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Resources Acquisition and Management Director

Job Description

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The purpose of this position is to provide strategic leadership in growing WV Niger’s grants and other non- sponsorship funding pipeline as well as in designing WV Niger Resource Acquisition and Management (RAM) systems and ensuring they are implemented effectively so that grant projects meet WV and donor requirements.

The position is responsible for providing oversight to both major Grants/PNSF projects and the RAM unit and leading cross-functional teams in developing grant project designs and proposals. The position will also provide oversight and facilitating effective processes for management. The position shall be the RAM liaison point for donors, partners, government and support offices and is responsible for building relationships and facilitating strategic positioning with these external stakeholders and shall be based in Niamey, Niger

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Strategy and System Development:

  • Provide oversight of RAM unit to develop and implement strategy to grow WV Niger cash and in-kind resources in line with WV Niger 2016-2021 strategy.

  • Provide oversight to RAM unit to develop and ensure effective implementation of RAM systems, including business processes, risk management, go-no-go decision making, documentation, monitoring and tracking systems, etc.

  • Provide regular updates to senior leadership team on grant pipeline progress. Early identification and escalation of issues in grant performance to ensure risks are managed.

  • Contribute to WV Niger’s national and sector strategy development. Ensure grant projects align and contribute to country strategy outcomes and targets.

  • Coordinate with the RAM Finance Manager to ensure financial management systems and capacity are in place for effective reporting on grant project expenditure to donors and support offices.

  • Carry out roles and responsibilities according to WV mission, vision and core values.

  • Attend and participate in SLT meetings.

  • Attend and participate to devotional meetings.

Grow the WV Niger GAM pipeline:

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

  • Review grant funding opportunities and facilitate go-no-go decision making processes with SLT team and ND.

  • Facilitate cross-functional project teams to develop strong grant project designs.

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

  • Ensure WV Niger project design requirements are met for all proposed projects and quality design processes are followed using international best practice and programmatic processes (problem identification, logframe development, M&E planning etc).

  • Coordinate with RAM Finance Office to ensure accurate budgets are developed for each grant project meeting WVI LEAP budgeting standards.

  • Liaise with Operations to ensure quality reporting is delivered on time to donor and support offices on grant projects.

Stakeholder Relationship Management (Institutional Donors and GC Support Offices):

  • Network to broker new partnerships and build new relationships with grant donors and potential consortium partners in Niger.

  • Maintain regular dialogue and conduct regular meetings with GC and Support Offices and donors to build relationships, trust and strategically position WV Niger as a priority partner for funding opportunities.

  • Develop strategies and plans for effective stakeholder relationship management.

  • Work collaboratively with Support Offices to develop strong grant proposals and meet deadlines.

Grants and PNFS Management:

  • Provide leadership, support and coordination in the implementation of ongoing major grants and PNFS and other special projects to meet desired goals and objectives and identify opportunities for new projects/programs based on the country strategic plan.

  • Ensure integration of all programs/projects and grants such that a true holistic approach to transformational development is found in the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Ensure regular reviews of all Grants/PNFS budgets, project funding, expenditures and accomplishments of ministry objectives and ensure all grants and special projects remain within budget.

  • Ensure that recommendations from audit reports and audit findings (relating to Grants / PNFS ) are addressed and implementation plans and developed and implemented.

Staff Management:

  • Work with P&C to recruit and effectively manage Major grants/PNSF projects and RAM unit staff.

  • Conduct all required performance management processes, including managing professional development plans for all direct reports.

  • With support from respective RAM Managers assess WV Niger staff capacity with regard to RAM.

  • In coordination with P&C develop capacity building plan and deliver training and activities to build the necessary RAM skills of key staff.

  • Conduct monthly/regular staff meetings and one-to-one sessions to provide coaching and mentoring with all direct reports and other key RAM related staff.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Masters in fields related to international development.

  • 5-7 years experience in successful proposal writing and management of proposal development teams, program design, grant acquisition and grant management for international development NGOs.

  • 5 years experience in team management, track record of success in motivating teams and inspiring teamwork and of successfully training, mentoring and supervising grant staff.

  • Track record of success in networking, partner and donor relations.

  • Experience in project management with government and multilateral agencies grant funded projects and experience in grant compliance procedures for major bilateral (USAID, EU/ECHO) and multilateral donors.

  • Experienced in building teams to development of complex health (nutrition, TB, HIV, maternal child health), resilience, education, child rights & protection and/or Income generation and Livelihoods grant project proposals.

  • Experience in monitoring complex grant project budgets and financial reporting, strong financial awareness.

Preferred:

  • Budget and financial management training.

  • Grants Management Certified.

  • HEAT/Security Training.

  • Working knowledge of the World Vision Partnership preferred and ability to interface sensitively with people from various departments in both field and support offices.

  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently both in French and English.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel in Niger up to 40% of the time.

  • International travels of up to 10% may be required.

  • The successful candidate must hold a work permit for Niger.