KIOS is seeking a Grant Manager

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Please note that the application is closed.

The KIOS Foundation is seeking a Grant Manager for an EU-funded project in Kenya called  Strengthening the capacity of county-based and grassroots civil society groups for enhanced governance, accountability and protection of human rights of the people of Kenya. 

The position will be fixed term and situated in Kenya. Starting date is negotiable, preferably in April 2023 and ending date will be by the end of the project, on 30th Nov 2026.  

Duty Station & Setup:

The project is a collaboration between KIOS and two Kenyan Human Rights organisations. KIOS is the lead organisation and CSO Network and InformAction (IFA) are co-implementing partners. Other staff in KIOS’s team will be based in Helsinki, Finland. IFA and CSO Network are based in Kenya. The Grant Manager’s desk will be hosted by IFA in Nairobi. 

The beneficiaries of the action are the communities that the intended target groups represent. The primary target groups of the action are: 

  • Grassroots organisations and CBOs in 15 priority counties  
  • Community action teams 
  • Citizen-activist journalists  
  • Social Justice Centres, community level activist groups. 

Main duties 

The Grant Manager will have the main responsibility of managing small grants to community-based organisations and other grassroots actors working on local human rights and development issues. The Grant Manager will facilitate the skills development of the grantees through mentoring, coaching and training. 

  • Managing the small grants scheme in collaboration with KIOS staff and IFA and CSO Network: Assessing grant proposals, managing the sub-grants portfolio, managing grant reporting 
  • On-going mentoring and coaching support to sub-grantees, especially on reporting, financial and project management 
  • Training sub-grantees and other local actors, especially on reporting, financial and project management skills 
  • Continuous analysis of the context and identification of needs, gaps and opportunities alongside the team 
  • Participating in monitoring and evaluation of the activities which requires frequent travel in Kenya

Other duties and responsibilities:

  • Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities assigned by KIOS’s Team Leader.
  • Reporting to the Team Leader and collaborating with the Team Leader, Grant Officers and Finance and Administration Officer in Helsinki.

Target profile:

The ideal candidate is familiar with working with grassroots organisations and human rights and has good skills in grant management, as well as coaching, mentoring and training. More detailed requirements are the following:


  1. Education:
  • University degree in relevant field like public administration, human rights, law or social sciences. 
  1. Experience, skills and knowledge:
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience of working with grant management, preferably human rights funding 
  • Knowledge of human rights and the civil society context in Kenya 
  • Experience of working with small community-based organisations and other grassroots actors 
  • Good mentoring and training skills (especially on reporting, financial and project management) 
  • Good reporting skills, preferably also from EU funded projects 
  • Ability to work independently and as a distant team member 
  • Good stress management skills  
  • Adept at achieving results in diverse teams and in contexts of multiple stakeholders with complex relationships 
  • Knowledge of HRBA and RBM 
  • Ability to work with IT independently
  1.  Languages:
  • Fluent written and spoken English 
  • Knowledge of local Kenyan languages is an asset 

What we offer you: 

You will be supporting brave activists and reaching citizens in their local communities together with the rest of the team. We offer you a chance to learn and grow as a professional with some of the best experts on the field, and a competitive salary.  


To apply, send your CV and a brief motivation letter as soon as possible and at the latest on 2.3.2023 to applications@kios.fi. Mark your application “Grant Manager, Kenya”.


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