Programme Development Funding Manager in Abuja, Nigeria

at VSO Nigeria

NGO/Community Services & Dev
Minimum Qualification
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

  • 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.

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

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 place

Working together: Strength:

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

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.

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

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.

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
  • 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
  • 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

Qualifications required

  • Educated to degree level in an International Development-related discipline preferred
  • IT skills including fluency in Microsoft office suite and database usage
  • Experience of living and working internationally (4+ years required)


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