Grant Acquisition Officer, WV Burundi

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


Assist, IPSD develop and implement strategy for resource diversification and growth in World Vision Burundi (WVB) and; enhance the capacity of WVB to acquire and efficiently execute bilateral, multilateral grants.

This will be achieved by:

  • building relationships with key donors represented/ with interest in Burundi;

  • generating innovative solicited and unsolicited grant proposals;

  • and supporting startup to ensure a smooth transition from grant acquisition.

In order to successfully do so, the GAM Officer must be able to effectively communicate World Vision’s Christian ethos and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that serves as an example to others.


Assist in the review and update of grant acquisition in alignment to National Office (NO) guidance:

  • Updated donor mapping for WVB.

  • A guidance for resource diversification in line with WVB’s national office strategy.

  • Review and strengthen Gift In Kind (GIK) integration guidance.

  • Regular updates to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) on grant pipeline progress. Work with the SLT to agree on key priorities for future grant programs/projects.

  • Guidance to strengthen engagement with public sector.

Build strong relationships with donors and support offices:

  • Increased support offices interest and investment in Burundi.

  • Close collaboration with all key donors with presence/interest in Burundi (including bilateral, multilateral, embassies, etc.)

  • Up-to-date with funding priorities and call for proposal procedures of all major donors.

  • Regular dialogue with Global Centre (GC) and Support Offices (SO) and donors to build relationships, trust and strategically position WV Burundi as a priority partner for funding opportunities.

  • Strong networks with appropriate INGOs and local NGOs in a manner that increases WV’s influence and partnerships.

  • Initiate match discussions with SOs.

  • Facilitation of grant agreement negotiations and signing by SLT and local partners.

  • Coordination and reporting of all National Office Donor Engagements.

Develop Quality Proposals:

  • Review and research possible proposals and recommend whether WVB should pursue these opportunities.

  • Review donor proposals requirements.

  • Ensure WV Burundi minimum project design standards and documentation standards are met.

  • Meet with donors to clarify proposal requirements.

  • Lead the process of developing all grant proposals/including guidelines for PNS grants and coordinating proposal development processes for large grants.

  • Review grant funding opportunities and lead go-no-go decision making processes with proposal development team and SLT.

  • Foster integration of new grant opportunities with sponsorship/GIK funded projects (where possible).

  • Ensure all proposals submitted to donors exceed established WVI and donor standards (success will be measured by the % of proposals funded and $-value of new revenue raised).

  • Monitor, identify, review and pursue steady stream of grant funding opportunities.

  • Lead and coordinate cross-functional project teams to develop strong grant project designs.

  • Coordinate Design Workshops.

  • Implement WVB’s proposal development business plan.

  • Facilitate regular learning and reflection sessions and implement the lessons learned.

Foster efficient execution and accountability for all grants:

  • Map-out and ensure SLT and all key WVB staff understand donor requirements and standards for all important grants acquired.

  • Participate in grant startup workshops to ensure a smooth transition from acquisition to implementation.

  • Progressively monitor compliance issues related to grants (including tracking quality of implementation, reporting, learning processes).

  • Conduct regular field visits to generate evidence that supports learning, innovation, accountability and advocacy.

  • Build staff capacity in grant acquisition.

  • Work with communications, DME and other staff to develop quality resources such as bulletin, newsletter and other materials for meaningful donor engagement.


  • Coordinate and participate in local and international capacity building events as needed.

  • Attend and participate in spiritual nurture events and other organizational events.

  • Attend to other organizational duties as required by and agreed with supervisor.


  • Educational level required: First degree sociology, development studies or social sciences ( Masters Preferred).

  • Experience: 8 years of experience in community development including 4 years NGO management.

  • Ability to maintain donor relations through timely and adequate communications.

  • Cross cultural experience, understanding and sensitivity.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated leadership, supervisory and project management skills in working collaboratively with other donors, host country institutions, and international organizations in support of a project of similar size and scope.

  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners.

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and oral and written communication skills in English.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Proven ability to manage technical assistance teams in food programming

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with international assistance program requirements, (EU, AUSAID, WFP, USAID).

  • Ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals.

  • Demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country.

  • Strong presentation skills.

  • Fluency in English.

  • Self-driven

  • Ability to work under stress.

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.

  • Passionate about the ministry.

  • Compatible with WV mission, ethos and core values.

  • Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Computer skills especially Microsoft word and MS excel, training in DM&E, Facilitation skills and community development.

  • Demonstrated experience in leadership, strategic management, results based management, staff capacity building, networking, fundraising, design, monitoring and evaluation.

  • Demonstrated experience in food programming with FPMG.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Office-based with frequent travel to the field.