Grants Specialist 


Finance & Accounting 







June 2018 



Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter. 


The Grants Specialist provides highly specialized public awards administration and finance/accounting-related services to TNC’s Asia-Pacific Region, with a focus on public awards granted to Indonesia’s Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN).


The Grants Specialist is the primary point of contact and is directly responsible for the administration of all aspects of publicly funded awards, including review of proposals and preparation of budgets, set-up in central finance systems, preparation and submission of all invoices and financial reports to agencies, and maintenance of master award files. They work closely with award managers to ensure that the terms and conditions of agreements are met and properly documented and communicates directly with the agency contracting officers to clarify or negotiate financial and administrative requirements. The Grants Specialist is also directly responsible for the administrative aspects of grants out to grantee organizations, including assistance with due diligence activities, preparation and revision of agreements, review of invoices and financial report, and maintenance of grant files. They provide assistance to staff in their specialty area and respond to moderately complex employee/management questions and problems based on advanced knowledge of the subject area. 

Position location is flexible with strong preference given to Jakarta, Indonesia or an established Nature Conservancy office within TNC’s Asia Pacific Region. 


  • Administers public awards. 
  • Ensures programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, financial standards and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance. 
  • Reinforces consistency in the organization's policies and procedures and provides support related to relevant field. 


  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field and 3 years' related experience or equivalent combination. 
  • Experience with accounting/financial issues and analysis. 
  • Experience using accounting and financial reporting systems. 
  • Technical experience with spreadsheet programs, general ledger reports and financial management tools. 
  • Experience with GAAP and fund accounting principles, practices and regulations. 
  • Experience, coursework or other training with applicable U.S. Federal government Uniform Guidance, state and local regulations, multilateral organization and international government regulations, and standard contract clauses. 


  • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated.  
  • Ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data. Advanced expertise in Microsoft Excel. 
  • Strong problem-solving and organizational skills. 
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and the ability to multi-task. 
  • Non-profit accounting experience. 
  • May require technical expertise on complex accounting/financial issues. 
  • Requires fluency in Bahasa to support Indonesia’s operations


Builds Relationships 

Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.  

Collaboration & Teamwork 

Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective. 

Communicates Authentically 

Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.  



Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.  

Leverages Difference 

Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholder. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives. 



Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change. 



This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.