Grants Officer Job in Kenya

Fresh Life Initiative

Job Title: Grants Officer

Reports to: Director of External Relations

Department: External Relations – Business Development

Number of employees supervised: 0

Job Purpose Statement: In the last 9 years, Fresh Life Initiative (FLI) has delivered and scaled the most affordable and sustainable solutions for non-sewered, safe sanitation in rapidly growing cities. We aspire to serve 1 million people living in Nairobi through practical, desirable, and cost-effective sanitation solutions, and to serve tens of millions of people around the world who face the same challenges as Nairobi.

Our growth in the next 5 years will hinge on our ability to mobilize resources and build strategic partnerships with bi-laterals, INGOs, multilaterals and governments for the scaling of our safe sanitation services to citizens everywhere.

FLI is looking for an exceptional individual to join our Business Development team. The Grants Officer will support the team to raise funds and develop partnerships to meet organizational strategic initiatives.

Key Duties and Responsibilities


  • Remain abreast of funders’ trends, build organizational understanding of new funders and contribute information for prioritization of funding opportunities.
  • Generate leads, identify co-funding partners, analyze opportunities, pitch ideas and develop internal stakeholder buy-in to go after opportunities.
  • Craft strong business rationale and a tailored message to FLI’s partners and funders. Communicate strategic initiatives and vision to inspire and convince partners to support the organization financially and technically.
  • Plan and manage the entire proposal development process for identified funding opportunities, working closely with the Operational teams and Finance team to develop high quality funding applications. This includes developing narrative, budgets, log frames and theory of change in accordance with funder guidelines.

Grant Management:

  • Build strong, open and collaborative relationships with funders.
  • Ensure all relevant team members are fully briefed on the terms and conditions of funders agreements/contracts, including Monitoring and Evaluation requirements and key deadlines.
  • Gather information from Operational teams, prepare narrative reporting and liaise with partners with regular high quality updates. Ensure reporting requirements for all funders are met and reports are completed to deadlines.
  • Support due diligence processes, facilitate funder audits and coordinate with Operational teams and Finance team on external evaluations.
  • Produce internal reports and conduct reviews on the performance and progress of fundraising against agreed financial targets and annual objectives.
  • Organize and lead site visits with funders.


  • Build networks and strategic partnerships locally.
  • Expertly speak on behalf of the organization to funders and visitors.
  • Support other areas of business development as required in the organizational strategy, especially to improve business development tools and impact reporting.
  • Work with FLI’s Monitoring & Evaluation taskforce to strengthen impact reporting.

Key Qualifications

  • 3-4+ years of work experience in fundraising or business development in a global development context.
  • Excellent external communication and writing skills.
  • Highly organized team player, with pro-active and flexible work style.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience in international development or the social sector more broadly. Knowledge of the sanitation sector is a plus.
  • Humility, integrity and a sense of humor.

The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Preferred start date: July 15, 2020.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

To apply, kindly use this LINK.

Application deadline: June 26, 2020

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi County

Accounting and Finance, NGO and UN
Updated: June 22, 2020 — 9:40 am