Southern Africa Sub-regional Funding Officer
Harare, Zimbabwe, with occasional visits to Malawi and potential visits to Zambia and South Africa
Full-time, two-year contract
Salary of USD$2,000 gross per month
Please note that the successful candidate will be required to speak and write fluent English and Shona and/or Ndebele.
We are looking for a highly motivated and resourceful individual with a genuine commitment and track record of fundraising for international development. The post holder will play a leading role in increasing the funding for Progressio’s programmes and advocacy work in the Southern Africa Sub-region.
The post holder will be responsible for researching new funding sources in the region and beyond, preparing specific funding bids/reports for submission to institutional donors (this will involve liaising with the Fundraising Team, plus other staff in the UK, and in the Sub-region), donor relationship management, and maintaining up-to-date information systems.
The successful candidate should have a degree or appropriate qualification in a relevant discipline, and fundraising training.
A successful track record in securing funding from institutional donors (based in the Southern Africa region and beyond), and proven experience of: networking/building/managing relationships with donors, writing successful funding proposals and reports, report writing (narrative and financial) are essential. You should also have experience of maintaining grant management systems, and of managing and prioritising a high workload and multiple tasks in a fast paced environment to tight deadlines.
You should have a sound knowledge of institutional (regional and international) funding sources and trends; excellent interpersonal, communication and networking skills, including the ability to develop and manage effective relationships with current and new donors; demonstrable numeracy skills, including the ability to prepare and interpret financial information, and competence in spreadsheet accounting; excellent organisational and time management skills, with the ability to work on own initiative, prioritise and meet deadlines; good team-building skills, and a consensus-led approach to work. Excellent attention to detail, accuracy, and an ability to assimilate and analyse information quickly; flexibility, problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to a changing environment and to approach work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude are essential. An openness to work with different partner organisations (eg secular, faith-based) and to work with diverse and marginalised groups; cultural sensitivity and the ability to work as a member of a multicultural team spread across different countries, and a willingness to undertake road travel in the region, and for short stays, are also required.
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