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Regional Program Development Manager – Africa

Position: Regional Program Development Manager – Africa

Location: Washington DC, London (UK), or Nairobi, Kenya, with field travel (60%)

About RI: Relief International (RI) is a home to teams of humanitarian activist-professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.

Position Summary: Relief International currently seeks a Regional Program Development Manager (RPDM) with a focus on the Africa Region. The RPDM will be responsible for donor engagement and capture management (approximately 50%) and managing and/or assisting in proposal development (approximately 50%). The RPDM will travel (at least 60%) to field sites as well as other countries as needed. The RPDM reports to the Vice President of Program Development.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

Donor Engagement and Capture Management (approximately 50%)

  • In coordination with the regional and country teams:
  • Support development of RI strategy in Africa and ensure coordination with overall program development strategy;
  • 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 RI to the donor community as needed and inform donors on RI regional and country efforts;
  • Attend relevant meetings and networking events (e.g., regional and national 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 plans and conduct completion analysis on upcoming priority proposals.

Proposal Development (approximately 50%)

  • Engage in needs assessment for project proposals as necessary;
  • 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 objectives;
  • Participate in the preparation of funding proposals, including leading proposal writing efforts as well as costing efforts;
  • Track country and regional proposal efforts and report to PD team on status;
  • Support effective go/no-go decisions and cost share analysis;
  • Serve as PD focal point for the countries in Africa that RI works in;
  • Build the capacity of regional and country teams in program development; and,
  • Ensure review process and submission is completed, within submission deadlines.

In addition:

  • Undertake travel as required in the pursuit of the above tasks;
  • Prepare regular activity reports for HQ;
  • Undertake other ad hoc tasks, as instructed by HQ; and,
  • Operate within RI policy, setting an example for other field staff.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel to field offices.
  • MA in international relations, business administration or other relevant field
  • 5 years’ minimum experience INGO context, previous experience with USAID preferred
  • 10 years’ minimum relevant work experience with progressively increasing responsibility
  • Proven success in grant writing, net-working and liaising with field and HQ staff when necessary

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

Please note: Due to the critical nature of this position, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates will be processed prior to any closing date listed on any job board.

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