple departments, countries, and time zones.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen, and oral and written communication skills, with an ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
Application Instructions 

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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-202-386-6200. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to

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