£30,000 - £40,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Job Purpose: 

Self Help Africa is looking to recruit a Programme Funding Coordinator on a fixed term contract to develop and maintain long-term engagement strategies with key institutional donors (government, trusts, foundations, corporates and commercial) in order to maximise SHA income and influence across its programmes in West, Southern and East Africa.  The Programme Funding Coordinator will work closely with our Country Teams to develop high-quality bids to donors including FCDO, EU, USAID and UN agencies.

This role is being recruited on a nine-month fixed-term contract with the potential for this contract duration to be extended if circumstances allow.

Key Responsibilities:

Proposal Development

·       Identify, research and advise on new funding opportunities.

·       Lead proposal development for assigned donors/prospects and for assigned SHA countries and coordinate cross-organisational teams to respond to funding opportunities.

·       Contribute to meeting ambitious departmental financial and non-financial targets.

·       Work closely with Programmes Department colleagues to support and/or lead contract negotiation with institutional donors.

Donor Strategy Alignment and Relationship Management

·       Actively manage relationships with assigned funders and country teams.

·       Maintain up-to-date information on donor priorities, strategies, regulations and activities pertaining to Self Help Africa’s strategic plan.

·       Coordinate donor strategies to maximise relationships and funding from donors through: meeting donors and cultivating contacts; liaising with colleagues across the organisation to coordinate donor meetings and briefings; and writing capacity statements/quality statements for specific donors.

Programme Funding Team and Miscellaneous

·       Work with colleagues within the Programme Funding team, and across SHA, to improve the standard of proposal and report writing and donor relationships, and ensure funding opportunities and contracts are managed according to donor requirements.

·       Contribute to Programme Funding team reporting through ensuring donor information is up-to-date in Self Help Africa’s management information system.

·       Represent SHA in donor funding-related groups and networks.

·       Keep up-to-date on the agricultural development sector.

Key Relationships:


·       Head of Programme Funding (Line Manager)

·       Programme Funding Manager and Programme Funding Coordinators x2 (Colleagues)

·       HQ Programmes Department staff (Colleagues)

·       Country Directors and Heads of Programmes (Liaison)

·       HQ and Country Office Finance & Admin staff (Liaison)


·       Donor staff

·       Partners (NGOs, private sector, academic institutions)

Knowledge, Experience & other Requirements


·       Minimum of three years’ experience in a programme funding role.

·       Evidence of success in securing funding from institutional donors, ideally including experience of FCDO, EU, USAID and/or UN agencies.

·       Ability to form good working relationships and to coordinate with colleagues across the organisation and with partners in multiple locations.

·       Experience of building and maintaining excellent relationships with institutional donors.

·       Experience of managing and prioritising own workload, meeting tight deadlines and working under pressure.

·       Excellent written skills including proposals and reports, and the ability to creatively turn complex project and/or organisational information into a compelling business cases.

·       Strong and creative oral presentation skills and experience.

·       Strong numeracy and analytical ability, with ability to understand complex budgets and expenditure reports.

·       Ability and willingness to travel when required.


·       Ability to speak/understand French and to write funding proposals in French.

·       Experience and/or knowledge of agricultural development.

-      Experience of humanitarian sector.

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Posted on: 08 January 2021
Closed date: 20 January 2021
Job ref: Programme Funding Coordinator
Tags: Fundraising, Intl Development