Senior Manager, International Grants and Contracts

Hunger Project

The Hunger Project (THP) is a global non-profit organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world. Our programs throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America are based on an innovative, holistic approach, which empowers women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty.

We operate in 22 countries with 330 staff and have mobilized hundreds of thousands of volunteer leaders worldwide. Our programs throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America are based on an innovative, holistic approach, which empowers women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty.

Current Hunger Project office locations include: USA: Global Office in New York City, Washington DC, and multiple home offices. 13 Program Countries: Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Peru, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia. 9 Partner Countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

Position Summary

The Sr Manager, International Grants and Contracts is responsible for overall project management of key grantor relationships – through all phases of a funding relationship: from proposal to project close out. This includes, but is not limited to, developing, maintaining and nurturing strong relationships with funders, supporting program design as proposals are developed, and ensuring compliance within grants throughout the entire phases of the projects’ implementation. The Sr Manager, International Grants and Contracts works in close collaboration with the US institutional fundraising and finance teams, and links with THP’s internal global funding management function. The Sr Manager, International Grants and Contracts will also support grant management by providing income and expenditure forecasts to support grant writing and management. The incumbent will use their knowledge of complex funding institutions (e.g. USAID, UN Agencies, etc.) to support nuanced and attractive funding proposals while giving adequate attention to compliance matters. The Sr Manager, International Grants and Contracts will have the opportunity to learn and also share their unique capacity with the larger global team.

This full-time position is based out of THP’s office in New York City. Remote candidates are encouraged to apply, with a strong preference for candidates based in the Washington DC or NYC areas. The position reports to the Director of New Business Development and is exempt from overtime.

THP is currently partially working partially remotely during the COVID pandemic. The Hunger Project requires mandatory vaccination (subject to its availability, local regulations, and legally protected exemption) to safeguard the health of our employees and community partners.

Essential Functions

Grant Management (50%) Is the primary point of contact for all matters related to the grants they manage, for the Program Countries and grantors.

  • Regularly meet with funders and program teams to support the timely implementation of grants as planned and in compliance with donors and grants requirements, traveling to programs as required to guarantee successful and compliant implementation of the projects.
  • Identify, mitigate, and propose solutions to address any risks associated with the grant’s outcomes; Immediately inform internal stakeholders and funders around grant progress and challenges.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Officer, Grants and Contracts to monitor budgets, compliance and reporting, and ensure all internal processes are met around documentation and authorization from award to close-out.
  • Support the implementation of programs by the partners and sub-grantees through regular meetings and conversations to discuss challenges, alignment between program country, THP US and funder
  • Review, revise as needed and finalize narrative and financial reporting prepared by the in country teams.
  • Identify opportunities to share programmatic learnings and impact with funders and other external audiences

Developing new and nurturing existing strong relationships with funders and supporting related proposal development to maximize funding relationships (30%)

  • Manage relationships with funders, including bi-lateral representatives (e.g. US Agency for International Development (USAID)), and private and public foundations, ensuring that THP is well positioned as a valued partner of choice.
  • Explore and manage the expansion of existing funder relationships: Drive partnership conversations, develop concepts, and partner with Program Country and New Business Development colleagues to develop and submit high-quality proposals, reports and other content pieces to drive this work.

Essential function 3: Capacity strengthening (20% or less)

  • Collaborate with the New Business Development Team, technical colleagues, and global counterparts to standardize and continuously improve processes.
  • Ensure THP provides strong and strategic award management support to country offices using an accountability driven customer service approach that promotes country-level leadership and ownership.


Education (Minimum Needed and Type of Degree Needed):

  • Minimum Required: Bachelor’s degree, with a major in fields relating to international affairs.
  • Preferred: Masters’ degree in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, or related field.

Work Experience (Minimum needed):

  • Minimum Required: 5 years in a similar role with proven successful experience writing proposals selected for award for federal grants from agencies.
  • Preferred: Non-profit setting with remote team structure, and experience in a fast-paced environment with a small global team. 3.Specialized Knowledge Needed for Job Performance:
  • Experience with the preparation of budgets for applications in accordance with complex global guidelines and in collaboration with relevant colleagues.
  • Experience with US and/or other bi-lateral grant compliance.
  • Experience with high level foundations and corporation funding is a plus.
  • Proficiency with spreadsheets, and advance knowledge of Excel is required.

Skills (e.g. Level of Judgment Required, Ability to Direct, Work Independently, Multi-Task, etc.):

  • Sound judgment, able to troubleshoot problems, develop creative solutions, while also identifying issues which need to be escalated.
  • Project management skills.
  • Superior organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Resourceful self-starter with ability to independently multitask and prioritize.
  • High level of comfort with new technologies, and able to quickly learn new tools.
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills; ability to work with colleagues and partners nationally and internationally.
  • Entrepreneurial, self-driven and results-oriented, with an optimistic outlook.
  • Ability to adapt and work in a very flexible, fluid, and evolving environment.

Special Skills (Technical or Advanced)

  • High level of knowledge with Google Suite and tools.
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French is preferred.

Other (Communication Skills, Aptitudes, or Other Specific Skills or Abilities Required):

  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.
  • Excellent written communication and editing skills • High level of confidentiality.
  • Ability to work a varying schedule including nights, early mornings, weekends on occasion.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally, and work on multiple time zones, as necessary.
  • Travel up to 15% of the time • Experience working with different countries and cultures.
  • Commitment to THP’s values, including an understanding of and compatibility with our principles and philosophy. `

Benefit Highlights

The Hunger Project is pleased to offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, which includes; a cafeteria plan that allows employees to choose from a variety of pre-tax benefits that includes health, dental, vision and much more, retirement savings plan with employer match and contributions, personal time off that increase with tenure, bank holidays, sick leave, flexible work arrangements, an Employee Assistance Program, life and disability insurance, paid family leave, and much more.

THP is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, class, caste, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, economic status, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

How to apply

Please forward your letter of interest, resume, salary expectations, writing sample and references for immediate consideration to [email protected] . Please include “Sr. Manager, International Grants & Contracts” in the subject line of your e-mail.