Senior Grants Officer at North East Regional Initiative (NERI)

North East Regional Initiative (NERI) Nigeria an International Development Organization, is seeking applications from qualified Nigerian nationals for the below position:

Job Title: Senior Grants Officer


  • The Senior Grants Officer will coordinate with the State Program Managers (SPMs) to support concept development for activities related to the States (Adamawa, Borno & Yobe) and liaise with the Grants Manager and Abuja Grants Officers in developing approved grant concepts in collaboration with the State Program Managers (SPMs).
  • The Senior Grants Officer will also oversee timely completion of grant milestones and other administrative documentation.
  • The Senior Grants Officer will work closely with the Grants Manager to ensure that all updates, documentation and milestone payments are reflected in both OTI's Web-Based Database and Creatives IDMS.
  • This position will be based at the head office, located in Abuja, with program activities expected to be carried out in the North Eastern states.
  • Frequent travel is expected.
  • The Senior Grants Officer reports to the Grants Manager, based in Abuja.
  • The Senior Officer will also be responsible for the supervision of Grants Officers in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

In conjunction with the Grants Manager:

  • Coordinate and interface with program staff to manage all aspects of assigned grant portfolio throughout all stages of project development, implementation and closure.
  • Manage associated timelines and donor reporting requirements for individual grant activities.
  • Maintain internal trackers, such as the grant status and closing trackers.
  • Monitor grant portfolio pipeline of financial commitments and disbursements.
  • Manage data in databases, including OTI's Web-based Database and Creative IDMS.
  • Serve as a key point of contact for information on related project issues, coordination with partner organizations and sociopolitical and development trends.
  • Develop project ideas in coordination with Program Development Office.
  • Manage strategy objectives/action plan for assigned grant portfolio per the approved work plan.
  • Draft project ideas with estimated budgets and present them in internal Grant Review Committee meetings.
  • Ensure compliance with donor and organizational policies, procedures and regulations, throughout activity implementation. Ensure thorough, audit-compliant documentation.
  • Monitor project progress against the approved project implementation timeline; identify delays and work closely with Program Development Office to ensure projects stay on track.
  • Track overall project development and identify trends to document success stories and lessons learned.
  • Engage in overall political analysis, impact assessment, and participate in strategy development to advance the project goals.
  • Review and contribute to the Final Evaluation Reports and prepare project documents for closing.
  • Coordinate with staff in all departments to complete assigned tasks; engage in regular coordination with Program, Procurement and Finance units to quickly resolve implementation issues.
  • Provide guidance and supervision to Grants Officers in the States Field Offices
  • Travel to project sites for follow up/support on activity implementation, as needed.
  • Perform other tasks, as assigned


  • With support from the Grants Manager, provide guidance and supervision to State Grants Officers (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe)
  • With support from the Grants Manager, review OTI and IDMS database to ensure compliance.
  • Work with program staff to ensure each activity or program is meeting proposal conditions and expectations.
  • Coordinate with other units to ensure effective and efficient workflow throughout all stages of activity development, implementation and closure.
  • Work with Procurement as appropriate in preparing purchase requests based on specific activity budgets.
  • Work with Finance to ensure reconciliation of disbursed funds and to match activity finance records.
  • Manage reporting of key performance indicators and milestones deliverables for effective activity payments.


  • University degree (B.A or B.Sc degree) in political science, international affairs or other related social sciences field is required.
  • Five years experience in grants management is required.
  • Familiarity with grant procedures. Strong time-management skills and ability to uphold deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills with strong written and oral presentation abilities (writing samples will be required)
  • Prior experience with USAID or US Government funded projects is highly desirable.
  • Problem solving, stress management and time management Skills are required.
  • Computer literacy at using Microsoft office software is required (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) and experience in development databases such as OTI, IDMS, CRM:
  • Excellent record keeping and documentation skills are required.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required.
  • Commitment to Creative Associates mission and goals

Location: Abuja

Closing Date
21st February, 2017.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV's and cover letter to:


  • Please reference the job title and location on the cover letter and resume /CV.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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