Regional Grant Specialist, South Asia

Category: Full-time
Reports to: Team Lead, Award Management, South Asia
Location: South Asia: India (Delhi or Chennai)

About Water.org

1 in 10 people around the world lack access to safe water and 1 in 4 people don’t have access to a toilet. We are working every day to change this. We are Water.org. We’re here to bring water and sanitation to the world. We want to make it safe, accessible and cost-effective because we believe that water is the way to empower a bright future that we can all share, worldwide. We are an international nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Missouri that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. For more than 25 years, we’ve been providing women hope, children health and families a future.


Summary

The Regional Grant Specialist, South Asia within the Global Impact department is responsible for day-to-day administration of the organization’s post award workstreams, processes and deliverables at the regional level. This individual will act as a strategic business partner to the region’s business functions to coordinate alignment of country/regional-level interventions across multiple funding streams, ensuring adherence to and integration of award management global standards and compliance necessary for integrity of the organization’s funding processes.

Reporting to the Team Lead, Award Management, South Asia, this position plays a critical role in oversight of an assigned portfolio of active awards, including implementation of the organization’s award management processes from kick off to close out. The Regional Grants Specialist consistently exhibits behaviors and skills to support effective business partnering and communication across multiple functions, operational rigor and integrity to ensure exceptional stewardship of philanthropic assets.

Key Responsibilities

Post Award Planning and Administration (75%)

Provide overall administration and monitoring of an assigned portfolio of awards within the region. This includes implementation of the award management cycle, including but not limited to:

  • Implement post award processes from kick off to close out, bringing a deep understanding of grant deliverables, deadlines, and agreement terms, as well as partnering closely with business line teams to ensure awards are integrated into ongoing execution processes and progress towards deliverables is achieved.
  • Manage a calendar of report deadlines and coordinate across team members to ensure grant reports meet internal and external deadlines as well as reporting requirements and standards.
  • Act as the Point of Contact for assigned donor reports, convening related stakeholders to compile programmatic, financial and impact data to develop a compelling narrative that meets internal and external requirements and deadlines. Content may also include case studies, borrower stories, etc.
  • In collaboration with regional finance and business line teams, ensure regular review and analysis of spending plans and ensure accurate forecasting of grant spending and time utilization documentation is submitted on time and available for regional metric analysis and reporting.
  • Provide overall project management support and close coordination with regional leadership and other key stakeholders for scope change orders that affect an award’s deliverables and/or spending plan.
Award Management Performance and Tracking (25%)
  • Regularly evaluate assigned portfolio in terms of KPIs and related metrics through comparison of actual performance with budgeted/planned objectives and determine causative factors in expenditure trends; formulate and escalate corrective actions, as applicable.
  • Partner with Regional Insights and business line teams to track and consolidate impact and partner-related data necessary for award management processes and deliverables.
  • Participate in designing and implementing training designed to ensure consistent performance award management standards and metrics for the region.
Management Responsibility:
  • Individual contributor with no subordinates.

This description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of scope, stakeholders and linkages for every project, duty or responsibility but is intended to highlight internal or external processes, functions and jobs/roles that are expected to regularly interact with this position to deliver work. Scope may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Skills and Competencies

  • Customer Focus – Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Communicates Effectively – Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Collaborates – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Optimize Work Processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Manages Ambiguity – Manages ambiguity by operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent related work experience
  • At least three years of relevant work experience supporting grant administration and/or project management in a complex, global organization, including:
    • Foundational knowledge of grant management and administration principles.
    • Proficient analytical and reporting skills, with a proven ability to translate data into clear, meaningful insights for multiple audiences.
    • Proven technical proficiency in MS Office 365 software, specifically Excel, and related digital platforms.
  • Exceptional customer mindset and ability to communicate, influence and work across diverse teams and cultures.
  • Fluent (written and verbal) in English

Preferred:

  • Foundational knowledge of project management standards and principles and/or demonstrated project management experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with PowerBI is strongly preferred.
  • Exposure to and/or understanding of financial institutions and/or financial services sector within the region.
  • Knowledge of water and sanitation and/or financial services sector.
  • Proficiency (written and verbal) in other languages, such as Bangla, Hindi or Tamil, is a plus.

Travel Requirement:

  • Up to 10% of domestic and regional travel.

Being authorized to work in the country posted is a precondition of employment.

Salary and Benefits

This position offers country-specific benefits and market-based, competitive salary; as well as periodic review for merit and incentive pay based on organizational and personal achievement.

Water.org is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an inclusive environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, military and veteran status, genetic information, and any other status protected by law. We provide qualified applicants and employees reasonable accommodation, when necessary, to enable individuals to complete the application process and/or perform the essential functions of the job. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose. We strive to build and maintain a diverse team that will advance our mission and work and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.