Grants and Finance Specialist

Posted on January 30, 2024

Water and Energy for Food program (WE4F), through its Regional Innovation Hubs, provides financial support, technical assistance, and investment facilitation to water-food, energy-food, and water-energy-food innovations.

As a Grants and Finance Specialist, you will be leading in managing the grants and financial controls, contract management and procurement of Technical Assistance (TA) for WE4F RIH – MENA program. You will provide guidance to team members and grantees, ensure adherence to grants management policies. The position requires significant project management skills and a good understanding of project operations and objectives as well as innovators’ business models. It also requires the ability to be accurate and thorough in control, auditing, and reporting.


Your key responsibilities and accountabilities will include:

The Grants and Finance Specialist will be responsible for working on the grant and finance management for WE4F RIH – MENA program. This would be inclusive of the following:

  • Grant Management
    • Collaborate on setting grant management and grant compliance processes within the Hub.
    • Develop systems, tools, and processes related to grant management and grant compliance.
    • Deliver overall client satisfaction, technical excellence, and operational efficiency.
    • Assist in the selection process of grantees and provide recommendations for process improvements.
    • Work with WE4F innovators on assessing their internal framework through the Pre-award survey administration (PAS) and issuing recommendations.
    • Deliver ad-hoc support to innovators regarding the implementation of PAS recommendations such as reviewing policies and sharing best practices.
    • Deliver ad-hoc support to innovators regarding grant compliance.
    • Contribute to grant milestones or payment plan setting for maximized impact.
    • Ensure grant budgets are in compliance with Donors’ regulations.
    • Manage grant contracts completion and amendments when needed.
    • Review and challenge substantiation of all grant payments whether based on milestones or reimbursement requests and monitor grant implementation, reporting of impact and compliance with donors regulations.
    • Ensure proper documentation and record retention of grant payments.
    • Ensure that payments are well received by all grantees.
    • Support in training innovators on finance and controls topics.
    • Contribute to donors’ reporting.
  • Budgeting and Reporting:
    • Review monitoring of monthly expenditures compared to the project budget.
    • Review Quarterly Financial reports with monthly Forecast updates of Technical Assistance and Grant payments.
    • Management of grant and technical assistance budgets and impact on cash flow.
    • Assist with review of WE4F consortium partners’ budget and related partners’ contract amendments.
  • Assistance with Technical Assistance (TA) procurement:
    • Support in consultant approvals and paperwork, including, managing consultant expense reports and invoices, and ensuring accuracy and adherence to the contract.
    • Review of TA Financial Proposals for integrity of information and budget compliance.
    • Lead on TA contracts preparation when relevant.
    • Manage payment process of TA deliverables.
    • Contribute to any TA procurement management reporting and monitoring tools.
  • Ensure processes are in place to address all accounting matters.


  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree in business administration or equivalent from an accredited university, an international certificate is a plus – MBA preferred but not required.
  • Experience: 6 to 8 years of experience progressively in accounting and finance, grant management, or project management with at least 2 years as a manager of direct reports.
  • Language: Fluent in Arabic and English. French is a plus.

Additional Skills

  • Practical knowledge of financial systems, budgeting, internal financial controls & procedures and staff management.
  • Ability to effectively communicate financial information and train non-financial managers.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office programs.
  • Experience with major development donors, including US Government agencies is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability with reviewing, creating, and implementing new systems and approaches to financial and grant management.
  • The ideal candidate will have:
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
    • Thorough understanding of cost accounting principles and procedures.
    • Should have a proven ability to achieve.
    • Self-managed with high integrity and accountability.
    • Must be a team player and a continuous learner.
    • Genuine interest in ESG impact and agrifood value chain.


Interested applicants meeting all the above requirements are to submit their applications below.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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