Grants Officer


Sawa for Development and Aid is a Civil Society Organisation founded initially as a spontaneous initiative in December 2011 to respond to the arrival of the first 40 Syrian families displaced from Syria into the North of Lebanon.


This initiative then grew to include individual activists, locals and internationals, who worked together (literally meaning ‘Sawa’ in Arabic) to share their knowledge and exchange their experiences in order to support Syrians, internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries, united by their belief in their right to live in dignity and freedom, and to be active individuals in their communities, and wherever they are.

Sawa sees itself as part and parcel of the society, and that it is on a continuous learning journey based on a participatory relationship at all levels with the communities that it works with, whether host or displaced, as well as with local and international partners.


Sawa believes that humanitarian, developmental and civic work has to always strive to achieve social justice, and so it aims to work with individuals and communities through holistic interventions towards a society based on democracy, pluralism, and values of citizenship and human rights. 



1. Develop, manage and deliver the organization’s grants program. Ensure the grants review and selection process in a manner that is responsible, professional, financially sound, participatory, sensitive to local needs, cultural and politics in accordance with organization policies and procedures.

2. Secure that the grants contracts are well-administered and implemented in compliance with the relevant donor regulations.

3. Take the lead on internal and external reporting with programs and finance, ensuring the submission of high-quality, well-written and timely reports – narrative and financial - meeting donor and SAWA requirements.

4.Ensure quality information management related to grants by overseeing the regular maintenance of reporting calendars, and updating the grants applications schedule.

5. Direct contact with donor. Follow up for all procedures in relation to application processes and dedicated informative workshops or trainings.

6.Establishing the Grants polices and agreements for the organization.

7.Responsible for designing, writing and submitting proposals, concept notes and budgets in coordination with heads of departments.

8.Engage with senior management to address any issues during the proposal development process.

9.Research new openings for potential grants, donors, and fundraising options.

10.Help to manage responses to business development opportunities or emergencies, including coordination of inputs from coordinators.

11.Contribute to the development of strong data collection and monitoring and evaluation plans within each proposal, including well-designed workplans, logframes, indicators and beneficiary counting, and ensure that project indicators are reported on as required. 

12.Conduct monitoring visits to field locations to observe and understand the progress of project implementation, security protocols permitting; organize and facilitate grants meetings to be held in the field.

13.Maintain a broad and deep understanding of donor policies, regulations, procedures, and compliance needs, and build this knowledge among other team members.

14.Proactively identify compliance risks throughout the portfolio and advise programs, operations, finance and senior management on necessary actions.

15.Responsible for preparing tools, grants matrix and plans.

16.Participates in the annual work planning and budgeting process for the Grants program.

17.Preparation of annual reports, annual work plans, status reports and other documents that may be requested by the management.

18.Supporting colleagues in delivering the organization’s objectives, including assisting in events and initiatives that fall outside the direct responsibilities of this post.

19.Represents the organization at meeting, functions and events, some of which may occur outside normal office hours and may involve long–distance travel.

20.Performs any other reasonable duties and tasks as requested by the organization.


Qualifications/Requirements, Knowledge and Experience

  1. Bachelor degree in Social sciences, Education, Development, or any equivalent studies.
  2. Experience for 3-5 years in related position.
  3. Proven experience in technical support work preferably in a developing organization.
  4. Has a good knowledge of international developing standards, trends, and approaches.
  5. Strong communication skills both written and verbal, experience in writing documentation of meetings and workshops.
  6.  Advanced computer skills, particularly MS office.
  7. A team player, flexible, quick-thinking and able to work well under pressure.
  8. Commitment to Organization’s vision, mission, values and goals.
  9. Language: Arabic: Fluent   English: Fluent   


Kindly send your CV and cover letter to with an email title ''Grants''

Deadline for Applications: 
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 00:00
Degree Required: 
Bachelor Degree
Job Country: 
Period of Employment: 
1 year
1200 to 1500 (USD)
Experience Required: 
Contract Type: 
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 14:16