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Resource Development Manager, VisionFund Myanmar

Job Description

*This position is unaccompanied.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:

The Resource Development Manager in VisionFund Myanmar, reporting into the CEO, will provide leadership in developing and managing capacity for acquiring and managing grants. Leading a team of 2 or 3 staff, this role will develop and manage grant and also major donor funding opportunities that provide funding to VisionFund Myanmar, the microfinance institution (MFI) in Myanmar which is part of VisionFund International’s global network of MFIs. This is a key position at a key moment in the life of this growing MFI and in a positive donor funding environment.

The role will lead on grant acquisition, building a healthy grant pipeline and developing relationships with donors, World Vision Myanmar and potential external partners. A strong background in proposal development and writing winning grant proposals is required.

The role will manage the grant compliance function ensuring the grants are implemented according to donor rules and organizational policies and processes.

In addition to a primary focus on grant funding, the role will also support VisionFund International’s efforts on securing major donor fundraising through the preparation of high quality Major Donor offers and progress reports. The role will represent the fundraising function to the Senior Management team of VisionFund Myanmar and will oversee and build the capacity of a team who support grant and major donor fundraising within the MFI.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Lead on Acquisition of Grant Funding:

  • Manage all components of grant acquisition process -- review and profile opportunities, and ensure alignment with VFM funding priorities; vet with senior leadership and obtain approval.

  • Research and assess funding organizations and build and maintain a strategy for grant funding in Myanmar.

  • Develop opportunity pipeline aligned with VFM strategic funding priorities.

  • Set up and support proposal development teams; create project workplan and ensure proposals and supporting documents are prepared to technical specifications and submitted on time.

  • Provide technical support and capacity building on proposal development, monitoring, reporting, and grants management.

  • Work with VFI grants team to build key relationships with WV Support Offices grants teams.

  • Network with major Regional third party grantors to establish collaborative relationships, learn of opportunities, and enhance VFIMs ability to gain grant funding and enhance VFI's reputation in the marketplace.

  • Attend grant seminars, training, communities of practice and forums where grants staff and/or funders gather.

  • Maintain knowledge of microfinance industry and trends including focus of targeted grantors.

Lead on Grants Management:

  • Oversight of all VFM grant funded projects. Monitoring of progress and escalation of issues.

  • Ensure contract compliance on all grants.

  • Ensure that quality grant reports are provided to donors.

  • Monitor grant compliance and project implementation to ensure projects are delivered to specifications.

  • Ensure project impact reports are of high quality and submitted on time.

  • Ongoing internal reporting on grant funding to VFI.

Provide Leadership on Donor Funding for Senior Management Team of VF Myanmar:

  • Represent fundraising function on SMT of VisionFund Myanmar.

  • Ensure that VFM has built in processes, accountability, policies and standards to ensure Grant Compliance and donor promises are met.

  • Manage a team that supports public and private funding (2-3 local staff who focus on donor relations and visits, and officer-level grant acquisition and management.)

  • Ensure that fundraising efforts support the business plan.

  • As a leader on the SMT of VF Myanmar, participate in and lead devotions, and support professional and spiritual development opportunities for staff.

Co-ordinate Major Donor Funding:

  • Liaise with VFI Fundraising team on requirements for private donor offers.

  • Contribute to compelling major donor proposals to match grant projects.

  • Facilitate co-ordination of major donor visits.

  • Ensure that VFM provides quality reports to donors.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • A minimum of a bachelors university degree in international development, economics, or related technical field.

  • 5-8 years of experience in the grant making field, or fundraising or corporate management setting including dealing with senior management.

  • The jobholder will need to be creative and helpful at problem solving and able to work well with granting agencies, World Vision Support Offices, and technical specialists.

  • Excellent research skills and experience in developing funding opportunities.

  • Must be cross-culturally sensitive as will work with colleagues from every area of the world and manage a team in VF Myanmar, and work as part of the Senior Management Team of VF Myanmar.

  • The successful candidate will need to demonstrate commitment to World Vision and VisionFund values, vision & mission and be able to express it in a compelling way to potential and existing donors.

  • Must have demonstrated good judgment and diplomacy, particularly in different cultures. As a member of the leadership of VF Myanmar, the jobholder will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to Christian unity, diversity and holistic ministry and promote understanding and cooperation among people of all faiths and none.

  • This role requires 5-8 years of experience in applying for and managing institutional funding (preferably with experience in microfinance, international development, or financial institutions).

  • Proven ability to work in complex corporate structures and cultures and with complex financial systems.

  • An organized and influential approach with a proven ability to ensure procedures internally and with third parties are well documented, monitored and executed.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

  • The jobholder will need strong grant-writing skills, including persuasive writing, and experience of creating complex documents.

  • High level of MS Office competency.

Preferred:

  • Excellent management, communication, and relationship-building skills; must lead through influence and establish effective working relationships within MFIs in the region, with external partners, agencies and leaders in the microenterprise development field.

  • International experience is an important asset, particularly in emerging/developing countries.

  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated at least 5 years of experience in successful project design, proposal writing, funding acquisition and donor relations.

  • Ability to create processes with greater efficiency in mind, eliminating bureaucracy wherever possible.

  • Ability to travel around Myanmar in the remote areas where VFM has branches.

  • Effective coach, with a commitment to staff capacity building and an ability to train others in the MFI on grant procedures formally and informally.

  • Must be able to simultaneously manage multiple priorities and projects; ability to navigate complex stakeholder relationships effectively.

  • Preferably experience of managing a unit or department.

  • In depth knowledge of programme design, monitoring and evaluation.

  • Preference for experience in microfinance or livelihoods and economic development sectors.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel nationally about 30% of the time locally, with occasional international travel in addition to represent VF Myanmar.