Grants Adviser

at Finn Church Aid
Published September 18, 2022
Location Helsinki, Finland
Category General  
Job Type Full Time  


Finn Church Aid (FCA) is seeking for a Grants Adviser, for a fixed-term employment to support the management of MFA frame (Finland) and funding growth from institutional donors (especially Finnish Institutional donors) and to ensure donor compliance in grant management.  Grants Adviser is a member of Grants unit at the Service and Accountability Center.  The unit focuses on supporting FCA programme countries in institutional fundraising, proposal development and grant management ensuring donor compliance.


The position is located in Helsinki (remote work from another location, in Europe, may be considered, subject to a valid work permit in that country). Terms of employment for locally hired employees in Finland will be applied. In this position capacity to write and speak in Finnish is preferred.


The responsibilities will be executed within the given mandate following FCA Policies, Guidelines and Processes.. The Grants Adviser will report to Head of Grants Unit.


Areas of responsibility:


Advice and guide FCA programme in donor policies, funding opportunities and requirements throughout the project cycle for institutional donors, special focus on MFA frame (Finnish gov), other Finnish institutional donors, as well as other governmental donors

Support FCA programme in proposal development and grant management ensuring donor compliance.

Support FCA country programmes in their strategic and programmatic planning from strategic and sustainable income planning and fundraising perspective

Support development of donor relations, networking and following donor policies and trends.

Advocacy towards priority institutions and representation in networks and donor forums related to donor portfolio (MFA Finland).

Competence and Personal Requirements:


Strong knowledge of institutional donor’s interests, priorities and compliance mechanisms, especially MFA Finland.

Experience in institutional donor procedures and managing grants

Experience in working with development programmes and donors

Extensive experience in leading project development including facilitating complex proposal processes, project design, log frames and budgeting

Good writing skills and extensive experience in developing proposals and reports

Good attention to detail and highly numerate

Experience in facilitating trainings and workshops for programme, financial and partner staff to develop funding applications and manage grants focusing on donor compliance

Master’s degree or equivalent qualification/experience in development studies, humanitarian aid or relevant discipline

Strong knowledge and experience of the humanitarian and development sector, experience in education, livelihoods and peace and reconciliation is an asset.

Strong coordination, strategic planning, analytical, negotiation and communication skills

Strong team working skills

Ability to meet deadlines under pressure

Fluency in English, both written and oral.

Capacity to write and speak in Finnish is preferred.

Fluency in French an asset.


Interested candidates can send their CVs

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