Development Manager


Nature and Scope of work:

The role holder is responsible for supporting the Head of Department to maintain and grow Sanku’s existing donor base, develop new funding streams and raise funds.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain our fundraising dashboard, proposal and reporting calendar, donor database, and pipeline of opportunities.
  • Conduct research on funding activities and priorities of prospective funders.
  • Own the donor acknowledgment process.
  • Manage a portfolio of funders.
  • Draft compelling and competitive grant proposals for foundations, government aid agencies, and corporations.
  • Coordinate with the Finance team to process grant payments and comply with funders’ reporting procedures.
  • Coordinate with Programs teams to ensure timely execution of grant deliverables, gather accurate and relevant data from the field.
  • Produce timely and informative progress reports for funders, elevating key achievements of Sanku programs and activities relative to funder priorities.
  • Develop new fundraising activities and funding streams.

Competencies Required:

  • A proven track record in writing successful high-value fundraising proposals and budgets that secure funding from Institutional Donors, Trusts and foundations.
  • A thorough understanding of best practices in applying to Institutional Donors, Trusts and Foundations.
  • Excellent project management and coordination skills.
  • A good understanding of international development programmes.
  • Ability to write well-researched, compelling and convincing, creative, tailored, Institutional Donors, trusts and Foundations applications.
  • High levels of numeracy and previous budget preparation experience.
  • Good diplomatic skills & cross-cultural sensitivity

Work Experience and Education Qualifications

  • 3+ years’ experience leading major fundraising campaigns
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (such as marketing, public relations, communications).

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