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International Consultant


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Grants Officer, Francophone Africa focus: full-time or part-time



The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is ministry of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuit order), incorporated as an international non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.  The organisation was founded in November 1980 and now has a presence in over 50 countries. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office (IO) in Rome.   JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being of refugees and displaced people while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs.




The JRS International Office in Rome is the head office of the Jesuit Refugee Service. It leads the organisational strategy and provides support and guidance in the areas of programmes, finance, advocacy, communications, fundraising and human resources to 10 regional offices in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. In addition, the International Office coordinates and works closely with JRS USA Office, which also engages in fundraising and donor relations.


The Grants Officer will be part of the Philanthropy and Development Department, which leads the organization’s global efforts in the acquisition of financial resources through solicitations from public funders, major donors, private trusts and foundations, corporations, religious congregations and individual donors. He/she reports to the Director of Philanthropy and Development and will mainly be responsible for winning and reporting on grants for JRS programmes and for supporting local and regional JRS offices in their dealings with and applications to grantmakers.


JRS wishes to identify the strongest candidate for this position, and will consider those willing to work half-time (50% of full-time equivalent), with adjustments specified in the section below. 


Rome, Italy

Report to
Director of Philanthropy and Development


Main Duties and Responsibilities


1)      Related to Grant Winning and Donor Stewardship

  • Design and write concept notes, proposals and donor-relevant reports based on information provided by field staff and additional research
  • With the Department Director and the International Grants Manager, develop and implement the global grants strategy. 
    • If the successful candidate is working halftime, her/his primary responsibility will be for the grants strategy and implementation in the JRS Great Lakes Region (DR Congo, Burundi and Tanzania). 
    • If the successful candidate is working fulltime, responsibilities will include the above and grants strategy and implementation in other JRS regions.    
  • Remotely and through field visits, identify priority projects within the Regions of responsibility and actively seek and negotiate funding from grant makers to address such priorities

·         Ensure stewardship and information sharing with agreed-upon donor accounts

  • Coordinate grants which are processed through the International Office to the region/country of implementation. This involves the preparation of grant agreement letters capturing the donor requirements as well as supervising deadlines and reporting.


2)      Related to Regional Support

  • Identify and share trends, best practises and lessons learned regarding grant winning and donor stewardship
  • Review and assist with improving the quality of proposals and reporting documents for grantmakers managed by the regions/countries
  • Assist Regional staff with support tools including templates for concept notes, donor proposals and report
  • Together with the Finance Department, assist regional and country staff with the development and maintenance of a grants management system allowing the identification of funding gaps in a timely manner
  • Assess capacity needs and provide/organise training to regional staff with a focus on proposal writing, grant management, donor reporting and donor stewardship
  • Represent the Regions in meetings and negotiations with partners and funders
  • Be the contact point in the International Office regarding grants coordination for the countries/regions of responsibility
  • Ensure Programmes and Finance staff at the International Office are involved in budgeting, proposal development and reporting aspects where relevant
  • Ensure that donor proposals are in line with JRS’s overall strategic framework


3)      Related to the department and the International Office in general

  • Ensure up-to-date records are held on the database and network folders
  • Work closely with the wider Philanthropy and Development team to research and identify new tools and platforms that increase the team’s capacity to fulfil tasks


4)      Travel

  • The job requires periodic travel to JRS locations and participation in specific events, especially in the Great Lakes Region.





1)      Education and Experience

  • Advanced university degree in humanitarian aid or international development or other fields such as social sciences or economics. A bachelor’s degree and extensive experience can be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • At least three years of experience in project design and reporting for donor-funded programmes, ideally with INGOs in a similar setting. Previous experience in Burundi, DR Congo or other Francophone African countries is preferred.
  • Certified training in fundraising and grants management would be an asset.
  • Strong experience in Project Cycle Management and with tools like Logical Frameworks
  • Previous work experience with faith-based organizations is an asset.


2)      Essential skills and abilities

  • Outstanding writing skills
  • Outstanding research skills
  • Ability to collect and transform incomplete information from multiple sources into a coherent text
  • Outstanding social skills
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Excellent project management skills, preferably in managing and supervising administrative and humanitarian projects
  • Good knowledge of planning and strategizing financial and budgeting issues
  • Basic financial management skills including developing and monitoring budgets and financial reporting
  • Ability to work within a team and provide support to staff based remotely
  • A multi-tasker with strong ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results on time with attention to detail.
  • Teaching experience would be an asset.


3)      Language

  • Excellent written and spoken French and English. Professional working knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.


4)      Technical Skills

  • Strong analytical, strategic-thinking and planning skills.
  • Strong grants management skills
  • Familiarity with templates and procedures used by institutional donors (UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF and other UN agencies; EU-ECO; DFID).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and Access.
  • Ability to use the MS Navision accounting system and Salesforce is an advantage.


5)      Core values and ethics

  • Good understanding of and alignment with the values of JRS.
  • Strong listening abilities and communication/inter-personal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to working with marginalized communities.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to other countries when needed/requested.




The contract is for one year. The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos to offer effective and professional services and at the same time express solidarity with the people served. The salary is calculated with the use of a post-adjustment multiplier and considers years of relevant experience and the degree of responsibility of the role. Details will be discussed with short-listed candidates.


All applicants are requested to submit the following documents through email to : 

Deadline for application is : 27 July 2018


1) Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English including three (3) professional references with their contact information, phone and email address.

2) A cover letter describing the candidate's desire and motivation to work for JRS and how her/his qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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