Globaldev careers: The grant manager

Amy Kirk, grant manager for a USAID program with Tetra Tech, discusses transitioning into development and the transferable skills that helped her do it. Photo by: Amy Kirk

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Amy Kirk’s role as a grant manager would have involved a lot more traveling to meet with colleagues as far away as the Philippines or Sri Lanka, connecting and working together in person. Being able to see what grant recipients were doing and the impact of their work was always incredible and helped her feel connected to the work, Kirk said.

But these days, with the travel restrictions being part and parcel of the pandemic, she’s still building relations — even if virtual — with her colleagues, though this can entail a “bizarre schedule” with team calls at both the beginning and end of the day.

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.