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G&HI - Grants and Evaluation Specialist - Senior Associate

Posted: 8 Jun 2021 Closes: 9 Jul 2021
Belfast Competitive
Permanent & Full-time PwC_202510WD-int

PwC are one of the world's leading professional services organisations. From 158 countries, we help our clients, National Governments and some of the most successful companies to create the value they want. We help to measure, protect and enhance the things that matter most to them.

In Consulting our business is transformation and we are known for our focus on and commitment to achieving results. We combine strategy, technology and management consulting expertise to help organisations succeed with an understanding of how business works and a knowledge of how the right technology in the right place can create competitive advantage.

Our Grants Team, predominantly based out of our Belfast office, provides full end-to-end grant management support to national and international grant programmes to optimise the value delivered by the grants in achieving impact and policy outcomes while maintaining strong governance and financial control.

Due to recent growth, we are looking to expand our team across Senior Associate level across are range of related areas.

The right people will have skills in designing, establishing and operating grant programmes, specifically including, but not limited to, experience of running grant programmes in the international aid and development sector. They will be adept at understanding the policy imperatives behind grant schemes and interpret their results, providing clear policy and risk management advice to clients, and using technology platforms and data visualisation tools to improve delivery. Ideally, but not necessarily, their experience will include overseeing grant-making to organisations operating in fragile and conflict-affected states with heightened risks of corruption and fraud.

About the roles

We are particularly interested to hear from candidates with experience in the following areas of grant/programme management:
  • Monitoring, evaluation learning and reporting of post award output, outcome and target KPIs, including development of theory of change and results and evaluation frameworks and management of third party suppliers as well as grantees. At more junior levels this will include an ability to develop data visualisation dashboards;
  • Programme/portfolio officers with experience in thematic areas including but not limited to infrastructure, net zero, trade and related thematic areas either within the UK or as part of International Development programmes;
  • Grant officers including those with experience in managing technology platforms, including vouchers, for the management of grant programmes;
  • Sales / business development: at a senior level this will include strategic development of relationships, market positioning, opportunity targeting, pursuit and successful closure of grant related opportunities;


Essential skills & experience

We expect potential applicants to have experience, varied by seniority of expected role, across the following areas as relevant for their particular specialism:

  • Strong grants/funds management track record with experience and networks within the UK domestic and international grants sectors including:
  • Experience of leading / delivering large scale international grant programmes for funders such as the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and a strong understanding of the full grant life-cycle beyond fiduciary management and output verification of grants, including monitoring and evaluation of programmatic aspects;
  • Understanding of grant management requirements including the Cabinet Office Functional Standards on Grants, Managing Public Money and reporting requirements such as the Government Grants Information System and the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI);
  • Experience in drawing policy insights and advice from grant management information;
  • Developing Theories of Change for large programmes and supporting grantees to develop their Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks
  • Track record in developing learning and reporting products, tools and capacities for funding relating programmes
  • Strong understanding of fraud risk management and strategies to mitigate and manage fraud risk;
  • Leading and developing teams;
  • Understanding our clients' business and showing strong commercial acumen;
  • Senior stakeholder management and relationship building;
  • A track record of new business development, including market positioning and strategic management of bids / responses to tenders;

Desirable skills & experience
  • Experience of designing grant management platforms on Salesforce and using other data visualisation tools;
  • Experience of managing grants in fragile states and remote monitoring techniques in challenging environments where physical access is highly limited;
  • Experience of safeguarding requirements and management strategies;
  • Experience of developing thought leadership, new methodologies and propositions in this area.

  • Flexible within the UK, with a preference for Belfast.
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