Business Manager – Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE)

EMPLOYER: Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE) at IFMR
POSITION: Business Manager
REPORTING TO: Executive Director – IWWAGE
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The Initiative:
Despite making significant contributions to economies through various activities, women form a majority among economically disadvantaged group. Women remain disproportionally affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation. Evidence suggests that investing in women’s economic empowerment has important linkages with gender, equality, poverty eradication and inclusive growth. Several efforts have been devoted to studying the issue of women economic empowerment, however, evidence remains fragmented and work done in silos. The objective of this Initiative is to create a platform to promote, synthesize and generate evidence on “what works” for women’s economic empowerment.

Position Summary

A motivated Business Manager is sought to coordinate and manage the overall activities of the Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE). The Business Manager will be overseeing the operational functioning, as well as, responsible for taking a lead role in coordinating the operations of all the work streams of IWWAGE. The Business Manager will be responsible for planning and monitoring the project initiatives. S/he aims to constantly monitor cash flow and collaborate with fundraising managers to determine the funds needed to maintain operations and meet the organizational goals. S/he will be responsible to oversee grant compliance and efficient resource utilization. S/he need to focus on strong blend of managerial, financial and business operations.


•      Plan, coordinate and execute the implementation of the Initiative’s work plan;
•      Manage engagements with a multitude of stakeholders/partners engaged on a project;
•      Manage administrative requirements of the project portfolio, including financial management, budgeting, procurement, contract set-up and compliance, grant reporting, deliverable tracking, etc.
•      Ensure appropriate systems are designed and put in place so that compliance with grants and institutional guidelines are maintained for processes including planning, budgeting, procurement, reporting, legal matters, etc.
•      Prepare detailed budgets and work plans in coordination with finance team and researcher team;
•      Create Request for Proposals to identify the partner organizations to champion the different work streams under the Initiative;
•      Coordinate with project teams to ensure timely submission of financial reports and projections, and sub grantee/contract reports and deliverables in the portfolio to keep projects running smoothly;
•      Ensure timely submission of donor / grant reports – liaise with internal teams to gather appropriate information for submission;
•      Ensure internal capacity building and alignment to project outcomes;


•      Master’s Degree in Economics, Finance, Business, Development or related field is mandatory.
•      Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines;
•      Demonstrated ability to build relationships, lead and motivate teams;
•      High networking skills and demonstrated ability to interact with a varied set of stakeholders;
•      Demonstrated experience in partner and donor management;
•      Ability to influence key stakeholders and operational owners through well-articulated strategies;
•      Experience and maturity in relationship management;
•      Ability to work within tight deadlines;
•      Excellent communicator, both written and oral, able to express complex technical issues in plain language;
•      Ability to work independently, to be well organized and detail oriented;
•      Comfortable in wide ranging cultural, geographic and operational conditions;
•      Excellent time and resource management;

Application Instructions:
Deadline: Applications are being accepted until position is filled.
Please submit: Resume and cover letter.
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