Grants Specialist

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Website VSO International


Grants Specialist

Type of role: Business
Location: Nepal
Salary: Competitive
Contract type: Fixed Term
Full Time: 35 hours per week
Interview date: Soon as possible
Start date: Soon as possible

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Role overview

The Grant Specialist will provide financial support and expert advice on donor compliance, manage and maintain grant management activities in order to ensure an efficient, secure and controlled financial environment in compliance with VSO policies and procedures, donor requirements and local regulations.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria (must have to be able to carry out the role successfully)

Knowledge/qualifications and Experience:

  • Technical Accounting Expertise: Fully qualified Accountant (ACCA, ACA or Certified Public Accountant (CPA), master’s in finance/Accounting or Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy with significant Grant Management experience.
  • Grant management: Skilled financial accountant with knowledge of financial management of restricted donor funding, reporting, procurement procedures, grant management, grant equipment, donor rules and regulations for non-profit organisations.
  • Budget management and Auditing: Strong leadership experience in budget management (including project budgets), financial planning and analysis. Knowledge of Internal, External and Project Audit. Coordinates financial auditing in close consultation with donor agencies and consortium partners.


  • Financial Business Partnering: Service oriented, customer focused approach. Experience of working in and understanding a global organisation, using knowledge to analyse and interpret financial information to support management.
  • Financial and Risk Management: Strong financial and risk management skills (including ability to understand and work with restricted funds and full cost recovery concepts, and project funding issues); understanding of financial management policy and excellent budget monitoring and management skills.
  • Financial and Information Technology Systems: Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel particularly. Use of accounting software and reporting packages with preference to SUN system.
  • Travel requirement: Able to travel in a rural area in country and internationally occasionally and spend time away from work- base location and home.

Desirable Criteria: (skills that could be an advantage in the role)


  • Communication and Influencing Skill: Strong written and verbal communication skills – able to listen, analyse, present, consult, negotiate with confidence and obtain stakeholder engagement. Able to effectively communicate complex financial information to a wide range of audiences and experience of remote and cross-cultural communication, demonstrating sensitivity to cultural and language differences.
  • Partnership Management and capacity building: Strong knowledge and experience on working for Partners’ capacity building. Providing oversight and technical support to the partners on system, policy and procedures strengthening is essential.
  • Time management skill: prioritization skills, decision making skills, focus of the program, coping skills etc.
  • People management: Experience of managing staff with the ability to develop, coach and motivate a high performing team and empower others to apply good grant management principles.
  • Flexibility: Ability to manage grant in a changing context, recognising and being open to ambiguity, uncertainty and opportunities.

Information Technology – Good level of computer skills (Windows, Excel, Power Point, Word, Outlook, Internet).

Travel requirement: Able to travel in country and internationally occasionally and spend time away from work- base location and home.

Commitment to VSO’s mission, values, People First principles and core approaches (Social Inclusion and Gender, Social Accountability, and Resilience).
Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

  • Ability to be open minded and respectful
  • Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
  • Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
  • Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

Eligibility: Nepali nationals only
Contract: National

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we are protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

Once you’re ready to apply, click on ‘make an application’ below to complete the online form.

Application Closing Date: 16 Jun 2022

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