Malawi: Programme Officer Business Development Malawi

Organization: Concern Worldwide
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 26 Apr 2017

Programme Officer

Business Development


About the role: This is a 24 month, new role with unaccompanied terms based in Lilongwe, Malawi with a salary of Grade 1 €28,198-€31,332.

You will report to the Programmes Director and will work closely with Programme Coordinators, Country Finance Controller, Country Director and HQ-based Desk Officer.

We would like you to start on 1st June 2017.

Your purpose:

To play a leading role in the achievement of a strong multi-annual funding base for Concern in Malawi, which supports the delivery of quality programmes in line with our Strategic Plan.

You will be responsible for:

1. Institutional Funding Strategy (10%)

· Analysing the funding environment vis á vis Concern Malawi’s Strategic Plan, mapping key donors and identifying trends in funding and implications for Concern Malawi;

· Developing and supporting the implementation of a Funding Strategy for Concern Malawi;

· Maintaining and regularly updating information on potential funding opportunities for Concern Malawi based on thorough research and intelligence gathering;

· Ensuring Senior Management are appraised of all strategic opportunities, challenges and risks in relation to potential funding opportunities, including grants and contracts.

2. Proposal Development (55%)

· Writing concept notes and full proposals for both grants and contracts under the strategic guidance of the PD or Programme Coordinator. This includes background research, stakeholder analysis, data collection & analysis, consultation processes, development of narrative, development of budget and production all associated documents to a high standard in accordance with donor requirements;

· Coordinating proposal development processes internally, with Programmes, Finance & Systems Departments in Malawi; HQ Desk Officer and Technical Advisors at global level;

· Coordinating and facilitating consortium formation and proposal development processes externally, with consortium and / or local implementing partners;

· Coordinating capacity assessments of potential local partners to be included in proposals;

· Developing MOUs, pre-teaming agreements or other required documentation in relation to consortium formation and partnership development.

3. Supporting Grant Management (10%)

· Developing and maintaining an easy to access and user-friendly work tool to enable Programme Managers and Budgetholders to understand, apply and comply with donor rules and regulations in relation to specific projects. Keep this up to date and inform all relevant staff of any changes in donor rules and regulations in a timely manner.

· Supporting Programme Coordinators to develop and submit narrative and financial reports to donors in a timely manner, in accordance with donor requirements and Concern procedures;

· Responding to needs from Concern HQ on reporting in relation to grant and contract information management.

4. Capacity Building (10%)

· Train Concern and key partner staff in donor requirements and compliance rules under specific contracts, in collaboration with Concern Finance and Systems Managers;

· Coaching and mentoring key national staff on proposal development and management of donor grants / contracts.

· Supporting the Programme Coordinators in the development & implementation of Capacity Building plans for local partners where linked to donor funding issues, as appropriate.

5. Communications, Networking & Relationships (10%)

· Supporting the CD, PD and Programme Coordinators to develop new and existing relationships with key donors and potential consortium partners;

· Developing material to help promote Concern amongst potential donors, partners and key Government representatives, including briefings, capacity statements and presentations;

· When required, represent Concern to external parties including donors, government and partners at coordination meetings and those presenting funding opportunities;

· Work closely with the Desk Officer in Dublin and Business Development Managers in Dublin. London and New York in order to ensure coordinated contact with donors.

6. Managing Learning (5%)

· Document learning on the implementation of donor-funded grants and contracts, in order to improve understanding of donor requirements and to improve Concern’s performance in Malawi and at global level.

Your skills and experience will include:


· A Masters level qualification in Development Studies, International Relations, Social Studies or a related field;

· Minimum 3 years’ experience of working in an NGO or similar organisation, designing, implementing, reviewing and capturing learning from programmes in a development and / or humanitarian setting;

· Minimum 2 years’ experience in successful proposal writing and grant management for major institutional donors (including EU, DFID, USAID, UN agencies) and foundations;

· Proven track record in securing significant institutional funding from successful grant / contract applications.

· Excellent writing skills in English, including proposals and reports.

· Excellent budgeting and financial analysis skills.

· Excellent project planning, monitoring and evaluation skills, using logical frameworks.

· Excellent networking, communication, negotiation and presentation skills.

· Computer literate with excellent command of Microsoft Office software, especially Excel.

· Very strong teamworker with excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills.

· Strong affinity with Concern’s vision, mission and values including the promotion of Gender Equality throughout all of our work.

· Ability to prioritize and handle a diverse and very heavy workload; ability to work under pressure to strict deadlines.


· Experience of working in some or all of the following thematic areas: Livelihoods & Resilience; Health & Nutrition; Gender Equality & GBV; Education; Emergency Preparedness & Response.

· Experience of working with NGOs, Government and donors in Malawi.

· Experience of working at a leadership or coordination level in consortia.

· Experience of working with local partners in implementing programmes against the background of donor compliance requirements.

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

How to apply:

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