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Contracts and Grants Specialist
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Posted 6 months ago
Job Description

Contracts and Grants Specialist

The IIASA Grant Management (GM) team at IIASA is looking for a Contracts and Grants Specialist for the financial management, including costing, budgeting, reporting, compliance assurance and audit coordination of a diverse portfolio of research grants and awards from various national and international research funders.


  • Facilitate the preparation of proposals once a potential funding source has been identified by ensuring compliance with all application requirements in terms of budgets, substance, and compilation of all relevant legal and administrative materials.
  • Assist Principal Investigators (PIs) in the costing and budgeting aspects of research proposal submission.
  • Act as a contract/project management liaison for funding agencies/donors as well as internally for research programs and service departments within the organization.
  • Provide support to targeted initiatives to communicate financial information externally and internally.
  • Develop and maintain spreadsheets, databases, and various operational tools applicable to contract/project management.
  • Prepare financial statements and expenditure reports on contract/project funding for PIs, funding agencies and others as required.
  • Ensure that project accounts are managed in accordance with all applicable external funders and IIASA internal requirements (compliance).
  • Keep accurate notes and records of financial and other actions in contract files.
  • Coordinate and oversee compilation of relevant supporting documentation for financial reports, such as time sheets, meeting minutes, procurement documentation, progress reports etc.
  • Organize and facilitate independent project audits on funds as required, to ensure an auditable environment taking the increased demand for public accountability and an ever-growing regulatory environment into account.
  • Liaise with the colleagues responsible for the IIASA Management Information System (MIS) regarding the development of GM applications, and respectively, provide technical support to colleagues within the GM team.
  • Set up cooperation agreements and subcontracts as required by externally funded research projects.
  • In line with the team spirit that prevails at IIASA, the incumbent may occasionally work on other tasks assigned by their superiors, that might not be directly related to this appointment but where the post holder has relevant experience and skills, and/or a shortage of immediate personnel capabilities requires such.

our Requirements


  • A university degree (or equivalent) in public or business administration, finance, or other relevant field.
  • Project and grant management experience, including financial planning, forecasting, budgeting, costing, and reporting, and exposure to related legal and financial aspects in addition to an advanced understanding of EC (Horizon Europe, H2020 etc.,) and other public funding mechanisms (FWF, FFG) and financial auditing practices.
  • Experience working in an international, multi-cultural environment, preferably within a research setting is highly desirable.
  • Full fluency in English and German, with strong interpersonal and communication skills on all levels.
  • Strong IT skills (Databases, Microsoft Office etc.,) and the ability to apply technological tools relevant to the job (training on the institute’s Management Information System (MIS) will be given).
  • Proven, excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently to meet strict time deadlines and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments and achieving results while operating in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
  • Solution- and detail-oriented, even when carrying out routine administrative tasks.
  • Ability and willingness to take initiative and explore/learn new tools that facilitate grant and project management, and to keep abreast of developments in the profession.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in close cooperation with others and maintain professional and productive relationships with staff from diverse nationalities and backgrounds.
  • Flexible working attitude and willingness to take on other tasks to benefit the department/ institute.


appointment terms

Candidates should be available to take up the position as soon as possible in 2023 (start date negotiable). We offer an initial fixed-term, full-time employment contract for one year, with the intention to extend to an open ended contract thereafter. Eligible applicants wishing to work part-time hours may be considered.

Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, near Vienna in Austria (up to 100 days home office working within Austria possible).

we offer

A full-time (40 hours per week), gross annual salary of minimum EUR 45,328.00 which is exempt from income tax in Austria and subject only to deductions for health insurance and/or social security.

The advertised salary is:

  • Negotiable, based on the qualifications, skills and experience of the selected individual.
  • Not directly comparable with other employers in Austria, due to the unique legal status and privileges granted to IIASA.
  • Subject to the principle of income aggregation (Progressionsvorbehalt in German).

In addition

  • Educational subsidies for children of school age enrolled in private schools in Austria.
  • A generous annual leave entitlement.
  • Moving and settlement allowances and paid home leave for employees hired from outside of Austria.
  • Assistance for newcomers to Austria with visa, work and residency permit applications.
  • Support finding accommodation in Austria.

Further details here.


IIASA is committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion within its workforce. This is reflected in our Core Values. We encourage qualified candidates from all religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds to apply. In the case that candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to applicants from countries where IIASA has a Member Organization.

Further Information

For further information about this opportunity, please contact:

Ms. Monica Manchanda, Manager, Grant Management (GM).

For general information, please contact:


To apply for this opportunity, you will need to provide the following documents in English:

  • A cover letter outlining your motivation for and fit to the position
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae
Deadline for receipt of applications: 9 January 2023

This job is no longer available.