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We are seeking an experienced Grants Manager to manage WFN’s international conservation grants programmes across the Global South (mainly Africa, Asia and South America), including the Whitley Awards and Continuation Funding application assessments, monitoring and evaluation of active grants and development of our 200 strong global winner network. 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.

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.
  • 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 £28,000 – £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 18th March deadline. Send your CV 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: [email protected]
  • Please indicate the length of your notice period 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.

Download the Grants Manager Job Specification here.