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Independent evaluation of E4A, Ghana

MannionDaniels’ Technical Team Lead, Rolla Khadduri, visited Ghana last week to work with the independent evaluation team for Evidence for Action (E4A).

MannionDaniels in Ghana

As the DFID-funded Evidence for Action programme is coming to an end, sustainability issues become increasingly important to ensure that the catalytic interventions are embedded within the health system and community structures. For example, in the Volta Region, the team observed an ‘interface’ meeting, where community members and health service providers came together to discuss the quality of maternal and newborn health care provided in their health facilities.  The discussion was lively and participatory, with all members of the community involved, and organised by a strong coalition partner from the MamaYe campaign.  It demonstrated the powerful ability to bring together providers with community members on areas of accountability and demand for improved quality of care.

MannionDaniels is currently recruiting for a Grants Officer for AmplifyChange. Please consult the job description below for more information about the role an how to apply.

Position: Grants Officer, AmplifyChange

UPDATED: Closing date for applications: 8th July 2015


MannionDaniels is a specialist provider of professional services in health and social care to public and private sector clients. The Company is a recognized, international development consultancy in public health and health systems in developing, fragile and emerging states (see  MannionDaniels manages the civil society fund called AmplifyChange. AmplifyChange supports and strengthens the work of civil society organisations focusing on key neglected areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in, predominantly, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (see  The Core Team for AmplifyChange, which coordinates the grant making process to civil society organisations, is based in Bath, UK.

We are recruiting for a Grants Officer to join the AmplifyChange Core Team.


This is an exciting opportunity to help drive the grant-making provided by AmplifyChange to civil society organisations. The Grants Officer will work collaboratively with a highly experienced team to support the development of systems and tools for efficient grant management and reporting.  They will ensure a coordinated approach to the grant-making process, including calls for proposals, selection, contracting, risk management and reporting. The post holder will need to maintain an overview of all grant and contract management issues. They will implement the grant making processes within the Core Team and in collaboration with the AmplifyChange Grant Support Team – the team which liaises with and supports grantees – to ensure the delivery of efficient and effective grant management.


Core responsibilities and deliverables:

  • Weekly reports on the grant portfolio
  • Regular data analysis for key stakeholders including donor representatives
  • Database management and support to database users
  • Coordination of the Fund Management Cycle

This role will encompass the following responsibilities:

Grant Management System Controls

  • Maintenance of SMILE (System for Management, Information, Learning and Evaluation) an online database of grant applications and grants
  • Work closely with the Deputy Director of Operations to make necessary enhancements to the SMILE system including front-end and back-end updates
  • Act as the focal point for SMILE enquiries from review teams, grantees and applicants

Management of grant calls

  • Prepare SMILE system ahead of each call for applications
  • Ensure technical content updates to application forms and review criteria are updated on the system
  • Ensure financial content updates to application forms and review criteria are updated on the system
  • Monitor application data and provide regular updates to the core team
  • In coordination with the Deputy Director of Operations conduct an initial screening of applications to sift out ineligible applicants
  • Produce management reports in excel for the AmplifyChange Core Team and Grant Support Teams to coordinate the review process
  • Allocate applications for review to review teams

Supporting the governance of AmplifyChange

  • Coordinate the allocation of grant applications to the Technical Review Panel
  • Prepare reports for the moderation process and Board report documentation

Supporting grantee contracting and reporting

  • In coordination with the Deputy Director of Operations coordinate the process of preparing grant agreements for successful applicants
  • Ensure that all Grant Support Teams have the relevant information for the grants assigned to them, including reporting dates and contract details
  • Work with the Finance Officer to ensure timely disbursement of grant payments
  • Produce weekly management and risk reports from the system to inform ongoing oversight and management of grants


Essential qualifications, skills and experience:

  • 2 years’ experience of grant management/administration
  • Experience in excel and online management systems
  • Proven ability to operate in a team environment liaising with a diverse teams
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to manage a varied workload and prioritise tasks, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Experience of using own initiative and problem solving attitude

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Educated to Degree level
  • Experience with grant making organisations/processes
  • Experience of using systems and processes including database management

Salary & Package:

Basic Salary range:  Circa. £24-28,000 (Subject to qualifications and experience)

Holiday:   25 days per annum

Pension:   Employer contribution currently 4% of basic salary

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and CV to

Closing dates for applications is 08 July 2015.

PDF – AmplifyChange Job Description – Grants Officer

MannionDaniels is proud to be part of the consortium led by the Population Council, supported by DFID, titled ‘Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) Research Programme’.  As a partner, our work will primarily focus on Somalia, where initial briefing and orientation with researchers has already begun.  The programme itself extends this research in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, and potentially in Burkina Faso, Gambia and Senegal.

The goal of the FGM/C Research programme is ultimately to contribute to ending FGM/C within a generation and reducing FGM/C by least 30% in 10 countries within 5 years.  It will do this by demonstrably influencing strategic investments, policies and programmes to end FGM/C, and dramatically expand the body of evidence on the most effective and cost-effective approaches to ending FGM/C in different contexts.

The research programme is organised around four themes:

–        Building the picture of where, when and why FGM/C is practiced through a series of explanatory analyses of existing survey datasets, complemented by qualitative studies amongst various populations at different stages of abandoning the practice.

–        A blend of retrospective evaluations, cost analyses, and case studies of ongoing interventions with prospective implementation research and impact evaluations of new interventions, implemented as multisite studies, to broaden understanding of the benefits and costs of a wide range of approaches to FGM/C abandonment.

–        Understanding the wider impacts of FGM/C on the lives of girls, women, and their families, and the implications of sustaining or abandoning the practice of FGM/C—as well as other harmful practices such as early marriage and gender-based violence—on gender norms and relations.

–        Improving research into FGM/C through developing and testing new or improved methods and measures and building the capacity of national researchers to design and implement high-quality research.

Consortium partners include: the Africa Coordinating Centre for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (ACCAF) at the University of Nairobi; the Gender and Reproductive Health and Rights Resource and Advocacy Center (GRACE) at Ahfad University for Women (AUW), Khartoum; the Global Research and Advocacy Group (GRAG), Dakar; Population Reference Bureau (PRB); MannionDaniels Ltd.; and the INDEPTH Network. Two eminent researchers, Dr. Gerry Mackie of the University of California, San Diego, and Dr. Bettina Shell-Duncan of the University of Washington, Seattle, complete the team.


AmplifyChange Presentation in Kano, Nigeria

David Daniels, Chair of the Consortium Steering Committee together with Bethany Brady of MannionDaniels visited Kano, northern Nigeria between 19 and 24 April.  “We used the opportunity of our visit to the DFID Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health programme (MNCH2) to promote the aims of AmplifyChange to technical staff based across 6 States of northern Nigeria.  We had an interesting discussion and there was considerable interest to share the information with local CSOs working on SRHR across the region”  Participants at the briefing came from the 6 States of, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina, Yobe and Zamfara.

MannionDaniels’ consultant, Birte Holme Sorenson, worked on a short-term technical assignment with the Futures Group Europe in Ghana.  The Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health programme (GHARH), funded by DFID, has an overall strategy to strengthen the capacity of its grantees at both national and district levels.  MD conducted an assessment of capacity-needs of grantees in close consultation with GHARH and district-level stakeholders, and the results are in line with other commonly-observed capacity gaps at district level RH, namely:  issues of district-level funding flow, how to reach out of school youth, and addressing both the social and health needs of youth.