Team: Programs | Commitment: Career | Location: Rwanda

Grants Manager: Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze


CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.

Program Description – Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze

The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.

Position Description

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations, the Grants Manager is responsible for managing a $5 million grants fund. The Grants Manager will be responsible for the solicitation, review, selection, management, and closeout of all grants. S/he will contribute to the development of the project Grant Manual as well as ensure grant activities (milestones, procurement, and technical assistance) comply with the manual and USG and CNFA policies. The Grants Manager is based in Kigali.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The main duties of the Grants Manager include, but are not limited to:
  • Responsible for the solicitation, review, selection, management, and closeout of all grant agreements with correct procurement documentation;
  • Responsible for developing the project Grant Manual and ensuring grant activities (milestones, procurement, and technical assistance) comply with the manual and USG and CNFA policies;
  • Directly supervise the Grants Officer and manage 8 Provincial Grants Coordinators;
  • Collaborate with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team to monitor compliance and assess the achievements of grantees, identify challenges and provide viable solutions as necessary;
  • Triangulate with local partners and conduct site visits to ensure effective implementation of grants
  • Provide technical training and capacity building to Provincial Grants and Procurement staff as needed;
  • Coordinate with relevant technical leads in the field and the Kigali-based Technical and Administrative Management units to ensure smooth implementation of grant activities; 
  • Ensure quality information management through regular maintenance of grant files and preparation of documents and files for internal/external audits;
  • Undertake other assignments or tasks at the request of the Chief of Party.


  • CNFA is seeking a Rwandan national possessing the following qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in accounting, business, public administration or a related field;
  • At least five years of progressively responsible work experience in managing grant portfolios for complex donor-funded project(s) related to agricultural finance, value chain development, agricultural investment, private sector investment management and/or access to finance;
  • Minimum of three years of experience in USAID-funded program(s), and demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules & regulations (FAR, AIDAR, ADS 303);
  • At least 5 years of experience in a supervisory role;
  • Excellent management and administrative skills; ability to negotiate budgets, review financial vouchers and expense reports;
  • Administrative experience with NGOs and NGO procedures;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders both verbally and in writing;
  • Effective at collaboration; willingness to innovate and ability to think systematically;
  • Proven experience in managing multiple and competing tasks while maintaining quality of deliverables within deadlines;
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills in English required; Kinyarwanda and French considered an asset

Job location

  • The Grant Manager will be based at Kigali but with frequent travel to the districts

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.