Fundraising and Development Officer for West Africa

Application deadline: 
Wednesday, 15. January 2020 - 23:45

Fundraising and Development Officer for West Africa

 
• Location: Dakar, Senegal (other locations suitable for the performance of the job may be considered)
• Full time: 40 hours per week
• Contract: 2 year fixed term appointment
 
BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.
 
BirdLife International West Africa is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Fundraising and Development Officer. The main responsibility will be to lead fundraising efforts towards the realisation of the conservation strategy and business plan for West Africa.
 
Working within our fundraising and development team, you will work to:
 
Update fundraising plans in the Business Plan for West Africa (2019-2028) in consultation with relevant Secretariat staff and Partners.
Based on the fundraising strategy for West Africa and in accordance with appropriate approvals, develop and lead implementation of annual fundraising plans.
Assess progress and populate relevant monitoring tables.
Provide regular updates on the fundraising effort, ensuring documentation and sharing of lessons learned to improve fundraising success.
Establish and populate a donor database, with new opportunities for West Africa to support fundraising efforts.
Review annual funding needs and using the donor database and other information sources, match them with potential donors.
For each targeted donor, develop approaches and plans to ensure that BirdLife submits proposals that meets the donor conditions.
When a suitable donor is identified, lead in developing proposals (including proposal writing) for projects ensuring efficiency and coordination among programme, administration, communications and finance management staff.
Ensure project proposals are well-written, aligned to BirdLife’s priorities, meet donor criteria/guidelines and cater adequately for their management costs.  
For an assigned set of donors, identify contacts and forge relationships with them
Develop and implement new ideas for short- and longer-term sustainable financing of the Secretariat and the Partnership.
Support the Africa Fundraising Task Force to plan and monitor fundraising effort and ensure systematic coverage of the BirdLife Programmes and benefit to BirdLife Africa Partners.
Participate in training and information sharing to Partners and Secretariat staff to enhance their success in fundraising.
Provide regular ‘debriefs’ to the Secretariat staff about fundraising opportunities and how everybody can contribute to raising funds for the Partnership and Secretariat.
Participate in Organising fundraising workshops at Council for the Africa Partnership meetings.
 
You will have the following skills and experience: 
• Degree level education in relevant field.
• Post graduate qualification or equivalent experience in natural or social science; with a proven track record in project development, fundraising and management.
• Good understanding of conservation and development issues in Africa.
• Excellent knowledge of project planning; proposal writing; fundraising/marketing; donor relations management.
• Demonstrable knowledge and experience in grant writing and donor management, ideally for environmental non-profit organisations. 
• Experience of researching funding opportunities from bilateral agencies, Trusts, Foundations and Corporates.
• High motivation, desire to achieve; attention to detail, excellent organisational skills, and ability to work to high standards with tight deadlines. 
• Team worker who can motivate others as well themselves.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills (both French and English). 
• Flexibility and ability to work independently.
• Computer literacy in all standard Microsoft office applications and social media.
• Willingness to travel at short notice when required.
 
Application deadline: 15 January 2020
 
Application: 
Applications, including a covering letter summarizing the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and names and contact addresses of three referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity, should be sent via email to: recruitment-west-africa@birdlife.org
 
Interviews:  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.