ICCO – Regional Senior Programme Development Officer (RSPD Officer).

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ICCO is an international NGO, actively promoting sustainable livelihoods and justice and dignity in rural communities in Central, Eastern & Southern Africa. We work in 9 countries in the region including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda.  Our programmes focus on access to finance for smallholder farmers, climate-resilient agriculture, innovative technologies, youth employment and emergency response.

The Regional Senior Programme Development Officer is responsible for the development of high-quality project proposals, developing relationships with existing and new donor according to ICCO Cooperation’s regional strategic plan. About 50% of the time will be spent on Ethiopia. Regular travel within the region is expected. The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Job Summary: The Regional Senior Programme Development Officer (RSPD Officer) is responsible to secure funding from existing donor networks and to broaden up towards new sources of financing for programmes within the framework of the ICCO Cooperation Regional Strategic Plan. Together with the Country Managers (CMs) and programme staff, the RSPD Officer is responsible for ensuring that ICCO’s funding levels grow, that donor relations grow, and new funding opportunities are identified. Special focus is needed for Ethiopia and Kenya.

Reporting: The RSPD Officer reports to the Regional Head of Programmes.

Position type: Local/Internetional contract​.

Contract type: Fixed term contract – 1 year with the possibility of renewal based on performance​.

Proposed start of contract: September 1, 2020​.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Identify funding opportunities and oversee the development of effective grant project designs and proposals for submission to donors.

  • Serve as proposal coordinator for high-value proposals to ensure the development of high-quality concept papers, proposals and ensure proper bid management. Take lead in writing multi-country proposals.

  • Developing track record references to ensure high-quality proposals that meet the requirements of the donors.

  • Support Country Managers with donor strategy analysis, prepositioning, risk assessments and develop and update their countries’ funding strategy. 

  • Identify alternative and innovative fundraising possibilities in the region (businesses, foundations and private donors).

  • Identify and contact prospective leads and advise the Regional Head of Programmes and Country Managers as to which ones to pursue.

  • Ensure all countries have proposal development focal point points and proposal development teams, outline roles and responsibilities of each team member.

  • Ensure feedback is received from donors and discussed among the proposal development teams.

  • Ensure effective transition of approved proposals from design team to the implementing managers.

  • Be aware of the latest developments within the donor community in the region and contribution to their policy setting.

  • Build active relationships with potential donors, allies/partners. Ensure donor intelligence and community priorities/needs, create opportunities and position ICCO for funding opportunities.

  • Respond to other strategic networking tasks on request by management.


  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Social Sciences or a related field. 

  • Good understanding of donor compliance and reporting mechanisms (in particular Dutch government, EU, ECHO, German government, and World Bank).

  • 5-7 years of experience in international development and demonstrate a level of responsibility and accountability.

  • Proven successful fundraising skills with institutional donors and experienced in strategic donor liaison.

  • Experienced in developing public-private partnerships and complex proposals.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

  • Excellent planning skills with strong attention to detail.

  • Experience in managing, negotiating and resolving highly complex tasks, awards and award-related issues in an effective manner.

  • Ability to lead and coach proposal development teams, sometimes in other countries.

  • Ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information and data.

  • Entrepreneurial and responding to opportunities.

  • Good relationship management skills in both the private and public sectors.

  • Exceptional presentation and interpersonal skills.

  • Good knowledge of policies and working procedures of institutional donors.

Competencies needed:

  • Result driven.

  • Innovative.

  • Strong independent team worker.

  • Flexible and adaptable approach to work demands.

  • Able to meet competing priorities, demanding deadlines and work under pressure.

  • Able to maintain strong working relationships with key donors.

  • Has strong planning and time management skills, multi-task and adapt to frequent changing priorities.

  • Has strong analytical skills and in-depth understanding of strategies (ability to link donor priorities and Cordaid strategy).

  • Personal commitment to ICCO’s philosophy, work, and mission.

  • Affinity with the protestant character of ICCO Cooperation.

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Others/Extra Details

Terms of employment

  • The regional office human resource manual is applicable.

Working conditions

  • 40 hours a week.




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