Grants Officer


The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international, voluntary effort to improve government performance, encourage civic participation, and enhance government responsiveness. OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee composed of governments and civil society organizations in equal numbers, a unique model that embodies the goal of civic participation. In its first three years, OGP has grown from 8 national governments to 79 national and 20 local governments, each of which works with civil society partners to develop and implement an OGP action plan. These national action plans include concrete commitments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. OGP has also established an Independent Reporting Mechanism to periodically track country progress against commitments, thereby promoting greater accountability at the country level. For 2019, OGP has an annual budget of $12M funded by bilateral aid agencies (USAID, DFID, IDRC), private foundations (Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Open Societies Foundation, Luminate), and annual contributions from participating countries.


Reporting to the Deputy CEO and CFOO, the Grants Officer acts as the point person for OGP’s revenue generation processes, including grant proposals and the voluntary country contribution process. The Grants Officer also works on other related areas, including writing quarterly and semi-annual donor reports and project managing and co-writing materials for other external audiences.  

The Grants Officer is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule.


Donor Relations, Proposal Writing and Management (30%)

  • Works with members of the programmatic team to outline, draft, and edit pitches, concept notes, and proposals for funding, including working with the Finance and Accounting Officer to generate proposal budgets.
  • Acts as the project manager for proposals, coordinating components to meet urgent deadlines
  • Coordinates and leads the fundraising team meetings to best advance internal work to retain and expand donor base
  • Researches priorities and approaches of potential and current funders to help the Deputy CEO, CEO, and Chief of Country Support build relationships to expand our funder base
  • Acts as central touch point for the organization on donor priorities and their intersection with our organizational priorities
  • Works with the Finance and Accounting Officer to provide information on the organization’s internal controls info for new donors doing due diligence as well as coordinating responses on these and other questions from potential donors

Grants Development & Management (30%)

  • Works with program teams and Finance and Accounting Officer to develop financial components of proposals for funding, ensuring alignment with the narrative proposal, donor guidelines and OGP’s organizational budget
  • Works with Finance and Accounting Officer and CFOO to develop responses about the organization’s internal controls for new donors conducting due diligence as well as coordinating responses on these and other questions from potential donors
  • Reviews incoming grant agreements for terms that require special consideration by the CEO prior to agreement signing
  • Writes quarterly and semiannual narrative reports for current grants, and works with the Finance and Accounting Officer to provide budgetary reports
  • Holds quarterly meetings with donors to discuss reports as necessary
  • Provides ongoing training and support to staff on grant requirements and restrictions
  • Works with CFOO to provide annual and quarterly revenue forecasts
  • Assists Finance and Accounting Officer to monitor grants for compliance with federal regulations, funder restrictions, and specific award terms
  • Ensures program implementation adheres to the Scope of Work
  • Builds and maintains relationships with local and international staff working on grants, proposals, and grant making
  • Works with the CFOO and Finance and Accounting Officer to provide annual revenue forecasts
  • Requests and prepares award modifications as necessary
  • Other tasks as needed

Country Contribution Management (30%)

  • Develops strategy and priorities for maximizing voluntary member contributions with Country Support staff
  • Writes contribution solicitation letters and works with Country Support team, Deputy CEO, and CEO to generate strategic messaging
  • Provides information and technical support directly to country points of contact
  • Holds monthly meetings with relevant Country Support staff to track the status of 79 contribution processes in Salesforce
  • Tracks revenue received against OGP revenues target in Salesforce

Development of Other OGP Materials for External Audiences (10%)

  • Project manages the annual report and works with the Manager for Knowledge, Learning, Innovation, and Capacity Building to source data and write text for the report.
  • Collaborates across teams to write and update external-facing organizational documents, such as transparency standards and explanatory or persuasive materials meant to galvanize high-level reformers to become champions for OGP.
  • Collaborates with others to translate OGP’s strategic plan into a medium-term fundraising plan and other fundraising documents for use with donors.


  • 4-6 years’ experience in grant writing or related tasks.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Familiarity with grants management, including US2CFR200 Uniform Guidance) regulations and UK guidelines and best practices; knowledge of EU grants processes is desirable
  • Familiarity with the international landscape for transparency, accountability and participation (TAP), democracy-building, and international development donors
  • Knowledge of the proposal process for both government and foundation funders
  • Relationship management and collaboration skills, including cross-cultural communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to cultivate, maintain, and develop existing relationships with current and prospective donors and supporters.
  • Analytical reading and critical thinking skills
  • Moderate to advanced skill in Microsoft Word and excel and/or Google Docs and Sheets


Open Government Partnership, is an“at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.

Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Application Details

  • Salary commensurate with education and experience. OGP compensates competitively with other comparable organizations in the Washington DC region.
  • The position is based in Washington, DC.  The selected individual must be employable in the US.
  • Interested candidates should submit an CV and cover letter to  Please use the following email title: “Grants Officer”.
  • Priority consideration given to qualified candidates with the ability to start as soon as possible and by May 15, 2019
  • Because of the volume of applications, we will not be able to respond to every applicant. We thank applicants in advance for their expressions of interest.

The Open Government Partnership, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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