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Grants and Projects Officer

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is seeking to recruit a committed, diligent individual as Grants and Projects Officer based in its OMCT’s Europe office in Brussels office but starting through telecommuting for the initial months due to Covid-19 restrictions currently in force.

The initial contract duration will be 15 months, starting as soon as possible. The position is a part time position (min. 60% – max. 80%).


Created in 1985, and with over 200-member organisations in its SOS-Torture Network, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the largest coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) fighting against torture, summary executions, forced disappearances and all other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment around the world. OMCT’s International Secretariat is based in Geneva and it has offices in Brussels and Tunis.

The OMCT is recruiting a new post to manage subgrants from start to close-out in the context of a global project to support civil society addressing torture and health risks in detention during the Covid-19 pandemic. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Convention against Torture Programme Director, and in constant contact with the Finance and Development teams.


Sub-Grant Management:

  • To manage financial support packages (sub-grants) to local civil society organisations worldwide, including screening grants applications, assessing their eligibility, relevance and efficiency, assessing the needs of partner organizations, and coordinating the approval and delivery of grants.
  • To prepare all necessary project documents, including contracts, to oversee all proposed subgrant project budgets, project amendments and extensions, and to ensure partners implement proper spending and accounting practices.
  • To consult with the Operations and Finance team on cost allocations, general accounting, internal controls and administrative systems as required and support project partners to submit financial and narrative reports on time and in compliance with relevant OMCT, donor, or applicable auditing requirements.
  • To assist in tasks required for project audits and respond to external auditors regarding transaction details.
  • Project management and grant accompaniment:
  • To accompany partner organisations in the delivery of the sub-grants and assist them in the submission of satisfactory narrative reports and qualitative information in line with project objectives, contracts and donor requirements.
  • To assist with the effective monitoring, evaluation and the sharing of lessons learnt from the grant giving activity and support the evaluation team in the monitoring and evaluation of projected activities.
  • To ensure financial management and activity-reporting from civil society organisations partners in this project, with support of the Operations team.
  • To provide any other project assistance to the delivery of the grants as may be required.


  • At least 2 years of project management, grant and financial management and reporting experience.
  • University degree in project management, business administration, international affairs, or other relevant fields.
  • Strong understanding of project and financial management (knowledge of accounting and auditing principles or previous experience in managing grants financed by the European Commission and other governmental donors is a plus).
  • Fluency in French and English is required for this post, with the ability to prepare and present relevant trainings in operations and compliance (Spanish or Russian a strong plus).
  • Excellent command of excel or database systems is an advantage.


  • High ethical standards and willingness to commit to core human rights principles relating to the protection of prisoner and the protection of children, women, and any and all vulnerable persons or communities both inside and outside of the OMCT and its Network.
  • Ability to adapt to multidisciplinary work in the environment of a multicultural team and to engage with partners in different countries and working in difficult security environments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, positive attitude, strong rigor and attention to detail, autonomy and initiative spirit and curiosity and spirit of innovation.


The OMCT is an equal opportunities employer.

Applications (in English or French) for this position should be sent (by email only) with the subject “Grants and Projects Officer” to this email: by 28 February 2021.

For consideration, please send a cover letter with your motivation, a CV and the contact details for two professional references.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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