Are you passionate about women’s rights in Africa, and embrace African women’s diversities?

Do you have experience of managing funding from governmental donor agencies?

Are you ready to contribute to building a cutting-edge grants portfolio advancing activism around African women’s bodily rights, economic justice, political voice and leadership?


The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a pioneering grantmaking foundation headquartered in Ghana. AWDF was founded by and for African women. Since 2001 we have awarded over 26 million USD in grants to support leading women’s rights organisations and feminist movements across Africa.

As AWDF’s grantmaking expands, we are looking for a dynamic, proactive and experienced Programme Officer – Grants who will work in the Grants Department to help grow our work and manage an exciting portfolio of grantees.

She will need to be:

  •  knowledgeable about women’s rights issues and organising in Africa
  •  skilled at assessing and managing grants/ project budgets to women’s rightsorganisations, ideally in the context of grantmaking
  •  experienced with bi and/or multi-lateral funding
  •  a good writer and critical thinker, with an analytical approach to information
  •  a team player, who demonstrates the values and principles of feminism and social justice
  •  an experienced programme officerJob SummaryAs a Programme Officer, you will play a critical role in the Grants Department with a primary responsibility for grants assessment and management, outreach with the team to grow the grants portfolio, knowledge production in selected areas, and contributing to monitoring, learning and evaluation. Reporting to the Grants Manager, you will work in close collaboration with other Grants Programme Officers and Administrators, and with staff in communications, knowledge management, fundraising, finance, administration and overall management.

    Working knowledge of French or Arabic will be an advantage.


Specific Duties

  •  Grant making activities to support AWDF’s grant processing, analysis and provision of technical support to grantees, including overseeing a portfolio of grants
  •  Report writing and documentation of grantee’s contributions, challenges and overall performance
  •  Participation in Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning and support to Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  •  Support to AWDF’s advocacy, outreach and communication functions
  •  Participation and support for AWDF’s fundraising activities
  •  Any other reasonable duties assignedEssential Knowledge and Experience
  •  At least 7 years work experience in human rights/ social justice/ rights-based development
  •  In depth understanding of feminism and strong commitment to social justice, women’s rights and social change in Africa
  •  Experience of grant making and/or project management of donor funds
  •  Excellent communication skills (both written and oral)
  •  High level of proficiency in MS Office required, experience of working with informationmanagement systems / databases preferred
  •  Excellent planning and management skills
  •  Ability to work independently and part of a team
  •  Ability to work democratically with diverse groups and people.
  •  Ability to work to work to tight deadlines.
  •  Ability to travel within Africa/ internationally essential
  •  Willingness to work flexible working hours, occasionally outside of regular working hoursare expected 




  •  Post-graduate degree in Gender, Women’s Rights, or related discipline
  •  Working knowledge of French or Arabic will be an advantage.

    How to apply

    Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and CV of not more than 3 pages to by email to: Grace Amenyogbeli, Human Resources Manager with “Application for position of Programme Officer- Grants” as the subject line


    Applications should reach AWDF no later than 13 January2017.
    Only short listed candidates will be contacted for additional information and interviews.

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