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Grants Coordinator

Date: 10-Jun-2021

Location: Yaounde, Cameroon

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Title    Grants Coordinator
Functional Area    Grants 
Reports to    Business Development Manager 
Location    CO, Yaounde

Travel required    Frequent
Effective Date    FY21 – FY22    Grade    C2


Value Proposition
The Grants Coordinator is responsible:

- To support in the fundraising building relationship with new and existing donors.
- To ensure compliance in grants management by facilitating the process of funds start-up, reporting, documentation and funds closure and 
- To support in the management of grants in SAP


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Under the supervision of the Business Development Manager, the Grant Coordinator will have to perform the below main activities:
1-    The role will have a primary focus on existing and new initiatives which will consist of 90% of Grant Co-ordinator’s time including both business development and management/compliance, 
2-    Keeping the Grants Support Manager informed on the management of all risks associated with the delivery of a projects.
3-    Support greater integration, learning, sharing and dissemination, timely and effective delivery of programs in terms of financial compliance and quality programming of assigned portfolio
4-    Support Resource mobilisation process through proposal development Business 


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1-    Business Development

 The Grants Coordinator will provide support with on-going business development as well as increasing resource mobilization opportunities with donors. Indicators will include:
- Support provided for on-going business development opportunities, including liaising with donors
- Oversight provided to project design and proposal preparations
-  Support provided on FAD finalization and administration and ensure Plan protocol is followed with the proposal development process, ensuring that the NOs are is given adequate time to provide feedback on proposals and on the draft agreement before finalized.

2- Program planning and delivery 

Ongoing project work plans are reviewed, updated and monitored based on the changing context and other future funding opportunities. Indicators will include:
-    Make sure well-documented, accurate quality narrative reports are produced in line with donors’ reporting requirements, including review by NOs
-    Projects have an efficient archiving system in place accessible to relevant staffs that helps learning, sharing, scaling up, and innovation
-    Grants appropriately set-up and monitored in SAP
-    Organization and facilitation of Nos and donors’ visits
-    Preparation of Grants quarterly report
-    Ensure appropriate tools for Grants Management are in place and regularly updated (Grants tracker alert, GPMT, Grants finance tracker, etc.)

3-    Financial management

 The projects’ budgets and financial reports are reviewed, updated and monitored based on the changing context and other future funding opportunities. Indicators will include:
-    Donor compliance requirements are met in a timely manner and grants are well positioned for donor audits
-    Follow-up with the project team to ensure that Grant budgets and forecast are developed, implemented and monitored
-    Ensure that accurate financial reports are produced and submitted in line with donors’ requirements
-    Follow-up of income payment and ensure 100% income recovery
-    Financial reports are reviewed to ensure alignment between expenditures and activity progress reports.

4. Communication and working relationships: 

Appropriate internal and external working relationships (and partnerships) are in place to support quality grant delivery and compliance and other future funding opportunities. To maximize overall program impact through the optimized contributions of others, the post holder will be required to initiate, develop and maintain a range of working relationships, including with donors, implementing partners and NOs.  Effective working relationships within Plan are also essential. The post holder will have frequent communication with Country Office and Program Unit teams, CMT members, Plan staff and various internal staff networks as well as NOs.  Indicators will include:
-    The terms for FAD and contract are clearly documented and monitored regularly for compliance.
-    Build strong relationships with NO and local donors’ staff through a clear and consistent communication on grant management.

  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.


Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them
The position involves a high degree of complexity in resolving a wide range of challenges which typically occur in the management of a complex grant portfolio with different management lines, geographical locations, a large and diverse workforce, and a range of contractual obligations, specifically grant contracts. The post holder will demonstrate the ability to solve problems, thinking strategically while introducing innovations as needed to meet the demands of a dynamic and sometimes unpredictable operating environment while ensuring Plan systems and policies are adhered to.
- Ability to draft clear and precise report in responding to grants queries
- A good understanding of Plan grants management system for efficiency and compliance
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- Must have very good interpersonal relationship with colleagues and supervisors


Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact
- Grants Project/Program Coordinators and manager – high
- Program Technical LEAD - Medium
- Head of program - Medium
- Country Finance Manager – High
- Grants Accountant – High
- Business Development Manager - High
- Country Accountant – High
- Business Analyst- High
- PIIAMs- Low


- Partners (High)
- NO program managers/officers/finance/compliance staff (High)

Relevant knowledge and experience;

Qualification and Experience
-Degree in social sciences or equivalent
- Experience of grants compliance requirements for more than one development aid donor
- Sound understanding of integrated development issues and critical analysis of child poverty
- In-depth knowledge of child-rights programming 
- Demonstrated experience and understanding of the complexities of working in conflict and fragile situations and how to effectively deliver commitments while minimizing security risks
- Demonstrated experience in emergency programming and understanding of relevant international humanitarian frameworks
- Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development
- Demonstrated knowledge of strategic work planning processes
- Knowledge of effective participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Research systems and processes
- Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train local and international staff 
- Bilingual (French and English)

- Exceptional conceptual and strategic thinking skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with colleagues at long distances 

  • Fluency in English and French
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation and public speaking
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong team building and motivational skills
  • Good negotiation and influencing skills
  • Solid experiences in grant implementation with a variety of donors
  • Leadership analysis/coaching skills
  • Strong inter-personal skills in a multi-cultural environment
  • Solid project management skills
  • Minimum of 3 years humanitarian aid experience in complex disasters context
  • Experience in project management and grant management in a development context, including managing multi-million-dollar budgets
  • Experienced in engaging with the international donor community and developing donor reports for grants
  • Strong understanding of the humanitarian emergency operating context, including Sphere, the humanitarian system, donors, security, civil military liaison and program management



  • Creates strong sense of purpose within the portfolio and with stakeholders
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour 
  • Sees contribution of own part of the organisation in wider Plan International and external context
  • Balances future vision with practical delivery 
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations
  • Can reach out and influence large groups of people
  • Creates highly motivated team of unified purpose
  • Modifies own view to get the best outcome for the organisation
  • Supports learning in diverse teams
  • Remains calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations
  • Aware of impact on others and adjusting own behaviour accordingly
  • Humble and service oriented

We are open and accountable
1.    Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
2.    Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
3.    Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
4.    Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
5.    Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
We strive for lasting impact
1.    Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
2.    Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
3.    Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
4.    Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
We work well together
1.    Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
2.    Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
3.    Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
4.    Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

5.    Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
6.    Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
7.    Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
8.    Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
This post is based in CO with approximately 30% to Program Areas and other travels when required

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Low contact: Occasional interaction with children.


Location: Yaounde

Type of Role: Grants Coordinator

Reports to: Grants Support Manager

Grade: C2

Closing Date: 17/06/2021


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.