SOS Children's Villages International Regional Institutional Partnership Development Advisor Eastern and Southern Africa Jobs in Ethiopia

SOS Children's Villages International Regional Institutional Partnership Development Advisor Eastern and Southern Africa Jobs in Ethiopia

Closing date: 11 Oct 2019

Vacancy Announcement

Position: Regional Institutional Partnership Development Advisor Eastern and Southern Africa. (Job Ref: SOS/IPD /19/3)

Place of Work: Nairobi or Addis Ababa.

Established in 1949, SOS Children's Villages International is a dynamic, international social development organization working globally to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of orphaned and vulnerable children.

We are searching for a dynamic, innovative, resilient and experienced candidate to join our organization as a Regional Institutional Partnership Development Advisor.

The successful candidate will support a cluster of 4-6 countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAF) region to increase funding from institutional donors.

By joining us, you will enjoy a diverse and motivated team and a conducive work environment.

The position will be based in either Nairobi or Addis Ababa, but you will have extensive travel in the region and beyond as you work with a global team to drive growth of income and portfolio of public grants in the region through grant acquisition and management.

You will play a critical role in building the capacity of the ESAF regional office and the cluster countries in grant acquisition, effective grant management as well as strategic donor engagement, positioning and partnerships with key institutional actors.

We are the largest global federation of childcare organization operating in 135 countries and territories worldwide that offers you the opportunity to become a global citizen.

While all other competitive benefit packages remain constant, we also offer you one of the challenging tasks that would help you maximize your potential and make a real difference in the lives of young children and people across Africa.

Key performance areas and main responsibilities:

  • Proactively identify and seek donor intelligence on new institutional funding opportunities that match organizational priorities and donor requirements.

  • Support and coordinate the development of high quality concept notes and funding proposals for submission to institutional donors.

  • Keep up-to-date with donor policy developments and trends, in the development and humanitarian sectors.

  • Proactively engage donor agencies, regional networks and other stakeholders in fostering relations for collaborations and funding.

  • Provide grant management and administration support for effective and efficient implementation of institutionally funded programs with a diverse group of donors, partners and staff.

  • Facilitate and coordinate institutional funding activities such as cross regional Capacity building, Knowledge sharing and partnerships between General Secretariat (GSC), Promoting
    and Supporting Associations (PSA) and National Associations (NAs) and external stakeholders.

  • Identify, organize and facilitate capacity building in proposal development, project design and management for NA’s through apprenticeship, webinars, trainings and knowledge transfer.

  • Explore new opportunities for innovation mainly through research and close monitoring of cutting-edge approaches and dynamics in international development.

  • Liaise closely with other internal functions and external stakeholders to guarantee adherence to organizational standards and to seek synergies wherever possible

  • Lead and/or participate in cross-functional processes to enable SOS Children’s Villages to maximize its long-term net income and number of institutional partnerships

  • Represent IPD Team in meetings/projects/workshops as appropriate

    Position requirements

  • We are looking for a seasoned professional with minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in grant writing and acquisition, donor’s contract management and partnership and networking building.

  • Proven results in institutional partnership development in Africa, (preferably within an international NGO/donor organization). Make sure your letter of motivation mentioned some of the successful proposals you have developed.

  • Demonstrable recent and substantial work experience in a similar role with a minimum 5 years’ experience and Direct experience in application writing

  • Ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision to meet tight deadlines

  • A good team builder, innovative and creative, demonstrating high professional standards

  • Ability to translate organizational policy into practice

  • Proficient in French will be an added advantage

  • Experience in partnership development, supporting efficiency and relevance of regional networks, grant management & proposal development.

  • Proven track record of successfully training, developing/mentoring support staff in a decentralized environment

  • Ability to represent the organization at high level forums

    Leadership skills

  • Analytical thinking skills and ability to influence others.

  • Experience in developing, managing and monitoring development projects by NGOs, including multi-actor programs funded by Institutional donors.

  • Willing to travel in and out of the region

  • Concrete experience of work and collaboration with national, international institutional donors


  • Master Degree in International Development or other relevant studies OR 8 years’ experience in a similar role

    How to Apply:

    If you believe you are the right candidate for this role, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), names, and contact details of three referees as Single Document.

    We will receive applications by email. Send your application to: with a copy until 11th October 2019 at 5pm EAT. Applications that are late or incomplete will be disqualified. Applications should bear the reference number of the position in the subject line of the email

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