Grant Portfolio Manager (12 months, full- or part-time)

innocent foundation

Location London (home-based during COVID)

Position Full time 22.5 hours per week

Salary £35k - £45k depending on salary, plus bonus and benefits.

Application deadline 11 March 2021
The application deadline for this role has passed

About the innocent foundation 

We’re looking for a fabulous grant manager to join the innocent foundation as parental cover (for 12 months). The right person will share our passion to win the fight against global hunger, and will thrive in a flexible, fast-moving environment.

Innocent drinks has always donated 10% of profits to charity, and the majority of it comes to us at the innocent foundation. We’re a grant-making charity which funds outstanding charities to deliver projects tackling hunger around the world. Over the last 16 years, we’ve given nearly £9m to help more than 1 million hungry people, and have learnt a lot about how to make the biggest possible impact with our donations. As a foundation we’re looking to accelerate our response to a growing need – last year alone we granted nearly £2m across a portfolio of 20 projects. You can find out more at

As a corporate foundation, we’re in the brilliant position of working for an independent charity, but we (ordinarily) share an office with innocent drinks (Fruit Towers in west London). We spend some of our time inspiring innocent’s employees and consumers across Europe about the work we do with the funds they donate.

We would consider flexible working for this role. The role could also be full-time or part-time (22.5 hours / week).


What does the role entail?

As our grant manager, you will manage our portfolio of grants relating to smallholder farming - and find fantastic new partners for us to work with. You’ll keep our trustee board updated on the portfolio, make clear and confident funding recommendations, and analyse foundation performance to identify improvements. You will work with our funder, innocent drinks, to inspire their employees and drinkers about the foundation’s work. You will also be responsible for ensuring the foundation meets all relevant legislative and compliance requirements. You will represent the foundation externally and apply learning from outside to your work at the foundation.

You will definitely have:

  • Experience managing grant partnerships. A great candidate is likely to be a grants officer/manager or fundraising officer/manager managing several grant relationships
  • Knowledge of charity governance requirements
  • Engaging, natural written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven strategic influencing skills to make confident recommendations to our trustee board
  • Resilient and well organised self-starter with experience of working autonomously

You might also have:

  • Experience working in either international development, or poverty alleviation in the UK or Europe
  • Specific experience in the food security sector
  • Analytical skills, used to identify improvements in how we can work as an organisation, or when drawing together multiple sources of information during our due diligence process for new grants
  • Fluent in French or German to help us engage with people working for innocent drinks in France / Germany
  • Willing to travel overseas 2-3 weeks per year to visit and assess projects (COVID-19 dependent)


This is a role where you can make a real difference to hungry people around the world, more information at 

To apply

By midday on Thursday 11th March please email with;

  1. Your CV
  2. A summary of why you think you’d be great for this role
  3. Tell us about a time when a grant / partnership you managed went wrong. How did you get things back on track? (max 200 words)
  4. Describe one specific trend you’ve observed in how charities operate, which the innocent foundation should keep an eye on? (max 200 words)
  5. Your expectations 
    1. Salary expectation
    2. Length of your notice period 
    3. If you’re interested in a full-time or part-time position

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