Grants Specialist


Grants Specialist

Job Title:     Grants Specialist  - Temporary Position (March-Aug 2019)

Reports to:  Director of Strategy & 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 Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) expects to award approximately $30 million in grants to combat modern slavery in 2019. Accordingly, GFEMS seeks a Grants Specialist to help project manage our Spring 2019 grants proposal solicitation, review, and co-creation processes. This short-term position is scheduled to begin in March and run for six months through August.

Key Responsibilities

The three key areas of work are detailed below. The Grants Specialist may be asked to perform other, related roles from time-to-time. Applicants must be willing to maintain a flexible work-day schedule that allows for communications with GFEMS staff in Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as with grant applicant offices in other geographic regions (likely South and Southeast Asia, as well as the Middle East).

  1. Project manage the research, drafting, and refinement of Concept Note (CN) solicitations across GFEMS’ grant portfolio

  • Facilitate and project manage the broader Grants and Investment Teams in synthesizing internal GFEMS research and external consultant findings to shape CN solicitations.

  • In coordination with other Grants/Investment Team members, plan and execute calls/meetings with relevant organizations to gather insight on funding opportunities.

  • Facilitate revision process: Help edit the solicitations and incorporate feedback from program leads, as needed.

  1. Project manage the Concept Note review process

  • Support the Grants/Investment Teams by managing the receipt, organization, and review of CNs in an online database (Google Drive-based).

  • Ensure that the Grants/Investment teams (and other staff as relevant) meet internal deadlines to review and short-list promising concept notes; shepherd the process and provide assistance to prevent delays.

  • Support the Grants Team in compiling CN summaries and analyses for GFEMS leadership and donors; coordinate responses to questions that GFEMS leadership and/or donors may have regarding the CNs.

  • Support outreach to applicants for additional materials, as needed, and respond to applicants’ requests for information and/or guidance.

  1. Coordinate and ensure adherence to co-creation timetables for both internal and external stakeholders

  • Ensure that Grants/Investment Team members are clear on their roles, expected deliverables, and timelines for co-creation. Provide reminders of deadlines and assistance, as needed, to meet those deadlines.

  • Facilitate communication across the Grants, Investment, and R&D Teams (for logframe and MEL guidance), and F&A Team (for due diligence) to track applicant status throughout co-creation. With the Grants Team, update and manage applicant progress online.

  • Depending on experience with the topic/co-creation, review and provide feedback to applicants on how to improve their proposals.

  • Follow up with applicants, as needed, to provide guidance and/or request materials.

Additional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s (or equivalent experience) from accredited university; Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g. International Affairs / Public Policy, Human Rights, Public Health, Economics) an additional asset

  • 5+ years’ professional work experience in the full grantmaking lifecycle, but especially the upfront stages of managing robust solicitation and selection processes. The following experience is considered a plus:

    • Direct experience as a funder and/or working in grant management in a foundation

    • Familiarity with U.S. federal government rules and regulations related to grant management

    • Familiarity with MEL plans (including logframes) and basic financial/administrative due diligence

    • Direct experience in human trafficking or a related field (e.g., migration, labor, victim welfare) or in a related humanitarian or international development assistance field

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate oneself quickly and effectively into pre-existing processes

  • Demonstrated ability to manage senior-level stakeholder relationships with professionalism, diplomacy, and savvy

  • Extremely strong project management skills; ability to coordinate across multiple work streams and ensure thorough communication with relevant team members

  • Strong organization, time-management, communications (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work under political and time pressure and meet deadlines

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive applications


To Apply

Email cover letter (max 1 page) and resume in a single PDF to Please title document [firstname lastname] - Grants Specialist and use subject line Grants Specialist. 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