Alight Business Development & Grants Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

Alight Business Development & Grants Coordinator Jobs in Uganda


Reports to Country Director | Full time | July 2019

Alight is recruiting a Business Development & Grants Coordinator for our program in Uganda, which operates as the American Refugee Committee (ARC).Welcome, we’re happy you’re here.
When you Join us, you’ll find…
A team with deep experience in co-designing solutions that create new value around the world. We know we need to always be better, and we believe in the power and abundance of everyday people, everywhere, to change the world with us.
A culture of radical accountability to our customers –as we help build a meaningful life for and with the displaced, we ask them what they want and then deliver on it.
An organization that refuses to settle for anything less than delivering human-worthy services.

If you’re looking for a job, look elsewhere. If you believe in an abundant world full of amazing people who want to help; in the simple human justice to build a life; and in doing a better thing, then read on!

What ARC does 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 Uganda, with its head office in Kampala, is currently providing gender-based violence prevention and response, water and sanitation, food security and livelihood services

About the Role

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.

How will you know you’re doing well?

  • You are consistently developing and submitting proposals that are high quality and human-centered.
  • Burn rates are well tracked, communicated, and spent.
  • You regularly assess the needs of the team around you by getting close and asking; you prototype new ways of doing things based on these insights.
  • You see the gifts and talents of the people around you, in particular supporting the field teams in their grants management capacity
  • You recognized the role compliance plays, without overbuilding. As such, you help team members to meet donor and internal requirements while also adapting process that are based in reality.
  • You never compromise on time or quality when it comes to reporting.
  • You collaborate with others and are well versed in information management for grant and program implementation.

    Essential Responsibilities and Duties:
    Business Development

    You will support development of ARC Business Development strategy in Uganda and ensure coordination with overall program development strategy, to include the following;

    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;
  • 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,
  • Broadly, ensure careful focus on generation and follow-up of priority funding ‘leads’ including linking with like-minded agencies

    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;
  • Where proposals are pending with donor agencies, meet with donor officers to ensure program plans represent a good fit with donor objectives;
  • Serve as a liaison between Program Coordinator, donor agencies, and the HQ in the budgeting and preparation of project proposals;
  • Build the capacity of regional and country teams in program development; and,
  • Ensure review process and submission is completed, within submission deadlines.
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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
  • 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;

  • 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.
    Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

    Skills and experience we’re seeking

  • 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.

    Qualities top candidates will possess
  • Strong analytical, written and verbal skills;
  • High level of integrity, accountability and responsibility;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability and inclination to work in / with teams;
  • High level of self-drive, discipline and desire to achieve;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, hit deadlines, and produce high-quality outputs;
  • Willingness to travel and stay for extended periods in remote refugee sites to support workflows.
  • Open heart and open mind with the willingness to show (not tell) and the humility to learn from others.
    Benefits
    Borderless Team of 2,500 staff worldwide that sees possibility, celebrates moments of abundance, shares new ideas, and strives to do a better thing every day.
    Learning & Development – Access thousands of free online learning courses to take at your own pace and tailor to your professional goals.
    Health, dental, and MedEvac Insurance – We strive to offer the best-in-class healthcare plans to our staff each year. We cover 100% of the cost for your health premium and 75% of the cost for coverage for your spouse/dependents.
    Retirement – We contribute 6% of your salary regardless of your contribution amount, after one year of service.
    Generous Leave Time – Between vacation days, personal leave days, and holidays, you have ample opportunity to take time off when you need it.

    Who We Are
    We are on a journey to build Alight, a new platform of amazing people and organizations providing lifesaving services and creating breakthrough solutions for and with the displaced. WeAreAlight.org


    Alight is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status. Alight complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.


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