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Human Relief Foundation


JOB TITLE: Grants Officer

LOCATION: Bradford, UK. Frequent travel to Iraq should be expected.

WORKING HOURS: 09:30 - 17:30, five days a week with some evening and weekend work at crucial times.


Under the management of the Head of International Programmes (HQ-based), the Grants Officer will be responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of HRF’s programmes in Iraq, with a particular focus on securing funds. Key responsibilities include:

● Proactively monitoring potential new funding opportunities for HRF in Iraq through relevant open sources (donor websites, humanitarian assistance portals), clusters and scoping with existing and potential donors.
● Coordinating the development of concept notes, proposals and situation analyses, including designing logical frameworks, setting realistic and measurable targets, and developing narrative proposals and budgets.
● Maintaining regular communication with colleagues in the UK and Iraq, relaying relevant
information in a timely manner.
● Identifying and representing HRF at relevant networking opportunities and other meetings, such as cluster meetings in Iraq.
● Liaising with colleagues to procure primary data required to develop successful proposals; creating primary data collection tools to facilitate this.
● Providing programmatic support to Project Managers and Heads of Sectors.
● Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with donors and humanitarian
sector focal points.
● Working collaboratively to strengthen integration and cross-learning within the programmes department.
● Consolidating and finalising donor reports (examining coherence with proposal and previous reports, quality and adherence to donor guidelines).
● Providing briefing papers and supporting the development of external communication tools relevant for donor visits/meetings.


● Experience performing a similar role and writing successful funding proposals to key institutional donors.
● Willingness and ability to travel regularly to Iraq, mostly Erbil.
● Right to live and work in the UK.
● Self-motivated, able to use initiative and work effectively without close supervision.
● Excellent communication skills, including fluent spoken and written English and exceptional report writing and editing skills.
● Ability to prioritise multiple tasks and produce high quality work while meeting competing deadlines.
● Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills.
● Excellent timekeeping and attendance, and ability to work additional hours at crucial times.
● University degree in a relevant subject.
● Fluency in Arabic or Kurdish would be an additional asset
● Previous experience in Iraq or in another Middle Eastern country is a strong asset.


Please send the following information in English to

- CV

- Covering letter – maximum 1 page. Please clearly outline how you meet the person specification.

- Details of two referees

Please write Grants Officer in the subject line of the email. Please note, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a view for the successful candidate to start ASAP.

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