DanChurchAid (DCA) is working in Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Busia and Siaya counties with refugees and local communities to enhance peace, livelihoods, and resilience. DCA implements projects directly as well as through local partner organizations.
Scope of Work
In April 2023, DCA began implementing a new five-year country programme (2023 – 2027) which outlines key strategies and thematic areas of focus in Kenya. These include food & market systems, entrepreneurship & life skills development; livelihoods; climate resilience; gender equality; youth empowerment and financial inclusion; peace building & protection. In this regard, DCA will contribute to the goals of saving lives, building resilient communities, and fighting extreme inequality, in line with the DCA global results framework.
To achieve this, DCA plans to diversify funding streams, in line with our fundraising strategy. We are seeking a consultant to support in securing new donor funding to drive the continued strategic growth of DCA’s work with partners in Kenya. The Project Design & Resource Mobilisation Consultant will steward the development of dynamic and successful projects – linked to our priorities around green job creation for youth; strengthening food systems; financial inclusion; tech for human rights, and climate justice/action – and articulate these in compelling pitches, concepts and/or proposals for institutional donors, including bilateral and multilateral donors and private foundations.
If/as needed during the assignment period, the consultant will also manage proposal development processes and write the proposals for specific grant opportunities identified and jointly agreed upon. The consultant will drive the process to bring selected applications to full completion and ensure both high quality and a timely submission of the final products.
Responsibilities & Tasks
Become rapidly familiar with:
DCA’s work / approach in Kenya
Fundraising / programme development priorities
Specific initiatives identified for development support
Project formulation, writing/editing:
Work with teams to ideate and conceptualise evidence-based project initiatives, including supporting identification of, and engagement with, relevant partners
Draft and seek input on pitches, concept notes and/or proposals developed, finalising materials which can be used for donor engagement and/or funding applications
Identify further related actions, as/where possible including follow up fundraising actions
Proposal development and/or process management for specific grant opportunities:
If / as needed during the assignment period, provide specific support to the development of targeted – or other – initiatives in response to funding opportunities
Key Internal Contacts
The consultant works together with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) at the Kenya CO; comprised of the Country Director, Head of Programme, Head of Finance & Support Services and Area Programme Managers for Nakuru and Turkana. Other key programme and project staff may be engaged in different initiatives. The relevant DCA lead for each will facilitate any further engagement and collaboration with DCA HQ staff, including from the Global Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation (GPRM) team, and the Programme Advocacy & Learning (PAL) team.
Key External Contacts
External local and international partners – NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, social enterprises, private sector, research institutions – will be involved in all projects. Engagement with these actors will initially be led or supported by DCA staff.
The consultant reports to the Head of Programme (HoP)
Requirements – skills & experience:
Demonstrated experience working in business development in international development or the humanitarian sector.
Proven track record of writing and managing proposals and securing grants and contracts from donors, foundations, and trusts;
Proven relationship building skills and ability to work jointly and effectively in cross-cultural settings and with a wide variety of stakeholders;
Solid analytical skills and ability to present complex concepts in clear and concise formats;
Experience in proposal writing and development for institutional donors;
Proven experience in strategic planning and programmatic design;
Demonstrate confidence in handling difficult situations;
Exceptional problem-solving abilities and ability to perform confidently under pressure;
Ability to take initiative and achieve results with limited supervision;
Strong attention to detail and follow-up;
Excellent people and negotiation skills;
Requirements – location:
Must be based in and have the right to work in Kenya
Willing to travel in Kenya; assignment may involve travel to Nakuru and/or Turkana
Total duration: maximum of 30 days over a two-month period, 2nd October – 1st December 2023.
Please upload your CV (maximum 3 pages) and a cover letter, outlining both key specific and relevant achievements/experience and your anticipated daily rate, exclusive of tax (maximum 2 pages).
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, abilities or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply for the vacancy. DCA conducts an anti-terror check as part of the recruitment process. It is a prerequisite that you can pass this check and maintain this status throughout your employment with us. Everyone applying for a job with DCA must be ready to comply with our Code of Conduct, Staff Policy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment and our Child Safeguarding Policy.