Location: Berlin, Germany
Application deadline: Rolling
Earliest starting date: As soon as possible

Are you interested in using and developing your skills for a good cause in an exciting, international, mission-driven environment? Due to the continuous, strong growth of our organisation we are seeking a highly motivated candidate to join CDP Europe. To succeed in this role you must be detailed-orientated but also able to see the big picture, relish responsibility, be able to cope with challenges and communicate well.

About the role

As Grants Compliance and Development Manager, you will provide end to end support for both securing and managing government and grant income. You will play a key role in preparing strategic funding bids, developing strong funder relationships and supporting the management and reporting on projects, including working with the finance team to ensure financial requirements are met. Working closely with CDP colleagues from a range of teams, your experience of grant management and compliance will shine as you assist in understanding, communicating and meeting funder requirements.

About CDP

CDP is an international non-profit that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Over the past 20 years, we have created a system that has resulted in unparalleled engagement on environmental issues worldwide. In 2020, over 10,000 companies, cities, states and regions disclosed through CDP. Working with Europe’s largest assets manager Amundi, last year we launched CDP temperature ratings providing investors with a temperature pathway for over 2,850 global companies based on company emissions reductions targets. Whilst your friends may not have heard of us, CDP’s brand is globally recognised in board rooms of the world’s most influential financial institutions. With the US government re-joining the Paris Agreement and COP 26 due to be held in Glasgow this year, it is an exciting time to join a fast paced, impact driven organisation. Please visit www.cdp.net or follow us @CDP to find out more.

Main duties and responsibilities

Grants compliance

  • Lead grant and contract administration for European government grants;
  • Work with CDP’s finance and legal teams to manage grant and contractual financial processes and minimise the risk of ineligible costs;
  • Ensure timely communication with donors to resolve problems and address grant management information requests;
  • Support programme teams to develop high quality narrative and financial reports that are aligned with grant agreement requirements, facilitating financial information between project stakeholders and revising project related documentation as needed;
  • Coordinate with the Grants Compliance Manager - Finance to deliver the financial aspects of grants compliance, including budgeting, financial reporting, timesheet monitoring, coordinating resourcing across grants, with specific attention to co-funding requirements and implications for staffing.
  • Support grant management, when required, by helping in the early implementation phase of projects.


  • Progress government and European foundation funding opportunities, working to the Senior Development Manager and the Global Development Team to prepare proposals as needed and maximise potential from European donors;
  • Research, develop and write high quality funding proposals including narrative, budgets and log-frames, engaging internal stakeholders, and submit them to donors;
  • Develop an excellent knowledge of CDP’s work, liaise with colleagues to prepare and present high-quality information such as tailored presentations and proposals for the donor;
  • Develop, coordinate and participate in development activities, such as workshops, planning sessions, events, meetings and other tasks as required;
  • Support the ongoing establishment of the Development function within CDP Europe, including developing and embedding processes to improve ways of working;
  • Assisting with ad-hoc tasks as required.

The successful candidate should have

Critical requirements:

  • Min. 3 years’ experience in grants management and compliance in a relevant field;
  • Experience of setting up and managing donor compliance monitoring systems, developing and implementing relevant tools;
  • Ability to supervise partner organisations and oversee compliance for project agreement & donors’ (especially European institutions) rules and regulations;
  • Ability to provide clear guidance on donor policies and procedures to other staff;
  • Demonstrable skill in adapting written and verbal communications for an institutional funding audience;
  • Multi-tasking, initiating, planning and performing multiple strands of work to a successful delivery against deadlines;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to apply persistent diplomacy;
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 (in particular Excel);
  • Excellent English skills (verbal and written), other European languages are an advantage.

Desirable competencies:

  • Excellent financial skills in relation to budgeting and financial reporting;
  • Experience with development or other fundraising capabilities;
  • Experience of working in a multi-national global team and distance support alongside working with people for a good purpose is a strong advantage.

What we offer

  • An initial 12-month contract based at CDP’s Berlin office with a possibility to extend subject to resources;
  • Competitive NGO salary and annual bonus (depending on organisation’s results);
  • Working with many dedicated and passionate people for a good cause;
  • 30 days annual holidays;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Flexible working locations (office or home);
  • Company pension with Allianz;
  • Monthly contribution to public transport ticket (BVG Monatskarte);
  • Modern office at WeWork (Sony Center) with free networking events, and hot and cold beverages.

The successful candidate will work five days per week in our Berlin office and must be able to work legally in Germany. This full-time role is based at our office in Berlin, Germany, will report to the Senior Development Manager and will work closely with colleagues across CDP and external stakeholders.


Interested candidates should submit their complete application documents (motivation letter, CV and references/certificates if available) in English, as a single PDF file and via email to recruitment.cdpeuropeg@cdp.net with “Grants Compliance and Development Manager” – First name Last name” in the subject line. In your motivation letter please include your earliest starting date and salary expectations.

Before you apply

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Please note that we only provide feedback to shortlisted candidates due to the sheer volume of applications. If you do not hear from us within 21 days, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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