Grant Management Trainee At Danish Refugee Council

Position Title: Grant Management Trainee
Supervised by: Regional Head of Multi-country Grants and Operations
Reporting to: Regional Head of Multi-country Grants and Operations
Duty Station: Dakar
Area of operation: West Africa Region (Regional Office + 1 country)
Employment period: 9 months
Type of contract: Traineeship
Salary & Benefits: 10,000 DKK per month + health insurance


The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.


DRC has been operating in West Africa since 1998. The DRC West Africa Regional Office (hereafter: WARO) is based in Dakar, Senegal, and covers six countries outside of Senegal. Led by the Regional Director, the DRC WARO oversees, supports and provides strategic directions for DRC’s Country Offices within the region, which currently includes Mali, Burkina Faso, the Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Central African Republic.


Based in the DRC West Africa Regional Office (hereafter: WARO), the Grant Management Trainee will support the reinforcement of an efficient and timely grant management for one country (Niger) covered by the WARO, and also for the projects being implemented and/ or coordinated by the WARO itself. The Trainee will be part of the Department supervising multi-country grants and operations and will work intensively with the Support Services (especially its Finance Department) and also the Programmes.

It is a unique opportunity to join a well-known international organization and benefit from a support adapted to the practical application of academic teaching.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the management of the Regional Head of Multi-Country Grants and Operations, the Grant Management Trainee will have the following activities and tasks:

• Keep track on and coordinate donor reporting schedule and requirements, as stipulated in the various donor contracts, through the preparation of the Rolling action plan ensuring all relevant staff are aware of their obligations;

• Oversee the timely drafting of donor reports with program staff;

• Contribute to the writing of project proposals;

• Manage follow-up of contractual and official information and correspondence for the relevant grants;

• Ensure regular updating of DRC’s grants management tool (via DRC Dynamics);

• In coordination with relevant staff, design, maintain and inform internal procedures, systems and tools to facilitate DRC compliance with contractual obligations to donors;

• Contribute to collecting and centralizing information on new funding opportunities, calls for proposals and donor guidelines.

All the tasks mentioned above will be primarily, if not exclusively, for the DRC WARO and DRC in Niger. However, if manageable and only with the approval of the Regional Director, other countries may be included in the scope of the tasks ensured by the Grant Management Trainee.

In addition to the above, the Grant Management Trainee may be asked to carry out other duties requested by the Regional Head of Multi-Country Grants and Operations and/or the Regional Director.

Required Qualifications

  • Post-graduate degree/ University Degree (Bachelor or Master) in International Development/ Development Studies, International Relations, Economics, Political Science/ Public Affairs, Business Administration or Management, or another relevant field is required;
  • Previous experience of grant management and/or in an international NGO;
  • Good understanding of institutional fundraising;
  • Proven operational management experience and capability, including working with local partners;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills with a well-developed ability to motivate and persuade at high levels;
  • Full professional fluency in French language (80% of the professional communication in this position will be done in French, including almost all the communication within the WARO);
  • Proficiency (written and spoken) of the English language;
  • Understanding of the different contexts of the West Africa Region;
  • Excellent Computer Skills (MS Office, Internet).

Required Skills & Qualities

  • Core Competencies of DRC:
    • Striving for excellence
    • Collaboration
    • Taking the lead
    • Communication
    • Demonstrating Integrity
  • Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment
  • Multi-tasking and organizational skills are necessary
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Proven analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Exemplary sense of ethics in the workplace
  • Team-oriented & good sense of humor

General Regulations

  • The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework
  • Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization
  • Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period
  • Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization
  • Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request

How to apply

Application Process

Are you interested? Then apply for this position on line**:** All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.

DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process. However, applicants must be aware that DRC cannot employ, under an international traineeship or volunteering agreement, a citizen of the country in which she/ he is going to be stationed (in such case, the Republic of Senegal).

Applications close on the 29th of August, 2021. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.

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