Strategic Activities Funds / Grants Manager

Position Description

RTI is seeking a Strategic Activities Fund (SAF)/Grants Manager for WKSP. The SAF/Grants Manager will be responsible for providing the day-to-day supervision, guidance, and monitoring of all grant funds and SAF activities. This position will work with the Market Engagement Team and Market Facilitation Teams. The SAF/Grants Manager will additionally support capacity-building for new and underutilized grantees and other partners. This position will report to the Finance and Administration Director.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To

Provides day-to-day supervision, guidance, and monitoring of all SAF activities.
Works with Market Engagement Team and Market Facilitation Teams and SAF awardees on concept development, subaward development, compliance, and implementation.
Supports capacity-building efforts for new and underutilized awardees; collects paperwork and monitors progression of activities.
Oversee and manage the full SAF award cycle for both grants and subcontracts, including conducting market research, ensuring technical requirements are accurately captured in the solicitations, responding to questions, organizing and leading technical evaluation committee and cost reasonableness reviews, preparing approval documents, assisting technical leads with implementation management, ensuring monitoring and evaluation and learning agenda requirements are captured in subawards, providing capacity building support to non-traditional and underutilized partners in subaward administration, and ensuring proper subaward closeout.
With the Market-based Sanitation Team (MBS), design challenge and innovation grants and awards to source local solutions to address specific market-based sanitation and MHM products and services barriers/challenges.
Lead capacity building activities, identify capacity building needs, and develop individual institutional development plans for SAF awardees.
Monitor implementation and progress of sub-awardees, together with technical teams, via frequent collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) feedback loops and a remote help desk
Maintains robust financial management filing system for SAF activities, including accurate tracking of cost-share and ensure audit trail for all necessary SAF documentation.
Coordinate with technical team to ensure deliverables stay on track .
Ensure that grantees respect their cost sharing obligations as per grant agreements clauses.
Implement sound mechanisms that facilitate the grant funds disbursement and justification of expenses.
Analyze grantees’ funding requests and technical reports as required.
Develop a database of all SAF awardees with all pertinent information.
Collaborate in the preparation of SAF activities audits as required.
Contribute to regular results reporting for SAF activities, including providing required information for annual and quarterly reports, as well as other work planning and monitoring and evaluation reports.
Ensures timely financial disbursements and compliance with SAF financial management policies, monitors all SAF expenses, and provides regular updates on SAF subaward status.
Performs other SAF or related tasks from time to time as assigned by Supervisor.


Bachelor’s degree and eight (10) years of experience; or Master’s degree and six (6) years of experience.
Minimum six (6) years of relevant work experience in finance, grants, and/or procurement management.
Experience with USAID or other international donor agency regulations required.
Experience with international non-profit organizations preferred.
Experience in grant and subcontract learning and knowledge management.
Must be proficient in English and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Should exhibit excellent organizational and have the ability to work under difficult circumstances with limited resources
Must have strategic thinking and planning ability and possess dependability, reliability, and high integrity.
Ability to work effectively, responsively, and collaboratively with government counterparts, development and private sector partners, civil society organizations, and academic/research institutions. Able to work without supervision and take initiatives while maintaining a collaborative approach.
Ability to develop and implement various grants management tools.
Experience in reviewing and negotiating budgets, reviewing financial reports, preparing for and monitoring audits of grantees, and file management.
Experience in assessing organizational capacity and conducting capacity building trainings
Flexibility to occasionally work outside of normal hours and to travel and work in any of the target counties and difficult terrain/conditions at times.
Proficiency in English is required.
Work experience in Kenya required.



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About RTI International

RTI International is a nonprofit organization headquartered in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina that provides research and technical services.