Educate Grants & Finance Manager Jobs in Kenya

Educate Grants & Finance Manager Jobs in Kenya

  • Educate! a fast-growing and award-winning social enterprise, is seeking a qualified and passionate Grants Finance Manager to join our ambitious and high-performing External Relations Team.

  • Based in East Africa, the Grants and Finance Manager will help us meet and exceed our goals by creating budgets, budget processes, reporting, and owning compliance for the entire team.

  • Reporting to the US Country Director, this position will play a key role in improving all Grants Finance systems and processes.

  • We are looking for an exceptional project manager who is comfortable working with numbers, excel and has excellent budgeting skills.

    You are the right fit for this role if you possess

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, are detail oriented and accountable.

  • Ability to deliver results on multiple priorities simultaneously with excellent time management skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence.

  • Demonstrated financial acumen, good understanding of budgeting and budgeting processes.

  • Experience in building and operationalizing systems and processes.

  • In this role, you will have a chance to engage directly with some of Educate!’s most critical funders and partners, work closely with the C-Suite level within Educate!, engage closely with our External Relations team and with the teams who implement our programs on the ground.

  • You’ll join a motivated, passionate, overachieving international team that is positioning Educate! to be the leader in skills-based secondary education in Africa and intensively impact one million youth each year by 2024

  • Sound like you or someone you know? Apply at this link. Read below or visit our careers page to learn more about Educate!.


    Grant Budgets & Reporting

  • You’ll lead goal setting, maintain oversight, and ensure that Educate! meets and exceeds our obligations to funders by producing high-quality and transparent grant reports that keep our stakeholders informed and connected to Educate!’s progress and mission.

  • Streamline systems and processes to make grant reporting and information sourcing more efficient.

  • Work closely between departments and with in-country teams to ensure that all budgets are correctly categorized and set for reporting.
    Take proactive steps to ensure that timelines are followed.

  • Ensure that the budget and reporting process is triggered and at a proper time.

  • Run monthly stakeholder meetings with the Head of US Finance and Chief Finance Officer.

  • Examining budgets and reports from a funder perspective ensures it meets the necessary criteria and can tell a story.

  • Provide accurate and succinct updates to all stakeholders.


  • Design, manage, and continually update and improve compliance systems to ensure that grant requirements and milestones are
    effectively captured, shared with all relevant stakeholders.

  • Review all new grant agreements: Ensure reporting commitments are feasible, suggest any necessary revisions before finalizing, and ensure all requirements are captured in our compliance system and shared with relevant departments/stakeholders.

  • Lead annual process for setting new external milestones and targets and track all milestones/targets committed to.

  • Coordinate and lead regular inter-departmental meetings as needed for compliance purposes, to ensure all relevant departments are aware of grant requirements (i.e. M&E, Programs)

    Grant Compliance Process Improvements

  • Simplification of reports to minimize mistakes and grow capacity as the number of funders increases.

  • Creation of a more centralized system that can track errors and identify weak points in the process.

  • Create and implement a system that manages final grant agreements to ensure all necessary data is being collected to report against grant milestones

  • Creation and maintenance of a pipeline of areas of improvement.


  • Conduct research to support Educate!’s strategy for engaging with bilateral and multilateral funders.

  • Source information from in-country team members and craft responses to answer funder or partner questions.

  • Lead in-person or virtual informational meetings to share more about Educate!’s work with peers.

  • Owning Educate!’s Salesforce Database

  • Overseeing the members that input data into salesforce and ensuring there are no errors

  • Exploration for additional uses of data on the External Relations Team


    The ideal candidate will be:

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable managing complex projects with many moving pieces

  • Comfort with data, Proficient in Excel/Google Sheets, and working with numbers: We don’t need a finance guru, but we do need someone who has a head for math and logic and enjoys this type of work.

  • A self-starter, able to prioritize and manage multiple assignments, take initiative, and work independently

    A Strong candidate would also possess some/many of the following characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 3-5 years of work experience, preferably in the non-profit sector

  • Experience working with funders preferred.
    Grant Reporting experience preferred.

  • A good fit with our Five Cultural Tenets (see “What is Educate! About?” Below; learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here.

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