Allan Gray: Intern Grants Officer (Cape Town)



Intern Grants Officer (AGO211116-1) - Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment

Closing Date 2021/11/30

Reference Number AGO211116-1

Job Title Intern Grants Officer

Department Endowment

Employment Type Contract

Location - Town / City Cape Town

Location - Province Western Cape

Location - Country South Africa

Purpose of Role

The Intern Grants Officer will assist in supporting grant development and management for the Grant-Making Centre of Excellence, with the role primarily focused on grant-making for the Philanthropy Initiative with Employees of Allan Gray. The Intern Grants Officer will provide critical support and input in campaign management, reporting, grant development and communications, and grantee capacity-building. S/he will report to the Senior Grants Officer and work in close collaboration with Grants Officers, Philanthropy Initiative Program Manager and Ambassadors. This is an opportunity to deepen practical knowledge of the philanthropic landscape and develop high-level, professional skills and engage with a diverse group of partners across Education, Economic Resilience, Early Childhood Development, and other sectors.

Objectives of Role

• Support the effective management of the entire grant life cycle, from request for proposal to grant closure, including developing and/or analysing opportunities, conducting thorough due diligence, maintaining, and updating the grant management system, drafting grant agreements, preparing payments, tracking milestones, reviewing, and monitoring grantee reporting.

• Provide input into grantee capacity building interventions and workshop coordination.

• Assist with grant communications during Philanthropy Initiative campaigns and support the development of newsletters for internal and external stakeholders.

• Proactively develop strong, professional relationships and partnerships with Philanthropy Initiative partners, including grantees and Ambassadors.

• Increase technical knowledge in core focus areas and share insights and observations with the grant-making team and other stakeholders as relevant.

Experience and Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree in development, business, economics, or similar.

• Maximum two years’ work experience.

• Preference will be given to EE candidates.


• You are someone who is passionate about development and want to grow in this space.

• You have a positive demeanour with strong inter-personal skills and will contribute to developing and learning from a dynamic, diverse team.

• You are able to source, synthesize, and effectively present information, and enjoy writing for different audiences.

• You are a quick learner and self-starter with the ability to take initiative and work in a fast-moving, team orientated environment.

• You are a great communicator with excellent English verbal and written communication skills.

• Your attention to detail is excellent and you want to develop strong analytical and reporting skills.

• You are good at building relationships with diverse groups of people.

• You are adaptable and are willing to identify and try new ways of doing things.

• Technology is a good friend.

Other Information

A 12-month internship opportunity from 01 January 2022 – 31 December 2022.

An opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the philanthropic landscape and develop key grant-making skills in a professional team within a growing Grant-making Centre of Excellence.

Inspiring and flexible working environment in Cape Town.

Selection & Assessment Process:

Closing Date: Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview and will need to complete assessments as part of our selection process.

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