Institutional Funding Specialist
Reports to: Manager, Institutional Funding Support Unit (IFSU)
Liaises with: International Programmes Department, Fundraising departments (HQ, UK and US), Country Teams Finance Compliance Teams, Technical Advisors, M&E,
Job location: Dublin, Ireland
Travel: 50% overseas travel
Pay Band: Pay Band 5 (€41,747 to €49,114)
Contract: Permanent, Full-Time
Job Purpose: The Institutional Funding Specialist will be instrumental in supporting country teams to realise their funding targets. S/he will provide dedicated support to country teams in the initial stages of project development and the pre-awards stages of grant negotiation. The focus of this support will primarily be for large multi-annual grant applications, often of a consortium nature. Manage pre-award proposal preparation including: teaming, strategy development, oversight and contribution to technical design, governance and management structure and other relevant elements of the proposal.
· Establish strong knowledge of key donors including profiling, priorities and strategy review as well as forecasting of expected grant timelines and communication across the organisation;
· Thoroughly analyse, digest and summarise key donor guidelines/compliance specific to key opportunities identified;
· Through strong proposal support debriefing, capture learning from successive applications.
Proposal Design & Delivery (In-Country):
· Act as key focal point for the proposal design/development;
· Facilitate design workshops with local teams for the development of the proposal, following strong PCMS processes with technical counterparts;
· Meet with donor in-country to order to establish their priorities and make the case for Concern’s fit;
· Meeting with relevant stakeholders in country to establish a contextual understanding of the call;
· Manage Expectations: Present a project that aligns with Concern’s priorities, meets the donor call, offers value for money, has the potential for scale and impact and will deliver on results;
· Liaise with the Desk Officer to ensure technical/M&E/Finance HQ reviewed appropriately and submitted.
Partner Identification/Positioning (In-Country):
· Support country programmes to develop partner engagement and funding strategies;
· Identify requirements/gaps and complementarity that could be offered by other partners;
· Scope out the possibilities - Meet with relevant partners/establish interest/potential fit/role;
· Explore drivers, expectations and underlying interests of potential partners;
· Where there is merit in engagement, make the case for Concern to potential partners;
· Negotiate a strong position for Concern, supporting shared responsibility and collaborative decision making within the partnership.
With country teams (In case of Consortium Lead):
· Governance and Structures: Advise on team structure formation of a Consortium Management Unit;
· Work with partners to develop guiding principles/vision and strategy for the partnership;
· Support partners/teams to work through complexities, intractable issues and ambiguities;
· Negotiate contracts with partners and finalise pre-teaming agreements;
· Support any due diligence processes with the finance/compliance lead and ensure dedicated action plan in place where weaknesses have been identified;
· Support any risk assessments with the finance/compliance lead and ensure mitigation measures are included in the proposal document.
Any other duties as assigned by your line manager.
Skills and Experience Required:
· Ability to travel at short notice;
· Undergraduate in field related to humanitarian, development or international affairs;
· At least 3 years’ overseas experience at management level with an international NGO;
· Programme management experience;
· Excellent facilitation, brokering and negotiation skills;
· Articulate with strong presentation and writing skills.
· Strong written and spoken French
· Consortium management experience (lead agency or partner);
· Coaching and capacity building skills;
· Monitoring and Evaluation skills;
· Experience and knowledge of international donor funding trends;
· Previous experience in a similar role an advantage.
To apply: CVs should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date 22nd July 2018:
Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.
Concern is an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all section of the community.
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CVs should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net