Grants Coordinator


Grants Coordinator Position

The Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR) is in search of a Grants Coordinator dedicated to championing the initiatives, concerns, and innovations of refugee and refugee-led organizations across the Asia-Pacific region.

Established in 2018, APNOR serves as a coalition of refugee-led entities. Our primary goal is to cultivate a resilient and inclusive platform for refugee-led organizations throughout the Asia Pacific, shaping regional policies on refugee issues by amplifying the collective voices of those with lived experiences. APNOR plays a crucial role in supporting refugee-led organizations (RLOs) through initiatives such as the Refugee Leadership Alliance (RLA). The RLA aims to revolutionize the aid sector by directly funding RLOs and providing capacity-strengthening support based on refugee needs.

Position Overview

The Grants Coordinator will play a pivotal role in managing the grant-making process within the RLA. They will be responsible for overseeing the allocation of funds to RLOs, ensuring that the grant-making process is participatory, transparent, and responsive to the needs of refugee communities. Coordinator will lead the grants administration and engagement activities with refugee- led organisations participating in the funding project including project concept development, payment processing, outcomes reporting, skills strengthening activities and communication with donors and partners.

The successful applicant will be a well-organised, motivated, and effective communicator with outstanding project management skills, have an understanding of refugee issues in the Asia Pacific region, relevant qualifications and experience in grants administration, project management, and public. The contract position is for 21 hours per week for 12 months.

As organizations dedicated to enhancing the role of refugee communities in international discussion about refugee issues, APNOR strongly encourage applications from people with lived refugee experience and people with close personal and cultural connections to refugee communities.

Selection criteria is outlined in the attached position description. Applicants must submit a statement addressing all the Essential and Desirable Selection criteria outlined in the attached position description.

The contract position is 21 hours per week for 12 months (with possible extension) and can be undertaken remotely.

Inquiries about the position can be sent to . Applications can be submitted via email and close at 11.59 pm on the 26th of April 2024.

Employer: Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR)

Position reports to: APNOR Executive Director for day-to-day responsibilities and to RLA board of Trustees

Position type Contract 21 hours per week for 12 months

The Grants Coordinator will work across multiple time zones to support the work of grant recipients operating in the Asia Pacific region.

About the Refugee Leadership Alliance

The Refugee Leadership Alliance (Alliance) was formed in June 2021. It exists to increase influence, networks and funds for potential and current leaders with direct experience of forced migration.

This Alliance supports the leadership of people who have experienced, or are experiencing, forced migration, whether as refugees, people seeking asylum, internally displaced people and/or as stateless people.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop grants administration tools including project proposal templates, progress and acquittal report templates, funding agreements and other relevant
  • Maintain productive relationships with grant recipients including assistance (if necessary) in meeting grant conditions and reporting
  • Develop and maintain the network of grant recipients participating in the pilot
  • Communicate the outcomes of funded projects and organisations to Alliance members, donors and other APNOR
  • Identify skill building opportunities for grant
  • Maintain accurate records of grant funded
  • Be the main Alliance contact point for grant
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement
  • Assist with other duties as determined by the Executive
  • Prepare regular reports on grant activities, including updates on progress, challenges, and lessons learned.
  • Maintain accurate records and documentation related to grant awards, expenditures, and outcomes.
  • Conduct due diligence assessments on potential grant recipients to ensure alignment with RLA’s goals and objectives.
Selection Criteria


To be successful in this role, you must meet the following selection criteria:

  1. Knowledge of refugee and asylum seeker issues in the Asia Pacific
  2. Experience in administration, coordination, promotion, reporting and evaluation of grants programs
  3. Strong organisational skills, ability to take initiative, prioritise and meet deadlines and high level of computer literacy
  4. years of experience in grant management, preferably in the nonprofit sector or humanitarian field.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to communicate respectfully with different cultural groups and to work in a team
  6. Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or experience.


Please outline relevant experience you may have in any of the following:

  1. A deep understanding of refugee issues from personal experience and/or from close personal and cultural connections to refugee communities.
  2. Knowledge of the operations and challenges of refugee led organisations in Asia Pacific region.
  3. Experience in effective advocacy and/or marketing campaigns.
  4. Experience providing training
  5. Experience in writing for fundraising campaigns
  6. Experience supervising and working with volunteers.


The Grants Coordinator will report directly to APNOR’s executive director and collaborate closely with the RLA board of trustee and other relevant staff members within APNOR.


For your application to be considered, you are required to:

  1. Directly address each of the above essential selection criteria, while also responding to any of the desirable selection criteria which are relevant.
  2. Include a current resume with your application.

Inquiries about the position can be sent to
Applications can be submitted via email to and close at 11.59 pm on the 26th of April 2024.


Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR) is the only region-wide refugee-led network of refugee-led initiatives in the Asia Pacific region that is working with and for refugees. APNOR was established in 2018, on the recommendation of Asia Pacific Summit of Refugees (APSOR).

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