Innovations for Poverty Action, an international non-profit, seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Grants Manager or Senior Grants Manager (depending on years of experience) to serve as a main point of contact for information and guidance on grants and contracts and maintain quality grants management for a number of grants within Innovations for Poverty Action’s programs. This position will work closely with in-country and Project Teams and members of Grants, Finance, and Legal Teams to maintain financial oversight over projects, ensure compliance with donor requirements, ensure timely and accurate grant reporting, and maintain grant records.  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).   

  • (Senior Grants Manager) Lead assigned functional area of grants management and serve as primary in-house expert and resource on a specific aspect of grants management (i.e. USG or DFID rules and regulations, internal policies, training, and subrecipient monitoring
  • Keep the Grants Director informed of any projected inabilities to meet contractual obligations, report submission and spend rates/significant budget variances and proactively mitigate risks through regular review of financial reports and readiness to propose remedial solutions
  • Serve as a primary resource for Country Office staff and Project teams on grant awards, donor requirements, and ensuring 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
  • Work with finance staff to ensure accuracy of grant financial reports including review and submission of donor financial reports and invoices. Coordinate preparation and submission of technical reports per donor requirements
  • 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
  • Ensure the timely processing of all grant closeouts
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, particularly business administration, finance, accounting.
  • 4-7 years (Grants Manager) or 8-10 years (Senior Grants Manager) of professional work experience including prior grants management, sponsored research and/or contract administration experience
  • Proven track record administering grants (compliance reporting and invoicing) 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
  • Prior experience managing, training and mentoring other staff, including direct report
  • 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
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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 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 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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