Grants Manager

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Hours of work: Full time

Salary: £33k – 36k, depending on experience (subject to funding)

Job type: Initial 19-month contract

Every year RSTMH provides small grants of up to £5,000 each to early career researchers and global health professionals around the world.

To help us manage this programme we’re looking for an experienced Grants Manager who can manage all aspects of the programme from marketing through assessment, to award, ongoing communications and monitoring and evaluation.

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is a charity and society of over 1,200 members from 94 countries, who work in, or are interested in tropical medicine and global health.

We aim to save lives, alleviate diseases and improve equity and access to health through improving our members careers and combining their skills and experience with our own knowledge to call for change in policy, funding and research.

Every year RSTMH provides small grants of up to £5,000 each to early career researchers and global health professionals around the world, to try and ensure that the pipeline of research, translation, implementation and policy work on global health is full of innovative plans and projects.  We have recently grown our programme and are able to provide more grants, and this may grow even more in the coming weeks.

To help us manage this programme we’re looking for an experienced Grants Manager who can manage all aspects of the programme from marketing through assessment, to award, ongoing communications and monitoring and evaluation.

RSTMH is a small team so the candidate needs to be happy to work alone, and also be an effective team player. They should be equally comfortable leading partner relationships, developing marketing information, writing a communications strategy, advising potential grantees on terms and conditions, and running reports on the online submissions platform.  The candidate needs to be responsible for the programme budget on behalf of RSTMH and our funding partners, and have excellent project management and relationship building skills.

Summary of the role

  • Taking ultimate responsibility for the delivery of the RSTMH small grants programme, including relationships with our grant funding partners
  • Developing and overseeing processes to streamline the marketing, assessment and delivery of grants to successful applicants
  • Manage the communications and oversee relationships with our global assessors who volunteer their time to help assess the small grant applications
  • Improve communications, monitoring and evaluation strategies to optimise the programme and its longer term outcomes
  • Ensuring the grants are an integral part of RSTMH, reflecting and complementing wider organisational activity and strategy

Key tasks

  • To act as the main point of contact between the RSTMH its current and past grantees, potential grantees, global assessors, RSTMH grants and awards committee and our grant funding partners
  • To manage the international RSTMH small grants programme, working with the Chief Executive, including-
    • Develop marketing information for the small grants programme and help disseminate this to our existing and new networks
    • Provide support and advice to potential grantees, managing their expectations where necessary
    • Efficiently administer the grants application process through
      • Carry out an initial assessments of grant applications
      • Assign the applications to global assessors and managing that process through to finalising assessments and producing a shortlisting report
      • Work with the Chief Executive to make recommendations to the Grants and Awards Committee
      • Produce shortlisting reports for RSTMH funding partners according to their criteria
      • Finalise grantees and working with the RSTMH to make awards
      • Evaluate the project reports as part of the wider review of the Programme
  • To manage relationships with global assessors and grantees including
    • Establish relationships with global assessors and grantees including phone calls, webinars and face to face meetings where possible
    • Work with global assessors and grantees to ensure compliance with our grant processes including reporting and evaluation
  • Draft reports for the Chief Executive, Grants and Awards Committee, Board of Trustees and funding partners
  • Maintain quality data records on grant activity, through the RSTMH resources
  • Ensure we meet our obligations under our agreements with our funding partners
  • Carry out such other tasks as the Chief Executive may from time to time deem necessary

Person Specification

Essential

  • At least 3 years experience of working on a grants programme
  • Understanding and experience of developing a monitoring and evaluation process
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and manage own time
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and skills
  • Excellent at building relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong organisational and project management skills with the ability to meet challenging deadlines and targets
  • Strategic thinker, happy to undertake operational work
  • Strong IT skills, including MS Office applications and database management
  • A demonstrable commitment to the aims and objectives of RSTMH
  • Diplomacy and the ability to manage sensitive data in a confidential and appropriate manner
  • Methodical and able to meet agreed deadlines
  • Flexible approach to changing circumstances, prepared to re-order priorities when required

Desirable

  • An understanding of the environment for grant making for charities
  • Experience of working in a small team
  • Experience of writing grant applications

Please apply by sending a covering letter detailing how your experience matches the person description and uploading your CV, through this link to our online submission platform by 17:00 on 29 April 2020.