Institutional Funding Senior Advisor

Fixed TermFull Time Greater Accra Sight Savers
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State: Accra, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 25/02/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: 2 Years
Career Level: Mid Level
Industry: NGO

Institutional Funding Senior Advisor Decription

Sightsavers is recruiting for an experienced and successful Institutional Fundraiser with a proven background of securing and managing multiple large-scale funding from a range of institutional donors.

Location: This role is open to qualified individuals who have the right to work in Sightsavers programmatic countries in Africa, Pakistan or Bangladesh. (further details available here)
Contract: 2 year Fixed Term Contract (with the aim of renewing)
Salary: will be benchmarked dependent on location of role, local terms and conditions apply

Purpose of role

As Institutional Funding Senior Advisor, you will be responsible for securing, maintaining and developing institutional donor relationships. You will lead on contract management and maintain key institutional donor relationships for some of Sightsavers’ largest funding agreements and engage with senior internal stakeholders at head office, consortium working groups and country offices to support project implementation.

About the role of Institutional Funding Senior Advisor

Building and maintaining strategic relationships with multiple institutional donors
Directly manage the contracts and grants for Sightsavers projects
Lead on the effective planning, coordination, production and negotiation of bids and proposals
Learning and continuous improvement of the overall strategic direction and operations of the team and wider organisation
Raising the profile of Sightsavers’ work in the area of Institutional Funding through representation and interaction at appropriate forums
International travel for proposal developments, donor visits, support programme staff
The role involves extensive international travel and would suit an individual with proven experience of securing and managing multiple large-scale funding from a range of institutional donors including governments and major foundations, for an international development organisation.

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Educated to degree level or equivalent working experience
Demonstrable experience of working in government or statutory funding for an international development organisation
Demonstrable experience of securing multiple, large-scale funding from a range of institutional donors (governments and/or major foundations) e.g. FCDO (DFID), USAID, EC, Gates
Ability to demonstrate up-to-date knowledge and understanding of donor policy direction and regulations
Experience of managing contracts with large-scale institutional donors
Experience of leading on donor engagement activities such as donor engagement strategy development and meetings
Exceptional internal and external stakeholder management skills
Excellent communication skills
Research, reporting writing and proposal development skills
Fluency in English
An understanding of and commitment to the realisation of the rights of people with disabilities
Availability to travel for up to 8 weeks per year travel for proposal developments, donor visits, support programme staff in the development of relationships at a country office / regional level. (Covid-19 restrictions allowing).

French language skills
Line Management experience
The Institutional Funding Senior Advisor is a highly varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties or required professional skills. Please see the Job Description for full details.


Due to the flexible nature of the location of this role, salary will be benchmarked and discussed with successful candidates invited for interview.

To apply

As an equal opportunities employer we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply

Interviews are likely to take place early/mid-March

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