Position: Senior Grants Officer - Beijing
Location: China, Beijing preferred (hybrid work possible).
Salary: CNY 290,000
Closing date: 19/06/2022 (day/month/year)
We are a non-profit using the power of the law to bring about end-to-end
systemic change: informing, implementing and enforcing the law, drafting and
advising decision-makers on policy, building legal expertise, and ensuring
citizens’ access to the laws that defend them. We take governments to court –
and win. We force polluting industries to shut down. We protect irreplaceable
forests and vulnerable species. We empower people and NGOs with the legal
rights to bring forward environmental battles of their own. Using the law means
that we create real, long-lasting and embedded change. We’re working to secure
a lasting civilisation in which people and nature thrive together. We work in
partnership across borders, systems and sectors, ingeniously using the law to
protect life on Earth.
Purpose of the
The Senior Grants Officer will be a member of the Grants
Management Team as part of the wider Development Department, to manage a large
portfolio of grants that fund the organisation’s work in China and in time, the
rest of Asia.
ClientEarth’s Development Department is responsible for raising
funds to enable the organisation to deliver its mission – using the power of
the law to protect our planet. The department is formed of several fundraising
strands: an established grants programme, securing funding from trusts,
foundations, and institutional donors; a newly formed Digital Fundraising team
raising income from the public; and the Philanthropy team, working with a wide
range of individuals and organisations to raise primarily unrestricted gifts to
support ClientEarth’s work.
China programme works closely with progressive actors in the Chinese government
to develop strong, modern, and multi-stakeholder environmental and climate
governance, mitigating China's environmental and climate impacts both
nationally and internationally and supporting China to play a leading role in
global environmental governance.
this role is focused on grant management, it will primarily involve:
Working with the Grants Manager, the Law and Policy Advisor in the China team, and the China and Asia programme
teams, to effectively deliver a work plancomprising a busy reporting and renewal schedule.
Coordinating internal teams
including the Finance, Programmes, Communications and Operations teams to
produce and review the required materials to satisfy grant and funding
Maintaining and strategically utilising the Development
department’s databases of information (including Raiser’s Edge and SharePoint),
Representing the Development team, the China and Asia teams, and
ClientEarth at external meetings with relevant stakeholders, to cultivate and
steward new or existing funder relationships.
The Senior Grants Officer will work under the supervision of the
Grants Manager (based in London) and report directly to them and will be part
of the overall Grants Management Team.
post holder will work closely with the China team, developing and holding key
relationships with relevant other programmes internally, and will contribute to
building and maintaining key relationships with some of ClientEarth’s largest
Have complete oversight and knowledge of their grants portfolio,
including a sound understanding of the philanthropic, institutional and
statutory funding mix. This funding portfolio specifically, will include some
of ClientEarth’s largest funders and grant values that fund our work in China
and the rest of Asia.
Independently process and review grant agreements, to ensure
appropriate narrative and financial reporting requirements, and flag any
inconsistencies with programmatic, communications and organisational needs.
Draft and deliver timely and concise material (including cases for
support, funding proposals and reports) by absorbing and taking on board the
technical legal aspects of the work and transposing it into language that will
resonate with external audiences.
Work with the Grants Compliance Manager to ensure ClientEarth and
its sub-grantees are fully compliant with the requirements in funding
Cultivate and steward all relevant internal and external
stakeholders (including funding portfolio managers, programmatic experts, and
partners) in coordination with the China team and, where needed in coordination
with other members of the Development team.
Prepare reports and analyses on trends of own funding portfolio to
advise and inform the Grants Manager, Head of Grants, Law and Policy Advisor (China), and Chief Representative for China, on progress, risks,
opportunities, and strategic development of the portfolio and future grant
Work with programme teams and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
team to develop and improve activity and outcome monitoring and tracking to
accommodate an increase in complexity of own funding portfolio.
and external communications
Maintain and strengthen relationships with funders, through timely
communications in relation to the work they fund, broader organisational
developments and strategy and by attending funder meetings.
Act as the main contact point for Trust, Foundation, and
Institution portfolio managers to provide updates on the programmatic work, and
to formally report back on financial, organisational and technical issues.
Arrange and coordinate internal
programme team meetings and strategy sessions to keep on top of the latest
programmatic developments and plans that are relevant to the portfolio of the
Liaise with the China and Communications Teams to stay up to date
with communication materials that are relevant for the post-holder’s funding
Attend donor and grantee gatherings and workshops (Beijing), and
fundraising events, cultivation and stewardship dinners and workshops,
Closely monitor progress of project implementation, and work with project teams to ensure the
efficient and timely delivery of all deadlines in line with grant agreements.
Effectively and independently manage reporting and grant renewal
process from start to completion including working with the China and Asia
teams (and other ClientEarth teams and necessary),
to ensure input from all avenues to complete proposals and reports in a timely
and high-quality manner; and,
Report and inform the Grants Team, China and Asia team leads, and
Senior Leadership Team on progress of deadlines and income targets of the
Financial planning and budget handling
Have oversight and understanding of the medium-long term financial
budgetary needs and requirements of the organisation, and work with the Grants
Manager, Head of Grants, and China and Asia teams, as well as
the Finance team, to develop funding strategies to meet those needs within own
Work with Finance and China and Asia teams to develop individual
budgets for funding proposals.
Have oversight and understanding of the budgetary needs of the
China and Asia teams to advise and inform the Grants Manager, Head of Grants, and China and Asia teams, on the identification and prospecting of new funding avenues; and,
Work with the China and Asia teams, Grants Manager and Finance
team to develop and improve budget monitoring and tracking to accommodate an
increase in complexity of own funding portfolio.
Systems and processes
Maintain funder database systems (Raiser’s Edge) and other
organisational databases (SharePoint) on a daily basis, and,
Assist the Head of Grants, and China and Asia teams, by contributing
to the development and improvement of policies, procedures, and strategy where
relevant and needed.
Experience and knowledge
At least 7 years track record
working in a grant management or project management role for an NGO,
philanthropic entity, private or public entity (essential).
Experience in managing six and/or
seven figure grants/gifts (essential).
Experience of reporting to
private foundations including trusts and foundations (essential).
Experience drafting proposals and
securing funding from foundations and other funding institutions (six and/or
seven figure grants/gifts) (essential).
Significant knowledge of
budgeting, and organisational finances (essential).
Knowledge of the policy and
operating environment for NGOs in the Chinese context (desirable).
Experience working in
international contexts, with remote partners (desirable).
Experience of working with public
funding institutions (desirable).
Understanding or knowledge of
environmental issues relevant to ClientEarth’s work in China and Asia
(environmental law and policy, climate change mitigation, biodiversity and
ecology, air pollution, litigation, judicial capacity building, green finance)
Fluent (CEFR level C2) in Chinese (essential) and fluency (CEFR
level C2) in English (desirable).
Excellent organisational skills and efficient management and
prioritisation of multiple tasks and deadlines (essential).
Ability to respond to competing deadlines and manage multiple
tasks and priorities within a working environment (essential).
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, with the ability to
foster positive working relationships with diverse internal and external
individuals across different geographies, including and especially with funders
Ability to work well under pressure (essential).
Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills
Ability to execute work
independently and take the initiative when required (essential).
IT skills (able to use MS Office,
Video Conferencing tools, and social media at user’s level) (essential).
Comfortable with remote or matrix
management and working in a global organisation, across different time zones
Commitment to ClientEarth’s vision, mission, values, and a working
style which reflects these (essential).
Ability to work with fundraising databases and internal
information management systems (e.g. Raiser’s Edge, SharePoint) (desirable).
Reports to: Grants
Manager (based in London, UK).
Contract Type: Permanent
Please send a letter of application stating the skills and
approach that you would bring to the post with your CV/resume (no photos) in
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deadline for applications is Sunday 19th June 2022
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