Programme Development, Quality and Implementation: Lead and/or contribute to the development of new partnerships prioritised by the VSO country strategy. Identify potential project ideas in line with the country strategy and donor opportunities and be part of the proposal bid teams to develop relevant and high quality concept notes and/or proposals to increase revenue. Coordinate the design and delivery of appropriate monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and coordinate on the compliance of VSO's requirements.
Fund Raising Planning and Monitoring: Support the development and implementation of country funding plan (CFP) and modalities for tracking of emerging funding opportunities. Coordinate the quarterly monitoring and review of progress against Country Funding Plans (CFPS) with support of senior management team and suggest appropriate changes to the plans based on on-going efforts. Keep track of emerging funding opportunities.
Ongoing engagement with key institutional donors: Engage and take forward various entry points identified with DFID, USAID, CIDA, EC ECHO and other institutional donors and embassies in line with established CFP. This includes researching donor interests and funding patterns, attending forums and meetings for further networking and information sharing.
Corporate Partnerships: Engage with and develop relationships with private sector companies mapped and identified within CFPs with the view to building strategic partnerships and increasing revenue. Further research and map additional corporates that could partner with VSO and support engagement accordingly, in close coordination with the Corporate Partnerships Manager. Ensure follow up, in close collaboration with CD and RFM.
Grants management and Compliance: Work closely with programme and finance teams to ensure timely submission of quality narrative and financial reports as per the standards of the specific donors and in line with the contract.
Visibility & Branding: Lead on the efforts to raise the organization’s profile by coordinating the collection of human interest stories and visuals, production and dissemination of materials highlighting VSO's unique contribution towards a range of development issues in country.
Finance and Resource Management: Support and participate in annual budget preparation and Quarterly Business Review process.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:
Experience and knowledge of major development issues in Africa.
Analytical thinking, experience with programme/proposal development.
Practical experience of working on development issues at a project or community level in a developing country context.
Track record successfully raising substantive funds from institutional donors/ corporate and writing proposals and concept notes.
Excellent communication, networking, facilitation and interpersonal skills.
Experience in the financial management of budgets, including building a budget.
Donor/corporates engagement/management experience.
Able to travel frequently.
Ability to work in fast-paced and diverse work environments with a multi-cultural team.
Experience and knowledge of Nigeria and region.
Excellent understanding of project cycle management tools to ensure effective planning, resourcing, implementation and review of Programmes.
Practical experience gained within a volunteering/NGO context.