Organization Overview

Tostan is a US 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in Senegal in 1991 in order to educate and empower Africans who have had little or no access to formal schooling. Tostan’s community-led program, the Community Empowerment Program (CEP), has achieved results including: declared abandonment of the practices of female genital cutting and child/forced marriage by thousands of villages; increased enrollment in formal education for children; increased use of problem solving and literacy skills to generate income and further develop local economies; and increased access to healthcare.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Create and implement efficient policies, systems, and rules for opening, managing, and closing grants
  • Refine processes and policies to ensure effective and timely reporting to donors
  • Advise on the selection of a grants database, and take the lead in making it operational
  • Maintain active grants list and reporting calendar
  • Ensure effective hand-off from grant-seeking team to headquarters staff and project implementers in the field
  • Streamline administrative aspects of each grant to ensure maximum efficiency
  • Facilitate a clear understanding of each relevant staff member’s role and responsibilities
  • Work with finance and project staff to plan, analyze, and make any necessary adjustments to meet the set objectives within the project life cycle
  • Track project budgeting, workplans, and reporting and take ownership of any issues that need to be resolved that may delay projects
  • Ensure that grants are completed on time
  • Ensure that all internal systems comply with funder regulations
  • Lead monthly meeting with senior management to review each active project
  • Other responsibilities, as deemed appropriate by the Chief Operating Officer, will be included as part of the role


The position is located in Dakar, Senegal at Tostan’s Headquarters.

Key Qualifications & Selection Criteria


Master’s degree required​, Ph.D. preferred

Language Proficiency

Fluent in written and spoken French and English.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Basic computer and networking experience
  • Financial knowledge of budgeting, reporting, etc.
  • Familiarity with presentation technology
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Writing and editing skills
  • 7-10 years of experience in budgeting and reporting, as well as financial aspects of grants management in an international nonprofit organization
  • Experience in project management and grants administration
  • Experience improving and implementing effective systems in an organization
  • Experience in a multinational organization or an organization with multiple regional offices would be an asset.


  • Believes strongly in Tostan’s mission to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights
  • Functions effectively in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural work environment
  • Works efficiently in a hands-on environment with limited resources
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity, empathy and respect for people and different points of view
  • Develops and manages positive working relationships at all levels, acting with diplomacy, tact and integrity 
  • Maintains a positive and cooperative attitude
  • Has an encouraging, empowering and supportive team spirit
  • Is a strategic thinker and demonstrates sound judgment
  • Is a clear communicator with an open, honest and straightforward manner
  • Is resilient, takes initiative and is persistent under pressure.

How to Apply

Send your CV and Cover Letter via email to Please put ‘Director of Grants Management’ as the email subject. Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered. Deadline to Apply: May, 30, 2013.

Tostan is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate all applicants without unlawful considerations of race, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.