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Posted 20 October 2021 in EMpower News, Careers   |   Share

Global Grants Associate

EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation, a global philanthropic organization, is dedicated to improving the lives and horizons of marginalised young people ages 10-24 in 15 emerging market countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Russia, and Turkey. Through grants and other supports (learning exchanges, technical assistance, thought partnering, etc.), EMpower partners with over 100 local organizations working to strengthen the education and livelihoods of young people, and to build their resilience, self-confidence, and well-being. EMpower has offices in Hong Kong, India (Delhi), Singapore, London, and New York, as well as programme staff in Istanbul, Mexico, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. To learn more about EMpower, please check out

The Global Grants Associate is responsible for grants administration and grants management, they are responsible for coordinating and overseeing EMpower’s grant-making processes and procedures for 100+ grants per year across three entities. They will report to the Associate Director, Programs.

This position is critical to EMpower’s mission in engaging and learning from youth-centered local organizations and supporting EMpower’s grantmaking capabilities.

The location for this position is flexible: candidates may be located in USA (EST hours) or Latin America (strong preference for EMpower countries: Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Argentina or Brazil).

The Associate is required to work Eastern Standard Time core hours.

About the role:

The duties that follow represent the primary responsibilities for this role. All employees are responsible for performing other duties as assigned. Primary responsibilities for this role include the following:

Grants Administration

  • Coordinate the grantmaking budget by entity, funding source, and Program Officer Regional budgets, tracking projections and actuals against original budget over the course of the fiscal year. Keep all relevant stakeholders up to date.
  • Lead the grant docket processes for 5 grants meetings/year: develop deadlines, draft docket introduction, and manage the process to completion (ensuring all parties adhere to deadlines). Ensure grant docket intro contains accurate financial information, grantmaking data, and graphs as well as strategic information to be communicated to the global program committees.
  • Prepare grant award letters and all relevant supporting documents for all grants (including no-extensions, cost-extensions, and amendments).
  • Provide any needed documentation or support to grantees to understand and comply with grant administration policies and procedures, including reporting.
  • Maintain the grants accounting schedule and reconcile with the Senior Accountant monthly. Provide support in compiling grants data for annual audits.
  • Assist grantees as needed (e.g.- proof of funds; compliance documents; audit requests)
  • Keep grants management database (Salesforce and Fluxx) up-to-date and serve as the Program Team lead.
  • Keep track of grantee reporting schedules and send report reminders. Proactively follow up on and keep track of outstanding reports and data entry.
  • Support the relevant regional program officers with updated numbers and grant information for all Program Country Dashboards.
  • Update grantmaking section of the EMpower website; support the communications team in keeping the grantmaking section and impact numbers up to date and appropriate for external audiences.
  • Understand and demonstrate ownership of key grantmaking numbers. Proactively update after each grants meeting. Provide additional information about grantmaking numbers to Development, Finance, and Communications teams upon request.
  • With a view to quality and efficiency, support initiatives to improve the grantmaking operational processes and procedures

ProgramTeam Support

  • Schedule regular program meetings.
  • Schedule grants meetings with the Regional Development Manager and ensure that materials are sent in advance to relevant team/stakeholders.
  • Backstop other program teamwork as required.


  • At least 2 years’ experience in the philanthropic and/or nonprofit sector, experience in grants management desired
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required
  • Fluency and proficiency in verbal and written English required.
  • Fluency and proficiency in verbal and written Spanish strongly preferred, Portuguese desired.
  • Interest in the field of youth development, emerging market countries, and/or effective philanthropy
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; alignment with EMpower values.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated cultural sensitivity/awareness.
  • Strong creative, strategic, and analytical thinking skills
  • Self-starter; highly organized; proven ability to work independently, anticipate, prioritize, complete multiple projects and meet deadlines, with consistent attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of judgment and professionalism, as well as virtually with a team across multiple time zones (early morning/evening calls required)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications and comfortable with learning new database technology (experience using Fluxx a plus)
  • Ability to work with quantitative information such as budgets and excel spreadsheets
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with culturally diverse audiences; from marginalised, underserved youth to high-profile finance professionals.
  • Ability to work and reside in USA, Latin America, or the Caribbean

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and your CV to, putting Global Grants Associate in the subject line.

Deadline to apply: The deadline to apply to this position is 19 November 2021. We will reach out to suitable candidates after the deadline.

Due to the high number of applications, we will only be able to respond to successful applicants.

EMpower is a public foundation that makes grants globally to benefit at-risk youth, with a strong focus on adolescent girls. We are committed to attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining exceptional talent and to a work environment that recognizes contribution, fosters respect and teamwork, and facilitates strong performance. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, recognizing that diversity enriches all staff and our work globally. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or faith, or physical ability.

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Benefits We Offer

  • Comprehensive EMpower-sponsored health insurance
  • Pension plan with EMpower match
  • Generous time off and holidays
  • Generous family leave policies
  • Other EMpower-sponsored insurance plans (based on regional office)

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