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Grants Manager vacancy

Purpose of role: To manage WFN’s international conservation grants programmes across the Global South (mainly Africa, Asia and South America), including Whitley Award and Continuation Funding application assessment, monitoring and evaluation of active grants and development of our 200 strong global winner network.

Why Apply: If you are a proactive and ambitious individual with experience in grant management and who is looking for an opportunity to contribute to a dynamic high impact charity that supports grassroots conservation leaders across the Global South, then this is the position for you.

Reports to: Deputy Director (Director attends reviews)
Place of work: Central London, with potential for occasional international travel
Contract: Permanent following probationary period; Full time (40 hrs per week)
Salary: £27,000 – £32,000 p.a. commensurate with experience
Deadline: 25th July (before end of day). Interviews targeted w/c 30th July & 6th August
Apply: Send CVs including contact details for two referees and a cover letter explaining why you feel you would be right for this position and your motivation to:

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN)

WFN is a UK-registered charity ( no. 1081455) offering funding (Awards) and media profile to inspiring leaders of wildlife conservation projects across the Global South. We support pragmatic, sustainable and long-lasting work rooted in science and community involvement. The charity funds projects directly and we remain in regular contact with our winners. WFN also raises awareness of the serious problems facing wildlife and their habitat through promoting the work of winners. We focus support on nationals (leaders who were either born to the country where they work or have gained nationality) and aim to build the capacity of successful local NGOs and grassroots work. We fund mainly in Africa, Asia and South/Latin America where income is often hardest to raise and can have the biggest impact for people and biodiversity.

Our funding is raised each year, mainly from family foundations and trusts, as well as from individuals, corporates and international NGOs. WFN is governed by a committed trustee board. Our small team is dynamic, hard-working and strives to go above and beyond expectations. The charity benefits from high profile support from patron, HRH The Princess Royal and Trustee Sir David Attenborough. 2018 marks WFN’s 25th Anniversary, providing an opportune moment to highlight the collective impact of our winners, and fundraise to support effective conservation and our strategic vision. To mark the occasion we are excited to be holding a ‘Hope Gala’ with Sir David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum in November. The Gala will celebrate our winners’ achievements over the past 25 years and generate vital support for our conservation programmes as we look to the future.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage applications to WFN’s Whitley Award and Continuation Funding programmes.
  • Review a wide range of grant applications, carry out due diligence and provide funding recommendations.
  • Monitor our portfolio of active grants and manage winner reporting.
  • Assess written and financial reports from grantees according to deadline.
  • Summarise grant outcomes / winner impact and contribute written pieces to share with colleagues and charity supporters via printed and digital platforms.
  • Develop and support WFN’s 200 strong global network of grassroots conservationists to maximize its collective impact.
  • Lead on WFN’s ongoing impact assessment (quantitative and qualitative).
  • Act as first point of contact for all winners.
  • Represent WFN at conferences, talks, events and other gatherings.
  • To be a positive and active member of the team, working with and supporting colleagues in helping to deliver our mission.

Skills required:

  • MSc in a relevant field (e.g. Conservation/ Zoology/ Environmental Science).
  • Requisite experience in similar Grants Manager role within the environmental NGO sector.
  • Demonstrable understanding of grassroots conservation projects, issues and solutions (ideally in Asia, Africa, South and Latin America).
  • Experience managing application processes and assessment of grant applications.
  • Proven ability to manage a wide portfolio of active grants including evaluation of written and financial reports.
  • Strong written skills with ability to produce exciting content for a range of printed and online materials targeting supporters.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills at all levels (interface with team members, trustees, international grantees, donors, external assessors, suppliers).
  • Analytical and competent in data handling (for monitoring and impact assessment).
  • Innovative and strategic thinker; able to spot opportunities to maximise the collective impact of our winner network.
  • Efficient and organised, with high attention to detail whilst ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Experience of using databases to manage funding streams and workflows.
  • History of managing and understanding budgets.
  • Proficient in Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Flexible and will flourish in a small office and team environment.
  • ‘Can do’ approach, with small charity spirit – happy to operate at any level, from programme development to carrying out day-to-day administrative functions.
  • Ability to work as part of team and on own initiative.
  • A knowledge and passion for wildlife conservation is a must.


  • Experience of large event organisation.
  • Experience using Salesforce/CRM databases.
  • Awareness of evolving trends in biodiversity conservation.

Additional Details Related to the Position:

  • Competitive salary in the range of £27,000 – £32,000 p.a. depending on experience and qualifications.
  • Holiday entitlement will be at the rate of 2 days per calendar month.
  • The charity operates a Pension Scheme.
  • Apply: before the 25th July deadline. Send CVs including contact details for two referees and a cover letter explaining why you feel you would be right for this position and your motivation to:
  • Please indicate what your notice period, if any, would be in your letter.
  • Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK at the time of application will be considered for this role.

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