Alight Business Development & Grants Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

Alight Business Development & Grants Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

ARC Uganda’s mission is to work with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people, and host communities. We help people survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security, and self-sufficiency.

ARC is committed to the delivery of programs that ensure measurable quality and lasting impact for the people we serve. ARC Uganda, with its head office in Kampala, is currently providing gender-based violence prevention and response, water and sanitation, food security and livelihood services to South Sudanese and Congolese Refugees (who fled to Uganda) and host communities in six locations of Uganda – BidiBidi, Palabek, Kyaka-II, Kyangwali, Oruchinga and Nakivale. It is also home to ARC’s breakthrough initiatives Kuja Kuja and Safe Rides.

As the Business Development and Grant Coordinator you see opportunity and package a customer-centered, well thought-out, and quality product every time– whether it is a new proposal, donor meeting, or grant portfolio coordination.

You bring people together and involve others, while also sharing your knowledge in order to develop and build a team around you. You will work closely with the Minneapolis team and Uganda Country Director to work toward these goals.


Donor Development

  • 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 ARC to the donor community as needed and inform donors on ARC Uganda efforts;
  • Attend relevant meetings and networking events (e.g. 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, plan and conduct completion analysis on upcoming priority proposals;
  • Broadly, ensure careful focus on generation and follow-up of priority funding ‘leads’ including linking with like-minded agencies / those sharing ARC objectives, with a mind to consortia development to broaden ARC funding eligibility to currently non-accessible donors (e.g. DFID, ECHO).

    Proposal Development

  • Lead and / or contribute to research and development of proposals, concept notes, proposals, assessments, studies and similar for the country program, in close collaboration with Technical Coordinators and Area Coordinators / Site Leads;
  • Engage in needs assessment for project proposals as necessary;
  • Coordinate the planning and preparation of project proposals, providing guidance and assistance to Technical Coordinators and Area Coordinators in the interpretation of funding agency regulations and requirements.
  • 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;
  • Serve as a liaison between Program Coordinator, donor agencies, and the HQ in the budgeting and preparation of project proposals;
  • Prepare and compiles all component of each grant submission, ensuring that the proposal is formatted, packaged, and submitted in accordance with donor agency requirements.
  • Build the capacity of regional and country teams in program development; and,
  • Ensure review process and submission is completed, within submission deadlines.
  • Develop and maintain a track of reference documentation, including such information as donor agency requirements and forms, abstracts and reference literature, and other pertinent
  • Facilitate and support the research and identification of funding opportunities, as appropriate.

    Grants Coordination

  • Support the development, implementation, and close and consistent tracking of country program work planning and activities for overall timely implementation and realization of country program targets and milestones, to include:
  • Provide advice and guidance to program implementation team / field team on the application of grant funding policies, regulations, and procedures, primarily from a grants compliance perspective;
  • Ensure the grant management database is updated regularly and management is informed using appropriate monthly reports;
  • In conjunction with Program Coordinator, monitor and coordinate the administration of post-award grants to ensure that budgeting and administrative policies, procedures, and agency requirements are being followed; manage administrative problems and/or budget changes occurring during the awarded granting period.
  • In conjunction with Program Coordinator, ensure awards are followed by a) Grant Opening, and b) Mid-Project review, with timely production of supporting documentation as required and updated documentation for grant management and implementation planning.
  • Advise and/or assist as appropriate in the design, formatting and preparation of grant documentation, to include creation of computerized statistical summaries and/or graphics.
  • Develop and maintain specialized databases and systems for recording and tracking grant proposals, awards, and related statistical information; create and distribute standard and special reports, studies, summaries, and analyses, as required.
  • Working collaboratively with the Program Coordinator and Technical Coordinators, contribute to country program implementation and performance reporting, both to donors as well as ARC’s International Headquarters;
  • Provide technical support to assess donor eligibility/allow ability of planned expenditures and identify related compliance requirements;
  • In collaboration with M&E and Reporting Technical Coordinator, ensure that increased quality of implementation and impact are pushed for is constantly pushed for and achieved, advising management on ways forward towards this end.


  • Master’s degree in Project Management, Development, International Relations, Social Sciences or any related field from an accredited university required
  • Significant and sustained experience (7-10 years) in complex global development and/or humanitarian settings; experience with refugees, returnees, displaced, and other conflict affected populations is a must.
  • Experience working with multi-donor, multi-grant sites for five years or more.
  • Proven pattern of success in grant management, project design, and proposal development (program narratives and budgets)
    Demonstrated ability to write clearly, insightfully and persuasively on tight deadlines.
  • A strong network of international donor contacts and relationships, preferred.
  • An outstanding ability to track donor trends that contribute to business development outcomes.
  • Proven success in grant writing, net-working and liaising with field and HQ staff when necessary
  • Familiarity with multilateral donor requirements and working procedures; previous work experience with USAID, UN, DFID, EU, ECHO and Private Donors / Foundations is required.
  • High proficiency in English, both written and spoken;
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and standard application.

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 17th July, 2019

    For more information and job application details, see; Alight Business Development & Grants Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

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