Biovision Africa Trust Grants and Resource Mobilization Officer Job in Kenya

Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), a not-for-profit organization
established in Kenya in 2009 by the Swiss-based Biovision Foundation for
Ecological Development, is situated on the main campus of the
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in
Kasarani, Nairobi. 
The Trust’s goal is to alleviate
poverty and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya and
other African countries, through dissemination of information and
knowledge on appropriate technology, to improve human, animal, plant,
and environmental health. 
BvAT supports the Biovision Farmer Communication Programme (FCP) and other agro-based initiatives in Africa.

BvAT is seeking to recruit a qualified person for the following vacant position:

Grants and Resource Mobilization Officer

Job Purpose & Scope: The officer will be responsible for supporting the Executive Director and Project Managers in donor engagement, fundraising and proposal writing, and managing fundraising projects, and mobilization of resources to support BvAT programmes.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Developing and regularly reviewing BvAT’s strategic plan and grant & resource mobilization policies and practices;
  • Identifying funding opportunities, analyzing information on their funding priorities and trends and sharing the information with the Executive Director.
  • Developing winning proposals, concept notes and grant applications, that include yearly targets to meet the costs of the current and future programmes;
  • Establishing long term funding relationships with private sector, corporate agencies, donors and reputable individuals within Kenya and abroad;  and finding a match with partners whose philanthropic or funding criteria match BvAT’s vision and activities.
  • Working with the Executive Director and Project Managers to ensure that all donor reports are prepared to quality standards in compliance with contractual obligations, maintaining a tracking system to ensure that all reporting deadlines are met.
  • Developing a fund generation and resource mobilization workplan and constantly monitoring the implementation.
  • Providing guidance to Project Managers on the status of existing sub agreements, and related policies and procedures.
  • Undertaking other relevant activities as and when assigned by the Executive Director.
Education and Knowledge:
  • At least a degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, Social Sciences, Development  Studies or a related course from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ relevant working experience in fundraising or grants management involving raising of substantial long-term funding from a broad range of sources including corporate, local and international donors.
  • Experience in writing project concept notes and proposals
  • Experience in monitoring, implementation and reporting of project activities
Specialized Knowledge and skills required:
  • Relevant training in resource mobilization / fundraising
  • Proven track record in preparing and presenting winning proposals to secure long term funding from local and international sources;
  • Strategic approach: Ability to contribute to the development of BvAT’s fundraising approach with regards to the donor community and to develop fundraising tools and mechanisms, whilst ensuring that BvAT’s reputation for integrity and institutional independence are upheld and enhanced.
  • Creativity and innovation: Ability to develop and adapt innovative approaches and replicable strategies for fundraising, through the analysis of trends and experience and the consideration of lessons learnt.
  • Adapting and responding to change: Ability to challenge and question common resource mobilization practices and previous approaches, to adapt to changing circumstances and needs, and to identify and prioritize valued projects.
  • Planning and organizing skills: Ability to coordinate and facilitate timely reporting of results and successes to donors and other key stakeholders.
  • Communication skills: Ability to make presentations that catch and maintain audience interest; and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills: a) Ability to build networks and strategic alliances and maintain relationships with key donors and other partners, with tact and sensitivity, b) Ability to develop detailed knowledge and understanding of priorities and the areas of interest of partners whilst sensitizing them to BvAT programmatic activities.
  • Proficiency in using Windows Operating System as well as Microsoft Office applications (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Personal Attributes:
  • Have strong relationship management.
  • Excellent time management.
  • Team player with excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize workload and demonstrate deliverables/outcomes.
  • Good understanding of financial management and reporting processes.
  • Willingness and ability to travel locally and internationally.
  • Fluency in oral and written English. Knowledge of French can be an advantage.
How to Apply

you believe you are the right candidate for any of the above positions
and can clearly demonstrate your ability to meet the qualifications,
please submit your detailed CV and application letter indicating summary
of your key qualifications and expected salary to

The closing date for applications is 15th July 2016. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Biovision Africa Trust is an equal opportunity employer and eligible women are encouraged to apply. 

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