The funding landscape for international development, and especially for knowledge-focused organisations is changing fast. Donors are keen to invest in knowledge and knowledge capacities for specific products, services or sectors – such as climate change, disaster risk reduction, youth employment, or to respond to Covid-19. By directing more of their funding to the Global South they are helping to drive the much-need localisation of development work, supporting governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to work together to harness the latest evidence, generate new knowledge, and to drive innovation in policy and practice. Both established and new donors, including private sector investors and philanthropists, are using new models of funding to do this, from impact investment to social enterprise to concessional financing. In parallel, investments by global and local technology firms are helping to make digital infrastructure more accessible and affordable, and opening up new opportunities for Southern organisations to develop, access and use digital platforms, tools and services to meet their learning and knowledge needs. With an increasingly global board, a network of experienced advisers, trusted partners, and team of expert staff and associates that bring cutting edge knowledge of how to strengthen capacity and enable learning, and our commitment to equity in knowledge ecosystems we are well positioned to respond to and support these shifts. This role is an exciting opportunity to help a trusted, well-established organisation, highly regarded for the quality of its work and its commitment to effective partnership, to navigate the next phase of its evolution.
INASP has a strong track record of securing funding for project work from a variety of bilateral and multilateral donors. We have a well-developed strategy and approaches and a business development team with capacity to engage with 'traditional' development funders, including bilateral and multilateral donors and foundations. For this transformative one-year role we are looking for an entrepreneurial, innovative fundraiser with proven experience of bringing in new business, especially within small and medium-sized organisations, to help us to diversify both our range of funders and the type of funding we access. You will work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Programmes, Partnerships and Business Development Manager and Board of Trustees to identify, initiate and develop partnerships with new funders and/or new funding mechanisms, and then to embed them across the whole of INASP.
Key responsibilities include:
To explore new and innovative areas of potential funding and investment, including but not limited to; social enterprise; impact investment; tech philanthropy; funding models for digital platforms and services; digital fundraising approaches.
To engage with potential funders and develop new partnerships; especially those which expand our market reach and help us move towards our goals of being more Southern-led and rooted.
To connect with existing and new partners to develop competitive collaborative bids.
To work closely with the Business Development and Programme Teams to embed promising new approaches and partnerships across all of our Business and Programme development processes.
We are looking for candidates who have:
An undergraduate degree and substantial experience supporting business development in an international development context
A solid understanding and substantial experience in the international development sector and funding environment, particularly from and for the global south.
Experience of working within a small or medium sized organisation with a proven track record of raising funds for digitally delivered work (communities and platforms, technology-enhanced learning) from a range of donors and sources, with good networks in the global south.
Knowledge and experience of new and innovative funding mechanisms such as impact investing or other social investment opportunities
Ability to identify new funding opportunities and develop relationships with funders and partners and a track record of bringing in new business through innovative fundraising.
Commercial acumen and skills to pitch opportunities to funder and investors at appropriate levels for the best chance of success, while still commercially viable INASP
Flexibility, an ability to deal with uncertainty and to develop new ideas and implement them, working as part of a team to drive new business forwards.
Demonstrable commitment to INASP’s values: In it together; Making change last; Every voice counts; Doing things right and work as part of a team to drive new business forwards.
Term: One-year fixed term
Location: Flexible. Able to work from home providing a good internet connection.
How to apply:
Applications should be submitted via INASP's website.
You will need to submit:
- A full CV
- A personal statement of no more than 2 sides of A4 outlining how you meet the essential and/or desirable criteria in the job description and what you would bring to the role
We will accept applications and interview on a rolling basis.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.