Grants Manager, Capacity Building

from Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
Closing date: 21 Jan 2018

About UICC Capacity Building

Capacity Building is one of the three key pillars of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC’s work, alongside Advocacy and Convening. Through the development of specific capacity building initiatives and programmes, UICC seeks to strengthen the cancer community, supporting organisations to do a better job tomorrow than they already do today and increasing their impact. Within the Capacity Building portfolio, there are four key workstreams; leadership development; education and training; grants and fellowships; and regional engagement.

Summary of position

As part of the UICC Capacity Building team, UICC is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Grants Manager to oversee our unique SPARC capacity building grant and expand our overall grant portfolio.

The Grants Manager is responsible for implementation, planning, communication and partnership development.

Main responsibilities

  • Manage and oversee UICC’s grants portfolio, in particular, the ‘Seeding Progress and Resources for the Cancer Community (SPARC) Metastatic Breast Cancer Challenge’, working closely with other UICC teams and external partners to ensure all activities are completed in a timely manner, within budget and to a high quality.
  • ​Develop and coordinate the writing of funding partners reports and proposals to expand the grant portfolio.
  • Sustain and further develop partnerships with the support of the Members and Partners team, serving as the primary point of contact for partners regarding the UICC grants portfolio.
  • Manage and monitor the grants budgets and contractual agreements, including quarterly review of expenditures and annual reporting for partners.
  • Ensure the alignment of the grants portfolio with the high-level capacity building plans and UICC priorities, and identify new strategic opportunities to develop the portfolio.
  • Work alongside the UICC communications team to promote the grants portfolio, including planning of communication activities and development of relevant resources and material, for both online and printed media.
  • Administer grant applications according to agreed timelines and deadlines, managing the review process and award documentation to ensure a rigorous selection of the highest quality applicants.
  • Provide and facilitate necessary oversight and support to successful grant applicants, ensuring where possible individual projects are in turn implemented within the specified timeframes, in budget and to a high quality.
  • Develop and enforce policies, guidelines and application processes related to UICC grants.
  • Review and improve grants processes, toward greater simplification, relevance, quality and cost effectiveness, supporting the development of a sustainable business model for all grants.
  • Liaise, manage and extend relationships with the reviewers, partners and collaborating institutions.
  • Identify and explore opportunities for cross-team collaboration within UICC to maximise impact of the grants and awarded projects.
  • Contribute to other initiatives of the capacity building team and UICC as requested, including World Cancer Day, the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and the World Cancer Congress.

Skills and competencies

  • 7-10 years’ work experience in grants and projects management, or a related field, preferably in an organisation working internationally.
  • Graduate/Master’s degree in a related field (for example: health sciences, public health, international development, medicine, etc.) with familiarity and exposure to the field of cancer and non-communicable diseases preferred.
  • Ability to think strategically and contribute to high-level discussions regarding development of the grants portfolio.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong emotional intelligence, including demonstrated relationship management experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with strong verbal and written communications skills, and at ease representing UICC with external audiences.
  • Excellent ability to work independently, across cultures, with multiple stakeholders and changing circumstances to achieve deliverables.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment with proven ability to work efficiently and effectively to meet tight and competing deadlines.
  • Experience in data management, with experience of working with a customised grant management system and administrative processes an asset.
  • Good knowledge and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken); other languages are an asset.
How to apply:


Applicants should hold or be eligible for a Swiss work permit.

Send your CV and motivation letter explaining how you think your skills and experience make you a strong candidate for this position to

Deadline for applications: 21 January 2018