HR Manager

Organisation:  IFMR LEAD

Apply By:  12 Jun . 2017

Location:  Chennai(Tamil Nadu)

HR Manager
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IFMR LEAD, headquartered in Chennai, India, is a young, fast-growing organization focused on improving access to financial services for the poor through cutting-edge research, knowledge dissemination and outreach to policy makers and practitioners. IFMR LEAD’s strategy is to use rigorous, empirical research to:

Inform practice: Through research, IFMR LEAD provides evidence on what works and what does not.

Inform policy: IFMR LEAD supports policy debates with empirical data and analysis, and provides further insight to policy-makers/industry leaders & the social sector from its field experience.


IFMR LEAD aims to facilitate a process where research questions emerge from the local policy context and policy and programmatic decisions are guided by research outcomes.

Position Summary: The Grants Manager Position is responsible for all compliance, analysis and procedural aspects of grant making and grants monitoring at IFMR LEAD and ensures that all of practices adhere to both internal policies and procedures and other legal requirements. The Grants Manager contributes to IFMR LEAD’s accountability, transparency and impact assessment through his/her implementation of the highest standard of practice at every step of the grants management process. The Grants Manager will report and closely work with Senior Grant Manager to construct and manage donor-supported programs that are feasible, sustainable and effective. Strengthens IFMR LEAD’s capacity to respond to financial challenges and streamlines compliance and accounting procedures so programs can flourish. The Grants Manager enforces taxonomy and develops policies for the effective administration of IFMR LEAD’s Award Management System. Communicates and promotes non-profit industry standards that ensure that grant programs are consistence with IFMR LEAD’s mission, strategic priorities and donor intent. Designs financial reports and dashboards related to IFMR LEAD restricted revenue and grant-making that informs and empowers the Executive Team to make data driven decisions and projections. This position also supports other members of the finance team to ensure accuracy and consistency of grant transactions in the general ledger



  • Works closely with the Operation Director, Senior Grant Manager and Finance Manager to develop and/or review all proposal budgets for compliance with IFMR LEAD budget policies and quality standards.
  • Ensure grants and contract budgets align with institutional budgets and forecasts. Liaise with relevant program staff to ensure that across programs there is financial continuity, consistency, accuracy, and adherence to key Inspects and validates that accurate and complete database records are maintained for grants and sub-grants within the Award Management System
  • Monitor and coordinate all phases of grant programs, including restricted contributions; from award through close out, including grant and contract administration, reporting, and compliance with approved budgets, contract terms, and legal or regulatory requirements.
  • Work with finance team and program staff to ensure that key processes and systems are in place to manage grant risk assessments, donor financial compliance, and reporting management processes.
  • Closely monitors grant performance for major institutional donors.
  • Provide training to IFMR LEAD staff on grants and contracts management processes and policies.
  • Alerts program staff to any required reports to public funders and assists with development and submission.
  • Coordinate with the development and program divisions to ensure compliance with due dates for submission of budget, technical and programmatic reports to federal agencies and private funders.
  • Works closely with members of IFMR Finance Team during annual audit to ensure that relevant information is transmitted to the auditors in a timely manner.
  • Ascertains the financial management and reporting capacity of IFMR LEAD sub-contractors and grantees and compliance with 2 CFR 200 requirements as necessary and appropriate. This may require conducting site visits. Reviews the work of relevant accounting staff for the purpose of ensuring that budget, grants and contracting related assignments are completed to meet funder and IFMR LEAD standards.
  • Generates financial reports, forecasting and analyses at portfolio and program levels. This includes, but is not limited to the production of grant receivable cash flow, net asset balance projections

  • Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in related field highly desired
  • At least 5 years of experience in grant-making and grants management required, in positions of increasing responsibility
  • Possesses extensive experience with the grant-making cycle as well as the design and implementation of database projects with direct experience with grant management systems required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of governing grant making in a non-profit environment. Experience in international grant making preferred.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, especially with pivot tables, vlookup equations and management of large data sets, is required.
  • Experience developing budgets for proposals to private foundations
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; tact, patience, diplomacy and integrity.
  • Discretion in handling sensitive or confidential information.
  • Flexibility to work some extended hours and weekends, and to travel occasionally.



Competitive salary in the industry


Estimated Start Date

As soon as possible



Chennai, India 


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