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Senior Grants Acquisition and International Donor Engagement

National Office
International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.
2+ Years

World Vision Zimbabwe

Position : Senior Grants Acquisition and International Donor Engagement Officer

Purpose of the Position:

To identify key grant and other funding opportunities for WVZim through strategic engagement with international donors while ensuring that donor requirements are followed, starting with the positioning and proposal development stage. Grants and other funding acquisition will be done according to the WVZim Partnership wide, National Office and Revenue strategies, taking into account targets and other priorities that have been established. The position is critical to support the overall funding strategy for WVZim which seeks to further expand grant and other funding and further diversify its funding portfolio and mix.

Major Responsibilities:

Donor engagement

  1. Further develop relations with institutional, government and private sector donors, as well as WV Support Offices and do this according to the outlined WVZim’s strategy and program/sector priorities

  2. Identify new and potential funding sources and streams (international level) while ensuring appropriate interactions and communications with Support Offices (SOs), other WV entities and donor representatives / offices in country

  3. Maintain regular communications with existing and potential new institutional, government and private sector donors and further expand the Grants Acquisition & Management (GAM) and overall funding strategy for WVZim

  4. Assist the WVZim programs team in identifying opportunities to solicit funding from the donor community in country (such as USAID, DFID, AusAID,UN agencies, and EC)

  5. Represent the WVZim GAM team in national, regional or international meetings as appropriate

Proposal development

  1. Liaise with the WVZim Monitoring & Evaluation team and the knowledge unit in conducting monitoring and evaluation, research and documentation in support of the GAM unit’s focus on expanding grant and other funding

  2. Liaise with Area Development Program managers, HEA and other units in implementing and support departments, in designing program proposals, implementation frameworks that are in line with donor and WV Support Offices requirements

Technical support

  1. Provide technical support as appropriate with grant / other proposal development, grant compliance and report generation in line with donor requirements

  2. Provide technical support as relevant to field staff in developing timely and quality progress (narrative and financial) reports in line with grant requirements

  1. Contribute to the overall co-ordination and further integration of grant funded and Area Development Program and other interventions

Staff support

  1. Mentor and help build the capacity of field grant program staff in order to enhance the quality and timeliness of their work

  1. Conduct regular review sessions (90 days, 180 days and final evaluations) with relevant staff ( Programme Officer/s and Graduate interns) to monitor their progress and performance against the objectives established as part of the performance management process

  2. Conduct and participate in regular team meetings to set key work objectives and priorities for the programs / GAM teams.


  1. Support the conduct of donor/ SO field visits to assess and ensure that programs are managed in accordance with internal and donor requirements

  2. Establish and maintain networks and partnerships with like minded organisations;

Knowledge and Skills:

  1. Degree in International Relations, Social Sciences, Development or related field

  2. Master’s Degree preferred but not essential.

  3. 3 to 5 years’ experience engaging at the national and international level with government, UN and private sector donors, including leading programme design processes, negotiating contracts and representing recipient organization and program interests and priorities in meetings and other settings

  4. In-depth knowledge of project design and proposal writing, especially grant level

  5. Demonstrable Programme and Managerial skills

  6. Good understanding of the workings of major donors, such as USAID, UN, Global Affairs Canada, AusAid, DFID, ECHO, WFP and other UN agencies.

  7. Good understanding of World Vision / NGO, humanitarian and development standards

  8. Knowledge of WV’s field operations, either in the relief or development context an asset

  9. Ability to complete tasks in a timely and cost effective manner

  10. Ability to pursue thoroughness and appropriate attention to detail

  11. Excellent written, oral and relational skills

  12. Ability to identify gaps, trends, priorities and key issues

  13. Ability to travel to the field and international travel