Grants Officer

United Nations University, Bonn, Germany

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th November, 2020

Job Description

Under the authority and supervision of the Vice-Rector in Europe, and in close cooperation with the Academic Officers and the Finance and Administrative Officer, the responsibilities of the successful candidate will be, but are not limited to:

  • supporting the Vice-Rector in Europe with donor relations and identifying international donors to diversify funding sources
  • mapping grants and funding opportunities in the European grant landscape, particularly research funding opportunities in Germany
  • disseminating information on funding opportunities and funding streams internally within UNU-EHS as well as to other UNU institutes, where relevant
  • providing technical and administrative assistance to the respective research teams in the development of corresponding proposals
  • supporting project consortium development and compiling grant proposals, in cooperation with the respective research teams
  • liaising with internal and external relevant stakeholders to ensure the delivery of high quality funding submissions
  • monitoring outstanding grant proposals, following-up with funding agencies as necessary
  • preparing grant award requests, drafting grant agreements and subsequent amendments, using the approved templates and ensuring that all agreements and amendments are in line with UNU’s legal and financial rules and regulations, liaising with UNU’s Senior Legal Officer as necessary
  • ensuring compliance with, and internal dissemination of, donor agency programmatic policies, guidelines, rules and regulations during the project implementation phase
  • maintaining a database/archive of all grant-related information, including potential donors and donor requirements, as well as resource materials
  • other projects/duties as assigned by the Vice-Rector in Europe


  • a master’s degree or equivalent in administration, development studies, economics, project management, geography, environmental science, or other related fields to the post and working area of UNU Bonn; a PhD would be an asset
  • at least four (4) years of progressively relevant work experience at national and international levels in grant procurement, grant administration, and project management
  • proven experience in international fundraising, for example, at the European Commission and in Germany
  • proven experience with grant procurement and management procedures, including writing grant proposals and reports to both government, non-governmental and private funding sources
  • experience researching and identifying funding sources and requirements, as well as interpreting requests for proposals and funding guidelines
  • prior experience in managing and coordinating multi-stakeholder projects is essential
  • experience developing budgets
  • excellent command of English and German, both oral and written: knowledge of another official UN language would be an asset
  • strong ability to establish priorities and work to tight timelines within a fast-paced environment
  • ability to manage a complex and varied workload and work under pressure
  • professionalism, with the ability to work under minimal supervision with a high level of resilience
  • ability to communicate clearly and efficiently with high-level stakeholders
  • excellent organisation skills
  • proven skills to work in interdisciplinary teams and to generate innovative and practical solutions to challenging situations
  • good team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • good knowledge of Microsoft tools, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organisation.


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