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Senior Business Development Officer

International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.

Position: Senior Business Development Officer

Report to: Grant Acquisition & Management (GAM) Director

Location: Kampala – National Office

Purpose of the position:

To work within the Grants Acquisition and Management (GAM) team in the positioning for and design of grant proposals.

Key Outputs/Responsibilities.

Proposal Development

The primary function of this role is to efficiently and effectively lead the development of grant proposals, ensuring that they are submitted on time, within WV and donor guidelines and are of high quality. Specific elements of this function include:

  • Work with WVU Technical Programmes Unit and WVU Integrated Programmes staff, Support Office and Global Centre colleagues as well as other contributors (including from partner organizations) to ensure high quality project design.

  • Be the lead writer on grant proposals.

  • Working closely with Finance and programmes staff to develop budgets.

  • Working closely with colleagues in M&E, security, procurement, HR and other departments to ensure all components of the proposal are well designed and articulated.

  • Leading liaising with donor, as appropriate, throughout the application process.

  • Note: given the seniority of this role within the GAM department, the jobholder will be allocated the proposals that are of higher-than-average complexity, budget and strategic importance.

Donor Relations

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with principal donors and gather intelligence on new opportunities and trends that align to WVU strategic priorities.

  • Actively market WVU to donors through visits, attendance at events and participation in working groups.

  • Maintain up-to-date mapping on donor contacts, trends and opportunities.

  • Support WVU staff to build relationships with donors

Partnership Development

  • Identify public and private (for profit/not for profit) partners that map against WVU’s strategy and establish relationships for prepositioning.

  • Work with Partnerships Unit to forge formal agreements with new partners.

  • Liaise with other organizations and WV National Offices to collaborate in standards setting, materials development, and learning activities together with respective technical specialists.

  • Document lessons learnt and promising practices

Capacity Building

  • Support the ongoing development of WVU staff in the acquisition of new grants through training, mentoring and other relevant initiatives

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  • University degree in management, development, or related field; MA, Msc or MBA preferred

  • At least 5 years field-based experience in international development in East African region and demonstrated knowledge of relevant sectorial and operational areas.

  • Demonstrated experience in programme development and fundraising.

  • Experience with proposal development including support and writing with various donors, particularly US Government, European Union, UN agencies, private foundations and corporations required.

  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local and international government officials, donor agencies, local civil society organizations, other international organizations, the media and the public.

Other Competencies/Attributes:

  • Proficiency in basic computer applications (MS Office)

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

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

  • Proven analytical/problem-solving abilities.

  • Cross-cultural experience, understanding and sensitivity.

  • Requires English fluency, both written and spoken.

  • Pro-active personality

  • Capacity to manage complex processes

  • Flexibility to be able to work overtime where required to meet deadlines

  • Flexibility to perform other duties as required.

  • Strong team player