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Manager, Global Institutional Funding

Center for Reproductive Rights

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Job Title: Manager, Global Institutional Funding

Department: Development, Institutional Funding Unit

Center Background:  The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a global human rights organization working to ensure that reproductive rights are protected in law as fundamental human rights around the world. With offices in New York City, New York; Nairobi, Kenya; Bogota, Colombia; Geneva, Switzerland; and Washington, D.C., the Center is a non-profit, non-partisan organization changing law and policy throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States. Our 230+ diverse professionals are committed to advancing the Center’s human rights mission through game-changing litigation, legal policy, and advocacy work. This has powered the Center’s exceptional growth to an operating budget of over $50 million and won the respect of law firms in countries around the world, with an additional $29 million annually of donated legal services, representing the work of countless lawyers from more than 46 countries. 

The Center’s Strategic Plan sets a high mark for impact: By 2030, half of the world’s population will be living under stronger protections for reproductive rights than they are today. The Center has a track record of success to back up this ambitious goal. Since our founding in 1992, the Center has transformed how reproductive rights are understood and applied by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide on issues including maternal health, abortion, assisted reproduction, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We have won groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies. Additionally, the Center has led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 65 countries and counting.

The Role: The Manager, Global Institutional Funding will manage donor outputs for all grants in their portfolio across the grant life cycle, including pre-bid capture, proposal coordination and submission, donor reporting and other award activities, and knowledge management. The Manager, Global Institutional Funding reports to the Senior Manager of Institutional Partnerships and supports the Senior Director and Associate Director of Foundations in planning and implementing the Center’s global institutional funding plan. This includes, specifically, managing an institutional grants portfolio, which includes Foundations, bilateral (government agencies), and multi-lateral (the UN) funders. This individual will also provide support across the Institutional Funding unit, as needed, and participate in weekly unit updates and quarterly planning and replanning exercises. The Manager will work closely with the other departments, principally the programs team, including the global and regional teams in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, as well as with the Finance, Compliance units, and the Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning units.

The Manager, Global Institutional Funding will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. The Center operates in a hybrid model, allowing staff to work 3 days in the office and 2 days from home. 

Primary Responsibilities:

New Business and Pre-Bid Management (20%)

Monitors new funding opportunities and synthesizes information from external listservs, dashboards, subscriptions, and donor databases. Develops succinct summaries of solicitations and carefully tracks the status of opportunities in the pre-bid/pre-proposal phase. Develops a capture plan and manages its implementation in coordination with other departments. Engages in partnering discussions. Undertake sector, country, and other competitive research proactively as required.

Proposal Development (40%)

Supports the entire proposal-development process in response to specific funding opportunities, from proposal kick-off through post-submission debrief. Uses a proposal-management system to track tasks and follow up on actions to ensure the timely completion of deadline-driven deliverables. Manages proposals as assigned. Writes and edits select portions of the proposal as assigned. Coordinates responses during the award-negotiation phase.

Post-Award Management (20%)

Ensures timely, complete, and compliant submission of all grant deliverables, including required reports, modification requests, and close-out actions. Manages cross-departmental response to funder requests and required deliverables. Works closely with the Global Legal Program and finance to ensure grant deliverables are delivered on time, and the project budget is spent as planned.

Knowledge Management (5%)

Updates knowledge management system (Raiser’s Edge) according to specifications and serves as a focal point for other departments for key pre and post-award documents and emails.

Cross-Cutting Unit Support (10%)

Manages proposal consultant onboarding processes. Contributes to developing and refining systems and tools to enhance institutional grants management. Serves in cross-departmental working groups as needed. Other duties as assigned.


Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values. A bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree is a plus. 8+ years of professional experience in proposal development, donor relations, and grant management. Experienced in managing the end-to-end bid process, including bid management process, bid documentation, and submissions. Demonstrated success in winning bids through effective proposal management Experienced in facilitating teams to develop collaborative processes. Demonstrated excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Ability to draft and copyedit written communication, such as memos, talking points, presentations, and emails. Ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams and influence stakeholders at various levels. Solutions-oriented approach with strong analytical/reasoning skills. Must be able to work proactively and independently, multi-task, and work under tight deadlines. Experience working with or in partnership with an institutional funding agency is a plus.

Don’t meet every single requirement? At the Center, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your past experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Behavioral Competencies:

Develop & Manage Self & Others: Takes ownership of individual growth in order to achieve full potential; recognizes the value of team members and helps them develop their full potential while also achieving set objectives.  Collaboration (People First): Works intra- and/or cross-departmentally to support the goals and overarching strategies of the Center and its strategic plan. Feedback (Improve & Innovate): Actively engaged in feedback cycles: Gives and requests feedback to and from peers, supervisors and direct reports about work products, behaviors, values, style, and approaches with a view on how this impacts self, other individuals, and teams. Accountability: Follow-through on each commitment made to individual contributors, teams and partners and proactively informs others of any delays that occur along the way.

Work Competencies:

Project Management: Works effectively on project teams in order to achieve long-term project goal and objectives. Problem Solve & Make Decisions: Identifies, analyzes and resolves existing and anticipated problems, using common sense to make timely decisions in order to reach the best solutions for the organization. Internal/External Focus: Anticipates internal and external partner’s needs; assesses requirements and identifies new solutions that align with overall goals and objectives of the organization. Communication & Influence: Communicates with and influences others to gain agreement and commitment to the strategic goals of the organization.

Compensation: The remuneration for this position is Ksh.6,600,000 per annum, reflecting a position based in Nairobi, Kenya.


Health: The Center pays up to 95%* of the premium for a comprehensive health insurance plan with no in-network deductible and best-in-class reproductive healthcare coverage, including infertility. The Center also offers Dental and Vision coverage. (* % may differ in various countries) Flexibility: The Center currently operates in a hybrid model, allowing staff to work 3 days in the office and work 2 days from home Well-being: The Center offers resources to help prevent and recover from burnout through different programs that enable mental, physical and community well-being. The Center offers generous leave including paid parental leave, personal days, vacation, and sick leave. We are also closed the last week of December to allow staff to spend time with their loved ones. Growth: You will be working with and learning from some of the top legal and operational minds, all passionate about the mission of advancing reproductive rights around the world. You will also be eligible for a stipend to use towards professional growth. Global: You will get a front-row seat to update on the fight for reproductive rights in the global space. You will also have access to Employee Resource Groups to connect to colleagues that share similar interests/backgrounds/views. Investment: After the first year of employment, the Center will contribute 7.5%* of your annual salary to a 401(k) (* only applicable in US and Kenya) 

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