Grants Manager

Location: International
Position Location: Middle East - Lebanon



P o s ition:


Grants Manager   

L o catio n:

Beirut, Lebanon

Reports to:

Program Director

Position duration:

6 months 


About Relief International.

Relief International (RI) is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Relief International includes the four members of the RI Alliance in the USA, UK, France, and Belgium.  Under our alliance agreement, we operate under a single, shared management structure with one CEO and one Board of Directors.

About our Programs.

RI is active in 16 countries around the world, including some of the most fragile: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.  Often, RI is the only organization providing assistance to highly vulnerable communities. 

  • RI employs 7,000+ staff and auxiliary workers
  • 97% of staff are in-country nationals
  • We only have some 90 ex-pat staff out of 7,000+
  • RI spent $125 million in 2019 on our programs.

RI invests in four broad program sectors:  Economic Opportunity, Education, Health, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).  We design our programs to incorporate The RI Way:  local participation, integrated programming, the development of civic skills, and partnerships including with local NGOs, governments, and the private sector.

RI supports solutions that reinforce and improve upon existing in-country systems. Where such systems do not exist or are chronically underperforming, RI’s crisis response lays the foundation for long-term, sustainable change. 



Essential Functions and Areas of Accountability:

Grants and Compliance

  • Ensure that reports to donors are submitted on time and are coherent and accurately written (quarterly, interim and/or final report).
  • Maintain hard and soft files on RI Lebanon’s grant portfolio.
  • Lead Grant Opening and Closing meetings of RI Lebanon Grants.
  • Monitor and support the use of grants management tools such as Budget versus Actuals (BvAs), procurement planning, recruitment plan and activity plans amongst program teams to ensure accurate tracking of implementation and timely alerts to potential challenges/obstacles.
  • Support in grants modification: Cost or non-cost extension, amendments, etc

Proposal Development

  • Support program staff teams in the development of quality proposals. Act as the lead writer for some proposals.
  • Liaise with RI Middle East grants units to ensure proposals meet internal standards, apply RI’s Program Framework principles and are donor compliant.
  • Visits to field sites in order to work directly with program staff on the development of proposals and to regularly visit RI’s program activities.


Training and Capacity Building

  • To offer training and capacity building of all staff on program reporting and RI’s program specific documents.
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of and integrate the RI program framework into all programs.


Information Management / Data Collection

  • Ensure comprehensive grant files are maintained up to date and are available for use.
  • Provide briefing papers and support development of external communication tools as relevant for donor visits/meetings on RI Lebanon programs.



Work Coordination:

Internal direct reporting, dotted line work coordination and external coordination

The Job Holder reports directly to Program Director with dotted line work relation with the with the internal Program Staff. This will be done under the supervision of the Program Director.


Span of control and decision making

The Job Holder should take decisions related to the accountabilities outlined above seeking approval from the Program Director Any decision beyond her/his realm of responsibility should be discussed with the Program Director.


Working Conditions / Operating Environment

The job holder will be part of the team members who will be located at Beirut’s office in Jisr El Bacha, Sin El Fil.



Competencies (in alignment with RI’s competency framework)



Field-specific Competencies

Contributions to program achievements

Flexibility and Resilience

Accountability towards Beneficiaries and Stakeholders



Organization-specific Competencies


Cultural sensitivity



RI’s Values




Transparency & Accountability

Agility and Innovation





Job Specifications:

  • Master's degree in relevant field
  • At least 5 years of work experience in relief or development programs
  • Excellent oral and written reporting skills and demonstrated ability to write and edit reports under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports and proposals and to meet required reporting deadlines
  • Working knowledge of budget development and management
  • Experience conducting assessments, preferably using participatory approaches
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting
  • Competence with Windows, Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work in unstable security environments
  • Previous experience working with international partners, in particular USAID/OFDA,  PRM, UNHCR, and UNOCHA
  • Fluent written and spoken English required. Arabic strongly preferred.
  • Flexibility, optimism and a sense of humor are assets and highly valued

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