PURPOSE OF POSITION:
This is a full-time position based in Herat, Afghanistan. The position is a core function within the Programmes Team with the following core tasks:
Proactively identify funding opportunities, and write high quality concept notes and proposals and connect with in-country donor representatives,
Coordinate concept and proposal development teams in collaboration with the Programme Manager ensuring call guidelines are followed, maintaining close coordination with World Vision Support Office (SO) contacts, and maintaining regular contact with World Vision MEER Regional Office Resource Development Unit (RDU).
Provide grant acquisition and proposal development expertise in a manner that ensures proposals have a quality advantage in a highly competitive market, while also maintaining alignment with WVA’s National Strategy and WVI’s Child Well-Being Outcomes.
Provide tasked programming support to project managers for portfolio projects.
Ensure the adoption, implementation and strategic reporting of Child Well-Being Outcomes, Targets, and Indicators are reflected in grant designs as far as possible.
Assist and support National Programme Officers, Zonal Managers, Project Managers and technical specialists so that they understand, implement & report on WVI partnership and donor mandated requirements.
Grant Acquisition & Proposal Development:
In coordination with the Programme Manager and other team members, proactively identify and respond to grant opportunities that are in line with WVA strategic objectives and the Child Well-being Outcomes and Targets.
Develop and submit high quality concepts and proposals to donors in coordination with the Programme Manager, technical specialists and other team members.
Work closely with the respective WVA Technical Specialists throughout the grant acquisition process, ensuring all concepts and proposal sections are completed on time and are of the highest quality.
Work closely with the WVA Grants Finance Team throughout the grant acquisition process, ensuring all proposal and grant finance sections are completed on time and are of the highest quality.
Work closely with WVA Programme Manager and WVA M&E Coordinator to ensure all proposal designs have M&E frameworks that will result in the collection and reporting of evidence based information.
Work closely with the WVA Programme Manager, Technical experts, Grant Finance and Zonal Managers to establish and maintain partnerships with local and international NGOs e.g. facilitate work with partners as per WVI minimum standards (Due diligence, reporting, grant compliance etc.)
Ensure project proposals address community needs / include community participation, and are in alignment with WVA strategic objectives and the WVI Child Well-being Outcomes and Targets.
Ensure log frames, budgets and other project proposal documentation are in accordance with WVI and Donor formats and standards and submit them to the Programmes Manager, Grant Finance Team Leader and Technical Specialists for review prior to submission.
In collaboration with the Programme Manager, ensure grant opportunities, grant projections, grant pipeline and project tracking tools are maintained.
In support of the Programme Manager, assist with WVA GAM capacity development.
Grant Management Compliance:
Support the WVA Programme Manager to ensure Programme Officers and Project Managers have a thorough understanding of new grant requirements/compliance issues.
For tasked portfolio projects, provide programming support to Zonal and Project Managers.
Assist in the organizing of and content delivery for new grant start-up workshops.
Assist the Programme Manager in coordinating the overall reporting of donor funded projects, ensuring that reporting requirements are met and reports are submitted to WV Support Offices and donors on time and in high quality written English.
Representation and Networking:
Under the guidance of the Programme Manager, represent WVA at appropriate Donor, Cluster, NGO meetings and workshops; joint-agency assessments and task force teams.
Ensure collaborative working relationships with World Vision Support Offices.
Identify and pursue opportunities for pre-positioning with donors and other funding source entities and alert the Operations and National Directors when there is significant advantage for their direct involvement.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (essential).
Post-graduate university degree (Master’s/Ph.D.) in international development or relevant field (desirable).
Experience in grant acquisition/grant writing/fund raising; project design and proposal development for international donor agencies.
Experience within cross cultural contexts.
Minimum three (3) years of programming experience in development and/or relief work (possible flexibility on programming experience).
Experience in integrated project design and monitoring and evaluation systems development.
Advanced written and spoken English language skills. (Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively in proposals and in external communications with donors).
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Advanced written and spoken English language skills. Expressing ideas clearly and effectively, both in spoken and written English is a must for this role.
Strong understanding of the grants cycle.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
Familiarity with major donor funding requirements such as - USAID, OFDA, EU, ECHO, DFID, GAC, DFAT, UNICEF, UNHCR, OCHA (CHF), FAO, WFP etc.
Knowledge of project design, proposal development, M&E systems design.
Understanding of integrated rural community development programming and processes.
Thorough knowledge of MS Office and Lotus Notes.
Strong capacity building and facilitation skills.
Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible world view, emotional maturity and physical stamina.
Self-starter who can work independently under pressure and who has ability to manage work tasks without direct supervision.
Strong ability to work with and relate to diverse personality types, to practice relational and ideological tolerance, and to contribute to a positive organizational culture.
Ability to maintain performance expectations and healthy social interactions in psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.
Willing to travel as required including field travel.
Able to live and work within a fragile context and restricted operating environment.
Commitment to World Vision Core Values and Mission Statement.
Experience working in a fragile context is preferable, but not essential.
Ability to translate experience, learn the context in Afghanistan and bring energy and enthusiasm to a challenging role and operating environment is essential.
Position is based in Herat, Afghanistan, with possible travel up to 25% of the time (Afghanistan and international).
International staff based in Herat often work closely together within an office work environment and in field sites, and also live together in an international team house. It is critical that staff have an approach to work that values team collaboration and proactive communication with team members as WVA has a “whole of team” approach to GAM. As individuals, each staff member must also be cognizant of the concept of ‘personal space’ for themselves and their colleagues within a communal living environment.