Grants Associate Africa Region


The Grants Associate provides specialized public awards support and finance/accounting-related services to the Africa Region Grants Specialist team. The position will report up to the Africa Region Lead Grants Specialist.


The Grants Associate provides specialized services in public and/or private awards. They support financial activities for a department or business unit. They are an expert in their area of specialization and conduct work in accordance with TNC policies and procedures, donor requirements and best practices in financial management. Specifically, this position provides a wide range of technical, administrative, and financial support to assigned staff for incoming public and outgoing sub-awards.

This position will be based in TNC’s local offices in Nairobi, Kenya or Arusha, Tanzania.


  • Assist with the preparation and set-up of budgets for prospective award opportunities by compiling raw data inputs from programs and finance teams.
  • Set up of Budgets and assignment of costs in the public awards module.
  • Conducting research on recorded expenses and recording accounting adjustments.
  • Assist in the production of financial reports and invoices.
  • Drafting outgoing subaward agreements using standard templates.
  • Will review internal and partner financial reports.
  • Working closely with program managers to ensure Technical deliverables are tied to financial reports.
  • Ensures TNC policies and procedures, financial standards and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance.
  • Assist with quality control review to ensure accuracy and full support in documentation for audit purposes.
  • Support Lead Grants Specialist in keeping an accurate and up-to-date Grants/Proposals Filing system in order to ensure documents are easily accessible for the day-to-day work of the Grants team and for internal and external audit purposes.
  • Ensure all approvals and documentations are presented for payments requests.
  • Liaising with finance and programs to assist the Lead Grants Specialist to follow up on issues raised.
  • Other tasks as assigned within the scope of the job description.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field and 3 years’ related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience with accounting/financial issues and analysis.
  • Experience using accounting and financial reporting systems.
  • Three years’ experience with reporting and managing public awards namely USAID, GEF, among others
    NGO experience is a plus
  • Three years previous experience in the areas of grants development, donor proposal development, budget develop or financial report development
  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Fluency in English and Swahili, both written and spoken.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Good communicator with strong organizational skills.
  • Non-profit accounting experience preferred.
  • Certified Public Accounting qualifications preferred.
  • Excellent inter-personal, cultural, and diplomatic skills.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements.
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities, meet demanding deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Advanced MS Excel.


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We work with local communities, governments and organizations to conserve Africa’s important places. Africa is special. Its wild lands and waters are home to incredible numbers and diversity of species living close to people. For most rural Africans, connection to place takes on unique meaning, more so than anywhere else on Earth because their daily existence depends on the productivity of their natural resources. Challenges in Africa Some 60 percent of Africa’s lands and waters - community property, in a sense - are managed by the people who live on them. These people are undoubtedly the most vulnerable on Earth. A continuing threat is their lack of control over the communal lands and waters they depend on for survival. And as the people struggle, so too does the wildlife that relies on the same resources. An absence of strong institutions and governance further compounds these challenges. Therefore, our work in Africa is focused on perfecting and exporting the best examples of community-led conservation across the continent’s vast shared lands and waters. These examples are ones that provide tangible benefits to people. Conservation has to pay to be successful.