The Senior 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).  The Senior Grants Manager serves as a Unit Leader and main point of contact for information and guidance on grants and contracts. Under the direction of the Grants Director, the Senior Grants Manager helps build and manage a strong team of professionals to support IPA’s Grants Administration and Donor Relations.  The Senior Grants Manager works closely with Country Directors and Project Teams and members of the Grants, Finance and Legal Teams, to maintain financial oversight over projects and to ensure compliance with donor requirements.

  • Lead assigned functional area of grants management and serve as primary in-house expert and resource (examples include policies and training, and subrecipient monitoring)
  • Serve as a primary resource for Country Office staff and Project teams on grant awards
  • Ensure compliance with donor requirements by tracking the terms and conditions of grants and contracts and monitoring grant periods and spending trends.  Work with project teams to secure any award modifications on a timely basis
  • Serve as the primary liaison with donors for awards within assigned portfolio
  • Review and submit donor financial reports and invoices. Coordinate preparation and submission of technical reports per donor requirements
  • Review draft award agreements, 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 1) performing due diligence on potential subrecipients; 2) preparing and negotiating subaward agreements; and 3) monitoring subrecipient performance for compliance
  • Support the business development team on proposal and budget preparation as requested, particularly for those involving federal funds
  • Ensure the timely processing of all grant closeouts
  • Master’s degree in relevant field, particularly business administration, finance, accounting.
  • 8-10 years of professional work experience including prior grants management, sponsored research and/or contract administration experience
  • Prior experience managing, training and mentoring other staff, including direct reports
  • Strong knowledge of federal regulations, particularly USAID and familiarity with basic accounting and financial reporting preferred
  • International development experience in Africa, Asia or Latin America helpful
  • Excellent computer proficiency, particularly in MS Excel and Salesforce, Box and Google applications (Gmail, Drive)
  • Flexibility, self-motivation, and an ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks efficiently; Ability to manage several projects concurrently
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Hands on attention to details with an ability to work collaboratively across multiple departments and countries
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit 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 400 leading academics to conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. 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 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: 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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