Vacancy: Manager, Innovations Fund

Vacancy: Manager, Innovations Fund

Are you a proactive, highly organized professional with project/programme financial and operational management experience? If you are looking for a demanding administrative management and coordination role in a sustainability focused organisation, this may be an exciting role for you.

The ISEAL Innovations Fund is a central component of ISEAL’s work to catalyse innovations that improve the effectiveness and deepen the impacts of market-based approaches to sustainability. First launched in 2016, the Fund supports innovative projects that help sustainability systems deliver more value to their stakeholders and effectively drive sustainability improvement on the ground, over time, and at scale.  The Fund provides grants that enable recipients to develop and practically test new technologies and approaches, while drawing out cross-project learning to share with the wider sustainability community. 

This role is for a skilled and enthusiastic Innovations Fund Manager to take the Fund into the next phase of its development.  The Fund Manager is responsible for the operations of the Innovations Fund and reports to ISEAL’s Director of Programmes. 

With the support of a coordinator, the Fund Manager implements and continuously improves an effective and efficient system for awarding and managing grants from the Innovations Fund.  The role works with ISEAL’s Finance Team on financial and legal aspects of grant and fund management, reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations on this aspect of Fund operations. 

The Fund Manager is also responsible for coordinating the work of a wider Innovations Fund team, ensuring that the team stays on track with deliverables and timelines.  This wider team includes 2-3 senior programme leads and a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) lead, each of whom dedicate part of their time to grant selection, monitoring and review processes as well as capturing cross cutting learning. The Fund Manager supports this learning process by developing and implementing operational procedures that facilitate the capture of learning from grant projects and also coordinates donor reporting.

For the ideal candidate, previous experience in grant making or fund management would be excellent preparation for this role, as would experience managing another type of programme or project that requires maintaining high standards of integrity and operational efficiency, as well as careful stakeholder engagement and financial and risk management, in a fast-paced environment.  Experience with team coordination, collaborating with technical experts, work plan tracking, and donor reporting would also be useful preparation for this role. While the Manager need not be an expert in the subject matter covered by the ISEAL Innovations Fund, a background or a strong interest in sustainable development, market-based approaches to driving sustainability improvements, and/or sustainability standards systems (auditing, verification, traceability, measurement, standard-setting, etc) would provide valuable context for work with the Innovations Fund.

Responsibilities

Grant making and grant management processes

  • Implement and continuously improve an effective and efficient system for the administrative management of the full grant funding cycle
  • Oversee and manage compliance with grantee requirements and Fund policies and procedures
  • Coordinate development of calls for proposals and manage grant decision-making process, including receipt of proposals, completeness checks, and processes for proposal review and awarding of grants
  • Lead communication with applicants and grantees regarding Fund procedures and awards
  • Lead review of financial reports by grantees
  • Oversee and coordinate team implementation of processes for reviewing grant deliverables and meeting work plan deliverables and milestones
  • Work with Communications and Membership staff to communicate about Fund opportunities and awards, including maintaining website and other communication vehicles

Fund governance, financial and legal management

  • Manage Fund governance processes, including organizing meetings of the Funds’ advisory and oversight committees, representing own areas of responsibilities in these meetings, recruiting external experts to join committees, and facilitating committee decision-making processes
  • Complete due diligence and contracting processes in coordination with grant recipients and Director, Finance & Operations  
  • With ISEAL’s Finance team, track financial commitments of the Fund and continuously update the forecasted disbursement schedule
  • Prepare and contribute to written and verbal reports regarding the operational status of the Fund to donors and ISEAL’s governance bodies

Team coordination and line management

  • Line manage the Innovations Fund Coordinator and provide oversight of task delivery by other assistants and coordinators
  • Coordinate the work of a wider Innovations Fund team, ensuring that the team stays on track with deliverables and timelines and supporting production of regular reports for Innovation Fund donors

Other

  • Support Director of Programmes in ensuring that the Innovations Fund and related activities deliver on annual workplans, meet commitments to donors and support delivery against the overall ISEAL organisational strategy
  • Raise awareness among ISEAL programme staff about Fund-related activities and support alignment with ISEAL colleagues across interconnected pieces of work
  • Participate actively in team and organisational planning and activities
  • Participate in internal staff management processes such as performance reviews, supervisory meetings, etc.

 

Experience, knowledge and attributes

  • Substantial experience operational programme/project management, ideally in an international not for profit setting
  • Track record in grant making or fund management, or transferrable knowledge from managing programmes or projects requiring operational efficiency and financial management
  • Proven affinity with administrative management and coordination
  • Strong stakeholder management experience, incl. donors and/or grant recipients
  • Astute finance and risk management skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with colleagues, including remotely based individuals, where most interaction will be virtual
  • Well-honed interpersonal skills, displaying professionalism, tact and awareness of others, including sensitivity to cultural and language differences
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, with ability to establish priorities and task management systems for self and others
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Existing knowledge of sustainable development and market based approached to sustainability

Additionally desirable

  • Familiarity with sustainability standards systems (auditing, verification, traceability, measurement, standard-setting, etc)
  • Experience with line management, team coordination and work plan tracking

 

Other relevant information

Term:                               Initial 12 months contract with a view to extension

Salary:                             £45 - £55k depending on experience

Working hours:             Full time 37.5 hours per week

Location:                        Based in ISEAL’s London head office at least 4 days per month and the rest of the time from home. Full time office working is possible, if preferred.

 Applicants will need to provide evidence that they are entitled to work in the UK

Annual leave:                25 days / year (including office closure between Christmas and New Year)

Ideal start date:            November/December 2022

How to apply

Please use this link to apply: APPLY HERE 

Specific enquiries about this role and the application process can be sent to the recruitment@isealalliance.org.

Deadline for applications: COB on 25 September 2022, with applications reviewed on a rolling basis before this date, so early application is strongly recommended as interviews will start at the earliest opportunity. We regret that we will only be able to contact short-listed candidates.