Grants Officer

Grants Officer

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Innovations for Poverty Action, an international non-profit, seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Grants Officer to serve as a main point of contact for information and guidance on grants and contracts and maintain quality oversight of a portfolio of grants within Innovation’s for Poverty Action’s programs. Reporting to a Senior Grants Manager, this position will work closely with in-country and Project Teams and members of Grants, Global Finance, Grants Financial Management, and Legal Teams to review, negotiate, and accept incoming agreements, set-up awards in IPA’s business systems, and ensure compliance with existing agreements. Grants Officers will conduct regular and reoccurring portfolio compliance review meetings, ensure compliance standards are met, and initiate award close-out. This position includes data entry and maintaining data integrity in IPA’s business systems. The Grants Officer is also responsible for supporting the subrecipient process, as needed, by participating in the subrecipient due diligence and risk assessment process, drafting subawards and subcontracts, and participating in compliance monitoring.

IPA's compensation structure is designed based on the labor market for the specific geographic location where the employee is located.  We are offering the following salary ranges for this position:
-  Grants Officer is classified as "C1" on IPA's global job structure.
-  For US based employees the starting annual gross salary is $53,882 with a maximum of $60,000.
- The salary for locations outside of the US will vary depending on IPA's salary scale ranges for that specific location.


Actual base salary may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location.


  • Lead assigned functional area of grants management, coordinating closely with internal and external stakeholders, from pre-award through closeout

  • Serve as a primary resource for Country Office staff and Project teams on grant awards and donor requirements

  • Ensure compliance with donor requirements by tracking the terms and conditions of grants and contracts via regular and reoccurring portfolio review meetings

  • Work with project teams to request and secure award modifications on a timely basis

  • Serve as the primary liaison with donors for awards within assigned portfolio

  • Coordinate preparation and submission of award agreement deliverables per donor requirements

  • Ensure the timely processing of all grant closeouts

  • Support or facilitate trainings aimed at building the capacity of program and country staff in the area of compliance with grants and subaward terms and conditions and IPA’s internal grants administration policies


  • At least two years’ professional work experience in grants management, sponsored research and/or contract administration. Experience should not be exclusively finance related.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Management, Business Administration, Economics, or any related field.

  • Excellent spoken and written communication in English, French is a plus/added advantage

  • Demonstrated capacity to handle a portfolio of grants ranging in award size and volume

  • Excellent computer proficiency, particularly in MS Office and Google Suite

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and changing environment and to handle multiple tasks and demands, and establish priorities, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service

  • Detail oriented approach with an ability to effectively liaise across multiple departments, countries, and time zones.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen, and oral and written communication skills, with an ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers

  • Experience with international, non-profit organizations (larger than $10M), as well as a multi-office, multi-national environment is a plus/added advantage.

  • Experience with Salesforce is a plus/added advantage.


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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-202-386-6200. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to


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Senior Grants Manager

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Rolling basis

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Existing IPA Country Office, FWA Preferred: Burkina Faso, Côte D’Ivoire, Mali, Rwanda, Washington, DC and other US-based locations will be considered


United States