Grants Manager


Job Title:       Grants Manager

Reports to:   Director of Grant Programs

Location:      D.C. metro area

About the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold public-private partnership that seeks to catalyze and coordinate a coherent global strategy to end modern slavery. Our mission is to end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable.

GFEMS will make grants across sectors and geographies with a focus on three core funding themes: rule of law, business engagement, and sustaining freedom.  The Fund’s strategy also includes the development of public-private investments across key industries and innovative approaches to evaluating what works in reducing the prevalence of modern slavery. We invite you to read more about the fund’s strategy and early investment priorities at


Position Summary

The Grants Manager is a key player in GFEMS’ work to fund transformative programs and technologies that can demonstrate clear and substantial prevalence reductions. The Grants Manager will support the Director of Grant Programs in making and managing high value-for-money grants, as well as provide strategic guidance for Grants Associates. The Manager will contribute to building and improving processes across the grantmaking lifecycle -- proposal solicitation, selection process, contracting, post-award management and performance and compliance monitoring, grant close-out -- interacting with and supporting grant applicants and awardees at all stages. This role will also serve as a liaison for designated major funders to ensure coordination and collaboration. The Manager is a strategic and results-oriented team player with a deep understanding of modern slavery and the ability to forge strong relationships across the anti-slavery field. International travel for this position is estimated at 15-20%.


Key Responsibilities

Pre-Award Management

  • Support the grants and investments teams in  developing GFEMS’ sector-specific theories of change (i.e., how to reduce the prevalence a specific form of trafficking in a specific industry/geography/community).

    • Identify the corresponding interventions, partners, and other resources required to execute and validate the theory of change.

    • Oversee contractors conducting research to inform design of initiatives and programs.

  • Provide strategic input to ensure value and impact across the organization’s entire grant portfolio (approx. $50M).

  • Provide coordination and detailed project management of funding opportunity design, solicitation, review, and selection.

Post-Award Management

  • Support field visit planning, for research and relationship building with potential grantees and in-person monitoring of existing grantees

  • Coordinate closely with grantees to ensure timely and accurate reporting, as well as compliance with grant requirements.

  • In collaboration with Director as well as Finance & Admin team, design and execute spot-checks of grantees, and proactively identify performance and compliance issues and risks.

  • Support downstream dissemination of latest fund-level learning, to help grantees optimize impact of their programs.

  • Facilitate collaboration between grantees and the Fund’s Research & Development team for impactful research on grant programs.

Stakeholder Management

  • Develop materials in response to key  stakeholders critical to the Fund’s grantmaking (e.g., donors, board, Technical Review Panel).

  • Support work with new GFEMS donors as relevant (e.g. research and strategy development).

  • In collaboration with Director, ensure timely and accurate reporting to GFEMS’ donors across all reporting categories (financial, performance, etc).

  • Establish and advance relationships with the anti-slavery community to ensure the work of GFEMS is building on and contributing to key learnings in the field.

Operational Leadership

  • Provide guidance and direction for grants management standardization across multiple donor portfolios

Essential Attributes

Execution Mindset

  • Establishes and follows through on a systematic course of action to assure accomplishment of a specific objective.

  • Demonstrates a desire to achieve results against a standard of excellence and a commitment to the delivery of services with continuous improvement.

  • Strong commitment to transparency and compliance with a rigorous attention to detail.

Problem Solving and Innovation

  • Demonstrates logic and analytical aptitude (including quantitative reasoning) along with ability to leverage expertise and experience to solve problems

  • Unsatisfied with business-as-usual programming approaches when they do not produce effective, scalable and sustainable solutions

  • Incorporates new ideas and approaches and provides necessary structure for them to thrive within institutional constraints

Client Focus

  • Focuses efforts on meeting clients’ (i.e., grantees, donors, stakeholders) needs that provides a high quality experience.

  • Proven ability to cultivate productive working relationships with various stakeholder groups in the anti-slavery field, particularly with donors and across different cultures.

  • Ability to represent GFEMS with a high degree of professionalism and diplomacy.


  • Self directed. Acts on various methods and strategies for solving problems and meeting objectives before being asked or required to do so.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, while managing multiple projects concurrently under the pressure of deadlines and changing priorities

Adapting to Change

  • Responds to change with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new ways to accomplish objectives.


  • Clearly expresses ideas, thoughts, and concepts verbally and/or in writing.

Additional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g. International Affairs / Public Policy, Human Rights, Public Health, Economics) preferred -- or equivalent experience.  

  • 5+ years of work experience in project management, grant management, and/or grant compliance of significant grant portfolios (>$25M). Proven ability to manage and coordinate a portfolio of diverse grants from start-up to close-out.

  • Global living / work experience and foreign language skills strongly preferred.

  • Experience implementing or managing ODA-funded programs preferred, especially US, UK, Norwegian, or other EU federal government funding.

  • Working knowledge or experience with financial management and administration of grants and/or contract accounting, budgets and procurement transactions.

  • Experience working with first-time grantees and leading training on the fiduciary and regulatory responsibilities of awardees.

  • Past experience conducting pre-award assessments of organizations and identifying capacity-building opportunities and risk management strategies for implementation.

  • Knowledge of anti-modern slavery sector and/or trends.

  • Practical problem solving skills, decision-making abilities, and ability to complete tasks within set time frames.

Note: At this time GFEMS is only able to consider applicants with employment authorization in the U.S.

To Apply

Email cover letter (max 1 page) and resume in a single PDF to Please title document [firstname lastname] - Grants Manager and use subject line Grants Manager. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.


GFEMS provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

GFEMS is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We take all possible measures to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us.

Sara Beatty