Blue Action Fund is a foundation financed with public funding from Germany, Sweden and France as well as the Green Climate Fund. Blue Action Fund seeks to conserve marine biodiversity for future generations and to improve the lives of local people today.
Blue Action Fund pursues that mission by making targeted grants to non-governmental organisations. Projects work on marine protected areas (MPAs) and their buffer zones, targeting the most sensitive coastal waters of Africa, Latin America and Asia/Pacific and focusing measurable outcomes in two areas: - Newly established or better managed MPAs or networks of MPAs that result in conservation of biodiversity; - Enhanced livelihood conditions and food security.
BLUE ACTION FUND is searching for a
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
CLOSING DATE: 6 June 2021
START DATE: As soon as possible
CONTRACT: Full time, permanent
Blue Action Fund is a foundation financed with public funding from Germany, Sweden and France as well as the Green Climate Fund. Blue Action Fund seeks to conserve marine biodiversity for future generations and to improve the lives of local people today. Blue Action Fund pursues that mission by making targeted grants to non-governmental organisations. Projects work on marine protected areas (MPAs) and their buffer zones, targeting the most sensitive coastal waters of Africa, Latin America and Asia/Pacific and focusing measurable outcomes in two areas:
Blue Action Fund’s grant-awarding process is based on Calls for Proposals only. Since its creation in 2016, the foundation launched several calls for proposals and signed more than a dozen grant agreements. The grant programme is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. The Blue Action Fund is seeking a Grant Manager to support the administration and management of its grant portfolio.
 Respectively through the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and KfW Development Bank, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
This position offers the opportunity to administer, manage and drive parts of a growing grant programme of marine conservation projects in developing countries within one of the leading organisations funding marine conservation globally.
Based in Berlin, you will independently manage several grants in close co-operation with the Blue Action Fund’s Programme Team and the Executive Director. You will be the point of contact for several grantees and responsible for due diligence checks, review of payment requests, reporting by grantees, scheduling and commissioning external reviews by auditors and evaluators, proper documentation and communication about the grant as well as general support to grantees to comply with funding requirements throughout the entire grant cycle.
Depending on experience you will also be asked to contribute to the appraisal of grant proposals, the finalisation of grant agreements and the revision of programme rules and procedures. Within a small team you will be ready to support any tasks that might need to be addressed.
All candidates for the position must provide evidence of the following:
In addition, experience or knowledge in at least some of the following areas is desirable:
You are an energetic, self-starting individual who is able to work alone with little direction and within remote teams. You are detail-oriented and process-minded, but also flexible enough to enjoy working for an organisation that is expected to continually evolve in the coming years. You can come from the NGO, foundation, public administration or private sector, but you should have experience in grant or project administration and management. You are comfortable working in a small organisation and understand that this means every day is different.
Your key partners are situated around the globe and require excellent skills of remote and intercultural communications. You are very well-rounded and have a passion for learning and doing new things.
You are ambitious, creative, helpful, and have a good sense of humour. You have written and spoken fluency in English and at least good knowledge of German. You are able to travel nationally and internationally.
Expressions of interest should be submitted electronically, in English. Please include in a single pdf document:
In addition, please submit a memo (max. one page) what you regard as potential key challenges for effectively managing a portfolio of grants like Blue Action’s.
Please send the entire application to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating in the subject line [Your name] Grant Manager. Deadline: 6 June 2021.