Business Development Officer
Position: Business Development Officer
Report to: Senior Business Development Officer
Location: National Office
Purpose of the position:
The Business Development Officer position will lead in the development of grant proposals to support World Vision Uganda’s programming. This position will work within the Grant Acquisition and Development (GAM) Division alongside sectoral specialists and Integrated Programme staff in the design and development of grant applications. The position will actively develop strategic relationships with support offices, donors, NGOs and the UN for coordination and fund-raising purpose to support World Vision Uganda’s programming. The Business Development Officer will serve as a main link between World Vision Uganda (WVU), support offices and major donors:
In collaboration with Project Managers, Technical Specialist and field staff, undertake proposal design and support in implementation and monitoring of projects to meet the sector goals as outlined in WVU’s National Office Strategy;
Actively seek out strategic alliances with donors, NGOs, UN, governments, support offices, bilateral and multilateral agencies for purposes of coordination, increasing collaboration, pre-positioning and securing grant funding;
In collaboration with Project Managers and Finance team, ensure accurate, accountable reporting of donor resources.
Support the Grant Acquisition and Development (GAM) Division in the acquisition of new grants and maintenance of current portfolio to increase grant funding aligned to World Vision Uganda strategy;
Identify new grant opportunities by building relationships with a variety of donors, researching donor websites, monitoring newspapers and collaborating with World Vision Support Offices globally;
Lead proposal development in selected areas of World Vision Uganda’s work during the design of new projects and redesign of existing ones;
Work with World Vision Uganda technical specialists and Support Offices to develop high quality, innovative and winning proposals;
Act as overall coordinator between Support Offices, partners, Quality Assurance and Integrated Programmes during the design process until project start up;
Review and develop high quality, successful proposal concepts and lead in developing full proposals;
Initiate new proposals based on relevant calls for proposals;
Coordinate internal meetings and support relevant World Vision Uganda staff to assess grant opportunities and collect inputs needed to develop highly competitive proposals;
Update grant opportunity tracker and ensure GAM responds in a timely manner for on-time submission of grant proposals.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with principal donors and gather intelligence on new opportunities and trends that align to WVU strategic priorities;
Secure key donor meetings and articulate how World Vision Uganda’s work matches donor priorities;
Support the Division in identifying strategic partners to strengthen World Vision Uganda’s position in competing for new awards;
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 and support WVU staff to build relations with donors;
Ensure that partner relations are maintained and improved;
Provide timely, detailed and quality program reports to Support Offices and donors on grant funded programs;
Represent WVU in various donor and coordination forums at the National level and provide programmatic information as required and maintain good relationships with donors including UN agencies, bilateral, multilaterals, governments and World Vision Support Offices.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
University degree in business development, NGO management, journalism or related field; Master’s Degree preferred;
3-5 years of proven work experience securing major grants, preferably in a similar position;
Experience in project design and writing highly competitive proposals;
A clear understanding of major donors’ perspectives, requirements and standards;
Knowledge of key development areas such as livelihoods, child protection, health, social accountability, income generation, etc.
Proven track record of securing grants from major donors including USAID, UN agencies, European Union, DFID, the World Bank and the private sector.
Demonstrated writing skills: the ability to develop quality concept notes, proposals, logical frameworks and reports under tight deadlines.
Experience working with both bilateral and multilateral donors.
Networking/external engagement skills: proven experience in networking with donors and partners to bring about funding opportunities.
A strategic thinker; the ability to develop proposals which meet strategic objectives of donors, the organization, and government.
Innovative and the ability to think outside of the box.
Team player; the ability to work as part of a diverse team to achieve the overall goal.
Excellent organizational, time management and interpersonal skills.
Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities.
The position is open to Only Ugandan Nationals; qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.