Grants Program Officer

Grants Program Officer
Deadline for applications: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Working area: Grantmaking for human rights in the Arab region
Job Description



  • Design grantmaking programs (focus, objectives, priorities, criteria, etc.) in coordination with the Executive Director. Draft relevant materials (guidelines, applications, announcements, interim report, and final report forms)
  • Respond to substantive queries from grantseekers; review initial Letters of Inquiry; provide guidance during application process, including drafting of proper application and project design; evaluate applications and perform due diligence
  • Prepare list of recommendations for the Board Grantmaking Committee in coordination with the Executive Director
  • Draft materials in preparation for Board presentation (including grant description, regional human rights context, program overview, and program goals). Present and defend recommendations to Board at Board meeting
  • Supervise creation of grant agreements and annexes
  • Remain aware of grantees’ work and informational materials, both printed and electronic
  • Visit grant-seekers and human rights organizations for networking, exploration, and outreach purposes
  • Explore and implement technological and programmatic tools to enhance the work and security of grantees
  • Coordinate research of human rights developments and organizations in the region as relates to grantmaking goals
  • Oversee updating of program database
  • In collaboration with the Grants Program Assistant, keep track of the implementation and reporting statuses of the various projects and suggest corrective actions in case of delays or deviations
  • Contribute to the Fund’s program related reporting assignments to funders and donors.


Communication & Outreach

  • Coordinate drafting of program materials for the Fund’s communication and development purposes
  • Attend local, regional, and international human rights events and meetings
  • Maintain contact with other human rights organizations and funders operating in the region; explore partnerships and share ideas
  • Meet with potential applicants
  • Pursue outreach efforts, particularly in under-represented countries in the region.




  • Three years of experience in grantmaking and/or related fields.
  • Civil society knowledge and experience in the Arab region.
  • Ability to provide capacity building and technical assistance to grantseekers.
  • A commitment to human rights.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in the humanities, management, or related field.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Ability to juggle a variety of tasks, manage own workload, and work flexibly.
  • Ability to confidently promote the work of the Fund to potential applicants.
  • Creative thinking.
  • Good research skills.
  • Ability to communicate easily and appropriately with people at all levels within an organization.
  • Ability to work as part of a small team.
  • Native Arabic and very good English skills (writing, reading, and correspondence). French is an asset. 
Experience required: Education degree: Bachelor Degree Field of education: A Bachelor’s degree in the humanities, management, or related field.
Arabic: Excellent English: Very Good French: Basic
Period: Yearly renewable contract
Salary: Based on years of experience and the AHRF's salary scale
Submission guidelines: Please submit: 1. A cover letter describing your human rights, civil society, and/or grantmaking experience in the Arab region, and what you would bring to the Fund 2. A CV 3. Your salary requirements 4. Contact information for three professional references. The Fund regrets that it is unable to accept incomplete applications. Send to: , with “Grants Program Officer Position” in the subject heading. Deadline: Position is open until filled (preferably before March 15).
Cover letter required? Yes
Contact information
AHRF team