Position Available: Grants Manager/ Programme Manager

April 21, 2023 •

The Voluntary Principles Initiative is a global, multistakeholder initiative which helps companies in maintaining security of their operations within an operating framework that ensures respect for human rights. The Ottawa-based Secretariat is seeking a self-starting Grants Manager to join our small team and support work to strengthen the on-the-ground human rights practices of companies in collaboration with governments and civil society. 

The Voluntary Principles Initiative supports a range of multi-stakeholder working groups around the globe that share best practices, foster multi-stakeholder dialogue at the local level, and raise awareness on local security and human rights challenges.

The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Responsible for managing the application, renewal, and reporting processes of all grants with Working Groups, including alignment with strategic objectives, results-based reporting; 
  • Conduct research on funding models and help develop working group policies and procedures such as reporting templates, grant agreements, and policies around Secretariats and Chair selection;
  • Maintain a reporting calendar and database;
  • Together with other staff members, coordinate required technical and policy support to working groups;
  • Draft KPIs and impact indicators as required to help develop accountability frameworks;
  •  Identify goals, activities, intended outcomes, resources needed, timelines, and plans for tracking progress and measuring impacts;
  • Support engagement and sharing of knowledge among different working groups, including by regularly updating content to the WG network platform;
  • Support all procurement processes at VPI, including public tenders;
  • Create high-quality reports and closely track application, renewal, and reporting criteria for working group funding;
  • Work with other members of the staff in developing budgets, budget narratives, grant-specific financial reports and similar documents;
  • Identify important achievements by the working groups and develop written materials for funders and other stakeholders; and
  • Effective oversight and monitoring of Working Group projects.

Position Requirements:

  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in grant management or programme management roles.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • Robust project management skills.
  • Detail and deadline-oriented with strong multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly Microsoft Office (Office 365, Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Location of employment: the office is located in Ottawa. Hybrid format available (minimum 3 days/week in the office; up to 2 days/week at home if desired). Remote work might be considered for outstanding candidates.
  • Eligibility to work in Canada.
  • Strong English language and communications skills in writing and speaking.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.

Personal Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in various projects simultaneously; ability to shift priorities on a daily basis.
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.

Asset Qualifications:

  • Fluency in other languages, particularly French and Spanish.
  • Knowledge of the global human rights movement or experience working in the extractive sector.
  • Experience managing grants in other regions of the globe considered a strong asset.
  • Experience working for a multi-stakeholder initiative or a membership-based organization.

Competitive salary (commensurable with experience) and generous benefits package.  The ideal candidate is available for full-time long-term employment (37.5 hours/week) but the hiring manager will consider very strong candidates interested in 3 or 4 days/week.

 Please forward your covering letter and resume by email by Friday, June 9, 2023 to: careers@voluntaryprinciples.org. Please note interviews may be conducted on a rolling basis. 

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