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  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Procurement
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Grants Intern

Nairobi (Kenya)

Requisition ID: req5666

Job Title: Grants Intern

Sector: Grants

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee has been working in Kenya since 1992, providing essential services including comprehensive health care, gender-based violence prevention and response programming, peace-building promotion, livelihoods support, protection strengthening initiatives, and access to water, sanitation, and hygiene. IRC Kenya works with both refugees and local vulnerable populations, with approximately 300 national staff and 1,500 incentive staff in the country program. Within the Nairobi headquarter office, approximately 40 program and operations staff members work to support the field teams directly implementing projects.

Scope of Work:

As part of the IRC Kenya Grants Unit, the Nairobi-based Grants Intern is responsible for assisting in both grants management and maintaining institutional memory for the country program. The Grants Unit acts as both an external liaison to donors and an internal liaison between fields, country, and HQ-level staff, as well as between various departments (Programs, Logistics, Finance, and HR). Furthermore, the Programs & Grants Intern is asked to assist other program staff as needed in a variety of tasks, from monitoring tool development to attending coordination meetings. This is an excellent opportunity for persons interested in learning about humanitarian assistance provision in a refugee setting. The Programs & Grants Intern reports to the Grants Manager, based in Nairobi.


  •  Grants Management: Assist Grants Manager in ensuring compliance with donor regulations; Maintain accurate records of grants files in both hard and soft copy; Maintain grants management tools
  • Donor Report Review: Create and circulate monthly reporting schedules; Send timely reminders to field teams to ensure adherence to reporting schedules; compile, edit and review reports as requested.
  • Grants Monitoring: support the grants manager in coordinating grant opening meetings, budget vs. actual meetings, and grant ending meetings; Take minutes and follow-up on action points for aforementioned meetings
  • Filing: as requested, assist the grants manager in mainlining current online and offline filing system.
  • Assist in any other tasks requested by Programs staff or the Grants Manager.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated strong writing and revision skills in English (both in terms of content structuring and copy-editing)
  • Demonstrated strong computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Outlook, Internet (browsers and Skype), PDF manipulation
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Able and willing to learn and work with teams based in Nairobi, Kakuma, Lodwar, and Dadaab
  • Able and willing to work under stress and with tight deadlines
  • Able and willing to work in a multicultural context as a respectful team player
  • An eye for design is a plus

Please provide the following documents:

  • Cover letter, clearly explaining your motivation for wanting to work for the IRC in the Grants Intern position and stating start date availability.
  • Résumé, listing only relevant information that demonstrates experience in critical writing and reviewing, publication design, and working in teams
  • 5-page writing sample, preferably of a grant application or technical report. Additionally, if available, you may send up to five pages of a document that includes your reviewing comments such as a letter of response to an article draft or a peer review of an academic paper. If sending an excerpt of a longer document, please provide a brief 3-5 sentence explanation of the document providing overall context.

Please make sure to include copy of Certificate of Good Conduct in your application.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes. In the event that you receive any request for payment of any sort, please get in touch with us on Tel: +(254-020) 2727730, Email: or report to the nearest police.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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