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Grants Officer

City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can)
Reino Unido (Hybrid)
Salary will be defined based on location and experience and adjusted to the cost of living for each location
Job description

Location:  Flexible location in Europe, UK, or USA (candidate must have the right to work in their selected location.)

Location type: Remote

Reporting to:  Head of Global Public Affairs

Annual salary: Salary will be defined based on location and experience and adjusted to the cost of living for each location.

Contract Type: Permanent contract

Working hours: Full time

Candidate level:    Experienced non-manager    


City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) supports cities around the world as they work to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care. The approach is built on the core principle that cities can drive impact at the national level by crafting data-driven solutions with the support of a network of global, regional, and local partners that reflect an understanding of the unique local context.

C/Can was launched by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) at the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. It was established as a standalone Swiss Foundation in January 2019 and is now active in 15 cities worldwide.

C/Can is launching a new funding strategy to further support its mission and commitment to cancer patients worldwide. This new approach includes diversifying and securing increased funding from a range of entities, including foundations, trusts, organizations, and other institutions. As part of this strategy, C/can is recruiting a Grants Officer to report to the Head of Global Public Affairs.

Purpose of role

Reporting to the Head of Global Public Affairs, the Grants Officer will support C/Can´s dynamic global team in mapping, prospecting, stewarding, and creating relationships with trusts, foundations, and institutions to increase and diversify their funding as they grow their impact globally. 

This is a new role for an experienced hands-on prospect donor researcher and Grant Officer with a background working with health-related funders. The main aspect of the role will be to map grant opportunities, identify the most relevant ones for C/Can and coordinate the development of winning proposals. The Grant Officer will also manage one or more of the current partners within the health sector, creating proposals and fund requests, managing reports and financials, as well as all other practical work to steward partnerships. 

This new position will work with C/Can´s Head of Global Public Affairs and Engagement and Partnerships Manager & Officer. It will be responsible for building a robust pipeline of potential donors and funding opportunities from a wide range of markets, including Europe and the USA. The ideal candidate will be an organized, hands-on, self-starter who enjoys problem-solving and working in a mission-focused, passionate team. They will have good stakeholder management skills and be able to multitask.  

Key responsibilities

In coordination with the Head of Global Public Affairs:

●      Research and scope potential new funding donors outside of the health area, identifying the right stakeholders to encourage and diversify funding for C/Can´s programmes making sure detailed, accurate records are retained.

●       Support the development of a growing and robust pipeline of donor and funding opportunities outside the health sector, specifically focusing on grant opportunities.    

●       Ensure all grant proposals, concept papers, and other materials align with donor requirements and interests, supporting the full grant management lifecycle protocol. 

●       Ensure appropriate internal processes concerning new funding opportunities are followed to enable strategic decision-making, e.g., due diligence screening. This might encompass identifying and escalating risks to the Head of Global Public Affairs as necessary.                                                                                                                 

●       Work closely with the Head of Global Public Affairs, Partnership & Engagement Manager, and Partnership & Engagement Officer on stewarding the prospect pipeline to ensure effective, joined-up cultivation of prospects.

●       Draft clear and compelling fundraising material, including cases for support, funding proposals, concept notes, etc.; ensure the submission of high-quality applications, liaising with relevant C/Can staff. 

●       With the support of C/Can staff, manage the grant, monitor project execution, and develop technical and financial reports.

●       Effectively manage time and workload to ensure progress against milestones and deadlines, reporting any possible challenges to the Head of Global Public Affairs.

●       Manage one or more of the existing partners within the health sector, stewarding the grant process, creating proposals and fund requests, managing reports and financials, as well as all other practical work to steward partnerships. 


Required work experience:

●       At least 7 years of experience working in prospect research and/or grant management, preferably as part of national and international development work in global health.                                                                                           

●       Demonstrated experience in prospect researching and grant writing, preferably in global health. 

●       Excellent writing skills with experience in bid/proposal writing, ideally having worked with US and European donors. 

●       Experience in successfully managing a portfolio of funding opportunities from prospect research to grant agreements. 

●       Ability to manage a range of internal and external stakeholders effectively and secure their inputs within tight deadlines.


●       Bachelor’s degree, master’s level preferred, or equivalent experience in global health, international development and/or business administration.


●       Fluency in written and spoken English, other languages will be an advantage, especially in Spanish.

Required competencies

●       Highly resourceful and a keen problem solver, eager to take on new challenges.

●       Excellent verbal and written communication, and presentation skills.

●       Excellent interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for working collaboratively with a range of stakeholders.

●       Good attention to detail, hands-on and multitasker.

●       Ability to work in a flexible, fast-paced work environment.

●       Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organisational, and personal sales skills. 

●       Personal effectiveness and mindset, proactively finds innovative and creative solutions, is decisive, resilient, and acts with integrity. Shows a passion for C/Can’s mission and contributes to the foundation's future and reputation. 


 The deadline for application is May 26th, 2024

 Daryl Upsall International actively promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. In recruiting candidates, we seek candidates with the proven skills required; irrespective of race, gender, religion or belief, age, disability or sexual orientation.

Posted on: 26 April 2024
Closed date: 30 April 2024 at 12:07
Tags: Fundraising