Grants Manager - HQ Position - M/F - NIGERIA
THE ALIMA ASSOCIATION
ALIMA’S ETHOS: ALIMA’s purpose is to save lives and provide care for the most vulnerable populations, without any discrimination based on identity, religion or politics, through actions based on proximity, innovation, and the alliance of organizations and individuals.
We act with humanity and impartiality in accordance with universal medical ethics. To gain access to patients, we undertake to act in a neutral and independent manner.
Our CHARTER defines the VALUES and PRINCIPLES of our action:
- Patient First – Patient centered medical care
- Revolutionizing humanitarian medicine through research
- Responsibility and freedom: encourage decision-making by those closest to patients
- Commitment to a dynamic of continuous quality improvement
- Creating a climate of trust among colleagues
- Collective intelligence
CARING - INNOVATING - TOGETHER:
Since its creation in 2009, ALIMA has treated more than 4 million patients. Today ALIMA works in 11 countries in Western and Central Africa. In 2020 we plan to work in over 50 projects including 12 research projects focusing on childhood malnutrition, pediatric medicine, Ebola and Lassa fever. All of these projects will support Ministry of Health authorities through more than 320 health facilities (including 28 hospitals and 294 health centres). Alima intervenes in response to humanitarian crises with patients at the heart of all our actions. We work in partnership whenever possible to ensure that our patients benefit from the best and most relevant expertise wherever it is, whether within their own country or in the rest of the world.
ALIMA’S TEAM: more than 1800 people are currently working for ALIMA. The field teams, closest to the patients, are guided by coordination teams generally based in the country capitals. Coordination teams, in turn, receive support from the 4 regional or thematic teams (Team 1: Niger, Chad, Cameroon and DRC; Team 2: South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and CAR; Team 3: Nigeria; Team 5: Guinea; Team 5: Emergency Response/Country opening team). All based at the operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal except the Nigeria and Guinea teams. The Paris and New York groups are small and work to raise funds and represent ALIMA. ALIMA works in partnership with 5 local medical NGOs BEFEN (Niger), Alerte Santé (Chad), SOS Médecins and KEOOGO (Burkina Faso), and AMCP (Mali).
ALIMA, INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research), the Ivorian research institute PAC-Ci (Ivory Coast ANRS Cooperation Program) and the ISPED (Public Health Institute for Epidemiology and Development at the University of Bordeaux) created the Clinical and Operational Research Alliance (CORAL) partnership entity in 2016. CORAL has both the scientific expertise of clinical and epidemiologic research combined with operational medical capability to advance the development of prevention and treatment of common diseases, diagnoses and vaccines for the most lethal diseases. The purpose of this platform is to conduct sound research that will provide high-quality evidence leading to improved practices that will save populations directly at risk, as well as to anticipate potential crises.
In addition to CORAL, ALIMA is also partnering with other academic institutions: Oxford, NIH, Yale School of Public Health, Toronto SickKids Hospital.
COUNTRIES WHERE WE WORK IN 2020: Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, South Sudan, Mauritania.
THE WORK WE DO covers: Primary and Secondary Health Care, with a main focus on children and women - including treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition, maternal health, mental health, response to epidemics (Ebola, Cholera, Measles, Dengue, Lassa Fever), surgery, displaced populations, and gender based violence.
GOVERNANCE: ALIMA is governed by a Board of Directors of 10 elected positions and 4 co-opted positions from representatives of West African partner NGOs.
The Grants Manager as well as the rest of the Nigeria Desk team will be based in Abuja with regular visits to the field and to ALIMA’s operational headquarter in Dakar, Senegal.
The Grants Manager is responsible for securing funding from donors and ensuring quality grants management. He/she is the direct technical referent for the Operational Support Officer working in country with project team.
· Participate in scaling up ALIMA programs in Nigeria
The Grants Manager plays a key role in scaling up ALIMA programs in Nigeria. He/she will participate in defining the operational strategy and conceptualizing new programs alongside the Nigeria Desk team, and will have the opportunity to participate in needs assessments in the field. The Grants Manager will be responsible for securing funding that will enable ALIMA to open new programs and scale up current interventions.
· Support the mission to secure funding for the projects
The Grants Manager will actively search for funding opportunities for the projects and the mission, including future projects, by maintaining a good knowledge of ALIMA’s operations and the humanitarian context, by maintaining relationships with humanitarian actors on a local level and by maintaining a good relationship with donors and a good knowledge of donor’s strategy and process, including donors not funding ALIMA. He/she is supported on this aspect by the grants team in Dakar.
· Maintain relationship with donors
The Programs Manager is the official representative of ALIMA in Abuja, however the Grants Manager is responsible of maintaining regular relationships with donors, providing regular information on ongoing operations and maintaining an open dialogue throughout the year in support to the programs manager. During the months of contract negotiation, the Grants Manager is responsible for the follow up of the negotiation at every step and can take over the negotiation if needed (from the coordination team or the programs manager). Also he/she will ensure relationship with donors regarding grant management, including contractual requirements, in coordination with the coordination team.**
· Support the Borno Coordination Team and Operational Support Officers to deliver quality concept notes, proposals and reports according to operational strategy and support project development
The Grants Manager participates in defining the operational strategy and advises the coordination team on project development and program strategy. He/she provides support to Operational Support Officer to write strong concept notes, proposals, and reports for donors. He/she proof reads, comments, corrects and validates concept notes and proposals to make sure they include strong technical and operational analysis, demonstrate good knowledge of context and risk, present sound strategic vision and are coherent with budget and are aligned with donor guideline.
· Advise on grant management, compliance and contractual requirements
The Grants Manager provides information and advises the desk and Borno Coordination Team regarding donors’ regulation and contractual requirement. He/she supports the Operational Support Officer to make sure that operations and engagement toward donors are aligned, or be able to propose contractual modification to donors if operational plans changes.
Experience and knowledge
● 3 years minimum managing grants and reporting to donors in a humanitarian setting, at project, country, or HQ level
● Knowledge of process and rules of main donors (ECHO, OFDA, DFID, UN …)
● Good understanding of health and nutrition projects
● Coaching and training skills to support the Operational Support Officer
● Bilingual or advanced level of written and oral expression in English and French
Contract: Open Ended Contract, 6 months of probationary period.
Starting Date: ASAP
Salary: this is an HQ position and as such is paid according to HQ compensation and benefits policies which are different from expatriate positions since the position and contract are long term
Total cash package: equivalent to 1 590 Euros net, after tax
Travel costs between the employee’s country of origin and Abuja, Nigeria, unless recruited locally;
Five weeks annual leave per year as well as a recovery system for days spent on work travels; + one additional month paid leave after 3 years at HQ
One round trip per year between Abuja and the employee’s country of origin for the employee and her / his dependents + one individual round trip ;
One-off relocation allowance at the beginning of the contract in Abuja;
School annual enrollment fees for children from 2 to 18, according to the ALIMA HQ policy;
Medical cover insurance including repatriation insurance for the employee and her/ his dependents, as per the definition of our insurer.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please send before August 10, 2020 your CV and your answers to the following questions (which stands for a classical cover letter) on our job page via the following link :
❏ Why are you applying in light of ALIMA’s operational approach and CHARTER? https://www.alima-ngo.org/en/our-charter
❏ What are your strengths and weaknesses in grants management?
❏ What are the main challenges involved in securing funding and building positive relations with donors?
❏ When would you be available to start?
❏ Reference check: please indicate the names of 2 previous managers as well as 1 HQ HR contact.
N.B.: Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful.
Only full applications (CV + answer to questions) will be taken into account.
Only accepted applications will be contacted.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.