VSO International Job for a Programme Development & Funding Manager

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development
organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in
developing countries. Our highimpact approach brings people together
to
share skills, build capabilities, promote international
understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer
place.

VSO is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Programme Development & Funding Manager (PDFM)
Location
: Abuja
Responsible to: Country Director
Purpose of Role

  • To lead donor engagement and proposal development in line with
    VSO Nigeria strategy, including the development of partnerships and
    consortium, writing narrative proposals and developing project budgets.

Responsibilities
Funding Strategy:

  • Ensuring funding strategy aligns to signature packages; work
    with country office and programme funding manager to ensure funding
    plans reflect programme strategy and appropriate national and regional
    donor mapping is up to date
  • Support Country Office to respond to funding opportunities from
    institutional donors, trusts & foundations, the corporate sector
    and major donors (directly and/or through coordinated support from
    global funding and programme teams);
  • Advise on, and support the development of, consortia with other
    I/NGOs to ensure VSO is well positioned for upcoming funding
    opportunities

Donor and Partner Engagement:

  • Support local engagement with partners and donors – advising the
    country team on appropriate and prioritized engagement strategies;
    participate in local INGO forums, thematic groups etc,
  • Gather donor intelligence from partner and donor meetings to feed into country and regional planning
  • Where necessary, provide presentation materials (e.g. signature
    packages, concept notes, briefings) for country office staff to use for
    donor / partner meetings

Programme Development:

  • Support the collation of evidence based Country Office programme
    design through the creation of programme strategy documents (including
    signature packages)
  • Ensure programme design is informed by and aligns with donor
    trends and national development priorities – identify additional
    relevant development interventions, including advocacy, and cross
    cutting themes as appropriate
  • Support the local contextualisation of VSO’s global flagship frameworks

Proposal development and proposal writing, Bid:

  • Evaluate bids against country / programme strategy to support their go / no go decisions
  • Write proposals and concept notes as required
  • Participate as member of bid team including as: proposal lead,
    reviewer, content provider; facilitate proposal development workshops as
    needed
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Contract Management and Grant Monitoring:

  • For secured contracts, facilitate grant start up; support
    programme team to design and implement appropriate monitoring &
    evaluation systems
  • Monitor spend rates and delivery toward agreed upon targets;
    write reports for donors, provide ongoing local donor / partner
    engagement during implementation,

Other Requirements:

  • Support capacity building and training of country office team
    and local partners on proposal development and help conduct trainings to
    continually build capacity and promote effective and efficient
    processes
  • Share learning, knowledge and tools with larger organisation to advance good practice and innovation

Key Performance Indicators
The country office meets or exceeds its income targets:

  • Amount of proposals submitted and the value of those applications
  • Success rate of applications

The country office’s donor base is deepened and diversified:

  • Donor engagement strategies development and pursued in country
  • Partnerships with consortia partners agreed (teaming agreements and MOUs signed)

CO capacity is developed through the process of articulating signature
packages and preparing funding proposals in a participatory manner with
emphasis on learning by doing:

  • Evaluation feedback from CO and wider VSO team is positive
  • Quality of documents and tools leads to replication and adaptation within VSO and beyond

Programmes are well designed and prepared in advance:

  • Signature packages are completed for country office
  • Flagship frameworks are locally contextualised
  • Information about CO fundraising priorities are shared with Donor Managers across VSO in market places & other forum

Competencies
Working together: Strength:

  • Successfully leads proposals teams and participates as a reliable and positive team-member in all working relationships

Managing People: Aware

  • Requests and follows up on appropriate support from others;
    raises concerns about uncooperative colleagues in an appropriate way.

Developing People: Adds Value:

  • Offers constructive advice to others and provides ongoing coaching throughout the proposal development process
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Leading for the Future: Adds Value:

  • Builds confidence and excitement in VSO’s work and vision, both internally and externally; suggests innovative projects.

Thinking Strategically: Adds value:

  • Advances strategic project

Delivering Results: Strength:

  • Adopts a goal-oriented, problem-solving team mentality and ensures timely, high quality results.

Communicating & influencing: Strength:

  • Inspires others by: advocating plans and ideas within and outside VSO;

Managing Knowledge: Strength:

  • Leads initiatives that improve knowledge management; develops others’ knowledge management skills

Striving for excellence: Strength:

  • Contributes ideas to improve processes, policies and approaches; is a role model for continuous learning and improvement.

Managing Resources: Adds Value:

  • Organizes own and others’ work to meet objectives; clarifies accountability of roles; seeks ways to generate and save money.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience Required
Skills/Experience Required:

  • Extensive experience in multi-sector programme design in several countries
  • Experience with participatory research, evaluation and consultations as used in workshop facilitation and situational analysis
  • Experience of preparing compelling, high quality documentation
    (concept notes, presentations, proposals, budgets, reports, etc) for
    different partner and donor audiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including written, verbal and
    presentation skills used in international settings -experience of
    leading and facilitating workshops and training
  • Ability to be self-directed and take initiative within
    organisational mandates – sound judgement and strong administrative and
    organisational skills
  • Experience of establishing partnerships between organisations including teaming agreement and consortia bid development
  • Proven track record in writing winning donor proposals for
    donors including USAID, EC, UKAID, SIDA and UN Agencies – including
    proven ability to develop log frames, monitoring frameworks, and
    theories of change

Qualifications Required:

  • Education at Bachelor’s level or equivalent in development studies, social sciences and or relevant feild;
  • IT skills including fluency in Microsoft office suite and database usage.

Interview/Assessment date(s)   29th, August, 2016.

Start Date  12th, September, 2016.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidate should:
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Application Deadline  24th August, 2016.

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