Donor Compliance and Project Execution Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 24 July 2020

Job Description

Job Description

SNV is seeking an expert on donor compliance with demonstrable experience of applying his/her knowledge practically in the management of international development projects. The Donor Compliance and Project Execution Advisor is a key position to ensure SNV secures and executes quality, impactful and compliant projects whilst ensuring cost recovery.

(S)he brings best practice into SNV, provides in-house advice to (senior) management on donor compliance, project management and execution, and related donor compliance issues in projects, at country, global team and corporate level. (S)he brings in expertise on a set of bilateral and multi-lateral and provides hands on advice to projects funded by this group of donors. Drawing on his/her experience, the analysis of donor compliance risks, and learning from across the organisation, (s)he will contribute to the design and application of SNV’s project and risk management infrastructure and maintains SNV’s Project Execution policy area. This position requires travel to SNV countries to build and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders and provide tailor-made support (advice, training and coaching) to SNV and its partners. The Advisor will be a member of the Business Support and Control Team in SNV’s Global Finance Team, based in The Hague.


  • Provides in-house expert advice, to SNV project, country and global teams, on specific donor compliance requirements, project management and execution from project design to project closure.
  • Provides targeted (billable) and pragmatic advice to selected SNV grants and service contracts falling within the specific donor funded set of projects within his/her remit including for contracting, project start-up, project/contract amendments and closure.
  • Oversees, develops and maintains SNV’s Project Execution policy area, including instructions and tools, to support SNV in excellent and compliant project execution. Ensures specific donor compliance requirements are embedded within SNV’s broader policy environment.
  • Identifies and proposes solutions to mitigate specific donor compliance and project management and execution risks, including on project audits. Applies solutions and follows up on corrective actions.
  • Ensures learning is identified, including on budget compliance and cost recovery, and shared between project, country and global team colleagues. Pays particular attention to identifying and applying learning to new project design jointly with the Global Business Development Team.
  • Leads on the design and delivery of audience appropriate capacity development on project execution and specific donor requirements for SNV staff and partners.
  • Actively keeps informed of donor related developments and advises SNV (senior) management on project management, execution and specific donor compliance requirements.
  • Represents SNV in briefings and coordination meetings on specific donor rules and regulations.


  • Master’s degree in international development, international law, international relations, other relevant field or equivalent by experience.
  • At least seven years of relevant and demonstrable experience working on donor compliance in an international development cooperation project management context.
  • In-depth expertise of selected SNV key donor requirements (such as the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UK Department for International Development, the European Union, Swedish and Swiss Development Agencies, the World Bank) and how these related to project (financial) management and administration.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with SNV’s key donors, applying their rules and regulations in project and contract management of grants. Similar experience of service contracts is desired.
  • Knowledge of project financial management, reporting and budgeting is strongly desired.
  • Experience in/with Business Development and designing international development projects and proposals.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills and conceptual thinking.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to SNV operating countries.
  • Ability to work independently, draw on external networks, provide pragmatic advise and translate ‘donor compliance language’ to a non-specialist audience.
  • Team player, good facilitator and an excellent communicator in English. French Language proficiency is desired.
  • Familiarity with SNV’s leading sectors: Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is also desired.
Additional Information

Contract Type Dutch Employment Contract

Contract Duration: 1 year (with possibility of extension)

Expected Start Date: ASAP

Duty Station: The Hague, The Netherlands

Working at SNV:

SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and international working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, a global network of experts.

How to Apply:

If you believe your credentials meet the profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and motivation letter by Friday, August 21, 2020.

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About the Organization

SNV Netherlands Development is one of the largest Dutch not-for-profit development organisations with operations in more than 25 countries Asia, Africa and Latin America. SNV aims to lift up incomes and access to basic services. We make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty, helping them raise incomes and access basic services. Driven by the Sustainable Development Goals, we are dedicated to a society in which all people are free to pursue their own sustainable development, and no one is left behind. This commitment to equity directs us to focus on gender and youth.

We apply our know-how to deliver results at scale worldwide. We do this through our local presence and know-how to realise effective solutions and our specialised expertise on agriculture, energy, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Our projects directly benefit millions of people. At the same time, projects drive systems change, which helps many more people work their way out of poverty, well beyond the scope of projects. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation, implementing our mission exclusively through project financing. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence every day.

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