Africa Fundraiser and Programme Design Coordinator Employment Opportunity – Saferworld

Africa Fundraiser and Programme Design Coordinator Employment Opportunity – Saferworld

Job Title:        Africa Fundraiser and Programme Design Coordinator

Organisation: Saferworld

Reports to: Africa Funding and Programme Design Manager

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:

Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with local people affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security. We do this by supporting effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the actions of others. We have a strong thematic focus to our conflict prevention work prioritising: people’s security and access to justice services; gender norms that cause and perpetuate violent conflict; the impact of external conflict drivers including weapons flows; conflict-sensitive political, economic, development, and security engagement; and inclusive and accountable governance and peacebuilding processes.

Job Summary: The Africa Fundraiser and Programme Development Coordinator will work directly with the Head of Africa, Country Heads, programme staff, the funding team and the Head of Funding, to support in raising funds and managing grants for Saferworld’s work in Africa. Ideally the candidate will have experience of producing competitive tendering applications. This post will contribute to the implementation of Saferworld’s fundraising strategy. The post holder will:

  • Support the development of programme proposals in coordination with teams and in response to funding opportunities
  • Identify funding opportunities
  • Facilitate and coordinate the internal funding process, including supporting with writing applications and tenders, producing budgets and supporting producing logframes
  • Work closely with their programme colleagues, support in engaging with funders
  • Provide support in managing donor relationships and grant requirements
  • Support programme colleagues in the production of country-specific fundraising strategies

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  


  • On-going engagement with programme teams to identify funding needs and future programme plans in response to funding opportunities.
  • Support the programme teams in funding programme work, including developing programme design and content, supporting the development of MEL frameworks, and producing budgets.
  • Work closely with programme teams and other colleagues across the organisation, including the Finance Team, to coordinate high quality funding proposals, ensuring that donor requirements and guidelines are understood and met.
  • Research the priorities of new and existing donors, and working with programme colleagues to cultivate relationships with donors, and keep up-to-date with funding trends and opportunities from institutions, governments, trusts and foundations.
  • Keep programme teams informed about funding opportunities and donor engagement.
  • Maintain an accurate database of current and prospective donors, funding applications and their outcomes.
  • Render support in the development of country-specific funding strategies.

Grant Management:

  • Manage the reporting process on a portfolio of grants relating to regional programmes.
  • Manage donor relations for existing and new grants, including negotiating grant contracts as required and ensuring contractual compliance –this involves ensuring relevant teams know about their roles and responsibilities as well as deadlines.
  • Support programme teams and work with the Finance Team to prepare timely and accurate narrative and financial reports in line with contractual requirements.
  • Ensure the funding database is kept up to date and all records of contracts and reports are accessible.
  • Chase income payments and coordinate effective coding of restricted income.
  • Support the effective monitoring and evaluation of grants.
  • Actively contribute to the organisational process for effective monitoring and evaluation, working closely with ODU and in alignment with our organisational methodologies.
  • Develop the skills and understanding of programme staff as required on fundraising and grant management skills.
  • Work closely with the Country teams and the Communications team to raise the awareness of our work among key donors (and ensure fundraising information is kept up to date on the website).
  • Participate in regional team meetings (held by Skype) at which the Coordinator will provide a funding pipeline update.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the Saferworld Africa Fundraiser and Programme Design Coordinator job placement should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in the third sector
  • Prior experience in developing programmes with country teams/partners in response to funding opportunities, writing/coordinating statutory proposals, such as EU or DfID, keeping track and identifying funding opportunities, and managing grants to ensure contract compliance. Excellent track record of developing successful funding proposals, including applications to institutional donors, for six-figure amounts
  • Broad knowledge of international funding trends and Saferworld’s key donor priorities and strategies
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to plan and work within agreed timeframes
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure
  • Ability to understand and generate budgets
  • Previous experience of grant management, including producing reports
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with staff based in different countries and time zones
  • Thematic knowledge of security and justice, governance, gender or conflict transformation
  • Prior experience of competitive tendering is desired
  • Programme Design experience is an added advantage

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a complete application form, download here and send to with the subject line as AFPD.

Deadline: 13th June 2017

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