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Programme Officer, Grants – Applications now closed

The Commonwealth Foundation is a development organisation with an international remit and reach, uniquely situated at the interface between government and civil society.

We develop the capacity of civil society to act together and learn from each other to engage with the institutions that shape people’s lives. We strive for more effective, responsive and accountable governance with civil society participation, which contributes to improved development outcomes.

The Commonwealth Foundation’s grant making strengthens civic voices at regional, national and sub national level across the Commonwealth. Grants awarded cover a wide variety of participatory governance contexts, with projects ranging from women’s inclusion in political processes and leadership, environmental protection, human rights including health and child rights, inclusive processes for improved service delivery and participation of people with disability and young people in policy advocacy.

For the strategy period 2017-2021, the Grants Programme will continue to provide grants to civic voice collectives in eligible Commonwealth Foundation member countries. It will be delivered in close collaboration with the Participatory Governance and Gender, Commonwealth Writers, and Knowledge, Communications and Learning programmes for enhanced impact.

The role

This role will provide an integral part in a small team that assists in the management and delivery of the Foundation’s Grants Programme and contributes to overall programme effectiveness and efficient programme delivery. The role will manage its own portfolio of grants and be part of the grants review and selection process. The role will work closely with grantees to ensure the partnership between the Foundation and grantees is maintained.

The person

The successful candidate will have worked in a grants management role and have managed the relationship with grantees throughout the grants programme cycle from application to project completion. You will have an excellent understanding of results based management and demonstrated experience in monitoring and assessing project using a range of tools and methodologies, including logframes, and be able to advise grantees on their use.. You will have a good knowledge of international development issues, and ideally have worked directly with civil society organisations. You will have excellent administration skills with experience of using Microsoft Office and databases. You will have excellent organisational skills, with attention to detail and be a self-starter who is able to prioritise your own workload and multi task as required. Experience in working in the area of participatory governance or related field is an asset.

Closing Date:  

Friday 8 September, midday UK time


1st Interviews – Monday 18 September
2nd Interviews – Wednesday 27 September

Salary & Key Benefits

  • In the region of £30,000pa
  • 15% of gross salary in a tax free gratuity payment. This can be used for personal pension scheme. As an example in the first year gratuity would be an additional £4,500. The monies are available for withdrawal every 3 years.
  • Holiday allowance of 30 days (plus 8 bank holidays and 4 privilege days)


Applications must be accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter. Find a full job description below. Note that legislation changes for paid work mean that applicants must have right to work and live in the UK.