Programme Funding Manager UK Charity Jobs – Sense International

Organisation: Sense
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Country
About US:
Sense International is a global charity founded in the UK that supports people with deaf blindness
and complex sensory impairments by working in partnership with local
organisations and governments to develop education, health and livelihoods
programmes and through awareness raising and campaigning. They currently support programs in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru, Romania and Uganda. 
Job Summary: The Programme
Funding Manager will build up Sense International’s in-country funding income
in Uganda through identifying funding opportunities, developing strategic
partnerships, making applications to locally available statutory donors and
foundations and managing the grants obtained. The jobholder will build up the
in-country funding income for Sense International Uganda (SI Uganda) primarily
through developing strategic funding partnerships with, and making in-country
applications to, statutory donors, foundations and global funds and through
supporting fundraising applications made in the UK. The incumbent will support
the management of all in-country funded grants, including managing the
relationships with all donors directly funding SI Uganda.
Key Duties and
Planning and Scoping:
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of the
    current funding and fundraising developments, trends and culture within
  • Take lead in the development of an SI
    Uganda in-country fundraising strategy (drawing on the SI East Africa
    in-country fundraising strategy) and review and update the strategy on an
    annual basis
  • Lead on the development of a 3 year
    fundraising plan to support the SI Uganda fundraising strategy and update
    the plan on a quarterly basis. This will identify key areas of opportunity
    for generating income and activity plans for maximising income from these
    opportunities and will include a resource plan and budget.
  • Continually conduct scoping of new funding
    opportunities from statutory funders and foundations and input new
    opportunities into a live funding sources database.
Delivering against income targets:
  • Deliver on targets for fundraising from
    statutory donors and foundations at country working within agreed
    expenditure budgets.
  • Seek, anticipate, plan and respond to
    funding opportunities from institutional donors and foundations.
  • Oversee and coordinate the development of
    concept notes, expressions of interest and proposals including written
    applications, project Logframes, budgets and supporting documents (in
    close collaboration with Country Teams, East Africa Senior Programme
    Manager and relevant UK based staff, ensuring that proposals are compliant
    with donor requirements and are highly competitive).
  • Strong focus on medium to large-scale
    funding opportunities (over £300k), including the identification and
    realization of consortium funding opportunities.
  • Ensure that the fundraising activities
    undertaken are effective and efficient and that their financial
    contribution is maximized, aiming to obtain full cost recovery in all
Grant Management and Reporting:
  • Build and manage relationships with grant
    account managers for all in-country funded grants under your remit.
  • Maintain an overview of the progress of
    all grants you have and donor management responsibility so that you are
    always in a position to manage donors’ expectations.
  • Coordinate the development and submission
    of funding reports to donors ensuring compliance with all reporting
    requirements and deadlines, with the most accurate information. This
    includes both narrative and financial reports.
  • Check financial reports prepared by the
    Finance and Admin Officer before submitting to the donor.
  • Keep track of donor portfolios (e.g.
    management systems for communications, reporting etc.)
Raising Sense International’s profile and build funding partnerships:
  • Ensure that Sense International’s
    programmes in the Country have a high profile among donor communities and
    development networks.
  • Develop relationships with potential
    consortia, corporate and major donor partners, in support of
    joint-programming opportunities at the national, regional and
    international levels.
  • Establish, maintain and develop
    relationships with key personnel within existing donor organisations.
  • Research, collect donor intelligence and
    develop relationships with prospective funders with the view of achieving
    fruitful long-term relationships.
  • Assist the Country Representative with
    developing relationships with High-Net-Worth individuals.
Networking internally and externally:
  • Have monthly calls with the Programme
    Funding Manager in the UK for mentoring and to ensure coordination of all
    fundraising efforts.
  • Ensure that an accurate and timely
    overview of SI Uganda’s fundraising efforts and achievement is shared with
    the Sense International UK office, Kenya office and Tanzania office
    through regular (quarterly) reporting and analysis of fundraising activity
    and results including income and expenditure updates and forecasts.
  • Update the Fundraising Against Targets
    (FATs) spreadsheet on a monthly basis and share with the SI UK team.
  • Work with the Sense International UK based
    fundraising department to strengthen and sustain partnerships with
    restricted income donors that are based outside of Uganda but which have an
    interest in directly supporting SI Uganda’s work
  • Facilitate sharing of information among
    country teams to ensure maximum appropriate involvement around specific
    donor opportunities and proposal development processes.
  • Plan and prepare annual budgets in conjunction
    with the country teams, East Africa Senior Programme Manager and SI UK
    team, monitor performance and take remedial action where necessary
    ensuring the achievement of net income targets.
  • Support fundraising activities in the UK
    by liaising with local donor offices and contributing to the writing of
    drafts for statutory fundraising applications.
  • Contribute to the development of a
    comprehensive portfolio of project information, for SI Uganda, in
    consultation with the relevant colleagues which can be used to develop
    funding proposals.
  • Build confidence and excitement in SI
    Uganda’s work and vision both internally and externally.
  • To be self-administrating.
  • Any other tasks relevant to the duties of
    the post, including support to colleagues in the team
  • To ensure fundraising activities comply
    with current law, Sense International’s ethical policy and Sense
    International’s In-country Fundraising Protocol.
  • To undertake such other tasks as may be
    required by and agreed with the Country Representative – Uganda.
  • Some travel within Uganda and East Africa
    as required.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Income against targets
  • Year on year growth in income.
  • Year on year growth in the percentage of
    overheads covered by in-country income.
Diversification of donor base: The number of institutional
donors, corporate, trusts and foundations (directly or via NGO partners)
supporting Sense International’s work in the region increases.
Grant Management:
  • Level of compliance with grant terms and
  • Level of adherence to donor reporting
    schedules with high-quality reports.
  • Level of adherence to internal reporting
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The candidate should have experience in
    leading proposal development and securing major funding from statutory
    donors such as EU, USAID, DFID, UN or other institutional funders,
    including developing multi-country, regional and/or consortia programmes
    as well as managing grants and ensuring compliance to grant terms and
  • Programme management experience including
    leading on complex budget reallocations
  • Demonstrated ability to develop
    multi-year fundraising strategies incorporating and prioritising multiple
    types of fundraising
  • The successful candidate must have
    experience of institutional fundraising and grant management within East
    Africa and must possess excellent interpersonal and proposal writing
  • Proven ability to network and develop
    opportunities for long term funding partnerships
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including
    written, verbal and presentation skills used in international settings
    (with appropriate technological support as required)
  • Extensive knowledge of how statutory
    funding operates in Uganda
  • Proven ability to develop project
    Logframes and complex multi-year/multi-country project budgets
  • Experience of financial planning and
    control, setting and exceeding targets with a proven ability to undertake
    systematic forecasting.
  • Ability to research new funding
    opportunities and making appropriate bid/no-bid decisions
  • Previous experience of preparing
    compelling, high quality proposals tailored to different audiences
    (statutory, major donors, corporate, foundations)
  • Understanding of the key elements of
    collating and recording a national portfolio of project information in an
    efficient and accessible format
  • Educated to degree level
  • An understanding of the current issues in
    the disability sector
  • Sensitivity to, and willingness to
    develop an understanding of, deafblind issues
  • Experience of working with colleagues
    from different cultures and with teams based overseas
  • Computer literacy with a good knowledge
    of MS Word and MS Excel
  • Strong administrative and organizational
  • Close attention to detail at all times,
    including when under pressure.
  • Applicants must already have the right to
    live and work in Uganda.
How to Apply:
All qualified candidates should send their updated CVs and cover letters
to Only applicants who already have the right to live
and work in Uganda, and applications that include the following information in
the cover letter, will be considered:
  • A list of your experience in institutional
    fundraising and grant management within East Africa; detailing the source
    and size of the grants obtained/managed.
  • A statement explaining how your experience
    matches each aspect of the job description.
  • Your current gross salary and benefits
  • The notice period in your current job (if
Deadline: 23rd July
2017 by 5:00pm
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