Grants and Finance Lead Job in Kenya

Grants and Finance Lead

CARE is seeking an experienced Grants and Finance Lead, Digital Inclusion to join the management team of the Women in the Digital Economy Fund (WiDEF) Initiative.

About the program: 

WiDEF is a five-year, $60M+ digital inclusion program funded by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. WiDEF will directly scale evidence-based solutions to effectively close the gender digital divide. Employing a strong localization approach, the program will create opportunities for organizations and businesses at the forefront of equitable digital inclusion to receive financial, technical and operational support to advance their work. WiDEF will collaborate with industry leading organizations to engage local and global private sector actors and funders to advance a shared set of commitments to closing the gender digital divide. Beyond direct delivery, the initiative will incorporate a substantial policy and advocacy component as well as global communications efforts to inform and influence action at every level of the development system.

 About the role: 

As the Grants and Finance Lead, Digital Inclusion you will lead the program’s extensive grants management function, including recruiting and managing a dedicated sub-team to support this work. WiDEF will include multiple rounds of eternal-facing grants competitions. The Grants and Finance Lead will serve as the business manager for the initiative: developing and monitoring the annual budget; modeling budgets for new opportunities; informing and working in lock step with each round of grants competitions and, directly and through their team, ensuring awardee sub-grants are operationalized efficiently and effectively monitored and supported.  The Grants and Finance Lead will work closely with external partners to support them in financial compliance and award performance. As a member of the WiDEF senior team, the Grants and Finance Lead will recruit and manage a team of up to four direct reports. The Grants and Finance team will actively support between 10-25, globally distributed, competitively awarded sub-grants at any given time. This position reports to the WiDEF Managing Director/Chief of Party.

About you: 

Ideal candidates for this role will have a successful track record of supporting complex multi-year projects with large numbers of sub-awardees and sub-contracts. You will be an experience team leader and manager of globally disbursed teams. You will be well versed in donor requirements and specialized in USAID financial and grant compliance requirements. You are exceptionally well organized, a strong communicator, and have patience/empathy to help first-time and international sub-awardees with complicated procedures and processes. You have served in similar capacities on other USAID projects.

Location negotiable. Must be able to work at least 4 hours on US East Coast time.


Define and manage competition sub-grantee grants and financial management systems

Manage program budget, compile monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting

Manage sub-recipient due diligence, capacity assessment and operational capacity building

Serve on WiDEF senior management team, advising program leadership and informing program strategy and annual planning

Recruit and manage a sub-team to support program sub-awardees


Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline: finance; business administration; international development; public administration or other relevant field

7-10 years of experience working in the field of international development with escalating responsibility

Extensive experience managing USAID grants/contracts administration of similarly sized programs. Other bilateral/multilateral donor funding, private corporate, private foundations experience a benefit.

Creative team player dedicated to designing systems that enable core goals while also effectively managing risk

Strong cross-cultural communication skills, including experience working with globally distributed teams in disparate countries and time zones

Demonstrated experience recruiting and managing a globally disbursed team

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Application Deadline : 8th November 2023