Vacancy: Grant Writer & Project Officer role at iWatch Africa

Job Title: Grant Writer / Project Officer

Organization: iWatch Africa

Location: Ghana (On-site & Remote)

About iWatch Africa: iWatch Africa is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting transparency, accountability, and good governance in Africa through innovative approaches to data-driven journalism, advocacy, and civic engagement. Our work aims to empower citizens with information and tools to hold governments and institutions accountable, thereby contributing to sustainable development and social justice across the continent.

Position Overview: We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Grant Writer / Project Officer to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for social impact and a proven track record of securing funding through grant writing. Additionally, the candidate should possess strong project management skills to oversee the successful implementation of funded projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Grant Writing:
    • Research, identify, and pursue grant opportunities from various sources including foundations, government agencies, and international organizations.
    • Develop compelling grant proposals, concept notes, and grant applications tailored to the requirements of funding organizations.
    • Collaborate with program staff and finance team to ensure alignment between project objectives and funding guidelines.
    • Maintain accurate records of grant submissions, deadlines, and outcomes.
  2. Project Management:
    • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of funded projects in collaboration with program managers and other stakeholders.
    • Develop detailed project plans, timelines, and budgets to ensure efficient utilization of resources and timely delivery of project outcomes.
    • Monitor project progress, identify risks, and implement corrective actions as necessary to ensure project goals are achieved.
    • Prepare regular progress reports and updates for donors, highlighting key achievements, challenges, and lessons learned.
  3. Partnership Development:
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing and potential funding partners, including donors, philanthropic organizations, and government agencies.
    • Collaborate with program staff to identify strategic partnership opportunities and develop joint funding proposals or initiatives.
    • Represent iWatch Africa at meetings, conferences, and networking events to promote our work and identify potential funding opportunities.
  4. Capacity Building:
    • Provide training and support to staff members on grant writing best practices, donor requirements, and project management principles.
    • Foster a culture of learning and knowledge sharing within the organization to enhance our capacity to secure funding and implement projects effectively.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as project management, international development, nonprofit management, or a related field.
  • Experience in journalism, or communications will be a plus.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in grant writing, fundraising, or project management within the nonprofit sector, preferably in an international or African context.
  • Proven track record of securing grants from diverse funding sources and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to craft clear, concise, and persuasive proposals and reports.
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to plan, organize, and execute complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation principles and experience in tracking project outcomes and impact.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of iWatch Africa, including a passion for promoting transparency, accountability, and social justice in Africa.

Application Process:

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (grant proposal, report, or similar document) to by April 2nd 2024 with the subject line “grant and project officer”. In your cover letter, please highlight your relevant experience, qualifications, and why you are passionate about joining iWatch Africa.

iWatch Africa is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Application Deadline: April 2nd, 2024

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