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Regional Grants Officer, Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Who We Are

International Justice Mission (IJM) is the global leader in protecting vulnerable people from violence around the world. Our global team of over 1,200 professionals are at work in over 30 offices. Together, we are catalyzing a global revolution that will rescue millions, protect half a billion, and make justice unstoppable.

Motivated by God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, we believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We are a global community that cares for one another. We value joy and celebration, and we strive to provide professional excellence to all those we serve.

The Need

After 25 years of continued growth and operational success in pioneering the work of protecting those who are experiencing poverty from violence, IJM has become a $100+ million organization. As IJM continues this trajectory of growth and scaling of its impact, with the Vision to protect 500 million people by the year 2030, IJM is seeking an Asia Pacific Regional Grants Officer to provide regional level leadership in the development and growth of IJM Asia Pacific’s systems, structure and performance on grant acquisition and management.

This position is based in Asia Pacific Region and reports to the Regional Strategy & Impact Sr. Officer, IJM Asia Pacific.


Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning and Implementation

  • Deeply understand IJM’s Global 2030 Vision, APAC’s role, and develop a Grants strategy to ensure APAC successfully achieves our 10-year – as well as 3-year and annual – objectives.
  • Develop regional framework for managing the APAC Grants portfolio in accordance with Global Policies and Standards, clarifying roles and responsibilities across advancement, programs, and operational support functions.
  • Act as APAC’s primary liaison to the Global Grants team, providing inputs into the development or refinement of Global Grants policies, communicating regional updates and realities as well as cascading down key policies, standards and projects.
  • Provide timely and regular reporting to regional leadership and Global Grants and support Global Grant co-creation of global resources.
  • Support activation strategy where relevant, such as by participating in IJM’s global and/or regional relationship management teams for selected key stakeholders, managing relevant regional-level or emerging institutional grant relationship not yet owned by country program, and activation-related communities of practice.
  • Regularly review and update regional grants strategy via assessment of external regional opportunities, risks, threats related to geo-political and other considerations, and updates related to key Asia Pacific current or potential grantors.

Systems and Capability Building

  • Working with Regional Strategy & Impact Sr. Officer, identify key objectives, resource or capacity needs, risks and opportunities for Grants teams across the region.
  • In collaboration with Asia Pacific teams and Global Grants team, enable grant readiness of APAC teams by developing resources and training field program staff on grant requirements, communication and reporting processes, and other capacities related to grant management.
  • Liaise with Global Grants, Finance, and Global Technology Solutions to develop regional capabilities and process integration for tracking grant opportunities, financial oversight, and internal/external reporting as part of organization-wide systems.
  • Develop systems of communication between grant acquisition and management/implementation offices to ensure streamlined, efficient engagements that maximize program success while supporting regional grants and activation strategy.

Oversight of Grant Portfolio Management, Compliance and Acquisition Strategy

  • Exercise oversight to ensure Asia Pacific teams and program implementation comply with grants requirements from donors and Global Grants, and grant objectives and budgets are achieved in a timely manner, and acquisition and management are conducted in full alignment with Finance and Legal.
  • Support and guide acquisition teams in building up capabilities to seek funding from potential institutional and other types of grantors within Asia Pacific, including grant proposal development.
  • Provide oversight and quality control on grant application and external reports to ensure that IJM’s grant-related communications meet best practices and internal minimum common standards.
  • Lead the creation of templates, tools, and processes that reflect regional grants/donor priorities and requirements, ensuring alignment with IJM Global Policies, Standards, and Procedures.
  • Network with grant professionals and networks across the region to ensure sufficient relationships, networking, shared learnings, and support for IJM’s grant system and programs.

Policies & Procedures

  • Implement and cascade down key Global Grants policies, standards and projects, while representing regional perspective to Global Grants in development of Global initiatives.
  • Ensure that best practices and lessons learned are well documented and shared between IJM teams.
  • Support the development of other IJM tools and products, ensuring that key best practices and guidance for advocacy and government engagement are well integrated.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in international development, business administration, or related field;
  • Minimum 7 years relevant professional work experience with grantors and building grant acquisition and/or management teams, processes and compliance within Asia Pacific;
  • Demonstrated success in managing large, complex, institutional grant relationships, projects and budgets;
  • Experience building regional or multi-country grant acquisition, management and reporting capacities, systems, compliance mechanisms and staffing structures needed to succeed at increasing grant acquisition and management performance;
  • Experience working with multi-functional teams across programming, finance, legal and revenue in non-governmental development organizations preferred;
  • Ability to engage at a strategic level with bilateral and multilateral donors, international organizations, government grantors, and partner NGOs in Asia Pacific;
  • Knowledge of standards relating to grant program design, monitoring, and evaluation;
  • Thorough understanding of grants management and compliance, with a background in government grantor requirements in Asia Pacific;
  • Strong budgetary and financial management skills;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to make complex technical concepts easy to understand and present to diverse audiences;
  • Fluency in oral and written English;
  • Skills in team-building, mentoring, coaching, consulting, training and resource development;
  • Passion for human rights and development work;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office;
  • Consummate cross-cultural communication and relational skills with a commitment to honoring diversity and inclusion;
  • Self-starter with strong initiative, creative problem solving and resource development;
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and disciplined with priorities;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and self-awareness;
  • Effective team player who fosters collaboration, co-creation, mutual support, and patience;
  • Professional, diplomatic, ethical and mature in judgment and demeanor; and
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.


Critical Qualities:

  • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
  • Self-starter with strong initiative;
  • Disciplined with priorities;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and self-awareness;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication;
  • Flexible, collaborative and eager to support others;
  • Effective team player who fosters collaborative environment; and
  • Adept at creative problem solving.


Application:

Interested applicants, please send your Cover Letter and CV/Resume in English to apac_recruiting@ijm.org not later than 15 July 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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