Senior Grants Officer (based in Europe)

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) seeks an experienced Senior Grants Officer responsible for its overall grants. This is a key position within HRHF’s Administration & Finance team, responsible for the delivery of HRHF’s grants programmes in line with organisational priorities and in compliance with donor requirements. The successful candidate is expected to work remotely, and due to travel and budget constraints, the candidate will be based in and able to work legally in a country in the broader European region.

This Senior Grants Officer ensures that the HRHF grants programmes are run efficiently and effectively by ensuring programmatic and technical processes and procedures are in place and implemented. The Senior Grants Officer works with House Development & Support and the Advocacy & Communications Programmes in the implementation of capacity building activities with HRHF grantees.

Ideal candidates for this position have a background in Human Rights and/or NGO environments with practical experience managing grants and financial management, including EU funds, for an organisation implementing activities internationally. A successful Senior Grants Officer will demonstrate an ability to plan, coordinate, implement and monitor donor grants during its lifecycle, systematise donor reporting and ensure compliance with their requirements implemented with national organisations in multiple countries. Moreover, we are seeking a dynamic, innovative and creating person service-oriented and able to develop capacities of the grantees.

The successful candidate will be culturally sensitive and committed to contributing to our efforts to protect human rights and defenders across Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.


Grants Management

  • Manage HRHF’s overall grants programmes
  • Implement, monitor, evaluate and refine all processes, procedures and systems to manage international grants programmes
  • Manage and oversee entire lifecycle of grants awarded under HRHF grants programmes; including:
    • Design, with input from programme staff, and issue calls for proposals
    • Ensure timely and highly quality execution of grant application rounds Manage receipt and review of grant proposals
    • Monitor grantee financial reporting simultaneously to ensure compliance with administrative requirements
    • Ensure timely follow-up on financial reports and control mechanisms of grantees
  • Develop, with input and support from communications team, communication materials to advertise availability of grants to interested civil society organisations and share outcomes of grants
  • Manage the process of regular updates to the HRHF website and social media on the grants programmes, in consultation with relevant House and Advocacy staff
  • Oversee donor financial reporting related to grants programmes
  • Develop reports on trends and themes of grant-making activities, including availability of grants to interested civil society organisations
  • Maintain on-going understanding and knowledge of local regulatory and legal environments related to foreign funding for civil society organisations.

 Capacity Building

  • Contribute to the design of organisational administrative and financial capacity assessments
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation of administrative and financial capacity building
  • Contribute to donor reporting on capacity building of Houses and House members
  • Manage, in coordination with House Programme, the delivery of capacity building linked to financial management and human resources management.

Qualifications / skills / knowledge

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in managing international grants programmes, preferably in EU Eastern Partnership countries.
  • Experience in providing technical support, including capacity building, to civil society organisations in EU Eastern Partnership countries and/or Russia.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with European Union regulations, rules, and policies related to sub-granting
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the financial regulatory environment in low- and middle-income country contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clear and concise written guidance on complex financial issues to grantees
  • Project management skills
  • Financial management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to set and manage processes and procedures
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally and independently to Eastern Partnership countries and Russia
  • Fluency in English and Russian is required
  • Fluency in another Eastern Partnership country language is highly desirable

Education / experience requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field
  • Advanced degree in relevant field is desirable

Apply now, Deadline 3 August 2020

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV here.  The deadline for applications is 3 August 2020.

About Human Rights House Foundation

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) envisions a world in which everyone can freely and safely promote and enjoy all human rights. Empowered human rights defenders and strong and independent civil society are key to this vision.

Human Rights House Foundation establishes, supports, and connects Human Rights Houses – coalitions of civil society organisations working together to advance human rights at home and abroad. Today, 17 Houses in 11 countries are united in an international network of Human Rights Houses.

Together, we advocate for the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression and the right to be a human rights defender. These four rights underpin a strong and independent civil society and protect and empower human rights defenders.

HRHF has 15 staff and is based in Oslo, with an office in Geneva and representation in Brussels and Tbilisi.


August 14, 2020

Праваабаронцы звярнуліся да Вярхоўнага камісара ААН па правах чалавека і да тэматычных спецдакладчыкаў па сітуацыі ў Беларусі

Праваабарончыя арганізацыі Беларусі звярнуліся да Вярхоўнага камісара ААН па правах чалавека і да спецыяльных тэматычных дакладчыкаў па пытанні прыняцця тэрміновых мер і з просьбай ініцыяваць маніторынг сітуацыі.

August 13, 2020

European Union and Member States must support human rights in Belarus

In advance of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 14 August, Human Rights House Foundation calls upon the EU to send a clear and strong message to the Belarusian authoritarian president, police, and his security forces that those responsible for grave human rights abuses will be held accountable.

August 11, 2020

Праваабаронцы заклікаюць не затрымліваць мірных грамадзян, не ўжываць супраць іх сілу і спецсродкі

Беларускія праваабарончыя арганізацыі выказаліся супраць дзеянняў сілавых структур.