Able Child Africa works alongside partner organisations in East Africa to improve the lives of children and young people with disabilities. This is achieved by working in partnership with local organisations in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania to provide direct services as well as by building local capacity. With over 30 years of experience, Able Child Africa is the leading NGO working exclusively with, and on behalf of, children with disabilities in Africa, some of the most marginalised children in the world.
We are a small, dynamic charity, entrepreneurial in style and collaborative in process. We are values led, passionate about our partner approach and driven by the beneficiaries of our work.
About the role
Our programmatic work has grown significantly over the last 3 years and we are now looking to maintain and strengthen our current delivery portfolio, with a view to expand again over the next year. As a result, we are looking for a passionate, experienced and self-motivated individual to join our Programmes Team, with experience working with partners to manage grants, delivering programmes overseas and a strong belief in disability-inclusive development.
Candidates should have over 2 years’ experience working with local partners to manage multi-year grants and deliver activities overseas, including grant finances, MEL systems and workplans. They should also have experience in statutory fundraising, as well as designing and developing applications for grant-based funding alongside partners overseas.
Annual Leave: 25 days per annum
Pension: Matching contribution to your private pension up to 5% of gross salary
Hours: Full time- 37.5 hrs week
Term: One-year contract
Reporting to: Head of Programmes
Location: Brixton, London with travel overseas. Flexible working available - with remote working permitted during COVID-19
Support and develop partnerships and projects in Africa (60%)
- Support the management of projects through the project life-cycle including; project design, planning, implementation, monitoring evaluation and learning.
- Support the management of grant compliance including financial management of budgets, writing regular donor reports and maintaining relationships with donors.
- Maintain detailed records of projects and donors through effective use of our internal systems and Salesforce database.
- Assist with ongoing capacity building of Able Child Africa’s partners.
- Travel overseas as required (approx. 4-6 weeks per year) to support and advance existing projects or for the development of new projects or partnerships
Secure grant-based funding to support new and existing projects in Africa (30%)
- Support the development of projects with partners in Africa designing theories of change and log frames, using learning and evidence for project design.
- Develop project budgets, reviewing local costs, supporting partners in accurate budgeting for activities and applying Able Child Africa’s principles of full cost recovery.
- Work independently and alongside the Programmes Team, to write high quality and effective funding applications to Trusts, Foundations and institutional donors.
- Research donors and maintain up to date database of funding opportunities, requirements and grant deadlines.
- Assist partners to secure funding by identifying local opportunities, supporting the development of proposals and signposting them to fundraising opportunities
Support the development and growth of Able Child Africa Programmes Team (10%)
- To support the improvement and implementation of MEL processes and tools and foster a culture of learning within the Programmes Team.
- Assist in the development of project materials, trainings and toolkits.
- Assist Able Child Africa’s public communications and profile raising through blogs, contributions to the newsletter and other opportunities as they arise.
- Contribute to key working groups, advocacy networks and consortia in which Able Child Africa engages, representing the organisation at key events, meetings and conferences, as appropriate.
- Provide support to the Programmes Team, including routine office tasks
- At least 2 years’ experience of working as a Programmes Officer (or a similar title) managing grants with partners overseas.
- Strong experience of securing funding from donors such as DFID, Comic Relief, Big Lottery Fund and Jersey Overseas Aid, alongside trust and Foundation funding.
- At least 2 years’ experience of working in partnership with other individuals or organisations to deliver projects and build capacity remotely.
- Knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting children with disabilities and young people in Africa.
Skills and Technical Competencies
- A strong understanding of donor compliance principles and expectations.
- Strong grant financial management including budgeting, tracking spend,forecasting, managing exchange rate fluctuations and financial reporting.
- Good understanding of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) including designing theories of change and log frames for project design and reporting. Qualities 8. An understanding of and commitment to Able Child Africa’s mission and values.
- Excellent time management and organisational skills; an ability to work under pressure and prioritise a varied workload with competing deadlines.
- A flexible style and ability to work both independently and collaborate with others, as part of a team, as required.
We encourage applicants from all backgrounds.
We encourage applications from people with disabilities, or with direct experience of living or working with children with disabilities. All applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria will be offered an interview.
We encourage applicants from African diaspora or heritage and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, as these groups are currently under-represented in our team.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.