In collaboration with the Dakar -based OGB Regional Programme Funding Team (RPFT), and The Hague based ON External Funding (EFU) team, support the Oxfam in Nigeria Country Programme Teams (50% OGB & 50% ON) to manage new and established relationships with donors for development and advocacy & when relevant humanitarian work in Nigeria. To identify opportunities for fund-raising with institutional donors and private sector. Provide specialist information internally and externally to donors in order to meet the Oxfam affiliate funding strategy objectives for Nigeria. Provide the quality check in Nigeria for delivery of quality concept notes, full proposals and assist in editing when and where needed. Provide grant compliance guidelines to the relevant stakeholders in the country office on the various donor requirements Organise staff & partner meetings for program development purposes. Organise grant compliance workshop & monitoring information for program staff and partners. Support proposal writing efforts and manage their funds.
The post holder reports to the Oxfam In Nigeria Country Director in Nigeria directly and liaises with Oxfam GB regional funding Unit and Oxfam Novib’s funding Unit in the Hague.
A small program development budget will be available for travel, research, documentation, communication purposes.
DIMENSIONS: Manages new and existing program development and fund-raising processes
Facilitates and organises program development processes involving Oxfam staff and counterparts (both content & budget dimensions)
Good communication and facilitation skills for multi-actor processes
Collate information from a defined range of sources (external and internal) for colleagues.
Deals with people both externally and internally to influence adherence to Oxfam ways of working
Frequent internal and /external negotiations
Representation and acquisition
Mobilise specific technical and professional knowledge in program development, and provide this to colleagues on grant management ; significant training/capacity building of non-specialist staff in funding responsibilities.
· Responsible for supporting the development and/or implementation of a funding strategy for Oxfam GB’s programmes in Nigeria (50%) and for Oxfam Novib’s programme in Nigeria (50%)
· Responsible for developing good relationships with key potential donors in Nigeria & pro-actively identify funding potentials Nigeria, including advising & guiding Oxfam GB/ON colleagues on country funding plans and donor liaison
Conduct a quality check on all proposals & reports to back donors.
Supporting and delegating quality contract management, including donor reporting, in collaboration with the Oxfam colleagues.
Deliver training and support country offices with project cycle management and donor contract management according to capacity building plans in order to strengthen relationships with key donors, this in collaboration with OGB’s RPFT and ON’s EFU units.
Represent Oxfam (GB/ON) as required with donors
Understand and maintain Oxfam in Nigeria donor database & give advise on how to develop this for Oxfam
Coordinate and share information with OGB and ON HQ, including attending planning and training meetings and upholding standards.
University degree in relevant area or proven experience at this level.
At least 5 years of work experience in the field of development cooperation, pref. with NGO.
Three years experience of raising funds, preparing project proposals for DFID, EU and other institutional donors which are predominant in Nigeria, preferably for NGOs as well as experience with donors’ rules and regulations in order to ensure grant compliance
Significant capacity building and training experience
High level numeracy, budgeting, financial reporting and IT skills
Works effectively with others in a team situation to achieve fundraising targets
Organisational awareness – understanding how to get what information and who to keep informed
Excellent research skills – knowledge of how to find new sources of funding for advocacy work
Good communication skills – both written and verbal; experience of writing proposals and reports
Experience of capacity building non-funding staff in all aspects of funding and contract compliance & able to facilitate training sessions
Ability to represent Oxfam to donors and external institutions, good networking skills
Influencing skills and tenacity
Good administrative skills and ability to follow departmental procedures
Experience with project cycle management (planning, monitoring, reporting, evaluation, and learning)
Educated to degree level
Fluency in written and spoken English
Knowledge of NGO programming in development/campaigning and if possible emergencies
OTHER: Knowledge or experience of Oxfam’s and civil society programme work an advantage.
Regular travel within Nigeria is compulsary and to Head Offices OGB in UK and ON in The Hague may be required.