Organization Name: National Health Research Authority
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Eligible Citizenship: Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Role Code: Z02-Int

Role Overview

The Research Coordination and Grants Officer will provide support to the National Health Research Authority (NHRA) and 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.


  • Identify and research various funding agency programs, policies, and submissions processes
  • Identify grant opportunities and prepare grant applications
  • Manage multiple external grant deadlines
  • Advise on and assist with the development and submission of funding applications
  • Manage internal grant/award competitions
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the health sector funding strategies and provide guidance on funding programs and opportunities
  • Support the development and management of grant funding tracking database(s)
  • Ensure that grant applications comply with internal funding policies and procedures; liaise with the Chief Research Coordination Officer and the Finance Department to confirm that grant application requirements are met
  • 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
  • Participate in other activities as requested by supervisor

Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • 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 successful fundraising proposals*
  • Excellent project management skills, including past experiences working on complex projects from creation to completion, managing multiple projects, and/or coordinating across multiple teams to meet tight deadlines*
  • Master’s degree in public health, demography, statistics, or related field
  • Proficient scientific writer, as evidenced by completion of past technical reports
  • Experience with capacity building initiatives, e.g. designing or implementing efforts to strengthen an organization’s ability to perform functions, solve problems, and achieve objectives
  • Experience with grant writing or management, e.g. proposal development, implementing proposed projects and/or reporting back to donors, especially in a research context
  • Familiarity with research ethics, ideally in health contexts
  • Knowledge of fundraising opportunities and familiarity with grant eligibility criteria, approaches to funding challenges, and required elements for grant applications
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Commitment to professional integrity and confidentiality

About the Organization

The National Health Research Authority (NHRA) is a statutory body established through an Act of parliament, Act no. 2 of 2013. The mandate of the Authority derived from the Act is to provide a regulatory framework for the development, regulation, financing, and coordination of health research and ensure the development of consistent health research standards and guidelines for ethically sound health research while promoting utilization of research results through knowledge translation to inform policy and programs.

Role Function: Development / Fundraising / Grant-Writing, Knowledge Management, Research
Issue Area: Health System Strengthening

Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics

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