Grants Officer

Organization Name: Ministry of Health – Rwanda
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Eligible Citizenship: United States
Role Code: R04-Int

Role Overview

Reporting to the Minister of Health, the Grants Officer will support researchers in the development and submission of grant applications for a variety of funding opportunities including individual operating funds, large strategic team grants, major infrastructure, or multi-centre network grants. The Grants Officer will also be responsible for identifying funding opportunities and coordinating the grant application process.


  • Maintain expert knowledge and understanding of research funding agency programs, policies, and submissions process
  • Manage multiple external grant deadlines
  • Advise on and assist with the development and submission of funding applications
  • Manage internal grant/award competitions
  • Identify, research, and master information pertaining to various granting agencies and potential research opportunities available to the health sector
  • Manage and assist in the preparation of institutional grant applications and reporting
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the health sector funding strategies and provide guidance on funding programs and opportunities
  • Develop and manage grant funding tracking database(s)
  • Ensure that grant applications comply with internal funding policies and procedures; liaise with the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary and the Finance Department to confirm that grant application requirements are met
  • Identify grant opportunities and prepare grant applications
  • Initiate meetings with lead grant networks and large grants providers to establish a close working relationship for long-term project goals
  • Prepare and analyze reports on grants and funding
  • Maintain metrics for annual reports for various internal and external stakeholders

Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree*
  • Past experience with grant funding, such as researching prospective funding sources, developing budgets, or drafting narratives/reports*
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with experience drafting documents for external use, especially successful fundraising proposals*
  • Excellent project management skills, including past experience working on complex projects from creation to completion, managing multiple projects, and/or coordinating across multiple teams to meet tight deadlines*
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, proofreading, and composition skills*
  • Knowledge of fundraising opportunities and familiarity with grant eligibility criteria, approaches to funding challenges, and required elements for grant applications*
  • Working proficiency in French
  • Experience with research, providing an understanding of technical documents or scientific manuscripts
  • Public speaking experience, which may include presentations, workshops, or trainings
  • An enthusiastic self-starter, with the ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to handle confidential/sensitive information
  • Excellent planning, prioritization, and organizational skills to ensure that tasks are completed
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated capacity to build effective relationships with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong speaking, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong attention to detail

About the Organization

The goal of the Ministry of Health is to provide and continually improve health services to the Rwandan population through the provision of preventive, curative, and rehabilitative healthcare, thereby contributing to the reduction of poverty and enhancing the general well-being of the population.

Role Function: Communications, Development / Fundraising / Grant-Writing, Research
Issue Area: Economic Development, Health Financing, Health System Strengthening

Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics

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