PURPOSE OF POSITION:
To support the National Offices in increasing and diversifying bilateral, multilateral, major foundations, private public partnerships, GIK non-food items, corporates and grants income, by providing over direction in line with Regional and National Offices strategies.
To build relationships, capacity and collaboration to effectively grow the portfolio, ensure effective pipeline and win rate to meet programming needs.
To facilitate and coordinate effective internal processes of the management of grants, compliance requirements and reporting to ensure increased refunding and established internal ratings.
Strategy and Leadership:
Provide effective support to NOs and geographic representation of donors.
Develop and lead the implementation of a resource development strategy for the region in alignment with NO needs, strategic initiatives and contribution to CWB targets.
Maintain an overview of regional grant funding and resource development opportunities and issues.
Represent the Region in both internal/external resource mobilization activities, such as donor meetings, WebEx, Skype calls, meetings etc.
Provide strategic leadership & Coordination to NOs to pursue non-traditional funding sources, identifying emerging or untapped high potential donors.
Participate in strategic regional donor meetings with foundations, bilateral and multilateral institutions etc.
Where appropriate coordinate analysis on emerging models for such as: PPP, , Impact Investing – Social (Development) Impact Bonds, Contracting/Tendering. Advise NOs on appropriate strategies with these models.
Support local Resource Acquisition and branding, in conjunction with Communications.
Pre-positioning & Donor Engagement:
Identify key relationships to strengthen national and regional positioning and elevate WV’s profile with peer agencies, government, foundations, multilateral, private sector and donors.
Work with NOs and SOs to develop a sustainable pipeline of grants.
Work with and through National Offices and in collaboration with SOs IPG colleagues, to maintain strong donor relationships at regional and country level.
Provide technical support to NOs during prepositioning meetings with bilateral, multilaterals, foundations, Public Private Partners, etc.
Monitor the donor competitive landscape, and circulate funding forecasts to NOs to enable them to organize prepositioning meetings with donors.
Provide support and guidance to NOs in development of capacity statements to be utilized during prepositioning meetings with donors.
Circulate funding forecasts to NOs and support them to identify and capture new grant funded opportunities.
Maintain an up-to-date record of the requirements of current potential regional donors and be proactive in the lookout for opportunities for regional donors etc.
Research, analyze, develop, and track relationships with new and current donors at regional level and share information with NOs.
In conjunction with Regional Communications department, develop key marketing material and external audience mapping to assist RO/NOs to preposition WV.
Coordinate the Dakar Hub and ensure WV entities based in Dakar coordinate all their external engagement activities with donors, regional bodies, academic institutions, corporates, NGOS and other stakeholders.
Grants Management & Compliance:
Provide guidance to regional and country programs to ensure consistency with strategy.
Monitoring of regional and NO grants portfolios targets and grant management/implementation.
Track, monitor and ensure successful grant and contract management and fulfillment, in accordance with donor requirements to increase refunding rates. Assist NOs in start-up workshops.
Produce systematic performance indicator reporting to inform management as to progress, roadblocks, and other relevant performance details.
Track and map key grant implementation ensuring burn rate is at acceptable levels.
Work with NOs to ensure quarterly reporting and that all GNOD indicators are in green.
Liaise with National Offices, Support Offices to ensure that grants implementation issues have been resolved including Grants audit issues.
Coordinate with Support Offices and National Offices to ensure on time submission of key grant document as per the agreement (semi & annual reports, mid-term and final evaluation reports, quarterly financial report etc.) and a successful close out of large scale grants.
Support NOs in making the Go/no go decision and integrating the process with the “Risk Assessment for Grant Approval Form.”
Work with other WAR Units to ensure support to NOs upon receiving large grants that they have the appropriate systems and absorption capacity.
Build relationships and credibility with donors at the regional level, using previous success and documented best practices in grant management.
Collaborations and Learning:
Enhance constructive collaboration with GC, WAR departments, Technical Units, SOs, Global capitals, NO’s, regional institutional donors and organizations at regional and country level, both on local and international based resource acquisition.
In collaboration with key Support Offices, promote Operations Research, continuous learning at regional level and NOs levels. Share learning, innovations and better practices across the region and GAM CoP.
Building relationships with NO grants departments and also build partnerships with external actors – (I)NGOs, institutional donors, other (sub) regional organizations’ Universities and corporates.
Ensure RAM is contributing to CWB reporting and breaking silos between sponsorship and grants.
Active engagement in GAM CoP.
Carry out additional responsibilities as assigned by the SDO Director.
Attend and participate in devotional meetings.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Educational level required: Master’s Degree in International Development, International Relations, Rural Development or any related field. Master’s Degree in Development, Social Science, Management or other field applicable to developing country context preferred.
Experienced networker with an ability to maintain a good up to date knowledge of the grant opportunities and trends in the humanitarian sector.
Proven experience in development work with a thorough understanding of sustainable development and sectoral interventions.
Experience in grant and private fund raising.
At least 5 years’ experience in Resources Acquisition and Management area.
Previous experience at IPG would be an advantage.
Excellent knowledge and experience of project management with government and multilateral agencies grant funded projects and experience of grant compliance procedures for major bilateral and multilateral donors.
Demonstrated track record in proposal development, funding acquisitions and grant management for major government donors preferred.
Working knowledge of the WV Partnership preferred and ability to interface sensitively with people from various departments in both field and support offices.
Excellent English and French written and spoken communication skills are essential.
Work environment: Office-based with frequent travel to National offices and support offices.
Travel: minimum of 35% International travel is required.