World Vision International (WVI) is a development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. VisionFund International (VFI) is the microfinance subsidiary of World Vision.
WVI is seeking a Regional Grants Officer - Africa. S/he will be responsible for grant acquisition and management of those in Africa. S/he will also be responsible for supporting growth in grant income through identifying appropriate donors, supporting organization's MFIs to position for grants and in writing high quality proposals. S/he will support our MFIs to manage existing and new grants providing quality assurance and donor compliance on both financial and narrative donor reports.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Grant acquisition:
    • Identify donor priorities for region and countries;
    • Track funding opportunities and calls for proposals;
    • Identify key donor trends.
  • Proposal development:
    • Communicate funding opportunities and other relevant information in simplified manner;
    • Lead/participate in go/no-go decisions;
    • Work with relevant NO/RO teams on project design.
  • GAM engagement:
    • Engage with the relevant GAM counterparts in WV RO/SO/NO;
    • Attend regional GAM meetings;
    • Identify and develop key areas for engaging with WVNOs and thematic experts.
  • Grant management:
    • Carry out quality assurance of all grants in Africa and ensure issues are reported, tracked, and managed;
    • Work with finance and operations team to ensure quality monitoring and reporting;
  • Grant capacity building/learning:
    • Support development and implementation of MFI capacity-building plans for grant acquisition and management;
    • Support the production of a grants strategy for each MFI;
    • Identify or develop capacity-building resources and activities.
  • Educational level required: Bachelor's degree in International Development , Economics, or Business Administration. Master's degree in similar applicable field recommended;
  • Previous work experience or education around economic development and/or microfinance;
  • Good understanding of the workings of major government donors, such as EU, USAID, AUSAID/DFATD, World Bank, ADB, DFiD as well as regional development banks and grant making foundations;
  • Demonstrated track record over at least 3 years in proposal development, writing quality proposals, and in acquiring grants;
  • Excellent written English is absolutely neccessary;
  • French would be an asset and Kiswahili desirable;
  • High level computer literacy and advanced experience in excel;
  • Strong managerial skills and ability to deliver quality results through a team across various departments;
  • Proven track record of grant management and donor compliance is required;
  • Good understanding of accounting principles, financial systems, and budgeting for grant proposals.