Project Management: Fundraising

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Kampala, Uganda

Position Overview 

Educate!, a fast-growing and award-winning social enterprise, is seeking a qualified and passionate Grants Finance Manager to join our ambitious and high-performing External Relations Team. Based in East Africa, the Grants and Finance Manager will help us meet and exceed our goals by creating budgets, budget processes, reporting, and owning compliance for the entire team. Reporting to the US Country Director, this position will play a key role in improving all Grants Finance systems and processes. 

We are looking for an exceptional project manager who is comfortable working with numbers, excel and has excellent budgeting skills. 

You are the right fit for this role if you possess; 

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, are detail oriented and accountable.
  • Ability to deliver results on multiple priorities simultaneously with excellent time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence.
  • Demonstrated financial acumen, good understanding of budgeting and budgeting processes. 
  • Experience in building and operationalizing systems and processes.

In this role, you will have a chance to engage directly with some of Educate!’s most critical funders and partners, work closely with the C-Suite level within Educate!, engage closely with our External Relations team and with the teams who implement our programs on the ground. You’ll join a motivated, passionate, overachieving international team that is positioning Educate! to be the leader in skills-based secondary education in Africa and intensively impact one million youth each year by 2024.

Performance Objectives 

Grant Budgets & Reporting

You’ll lead goal setting, maintain oversight, and ensure that Educate! meets and exceeds our obligations to funders by producing high-quality and transparent grant reports that keep our stakeholders informed and connected to Educate!'s progress and mission.

  • Streamline systems and processes to make grant reporting and information sourcing more efficient.
  • Work closely between departments and with in-country teams to ensure that all budgets are correctly categorized and set for reporting.
  • Take proactive steps to ensure that timelines are followed. 
  • Ensure that the budget and reporting process is triggered and at a proper time.
  • Run monthly stakeholder meetings with the Head of US Finance and Chief Finance Officer. 
  • Examining budgets and reports from a funder perspective ensures it meets the necessary criteria and can tell a story.
  • Provide accurate and succinct updates to all stakeholders.


  • Design, manage, and continually update and improve compliance systems to ensure that grant requirements and milestones are effectively captured, shared with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Review all new grant agreements: Ensure reporting commitments are feasible, suggest any necessary revisions before finalizing, and ensure all requirements are captured in our compliance system and shared with relevant departments/stakeholders.
  • Lead annual process for setting new external milestones and targets and track all milestones/targets committed to.
  • Coordinate and lead regular inter-departmental meetings as needed for compliance purposes, to ensure all relevant departments are aware of grant requirements (i.e. M&E, Programs)

Grant Compliance Process Improvements 

  • Simplification of reports to minimize mistakes and grow capacity as the number of funders increases.
  • Creation of a more centralized system that can track errors and identify weak points in the process. 
  • Create and implement a system that manages final grant agreements to ensure all necessary data is being collected to report against grant milestones 
  • Creation and maintenance of a pipeline of areas of improvement.


  • Conduct research to support Educate!’s strategy for engaging with bilateral and multilateral funders.
  • Source information from in-country team members and craft responses to answer funder or partner questions.
  • Lead in-person or virtual informational meetings to share more about Educate!’s work with peers.
  • Owning Educate!’s Salesforce Database
  • Overseeing the members that input data into salesforce and ensuring there are no errors
  • Exploration for additional uses of data on the External Relations Team


The ideal candidate will be:

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable managing complex projects with many moving pieces
  • Comfort with data, Proficient in Excel/Google Sheets, and working with numbers: We don't need a finance guru, but we do need someone who has a head for math and logic and enjoys this type of work.
  • A self-starter, able to prioritize and manage multiple assignments, take initiative, and work independently

A Strong candidate would also possess some/many of the following characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years of work experience, preferably in the non-profit sector
  • Experience working with funders preferred.
  • Grant Reporting experience preferred.
  • A good fit with our Five Cultural Tenets (see “What is Educate! About?” Below; learn more by looking at Educate!’s culture deck here


  • The preferred location for this full-time role is our Kampala office but we're open to the position being based in one of our other offices in East Africa, in either Nairobi or Kigali. 
  • Benefits & perks include a generous vacation policy, health insurance, and breakfast in the office!

Position Overview 

Educate!, a fast-growing and award-winning social enterprise, is seeking a qualified and passionate Grants Finance Manager to join our ambitious and high-performing External Relations Team. Based in East Africa, the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Contract


Mbogo Road, Kampala 3671, UG

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