Grant Acquisition & Management Director, Uganda
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
To drive growth in grant income for World Vision Uganda by engaging with government and multilateral and private donors by supporting priority World Vision partners to strengthen donor relations, acquire grants and manage grant-funded projects successfully.
Develop and oversee effective and efficient implementation of Grants program development strategy in line with the National Office strategy.
Give strategic direction to the department, ensuring that it remains innovative in business development.
Lead the team too carefully/prioritise use of available time and resources to develop a sustainable portfolio of grant.
Ensure that grant acquisition supports achievement of strategic priorities.
Monitor National/Donor trends to maintain competitiveness.
Insure program portfolio is directed according to set management standards.
Develop standards, guidelines and approaches for quality business development and monitor compliance.
Ensure there is a coordinated strategic engagement that identifies and prioritizes on key external stakeholders and creates clear points of engagement locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Networking, External Coordination and Relationships:
Build and strengthen networks and partnerships with strategically identified stakeholders to improve learning, influence competitiveness and visibility to realize sustainable impact on Child Well-being Aspirations.
Strengthen and expend networking with government, donor, and NGO and UN bodies to coordinate WV’s work with theirs.
Maintain good communication with and represent WVU to Support Offices, key NGOs and Governmental Departments; Participate in joint agency assessments, task-force teams and workshops.
Establish, roll out and manage protocols for coordinating communication between ministry units and support offices, key international and national donors and other stakeholders.
Provides leadership in proposal development according to donor specifications and WVU strategic sector focus.
Lead the processes of resource mobilization to execute WVU Strategy.
Undertake and lead grants marketing strategies.
Provide leadership and management support in proposal writing, forming consortia and follow up with donors to ensure complete and smooth transition to management the program.
Ensure that the proposal development and related processes include standardized approaches for budget, procurement and personnel planning and monitoring.
Ensure that the resource acquisition management system effectively standardizes processes for identifying and establishing priority sectors and opportunities, assessing risk and managing project cycle.
Identify, market opportunities and monitor donor trends and for growing grant funding from governments and multilaterals in collaboration with the Regional Resources Acquisition and management Team Leader and the support offices.
Oversee and manage the grant submission and acquisition process at country, liaising with SOs and Regional office colleagues to ensure necessary programme, financial and technical inputs (co-financing, compliance, thematic expertise, etc).
Lead compilation and fine tuning of professional reports ensuring they are presented in a timely manner and meet donor / Support Office requirements.
Build relationships and credibility with donors, using programme evidence base and policy expertise focusing especially on government and other multilateral donors.
lead and guide the development of strategic funding relationships with key government and multilateral donors, liaising with colleagues in at the regional office and support offices.
Staff Capacity Building and Structure:
Analyze and adjust structure for cost, efficiency and effectiveness, determine ‘optimal’ grants portfolio package as well program cash flow.
Define roles and responsibilities within WVU by creating essential core competencies and providing support to foster continuous and effective engagement of the grant program.
Develop strategies to attract and maintain staff numbers aligned to Grant portfolio.
Provide leadership in facilitating a high performance management culture, open trustworthy staff relationships and integrity to enhance smooth staff relations and accountability.
Provide leadership in staff capacity building in grants acquisition, management and grant compliance as per national, partnership and donor initiatives.
Remain sensitive to the political implications of WV’s activities, advising of any indications that the neutral and humanitarian nature of the work is being compromised.
Ensures quality and timely preparation and submission of divisional strategic plan, annual operations plan, monthly reports and budgets.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
A minimum of a BSc. in Development Studies or some related field ( master is preferred).
At least 5 years of experience in leading complex grants and programs. Significant experience of government donor relations and fundraising.
Well informed on latest trends in grants sector.
Deeper understanding in how proposal development and monitoring systems can be used for marketing purposes.
People management skills. Strong interpersonal and networking skills to work cross organisationally and with different cultures.
Be a results orientated leader with the ability to handle a heavy work load, manage and satisfy multiple conflicting organizational, donor and other stakeholder demands.
Ability to provide spiritual leadership to the team.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Working knowledge of programs/projects cycle management.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all staff and other key partners.
Demonstrate leadership and team building ability.
Working knowledge of proposal writing and negotiation skills.
Good planning and organizational skills.
Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.
Attend and participate/lead in daily devotions and weekly Chapel services.
Perform other duties as required.
Office-based with frequent travel to the field.