Programme Director Vacancy

May 2017
Grade: AH 4
Department: Programmes
Reports to: Programme Director
Staff reporting to this post: None
Technical Dotted-Line link to: N/A
Matrix manages: N/A
Liaises with: Country offices; Finance and Grants Manager; Monitoring &
Evaluation Specialist
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda with visits to the country programmes (Uganda;
South Sudan; Zambia; Kenya: Somalia and Djibouti) as needed
Purpose of the role:
§ The Programme Development Specialist will play a key role in securing the resources AAH-I
needs to deliver its vision, mission and Strategic Plan and will have a particular focus on
strengthening the financial aspects of grant and tender applications. S/he will support the
development of key partnerships and exploration into innovative forms of raising unrestricted
§ The Programme Development Specialist will support AAH-I Country Offices in developing
proposals and other program designs for a variety of donors to address development and
emergency proposals which meet local community needs that are aligned to AAH-I’s
§ The position will also establish good relationships with donors and actively seek out
strategic alliances with donors, INGOs, LNGOs, UN, Governments, bilateral and multilateral
Duties & Responsibilities
§ Provide support to Country Offices (CO) in proposal development and build cross
functional team support to COs for proposal development.
§ Identify capacity gaps at COs in grants acquisition and management and other factors
leading to poor proposal designs, poor win rates and grants implementation and work
with CO, and Programme Development and Quality Advisor to address them.
§ Circulate funding forecasts to 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 COs.
§ Represent the organisation in various donor and coordination forums at regional and
national level and by providing programmatic information as required.
§ Will support resource development based assessments, and draft documents which aim
to inform internal and external stakeholders concerning CO on-going and future
§ Maintain up-to-date knowledge and awareness of regional evidence-based funding
approaches for development and humanitarian contexts and ensure these models are
embedded in proposals and program designs.
§ Ensures such existing and emerging funding approaches and models are incorporated
into proposals and program designs through appropriate pilots and roll-out strategies.
§ Develop well organized digital database of secured projects funding for the region that
can be easily extracted whenever required.
§ Maintain a catalogue of grants concept notes and proposals that can be presented to
potential donors at short notice.
§ Support management of key organisational partnerships
Expected Outcomes
§ Proposal development and cross functional team support to COs for proposals
§ Grants acquisition and management.
§ Updated records of the requirements of current potential regional donors and be
proactive in the lookout for opportunities for regional donors etc.
§ A well-organized digital database of secured projects funding for the region that can be
easily extracted whenever required
Professional qualifications
§ First degree in Development studies or related field with experience in Resource
§ Technical Training qualifications desired: Professional technical skills desired:
Humanitarian standards (SPHERE, HAP), specific trainings on donor requirements e.g.
UN, USAID, DFID, Europe Aid.
Minimum relevant experience required
􀀀 At least 5 years’ experience in the development field working in development and
humanitarian emergency interventions, preferably with experience in developing countries.
Additional Skills & Competences
§ 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.
§ Ability to manage donor expectations.
§ Strong budgetary and financial management skills.
§ Proven ability to manage competing priorities.
§ Team player; the ability to work as part of a diverse team to achieve the overall goal.
Application Instructions
Interested persons who meet the above criteria should submit their applications (together with
an updated CV) with at least three suitable referees with their telephone contacts and email
address, and a letter of good conduct to;
Regional Human Resource Manager,
Action Africa Help International;
Fawe House, Ground Floor, Chania Avenue
P.O.Box 7698-00508, Nairobi, Kenya
Applications can be sent through email to: Plea

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