Senior Business Development Officer (Grant Acquisition) NGO Careers – World Vision International

Job Title:  Senior Business Development
Officer (Grant Acquisition)

Organisation: World
Vision International

Reports to: 
Senior Resource Development Manager

Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda

About US:

World Vision Uganda
is a Christian Relief, Development and Advocacy Non-Government Organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty
and injustice. We currently work in over 41 districts in Uganda. World Vision
is committed to the protection of children and we will not employ people whose
background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is
conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks,
including criminal record checks where possible. “Our Vision for every child,
Life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every Heart, the will to make it so.”


Job Summary:  The Senior Business Development Officer (Grant
Acquisition) will work within the Resource Development Unit and alongside
technical leads on the development of quality project proposals. He/she will
lead program and proposal development and design for high-value, competitive,
complex funding opportunities, in line with World Vision Uganda’s strategy.
This includes pursuing grant and private funding opportunities for
multi-sectoral and multi-area relief, recovery and development programs. The
job holder will also support the creation and promotion of strategic alliances
with donors, multilateral agencies, and other NGOs for purposes of resources
mobilisation. As this is a senior role, the job holder is expected to work on
complex funding opportunities (including proposals in consortia) and to lead
overall coordination processes with World Vision support offices, donors and

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Acquisition and Proposal Writing

  • Research and review possible funding opportunities and prepare grant
    opportunity synopses.
  • Coordinate Go/No Go meetings to evaluate funding opportunities with
    key senior staff.
  • Play a lead role in coordinating with World Vision Uganda technical
    leads and support offices to develop high quality, innovative proposals.
  • Act as overall coordinator between support offices, partners,
    technical leads, the grant finance unit and other relevant departments
    (HR, security, M&E, procurement) during the design process until
    project start up.
  • Be the lead writer on grant proposals.
  • Work closely with finance and technical staff to develop budgets.
  • Review and improve concepts from field offices to proposal level.
  • Coordinate and lead proposal design workshops/meetings.
  • Coordinate proposal writing processes with external partners in

Grant Acquisition
Business Planning

  • Conduct ongoing monitoring and analysis of new grant opportunities
    by researching on donor websites, newspaper postings and through support
  • Maintain up-to-date mapping on donor contacts, trends and
  • Contribute to mapping of all funding sources with key stakeholders.
  • Identify public and private (for profit/not for profit) partners
    that map against World Vision Uganda’s strategy and establish
    relationships for prepositioning.
  • Support the program strategy and planning process with all functions
    to ensure alignment with the context, humanitarian needs and strategy as
    well as operational feasibility and technical quality.

External Engagement
& Partnership Development

  • Represent World Vision Uganda to local donor delegations and
    build/maintain relationships with other NGOs.
  • Liaise with partners and donor, as appropriate, throughout the grant
    application process.
  • Participate in external events such as donor meetings, working
    groups, etc. as required.
  • Work closely with the Partnerships Specialist to conduct due
    diligence and forge formal agreements with new partners.


  • Maintain proposal archives and databases.
  • Compile and analyse relevant information to inform proposal design
    and promote learning.
  • Map and compile program information for sharing as required with
    internal and external stakeholders.


  • Be flexible to undertake additional tasks, from time to time, in
    order to enhance the overall performance of the Programme Quality Division
    and World Vision Uganda in general.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant for the World Vision Senior Business Development
    Officer (Grant Acquisition) job placement should preferably hold a
    Master’s degree in Social Sciences, International Development,
    International Relations or related field.
  • At least five years of field-based experience in international
    development in East African region and demonstrated knowledge of relevant
    sectorial and operational areas.
  • Experience with proposal development including support and writing
    with various donors, particularly US Government, European Union, UN
    agencies, private foundations and corporations required.
  • Understanding of donor proposal requirements (EuropeAid/USAID/DFID,
    corporates, etc.).
  • Track record of success in grant fundraising, including donor
    relations and proposal writing. Note: given the seniority of this role
    within the unit the job holder will be allocated the proposals that are of
    higher-than-average complexity, budget and strategic importance.
  • Highly skilled in program design, including development of log
    frames, results frameworks, and budgeting.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including influencing,
    negotiation and coaching, as well as the ability to work well in an
    international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a
    diverse range of local and international government officials, donor
    agencies, local civil society organizations, other international
    organizations, the media and the public.
  • Self-starter who can work independently under pressure.
  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written).
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a rapidly changing and insecure
  • Advanced computer competence (Microsoft Office).
  • Proactive personality, self-driven and strongly motivated.
  • Capacity/potential in leadership, relationship
    management/networking, and coordination.
  • Good interpersonal skills, strong communication skills, both verbal
    and written.
  • Proven conceptual & analytical skills, ability to take an
    evidence-based approach to programme design.
  • Team player.

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online by visiting World Vision
International’s e-recruitment jobs portal at the web link below.


Please follow
instructions on How to Create Account and Profile at World Vision’s
e-recruitment portal.  Qualified female candidates are particularly
encouraged to apply.

Deadline: 19th July 2019

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