The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) is a regional umbrella body that brings together 46 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Africa. NANHRI, whose Secretariat is based in Nairobi, Kenya, is registered under Kenyan law as an independent legal entity and has been operational since 2007. The Network of African NHRIs seeks to support and strengthen National Human Rights Institutions in Africa as well as to facilitate coordination and cooperation between and among as well as linking them to other key human rights actors at the regional and international level. National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are bodies established by governments to aid in promotion and protection of human rights within their respective jurisdictions through handling complaints and conducting investigations, research, advocacy and educational programmes in line with the Paris Principles.
About the Position:
This is a wonderful opportunity for a well-experienced fundraiser who has extensive experience and networks within the governance and human rights sectors in Africa, and possibly international donors who are aligned to advancing human rights on the continent. This is an exciting role to retain, acquire and report on grants from institutional donors. Working within the programmes team, the post holder will take over responsibility for maintaining strong relationships with and raising significant funds from existing donors and partners as well as development of new funding opportunities from other institutional donors.
Works closely with Executive Director, Finance Officer and NANHRI Senior Programme Officer including all relevant Programme Officer to develop timely programmes, high quality and competitive projects proposals and presents them to donors.
Resource development and Partnership (70%)
- Lead the processes of resource mobilization and donor engagement to execute NANHRI’s resource mobilization and Strategic Plan 2021-2025
- Lead the ‘go/no go’ process for opportunities ensuring all risks are rigorously assessed and managed
- Lead proposal development efforts ensuring efficient coordination with teams, including team ownership and the submission of high-quality documents.
- Ensure that the proposal development and related processes include standardized approaches for budget, procurement and personnel planning and monitoring, linking closely with the Operations Unit and Corporate Services teams.
- Determines proposal concept by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs; studying requests for proposal (RFPs); attending strategic meetings.
- Coordinate with colleagues in the programmes to compile the information required for developing proposals and preparing donor reports for grants awarded.
- Meets proposal deadline by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, reviewing, and approval.
- Establish, build, maintain and manage relationships with key Regional, and international funders;
- Secure major donations through leveraging crucially important opportunities available;
- Research and identify new institutional funding sources for excellent and our partners, regularly monitoring for opportunities, sharing with relevant team members and helping to plan approaches to them
- In collaboration with the Communications team, ensure communication materials, events and plans contribute to NHRIs’ resource development efforts.
Donor grant Management and Compliance (20%)
- Overseeing the implementation and reporting of grant throughout the project cycle
- Ensure the smooth start-up of new country or regional donor funded projects, ensuring staffing and procurement plans are in place and implemented
- In coordination with Finance, ensure budgets are tracked monthly and that spending is on track and complies with donor rules; highlight risks/issues promptly and put in place mitigation measures
- Monitor progress against milestones and objectives, budgets, and results, ensure high quality donor reports are submitted on time
- Ensure the effective transition or closure of grants that are ending, ensuring compliancewith contractual obligations and maximize learning
- Draft the development of new processes, tools and implementation methods to improve efficiency and effectiveness of grant management.
Capacity Building (10%)
- Support ED in the development of country strategies and setting up or reviewing NANHRI’s annual resource development, targets and strategies.
- Ensure all staff are trained in RMP
- Ensure that all staff are supported in leading proposal development processes
- Contribute to staff resource mobilization efforts performance during their performance appraisal
Competence and Personal Requirements:
Master’s Degree or equivalent qualification.
- Understanding of human rights-based approach and other development and human rights work related to national and international policies, strategies, UN conventions and international laws.
- Over 10 years of working experience in development cooperation, good governance, rule of law and human rights programmes within a regional (Africa)/international/global environment.
- Demonstrated experience in programmatic development leading to funded programmes and growing portfolios. 4.
- Strong conceptual and analytical skills and demonstrated organizational, management and fundraising skills.
- Knowledge and experience of cooperation with governmental and non-governmental agencies in development cooperation and good governance.
- Conversant in project cycle management, project planning, fundraising and knowledge management. Knowledge of regional/global context. Knowledge/familiarity of NANHRI’s strategic interventions.
- Ability to work independently under pressure in an organized and responsive manner.
- Ability to identify donor intelligence for appropriate timely action
- Excellent written and spoken English and French (bilingual)
How to Apply
How to apply NANHRI invites qualified applicants with the required expertise and experience to send their cover letter and updated CV demonstrating their suitability for the position as described herein.
Applications MUST be sent via the emails provided below by February 20, 2021 to: Recruitment, Network of African NHRIs Lenana Road, CVS Plaza, 2nd Floor P. O. Box 74359‐00200 NAIROBI.
NB:Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.