Grants Manager – M/F- HQ Position- Nigeria at ALIMA

Grants Manager – M/F- HQ Position- Nigeria


ALIMA’s purpose is to save lives and provide care for the most vulnerable populations, without any discrimination based on identity, religion or politics, through actions based on proximity, innovation, and the alliance of organizations and individuals. We act with humanity and impartiality in accordance with universal medical ethics. To gain access to patients, we undertake to act in a neutral and independent manner.

Our CHARTER defines the VALUES and PRINCIPLES of our action:

  1. Putting the Patient First
  2. Revolutionizing humanitarian medicine
  3. Responsibility and freedom
  4. Improve the quality of our actions
  5. Placing trust
  6. Collective intelligence


Since its creation in 2009, ALIMA has treated more than 3 million patients and today deploys its operations in 11 African countries . In 2018 we developed 41 humanitarian medical response projects to meet the needs of populations affected by conflicts, epidemics and extreme poverty. All of these projects are carried out in support to national authorities through nearly 330 health facilities (including 28 hospitals and 300 health facilities). Whenever possible We work in partnership with local NGO’s to ensure that our patients benefit from the best and most relevant expertise wherever it is, whether within their own country or in the rest of the world. In addition, to improve the humanitarian response, We are carrying out operational and clinical research projects particularly in the fiel of the fight against malnutrition and hemorraghic viral fevers.

more than 1800 people are currently working for ALIMA. The field teams, closest to the patients, receive their support from coordination teams generally based in the countries’ capitals. These receive support from the 3 desk teams and the emergency and opening team based at the operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal. The Paris and New York teams are actively working to raise funds and represent ALIMA. The rest of the ALIMA Galaxy includes individuals and partner teams working on behalf of other organizations such as medical NGOs BEFEN, ALERT Health, SOS Doctors / KEOOGO, AMCP, research organizations PACCI and INSERM, Bordeaux or Copenhagen Universities, the INGO Solidarités International and many others.

Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, South Sudan and Mauritania.

THE WORK WE DO covers:
Malnutrition, Maternal Health, Primary Health, Pediatrics, Malaria, Epidemics (Ebola, Cholera, Measles, Dengue, Lassa Fever), Hospitalization, Emergencies, Gender Based Violence.


The Grants Manager as well as the rest of the Nigeria Desk team will be based in Abuja with regular visits to the field and to ALIMA’s operational headquarter in Dakar, Senegal.


The Grants Manager is responsible for securing funding from donors and ensuring quality grants management. He/she is the direct technical referent for the Operational Support Officer working in country with project team.

· Participate in scaling up ALIMA programs in Nigeria

The Grants Manager plays a key role in scaling up ALIMA programs in Nigeria. He/she will participate in defining the operational strategy and conceptualizing new programs alongside the Nigeria Desk team, and will have the opportunity to participate in needs assessments in the field. The Grants Manager will be responsible for securing funding that will enable ALIMA to open new programs and scale up current interventions.

· Support the mission to secure funding for the projects

The Grants Manager will actively search for funding opportunities for the projects and the mission, including future projects, by maintaining a good knowledge of ALIMA’s operations and the humanitarian context, by maintaining relationships with humanitarian actors on a local level and by maintaining a good relationship with donors and a good knowledge of donor’s strategy and process, including donors not funding ALIMA. He/she is supported on this aspect by the grants team in Dakar.

· Maintain relationship with donors

The Programs Manager is the official representative of ALIMA in Abuja, however the Grants Manager is responsible of maintaining regular relationships with donors, providing regular information on ongoing operations and maintaining an open dialogue throughout the year in support to the programs manager. During the months of contract negotiation, the Grants Manager is responsible for the follow up of the negotiation at every step and can take over the negotiation if needed (from the coordination team or the programs manager). Also he/she will ensure relationship with donors regarding grant management, including contractual requirements, in coordination with the coordination team.

· Support the Borno Coordination Team and Operational Support Officers to deliver quality concept notes, proposals and reports according to operational strategy and support project development

The Grants Manager participates in defining the operational strategy and advises the coordination team on project development and program strategy. He/she provides support to Operational Support Officer to write strong concept notes, proposals, and reports for donors. He/she proof reads, comments, corrects and validates concept notes and proposals to make sure they include strong technical and operational analysis, demonstrate good knowledge of context and risk, present sound strategic vision and are coherent with budget and are aligned with donor guideline.

· Advise on grant management, compliance and contractual requirements

The Grants Manager provides information and advises the desk and Borno Coordination Team regarding donors’ regulation and contractual requirement. He/she supports the Operational Support Officer to make sure that operations and engagement toward donors are aligned, or be able to propose contractual modification to donors if operational plans changes.


Experience and knowledge
● 3 years minimum managing grants and reporting to donors in a humanitarian setting, at project, country, or HQ level
● Knowledge of process and rules of main donors (ECHO, OFDA, DFID, UN …)
● Good understanding of health and nutrition projects
● Coaching and training skills to support the Operational Support Officer


● Bilingual or advanced level of written and oral expression in English and French


Contract: Open Ended Contract, 6 months of probationary period.

Starting Date: ASAP

Salary: this is an HQ position and as such is paid according to HQ compensation and benefits policies which are different from expatriate positions since the position and contract are long term.


  • Travel costs between the employee’s country of origin and Abuja, Nigeria, unless recruited locally;
  • Five weeks annual leave per year as well as a recovery system for days spent on work travels; + one additional month paid leave after 3 years at HQ
  • One round trip per year between Abuja and the employee’s country of origin for the employee and her / his dependents + one individual round trip ;
  • One-off relocation allowance at the beginning of the contract in Abuja;
  • School annual enrollment fees for children from 2 to 18, according to the ALIMA HQ policy;
  • Medical cover insurance including repatriation insurance for the employee and her/ his dependents, as per the definition of our insurer.

How to Apply

To apply, please send your CV and your answers to the following questions (which stands for a classical cover letter) on our job page before Janvier 18, 2020.

❏ Why are you applying in light of ALIMA’s operational approach and CHARTER?

❏ What are your strengths and weaknesses in grants management?

❏ What are the main challenges involved in securing funding and building positive relations with donors?

❏ When would you be available to start?

❏ Reference check: please indicate the names of 2 previous managers as well as 1 HQ HR contact.

N.B.: Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful.

Only full applications (CV + answer to questions) will be taken into account. Only accepted applications will be contacted.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.