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Hiring a Grant Manager (National consultant) with UNICEF Albania office


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Tirana
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Managerial positions
    • Grant writing
  • Closing Date: 2026-09-30

Hire a national consultant to work as a grant manager for the project on strengthening social care services in Albania

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. 

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 

And we never give up. 

For every child, a Champion!

UNICEF Albania is seeking a Grant Manager (national consultant) who will be responsible for the financial management of the overall grant as well as the sub-granting schemes for the Local Government and SCOs for supporting social care services in alignment with the local social plans.

How can you make a difference? 

Under the general guidance of the Deputy Representative and Project Manager, the consultant will be accountable for leading the financial management of the full grant and managing the sub-granting schemes to the Local Government units/structures (LG) and Civil Society Organizations (CSO), by coordinating the process for the Call for Proposals, contracting, supporting and monitoring of the implementation of the grants in the field and including regular reporting.

The sub grant scheme is part of the implementation of an EU funded project implemented jointly by UNICEF and World Vision in Albania to directly fostering and expanding social care services at the grassroots level. This financial support is tailored to catalyze the initiation or extension of critical community-based services, targeting the most vulnerable populations in 14 Local Government units/structures. These sub-grants are foreseen to align to the guideline of the action in the range of 60,000 EUR up to 200,000 EUR per municipality or CSO eligible to apply.  

The Grant Manager will be contracted by UNICEF and he/she will be responsible for:

  1. Assisting the Project Manager in financial management of the overall grant, ensuring quality control and support.
  2. Leading the information sessions for municipalities and NGOs
  3. Preparing the call for proposals for sub granting schemes
  4. Coordinating with the team the selection process, facilitating the establishment of the partnerships with the selected parties
  5. Contributing to the management, monitoring and financial reporting of the grants awarded
  6. Collaborating closely with the Project Manager in all aspects related the funds management.
  7. Coordinating with the communication consultant on aspects of Comms and Visibility

The consultant with directly report to the Project Manager.

Specific deliverables, tasks and respective timelines for this assignment are below:











Deliverable 1:

Financial system reviewed/tools developed.


  • Review the financial aspects of the full EU grant, including EU-UNICEF rules, develop tools and capacities that support the UNICEF team for efficient management.

Timeline: End of 2nd month after the contract start

Deliverable 2:

Orientation sessions designed and organized with all 14 LGUs and CSO; All involved stakeholders are both financially supported and empowered with the knowledge to use the grants efficiently.


  • In close consultation with UNICEF Albania project team and the relevant implementing partners design and organize orientation sessions on how to apply and implement sub-granting schemes
  • Support the logistics for the organization of all sessions.

Timeline: Q3 2024

Deliverable 3

14 Call for proposals for sub-granting schemes prepared and shared with the third parties as per the instructions in the EU proposal. Selection process completed and all the selected parties are informed.


  • Continuously build the capacities of the LGs and CSOs to enhance proficiency in the sub-granting application processes.
  • Strengthen the relationships with involved stakeholders to facilitate the selection of the winners.
  • Coordinate with the selection team for the selection of winning schemes.

Timeline: Throughout 2025.

Deliverable 4:

All grants are implemented as needed; Spot check recommendations followed up; Monthly reports on the implementation progress are prepared and submitted.


  • Provide operational and technical assistance in the financial planning for the subgrants scheme
  • Assess budget expenditures to verify compliance to the grant's implementation.
  • Prepare financial exception reports, highlight unusual activities and transactions.
  • Review financial and reputation risks in the transactions carried out by the office and third parties.

Timeline: Throughout 2025 

Deliverable 5:

Coordination with the project stakeholders including communication consultant ensured regularly.  Reporting on this deliverable to be included monthly on the progress reports prepared by the consultants.


  • Coordinate regularly with all partners throughout the project implementation.
  • Communicate regularly with the communication consultant on aspects of communication and visibility.

Timeline: regular throughout the project

The duration of the consultancy will be for 28 months, starting from May 2024 up to September 2026.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…  

  • An advanced university degree in accounting, financial management or another related financial field. Diploma qualification in CIPFA is acceptable in lieu of relevant university degree, or its equivalent.
  • Two years of professional experience in financial management or audit is required.
  • Experience in an international organization and/or large corporation is an asset.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel required.
  • Experience in database packages, web-based management systems and ERP systems (preferably SAP financial modules) is an asset. 
  • Experience in financial management of EU funded project implemented by international organizations is an asset.
  • Ability to work closely with national and international actors with tight deadlines and to coordinate the implementation of all the budget activities as foreseen in the EU proposal.
  • Excellent analytical capacities: excellent ability to synthesize information and relate action to results.
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English and Albanian
  • High level of interpersonal and computer skills

What to submit:

-Letter of interest summarizing the educational background, the working experience that is relevant to the assignment and the specific role the candidate will play.

-Financial proposal- lumpsum in ALL for the whole duration inclusive of all taxes

If any question related to the requirements of this assignment, please contact Elvana Pernaska at

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

 To view our competency framework, please visit  here

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. 


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

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