Grant Writer

University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) Kigali, Rwanda


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University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is on a mission to radically change the way health  

care is delivered around the world. UGHE is a new university based in Rwanda that is building the  

next generation of global health professionals’ doctors, nurses, researchers, and public health and  

policy experts into leaders and change-makers who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health  

services for all.  

The Institute of Global Health Equity Research (IGHER) is the UGHE research institute that will  

contribute to UGHE’s vision and mission through high-quality research and research training. As  

the epicenter of global health equity research and research training, IGHER will generate and  

disseminate new and important knowledge for eliminating health inequities. It will also develop  

and deliver education and training that will ideally equip researchers to identify and solve problems  

related to health inequity  

Job Title: Research Development Strategist / Grant Writer  

Reports to: Director, Institute of Global health Equity Research (IGHER) and Head of Research  


Group/Department: Institute of Global Health Equity Research  

Location: Kigali/Rwanda  

Role Purpose: The Institute of Global Health Equity Research (IGHER) of the University of  

Global Health Equity (UGHE) is looking to hire a Grant Writer to support grant proposal writing  

and explore all potential research and project funding opportunities with an emphasis on LMIC  

and Sub-Saharan Africa funding possibilities. The grant writer will be based in the IGHER unit  

and will work closely with researchers, administrative units such as grants management, finance  

team, and the library. The grant writer primarily support principal investigators within IGHER,  

including the newly established Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) and other departments within UGHE.  

The grant writer is responsible for all phases of grant writing including the development of concept  

notes, pre-award grant writing, development of procedures, evaluation, and compliance, and the  

coordination of grant applications leading up to submission.  


Prospect, identify, and recognize external opportunities that present viable funding  

opportunities and match priorities in global health, clinical trials, and other  

initiatives from within IGHER/UGHE.  

Maintains primary responsibility for grant schedules, tracking grants, and notifying  

faculty of requests for proposals (RFP).  

Meets regularly with faculty/staff to discuss prospective, current and new funding  

needs and opportunities.  

Manage the entire proposal process, including strategic planning, drafting specific  

sections, editing and evaluating drafts, and coordinating proposal submission  

Advise, prepare and edit text, figures, and tables to increase the impact and clarity  

of proposals  

Regularly source, collect, and analyze data to track proposal success rates  

Develop processes and procedures related to grant management and proposal  


Develop and maintain positive, proactive relationships with researchers, university  

offices and funding agencies to ensure process efficiency and grant compliance  

with funding policies and procedures  

Act as liaison person of all funding agencies or organizations, developing  

collaborative relationships with grant funding representatives.  

Create and advise in the development of a grant writing curriculum to enhance the  

training of junior faculty and /or clinical fellows.  

•Teach and/or assist in teaching and administering programs to support grant writers,  

especially, junior faculty and /or clinical fellows.  

Provide individualized grantsmanship advice, coaching, and assistance to faculty  

writing grants  

Take on other duties as may be assigned  


To be successful in this position, the grant writer should be articulate, possess excellent written  

and oral communication skills, a team player with great ability to multitask and sometimes work  

under pressure to meet demanding deadlines.  

Required qualifications:  

· Advanced degree (e.g. PhD, Masters, MD) or combination of relevant education, training, and/or  


· Good written and verbal communication skills in English.  

· Minimum 3 to 5 years' experience in technical grant writing with a successful track record  

· Familiarity with the most common LMIC and sub-Saharan Africa funding schemes  

· Previous grant budget development and management experience.  

· A proven record of having secured major grants with certifiable references.  

· Demonstrable knowledge of grant application process, evaluation criteria and funding cycles.  

· Demonstrated expertise in teaching grant writing, academic writing, to graduate students, clinical  

fellows, and academic faculty.  

· Highly organized, accountable, analytical, proactive, and deadline-oriented  

· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of persons,  

especially faculty and trainees (graduate students, postdocs, or clinical fellows)  


· Grant writing experience, preferably with a focus in health inequities and global health  

· A professional, able to develop excellent work relations with faculty, academic staff, and funding  

agency executives.  

· Familiarity with policies and procedures as pertains to the administration of higher education  

grants is desirable.  

· Highly organized, creative, accountable, analytical, proactive, and deadline-oriented  

· Ability to establish and maintain effective working-relationships with a variety of persons,  

especially faculty and trainees (graduate students, clinical fellows).  

UGHE is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration  

for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,  

national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by  


Commitment to Safeguarding and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual  


At UGHE, we are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work- including  

community members as well as our students, contractors, staff and visitors to our campus are  

treated with dignity and respect and protected from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment and  

any form of systemic abuse, whilst reducing risk and vulnerabilities. A range of pre-employment  

checks will be undertaken in conformity with UGHE’s policy. UGHE will request information  

from applicants’ previous employers about any findings of fraud, harassment, sexual harassment  

and any form of systemic abuse or incidents under investigation when the applicant left  

employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these  

recruitment procedures.