Resource Development and Acquisition Specialist

World Vision International(WVI), Nairobi, Kenya

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationMonitoring and EvaluationResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th March, 2015

Job Description


  • Pursue resource mobilization opportunities aligned to WV EAR strategy and capacities in development, humanitarian and rehabilitative programming sectors by working closely with NOs Grants Acquisition and Management staff, Project Managers and Project Officers in developing proposals for a variety of donors to address development, emergency and rehabilitative proposals which meet local community needs that are aligned to WV RO and NO strategy.
  • Provide support to National Offices in proposal development and build cross functional team support to NOs for proposals development, including LCs.
  • Identify capacity gaps at NOs in grants acquisition and management and other factors leading to poor proposal designs, poor win rates and grants implementation and work with NO, SOs and Regional Resource development Unit team members to address them.
  • Stay alert to potential WASH funding sources all the time to support National Offices and advice and appropriate staff at NO and support the resource acquisition effort.
  • Work with NOs and SOs to develop a sustainable pipeline of grants and seek a 68% and above win rate and provide technical support to NOs during prepositioning meetings with bilateral, multilaterals, foundations, Public Private Partners, etc.
  • Monitor the donor competitive landscape, and circulate funding forecasts to NOs to enable them to organize prepositioning meetings with donors and provide support and guidance to NOs in development of capacity statements to be utilized during prepositioning meetings with donors.
  • Circulate funding forecasts to NOs and SOs, and support them to identify and capture new grant funded opportunities and maintain an up-to-date record of the requirements of current potential regional donors and be proactive in the lookout for opportunities for regional donors etc.
  • Research, analyze, develop, and track relationships with new and current donors at regional level and share information with NOs.
  • Identification of where WV competency strengths overlap with partner/client needs; analysis of key policies currently being discussed and implemented by donors; and preparation of donor regional briefs for a consolidated and coherent approach of donors, and partnership building.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the World Vision East Africa Region WASH Learning Centre and Global WASH Community of Practice to ensure strong integration between Hygiene Promotion/Behavior Change approaches ("software") and the development of WASH facilities ("hardware") in proposals and program designs.
  • Provide effective and reliable monitoring and management of development, emergency and rehabilitative programs through liaison with NO Project Managers and Technical Advisors and ensure compliance and adherence by Project Managers to WV EAR policies and procedures, donor regulations and monitoring mechanisms which allow transparent and accountable implementation of projects.
  • Represent Resource Development Unit and WASH LC in various donor and coordination forums at regional and national level and by providing programmatic information as required. Actively seek out strategic alliances with donors, NGOs, UN, governments, Support Offices, bilateral and multilateral agencies for purposes of coordination, marketing and fundraising. Will support resource development based assessments, and draft documents which aim to inform internal and external stakeholders concerning RO and NO on-going and future programming.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge and awareness of global and regional evidence-based WASH and Behaviour Change approaches for development, humanitarian and rehabilitation contexts and ensure these models are embedded in proposals and program designs. In addition, ensures such existing and emerging WASH approaches and models are incorporated into proposals and program designs through appropriate pilots and roll-out strategies.
  • Develop and document WASH best practices, capacity statements, guidelines, tools and standards and incorporate these into proposals and program designs and ensure these models are shared with other Learning Centers and NOs as part of the resource acquisition process.
  • Develop well organized digital database of secured WASH projects funding for the region that can be easily extracted whenever required.
  • Maintain a catalogue of WASH PNS/Grants concept notes and proposals that can be presented to potential donors at short notice.
  • Will develop and implement systems to provide timely information and analysis of on-going and future development, humanitarian emergency and rehabilitative programming to National Offices, Support Offices and external stakeholders such as donors and UN agencies.


  • Carry out additional responsibilities as assigned by the Regional Resource Development Director and WASH Learning Centre Technical Director.
  • Attend and participate in devotional meetings.



  • Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.
  • Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as negotiation skills.
  • Attend and participate/lead in daily devotions and weekly Chapel services.
  • Must adhere to set security standards.
  • Ensure a gender perspective in the scope of work.
  • Culturally sensitive in professional and personal life.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience:

The following may be acquired through a combination of formal or self-education, prior experience or on-the-job training:

  • Educational level required: First degree in Development studies or related field with experience in resource mobilization including WASH interventions. A postgraduate degree is preferable.
  • Experience: 5 years experience in the development field working in development and humanitarian emergency interventions, preferably with experience in developing countries.
  • Technical Training qualifications desired: Professional technical skills desired: Humanitarian standards (SPHERE, HAP), specific trainings on donor requirements e.g. OFDA, CIDA, DEC, DFID, Europe Aid, personal security awareness training.
  • Excellent English languages skills; written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated writing skills: the ability to develop quality concept notes, proposals, logical frameworks and reports under tight deadlines.
  • Experience working with both bilateral and multilateral donors.
  • Networking/external engagement skills: proven experience in networking with donors and partners to bring about funding opportunities.
  • A strategic thinker; the ability to develop proposals which meet strategic objectives of donors, the organization, and government.
  • Innovative and the ability to think outside of the box.
  • Team player; the ability to work as part of a diverse team to achieve the overall goal.

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