Awards Manager

 The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday 

All children learn from a quality basic education and that, Violence against children is no longer tolerated 

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


TITLE:  Awards Manager


LOCATION: Monrovia


CONTRACT LENGTH: 1 year with possibility of extension

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: (select only one)

Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs;


The purpose of this post is to lead the Awards management function in the planning, securing, and managing of both development and humanitarian awards. The position plays a lead role in award information management and shares and coordinates information across departments when in the country. 

Under the direction of the Country Director, this position will be responsible for ensuring that the SCI program adheres to all its award management obligations internally within Save the Children and externally with donors. This will include coordinating the financial and narrative reporting relating to donor awards and the upkeep of the Award Management System. This position is specifically responsible for awards from assigned Donor awards and will be the main point person for these donors, to be compliant with financial, administrative, and programmatic requirements, and donor-specific requirements and to make recommendations for improvements.

This role will work closely with the project Chief of Party and other departments of the program office on proposals, financial and narrative reporting, monitoring and analysis, and compliance processes. This position will coordinate developing high-quality proposals that are reflective of Liberia donor strategic objectives, while also ensuring proposal budgets are accurately costed.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly


Reports to: Country Director

Staff reporting to this post: None.

Role Dimensions: Manages assigned awards within the country’s portfolio


Strategic Portfolio Planning and Management

  • Leadership – define the strategic direction of the awards management unit and undertake effective planning that supports the unit to establish and maintain an efficient and  effective awards management system
  • To use key performance indicators and other management information to identify and address  operational issues that could impact negatively the delivery of programs
  • Escalate identified portfolio issues promptly.
  • To provide a detailed analysis of current/ pipeline awards to senior management 
  • To engage with Save the Children globally and provide information to support the building of professional relations with donors to identify strategic fundraising opportunities


  • Working in collaboration with other departments of the program office, ensure that the CO has a clear framework for master budget development, cost allocation, monitoring of awards budgets, phasing forecasting, ensuring alignment between the master budget and the funding tracker 
  • Critical review of a proposal to identify inconsistency between budget and activity plan 
  • Perform monitoring and analysis over the performance of specific awards examining work plan, level of expenditure (BvA provided by the finance department), and output delivered, and work with other teams to resolve identified issues
  • Oversee the development and upload of DRC codes
  • Contribute to the Go/No Go decision (in coordination with the other department) for new funding opportunity and the related risk assessment

Communication and coordination

  • Coordinate with other teams to develop proposals for donor awards
  • Coordinate, review and finalise donor reporting including adequate planning to ensure deadlines are met
  • Communicate and coordinate with Member contacts to understand donor compliance requirements relating to award management including budgeting and reporting, and ensure deadlines are met
  • Manage award audits and coordinate with other departments to help them address management issues raised.
  • Ensure award kick off meetings are arranged and take place. 
  • Support the head of awards manager in ensuring the production of high quality and timely reports that accurately reflect the impact achieved and lessons learnt during the implementation of an award
  • Serve as process lead on award proposal, budget design, donor reporting and contract amendment  
  • Build and maintain relationships with the local representatives of donor organisations, working closely with relevant SCI members to ensure consistent communications to donor organisations at all levels (for specific award assigned by the head of award)

Compliance (systems, processes, donor)

  • To engage inter-country or with the regional office on the development systems and processes and the sharing of best practice
  • To ensure that the Award Management System (AMS) is effectively maintained and up to date for all awards and sub-awards including authorisation and document retention
  • To ensure that key staff (including partners) have a clear understanding of donor compliance requirements throughout the project management cycle and there is a complete audit trail of the implementation and reporting for all awards

People (team work and capacity building):

  • Build relationships with other teams to support the resolution of issues and coordination of deliverables i.e. reports
  • Support the delivery of capacity building to other teams in the CO and to Partner organisations
  • Build relationships with the region and centre and support in the escalation of issues if required
  • Provide training to project leads (and other relevant CO staff member) around the key travers drivers (budget management, writing report, risk management) for high quality award delivery

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


Relevant professional qualifications (CPA/CA/ACCA) or first degree in a relevant field such as International Development or Business Administration  



  • At least 7 years’ experience managing grants, contracts & sub agreements with knowledge of major funders’ guidelines (e.g. USAID, ECHO, DFID, CIDA, SIDA etc.)  
  • Relevant experience in working on donor funded projects with International NGO’s particularly those applying partnership approaches  is desirable
  • Experience of working with implementing partners and managing partner sub awards/grants including capacity building
  • Strong analytical skills and strategic planning abilities. Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills are a must.
  • Ability to establish and maintain conducive collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. 
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Excellent time management and planning capacity
  • Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive and communicate clearly and effectively under pressure
  • Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a workload comprised of varying and changing tasks and responsibilities
  • Strong communication (written and spoken), and interpersonal skills in English, with experience in managing multicultural teams


  • Experience in project and risk management 
  • Experience with Save the Children Award Management System (AMS)

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities 

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.


Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process.  Any request in this direction should be immediately reported

 Please apply in English using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document including details of your current remuneration and salary expectations for this role. Candidates should apply through Oracle Recruitment Cloud (ORC).

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