Development / Kenya

Country Grants Manager


Career Opportunity

We are looking for an exceptional Country Grants Manager to oversee implementation and manage impact and financial reporting on all partnerships in Kenya. He/she will report to the Head of Partnerships and work closely with the Finance Manager, other Country team leads and Global Partnerships to achieve key deliverables. Existing collaborators include Sida, IKEA Foundation, Roddenberry, Microsoft Philanthropies and more.

You will be joining at an exciting time for the Country, with a pivotal role to play in helping us change the lives of tens of thousands of job-seekers around in the Country, with an eye on regional impact as well. Not only do our partnerships fund our current activities, but they are also instrumental in driving our expansion to new professions and locations, and they keep us at the cutting edge of adult education by enabling research and innovation.

This is a permanent position, with a probation duration of 6 months. For this role, we will prioritize candidates based in Kenya. He/she must have the right to work in the Country

INTERESTED candidates please submit your applications to genkcareers@generation.org attaching your resume and application letter. Your applications must be received by Monday 16th March 2022 indicating in the subject: Grants Manager. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equality and diversity: Generation is committed both to promoting equality and diversity within the organization and to equal opportunities in employment. We believe in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are made entirely on merit. Generation does not ask for payment from people that apply for jobs with Generation at any stage of the hiring process. If you have any specific queries, please feel free to contact us at genkcareers@generation.org


To be successful you'll need:

  • You have at least 3-5 years of experience working on grants management in a non-profit organization, with proven track record of working on a multinational portfolio including multilateral or foreign government funding
  • You have strong understanding of grant compliance and requirements of various public and private donors (corporate donors, private foundations, foreign governments, multilateral and international nongovernmental organizations)
  • You have exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, in formal and informal correspondence
  • You have excellent project management and organizational skills, and extensive experience strategizing and planning financial and budgetary issues
  • You have working experience with creating effective reports to manage and evaluate data. Proficiency in Salesforce and/or Power BI for report and dashboard creation is not required but highly desirable.
  • You are proficient in MS Excel and financial modeling, as well as other Office 365 applications
  • You have strong data analysis and project management skills and experience creating, managing and monitoring program workplans and budgets
  • You are resolutely data-driven in your approach to solving problems, influencing and informing decisions, and will put in the legwork to get us to the best solution to any problem
  • You are warm, empathetic, and love getting to know new people – meaning you can build trust-based relationships with diverse stakeholders in a range of geographic, cultural and industry contexts
  • You thrive in a high-energy, fast-paced environment and will continually push yourself and others to raise the bar
  • You believe in our mission, that fulfilling employment can change lives, and are passionate about doing social good
  • You are located in Kenya and speak and write fluent English

What you'll do:

Reporting directly to the Head of Partnerships, the Grants Manager will oversee reporting performance management across an exciting portfolio of partnerships in Kenya. You will be responsible for grants data collation and analysis, internal and external impact and financial reporting on grants and problem solving with country and above mentioned teams to ensure grant impact and financial goals are met.

Specifically, you will:

  • Create high quality internal and external work planning and roadmap tools detailing the implementation of Generation Programme Kenya programs against scope and targets agreed with partners
  • Ensure timely and accurate submission of progress reports, address funder feedback and negotiate changes in strategy and budget revisions, as necessary
  • Develop and execute an effective grant monitoring plan based on program objectives, impact targets and milestones
  • Analyze the budget trends and make recommendations for cost control and reallocation of grant funds
  • Oversee financial management, and ensure compliance with terms and conditions of grant awards and relevant rules and regulations
  • Provide ongoing support, training and advisory to counterparts at a country level to ensure successful implementation of grants, including regarding donor communications
  • Collaborate with the Head of Partnerships, Team leads and Generation Global Partnerships to review all major new grant agreements received in Kenya
  • Participate in grant writing and proposal development, as assigned by the Head of Partnerships
  • Execute activities related to grant program reporting, records reconciliation, and the implementation of subgrants for national grants
  • Contribute to the production of resources to support the grant management work of our team in Kenya, including training materials, handbooks, templates and guides
  • Be a committed and valued member of the Kenya team, and play a vital role in creating a culture that attracts and supports exceptional talent

About Generation

Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed. But many employers can’t find people with the skills they need for entry-level jobs. Generation was created in 2014 to help bridge this gap—at speed and scale.

We’re building a skills-training methodology that can serve hundreds of thousands, and eventually millions, of young people a year. And we’re building proof that this training creates real business outcomes for employers, and lasting career impact for trainees—so everyone has the incentive to invest in skills. Our goal is to help our students achieve personal and professional success—and fundamentally change their life trajectories. Generation programs prepare unemployed or underemployed young people, aged 18 to 29, for jobs in four sectors: healthcare, technology, retail/sales, and skilled trades.

Today, Generation is active in fourteen countries with diverse social, economic and labor-market contexts.