Grants Manager - EVAW
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
To mitigate the impact of violence on women, their families, communities and society, survivors of violence need access to a range of critical services including health care, safe accommodation, legal aid, psycho-social support and income generating skills. With COVID-19 and the increase in VAWG, it is critical and urgent to ensure the availability of life saving services for women survivors of violence. Women Protection Centers are shelters for survivors of violence and their children that provide vital services including legal aid and healthcare, counselling and vocational training.
To ensure shelters are able to provide critical services, a multi-donor, multi-stakeholder Women Protection Center Trust Fund (WPC TF) will be established to promote sustainable, coordinated, strategic and efficient funding as well as to ensure quality service provision, in line with international standards. The WPC TF is a multi-lateral grant making mechanism supporting national efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls in Afghanistan. This Trust Fund provides technical assistance and funding to advance the development of innovative models and strategic interventions in the area of ending violence against women and girls. This Fund will enhance the benefits received by survivors through standardisation of applications and services provided by WPCs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Head of Secretariat, the Grants Manager will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring a specific portfolio of WPC-related grants in Afghanistan.
Lead the Monitoring and Grant-management processes:
- Manage and oversee all operational and project management processes related to the grants life-cycle, including, processing of project modifications and no-cost extensions, budget revisions and disbursements, and processing grant closure. This includes keeping information on internal and external stakeholders up-to-date for each active grant.
- Lead the coordination on all aspects related to the assigned grants portfolio to ensure the efficient oversight of the portfolio. This includes liaising with external stakeholders to ensure the required documentation is received according to the timeline agreed upon stored appropriately. This also involves consolidating WPC Trust Fund feedback to the grantee in all aspects of the project.
- Provide technical assistance to grantees including in the design of their Results and Resources Frameworks (RRFs). Assist grantees in clarifying proposed project outcomes, outputs, indicators of success, methods of baseline and data collection, activities, and budgets.
- Provide tailored technical support throughout the project life-cycle, review progress reports and provide feedback to grantees as needed to ensure results-based reports and analysis and capturing of data.
- Perform a basic review of financial reports and flag inconsistencies between financial spending and project implementation before final approval for grants and subsequent disbursements.
- Monitor and assess progress towards overall results based on results framework and monitoring schedules.
- Undertake monitoring missions and finalize mission reports in accordance with the mission report template, summarizing key findings and recommendations.
- Review and provide technical feedback to grantees to ensure results-based analysis and capturing of data.
Provide technical support in Grant-making:
- Participate in annual grantee selection processes including through review and substantive analysis of concept notes and full-fledged proposals, accompanying budgets, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks submitted to the WPC Trust Fund.
- Prepare application feedback letters and summaries for all shortlisted applicants and grantees and systematically update these summaries based on progress reports and monitoring missions.
- Provide guidance to the grantees to ensure adherence to UN WOMEN policies, administrative and financial procedures.
- Review and lead the finalization of project documents and Results Resources Frameworks through dialogue with grantees on submitted documents.
- Review implementing partner assessment forms and grant agreements prior to grantee selection and signature.
Provide technical inputs into Reporting and Knowledge Management:
- Maintain a centralized portfolio matrix of grants and provide quarterly portfolio updates to the Advisory Committee.
- Prepare written contributions for various purposes, including inputs for the annual donor reports, newsletters, fundraising efforts, and other reporting needs.
- Contribute to tracking and synthesizing, on an ongoing basis, developments, tools, emerging, or good practices in the field of ending violence against women and girls, including capturing findings and lessons learned from evaluations, as applicable.
- Update and maintain a grant-making and knowledge management tracking database with relevant grantee information.
- Support the Fund’s communications efforts through direct engagement with grant recipients to gather information about the achievements and impact of the grant, knowledge products, media, etc. and ensure communications accurately reflect grant programs.
- Keep systematic track of noteworthy grantee achievements and communicate to colleagues for possible visibility, such as special features on the website.
- Support and organize knowledge-sharing events and identify good and promising models that can be shared widely across grantees and other key stakeholders.
- Identify challenges and lessons learned across the grants and contribute to a process of institutional learning through documenting lessons learned and contribution to modification of strategies and programs.
Provide technical support to Capacity Development of grantees:
- Play a key role in producing capacity development tools, including training materials and packages, program guidance notes, and other related support specifically as it relates to monitoring and reporting for grants;
- Support, organize and participate in knowledge sharing and capacity development events and training for grantees.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
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- Knowledge of women’s organizations and governmental agencies working on women’s empowerment and gender equality;
- Familiarity with UN Women procedures, particularly with regard to project management and more specifically in relation to the development of work plans, budgets, monitoring and reporting plans, purchasing plans and the identification of indicators is an advantage.
- Ability to effectively represent the organization in inter-agency programming initiatives related to ending violence against women;
- Ability to build strong relationships with, and focuses on results for clients and partners, responds positively to feedback;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
- Ability to work in a global multi-cultural setting respecting gender equality and an ability to contribute to team work and provide conceptual leadership.
- Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
- Ability to use critical thinking, conceptualize ideas, and articulate relevant subject matter in a clear and concise way.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced University degree or equivalent in Political Science, International Development Studies, Gender/Women’s Studies, or other relevant fields.
- A first-level university degree in combination with 7 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- 5 years of relevant experience in managing complex and multi-component interventions with various partners and multi-stakeholders.
- Knowledge and experience in working on addressing issues related to violence against women and girls;
- Experience in grants and project management is required;
- Experience with databases and data management a plus;
- Experience in the United Nations, a governmental, other multilateral or civil society organization in a developed or developing country is highly desirable.
- Fluency in English and Dari is required.