Palladium Southern Africa Grant Manager, Biodiversity Landscape Fund Jobs in South Africa

Palladium Southern Africa Grant Manager, Biodiversity Landscape Fund Jobs in South Africa


Company Overview:

  • About Palladium - Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with governments, businesses, and investors to solve the world's most pressing challenges. With a team of more than 3,000 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of over 35,000 experts, we help improve economies, societies and, most importantly, people's lives.

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - We welcome applications from all sections of society and actively encourage diversity to drive innovation, creativity, success and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce; and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment regardless of their background or personal characteristics. These include: (but are not limited to) socio-economic background, age, race, gender identity, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, veteran, marital or Indigenous status.

  • Safeguarding - We define Safeguarding as “the preventative action taken by Palladium to protect our people, clients and the communities we work with from harm”. We are committed to ensuring that all children and adults who come into contact with Palladium are treated with respect and are free from abuse. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced selection process including safeguarding-focused interviews and a rigorous due diligence process.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


    Overview of the Programme

  • The Defra-funded Biodiversity Landscape Fund aims to reduce poverty and create sustainable economic development for communities living in, and dependent upon, environmentally precious landscapes. It will restore landscapes and deliver their long-lasting protection through sustainable management practices, improving the quality of ecosystems and safeguarding biodiversity. Protecting landscapes and habitats will also help to tackle climate change with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through protection of natural carbon sinks. It will address the drivers of environmental degradation and support local governments, local and park authorities and communities to deliver long-term sustainable management and use of natural resources.

  • We are currently welcoming applications for a Grants Manager candidates based in Southern Africa for an upcoming global grant and fund management programme. The £100M programme is expected to be mobilise in mid to late 2021 and will run for 7-9 years.

  • We are particularly keen to hear from Grant Manager who can rise to the challenge of:

  • Delivering ambitious, complex, innovative, multi-country projects and programmes across a number of teams.

  • Crafting the best mix of tailored support to governments through programmes with a range of instruments (e.g. expert technical assistance, finance and grants to build capacity, work with private firms and supply chains, private and blended finance and incubation, knowledge services) in themes or sectors of climate change and biodiversity.

  • The Grant Lead, Southern Africa will need to be based in South Africa with frequent travel required throughout Southern Africa. You will be responsible for the successful delivery of delivery partners/lead grantees across a biodiversity landscape.

    Key responsibilities of the role of Grants Manager, Southern Africa

    Grant Management:

  • Carry out pre-screening of bids for eligibility, including ensuring that only eligible organisations progress to the technical evaluation rounds.

  • Carry out full due
    diligence assessments on successful lead delivery partners in line with requirements prior to awarding a grant agreement and then on an annual basis.

  • Assume full responsibility for managing the grants within two landscapes, including managing financial, operational, delivery and safeguarding risks.

  • Prepare up-to-date consolidated forecasting of expenditure and risks in landscapes.

  • Ensure lead delivery partners comply with all terms and conditions, including financial and technical reporting requirements of the Grant Agreement.

  • Collect, aggregate and quality assure quarterly monitoring and reporting data from lead delivery partners in each landscape (e.g. risks, performance reports, milestones achieved, and outputs delivered)

  • Monitor lead delivery partner activities to ensure delivery of agreed objectives and continuous value for money.

  • On a regular basis, provide a breakdown of claims received from lead delivery partners and a total figure for payment along with an assurance statement that all amounts claimed have been checked and verified.

  • Conduct risk-based and randomly selected audits of lead delivery partners and project sites.

    Monitoring and Reporting

  • Support the MEL team in building the capacity of delivery partners with data collection, compiling monitoring data submitted by the lead delivery partners to inform quarterly learning cycle meetings.

  • Develop and manage strong working relationships with Defra, project partners and other stakeholders, Independent Evaluator and internal MEL team.

  • Be the main point of contact within the landscapes for operational and reporting requirements.

  • Represent the project both with Defra, and external audiences as needed.

  • Contribute to Palladium’s Grant and Fund Management Community of Practice.

    Team Management

  • Lead, guide, mentor and manage the performance of project staff;

  • Optimise benefits of diverse and inclusive teams, including understanding and planning for others’ positions and needs, providing formal recognition of team member contributions, and coaching and nominating team members for development opportunities.

    Required Qualifications:

  • Academic qualification(s) in a relevant field e.g. economics, international development, political science, public policy, sustainable finance, public finance, economics, or a related field.

  • Significant experience in delivering complex, multi-million pound (or equivalent currency) grant or fund management programmes, ideally for the UK public sector (e.g. DEFRA, FCDO, BEIS).

  • Strong understanding of grant and fund management best practices, tools, mechanisms.

  • Experience in grant management in climate change or biodiversity.

  • Experience in using Grants Management Information Systems.

  • Ability to develop, nurture and manage relationships with partnership organisations in line with the programmes’ and Defra’s working principles and standards.

  • Financial and commercial acumen, sufficient to interpret and analyse programme financial reports.

  • Excellent leadership, representation, organisational and interpersonal skills, both in-person and remotely.

  • Written and verbal fluency in English, knowledge of French desirable.

  • Right to live and work in South Africa.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Palladium Southern Africa Grant Manager, Biodiversity Landscape Fund Jobs in South Africa


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