COOPI – Senior Grants Officer (ECHO) – NGO Jobs 2021

Job Title: COOPI – Senior Grants Officer (ECHO)

Country: Italy
Organization: COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale
Closing date: 13 Dec 2021

COOPI is looking for a Senior Grants Officer (ECHO) to work in the Development and Knowledge Area at its Milan headquarters.

COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale is ad independent Italian humanitarian organisation that fights against all forms of poverty to improve the world. Founded in 1965 by Father Vincenzo Barbieri, today COOPI is present in 33 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, with both emergency and development projects carried out by expatriate staff (an average of 150 people per year) and national staff. The main institutional funders are the European Union (ECHO and INTPA), USAID, UN agencies, the Italian Government, local authorities and other European governments.


The Development and Knowledge Area is an integral part of COOPI’s International Activities Department. Its mandate is to lead the design and implementation of COOPI’s institutional funding strategy, and to coordinate, cultivate and promote the knowledge and quality of the organisation’s programmes.

The Senior Grants Officer will focus on managing the partnership with ECHO, playing an active representative role in the European humanitarian space and acting as a guide to regional and national coordinators in the design and management of contracts.

Reports to: Head of Development and Knowledge Area


Main tasks:

  • Contributes to the management of the Partnership Certificate with DG ECHO, facilitating and ensuring compliance with the inherent requirements and contractual obligations of the organisation;
  • Monitors, analyses and reports on the correct application of the contractual framework, and provides support to HQ to comply with these requirements in all phases of project cycle management;
  • Identifies funding opportunities and coordinates the planning process within the annual HIP process, supporting national and regional coordinators in writing and submitting qualitative and strategic proposals, checking their economic and financial analysis in cooperation with the relevant figures;
  • Supports contract management, with particular responsibility for contractual amendments and reporting, and acts as an advisor in communication with the donor throughout project implementation;
  • Develops and disseminates training tools, guidelines and information documents on how to work with DG ECHO and related operational issues;
  • Represents and positions the organisation as a leading humanitarian actor with relevant NGO organisations and networks (such as VOICE FPA Watch Group and Task Force); Participates in working groups and major events promoted in the humanitarian sector especially at European level;
  • Coordinates, facilitates and promotes the organisation’s participation in consultation processes promoted by DG ECHO or VOICE;
  • Promotes a strategic vision of partnership with DG ECHO, raising awareness and informing the organisation about innovative opportunities and programmatic avenues.

Other activities:

  • When requested, identifies calls and other funding opportunities from institutional funders for COOPI activities, studying how to access and manage them;
  • Contributes to a systematic needs analysis on project design in countries with respect to institutional funders under its responsibility
  • Contributes to the production of reflections and good practices on the management of institutional funding within the Development & Knowledge area.


Essential requirements

  • Master’s degree in humanitarian studies, development cooperation, international relations, or similar;
  • Minimum 5-7 years of progressive professional experience in similar roles;
  • Proven experience in managing partnership with DG ECHO, and in-depth knowledge of EU contractual rules;
  • Excellent knowledge of English, French and Italian;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Ability to work under stress, communicate effectively and in a timely manner;
  • Results and problem-solving orientation.

Desired requirements

  • Field experience;
  • Training experience;
  • Knowledge of the Spanish;
  • Knowledge of INTPA and USAID.

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