Business Development & Grants Coordinator Job Placement – Alight

Development & Grants Coordinator

Organization: Alight

Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Country

About US:

Alight exist to
inspire and unleash the abundance in every person. We’re becoming an
organization that sees possibility instead of scarcity, that provides services
truly worthy of human beings instead of just ‘good enough.’ From the people we
serve to the people who serve alongside us, our purpose is to unlock limitless
potential, together. That’s when abundance happens.

Job Summary:  The Business Development & Grants
Coordinator will package a customer-centered, well thought-out, and quality
product every time– whether it is a new proposal, donor meeting, or grant
portfolio coordination. You bring people together and involve others, while
also sharing your knowledge in order to develop and build a team around you.
You will work closely with the Minneapolis team and Uganda Country Director to
work toward these goals.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

You will support
development of ARC Business Development strategy in Uganda and ensure
coordination with overall program development strategy, to include the


  • Maintain regular engagement with donors, international
    organizations, national governments, foundations, etc., to track donor
    trends and priorities and inform HQ of upcoming program priorities;
  • Represent ARC to the donor community as needed and inform donors on
    ARC Uganda efforts;
  • Attend relevant meetings and networking events (e.g. coordination
    meetings, relevant RFA/P meetings, donor consultations) as needed for the
    performance of duties;
  • Maintain outreach with relevant international and local NGOs as well
    as private sector firms in order to facilitate partnerships needed for
    program development opportunities; and,
  • Develop, capture, plan and conduct completion analysis on upcoming
    priority proposals;
  • Broadly, ensure careful focus on generation and follow-up of
    priority funding ‘leads’ including linking with like-minded agencies /
    those sharing ARC objectives, with a mind to consortia development to
    broaden ARC funding eligibility to currently non-accessible donors (e.g.
    DFID, ECHO).


  • Lead and / or contribute to research and development of proposals,
    concept notes, proposals, assessments, studies and similar for the country
    program, in close collaboration with Technical Coordinators and Area
    Coordinators / Site Leads;
  • Engage in needs assessment for project proposals as necessary;
  • Coordinate the planning and preparation of project proposals,
    providing guidance and assistance to Technical Coordinators and Area
    Coordinators in the interpretation of funding agency regulations and
  • Contribute to program design, for solicited and unsolicited
    programs, and for pilot and full-scale programs;
  • Where proposals are pending with donor agencies, meet with donor
    officers to ensure program plans represent a good fit with donor
  • Participate in the preparation of funding proposals, including
    leading proposal writing efforts as well as costing efforts;
  • Serve as a liaison between Program Coordinator, donor agencies, and
    the HQ in the budgeting and preparation of project proposals;
  • Prepare and compiles all component of each grant submission,
    ensuring that the proposal is formatted, packaged, and submitted in
    accordance with donor agency requirements.
  • Build the capacity of regional and country teams in program
    development; and,
  • Ensure review process and submission is completed, within submission
  • Develop and maintain a track of reference documentation, including
    such information as donor agency requirements and forms, abstracts and
    reference literature, and other pertinent material.
  • Facilitate and support the research and identification of funding
    opportunities, as appropriate.

Support the
development, implementation, and close and consistent tracking of country
program work planning and activities for overall timely implementation and
realization of country program targets and milestones, to include:

  • Provide advice and guidance to program implementation team / field
    team on the application of grant funding policies, regulations, and
    procedures, primarily from a grants compliance perspective;
  • Ensure the grant management database is updated regularly and
    management is informed using appropriate monthly reports;
  • In conjunction with Program Coordinator, monitor and coordinate the
    administration of post-award grants to ensure that budgeting and administrative
    policies, procedures, and agency requirements are being followed; manage
    administrative problems and/or budget changes occurring during the awarded
    granting period.
  • In conjunction with Program Coordinator, ensure awards are followed
    by a) Grant Opening, and b) Mid-Project review, with timely production of
    supporting documentation as required and updated documentation for grant
    management and implementation planning.
  • Advise and/or assist as appropriate in the design, formatting and
    preparation of grant documentation, to include creation of computerized
    statistical summaries and/or graphics.
  • Develop and maintain specialized databases and systems for recording
    and tracking grant proposals, awards, and related statistical information;
    create and distribute standard and special reports, studies, summaries,
    and analyses, as required.
  • Working collaboratively with the Program Coordinator and Technical
    Coordinators, contribute to country program implementation and performance
    reporting, both to donors as well as ARC’s International Headquarters;
  • Provide technical support to assess donor eligibility/allow ability
    of planned expenditures and identify related compliance requirements;
  • In collaboration with M&E and Reporting Technical Coordinator,
    ensure that increased quality of implementation and impact are pushed for
    is constantly pushed for and achieved, advising management on ways forward
    towards this end.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant must hold a Master’s degree in Project Management,
    Development, International Relations, Social Sciences or any related field
    from an accredited university required
  • Significant and sustained experience (7-10 years) in complex global
    development and/or humanitarian settings; experience with refugees,
    returnees, displaced, and other conflict affected populations is a must.
  • Experience working with multi-donor, multi-grant sites for five
    years or more.
  • Proven pattern of success in grant management, project design, and proposal
    development (program narratives and budgets)
  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly, insightfully and persuasively
    on tight deadlines.
  • A strong network of international donor contacts and relationships,
  • An outstanding ability to track donor trends that contribute to
    business development outcomes.
  • Proven success in grant writing, net-working and liaising with field
    and HQ staff when necessary
  • Familiarity with multilateral donor requirements and working
    procedures; previous work experience with USAID, UN, DFID, EU, ECHO and
    Private Donors / Foundations is required.
  • High proficiency in English, both written and spoken;
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and standard application.
  • Strong analytical, written and verbal skills;
  • High level of integrity, accountability and responsibility;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability and inclination to work in /
    with teams;
  • High level of self-drive, discipline and desire to achieve;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, hit deadlines, and produce
    high-quality outputs;
  • Willingness to travel and stay for extended periods in remote
    refugee sites to support workflows.
  • Open heart and open mind with the willingness to show (not tell) and
    the humility to learn from others.

How to Apply:

All candidates
should send their applications online at the link online


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