Position: Resource Mobilization Volunteer

Location: Nairobi

Job description

The Environmental Capacity and Sustainability Institute (ECAS Institute) is a Pan-African policy think-tank established in 2016 to help bridge the gaps between research, policy, and practice pertaining to environment and sustainable development goal in Africa. Since its establishment, Institute has emerged as one of the environment-based capacity development organizations in the region. It has invested in demand-driven training, research, mentorship and advisory support initiatives targeting public, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and individuals.

ECAS has generated and provided evidence-based advisory support that has been instrumental in informing high-level decisions in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Malawi, Congo, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Africa. We have trained, done research, mentored young people and convened stakeholders.  Our success is the success of our benefactors—our committed partners, collaborators, competent and dedicated staff, and governing organs.

ECAS has its head office at the University of Nairobi’s Chiromo Campus, Nairobi Kenya and is staffed by technical and administrative personnel. We are governed by an Executive Director who works closely with an Advisory Board of distinguished experts who provide strategic guidance and institutional oversight. We have made considerable progress in developing our expertise, infrastructure, policies and management systems, and have built a multi-disciplinary technical staff with expertise in various fields of relevance to our goal.

ECAS Institute seeks to recruit qualified Resource Mobilization Volunteers from across the world to support the organization with the planning, development and management of resource mobilization activities. The selected candidates will work closely with the Executive Director, communications and coordination staff. The position will be mainly homebased/online/virtual with bi-weekly reporting to the Executive Director.


  • Develop and implement a Resource Mobilization Strategy;
  • Manage the resource mobilization functions by monitoring and reporting on the Resource Mobilization Strategy implementation;
  • Conduct an environmental scan and provide donor intelligence (thematic orientations, modalities of engagement, entry points, forecasts etc.) to the Executive Director on the probability of attracting funds;
  • Spearhead proposal development efforts ensuring efficient coordination with teams and the submission of high-quality grant proposals in strategic priority themes worldwide;
  • Develop and/or enhance resource mobilization tools as needed;
  • Monitor and maintain the proposal pipeline and generate bi-weekly reports for management’s strategic decisions;
  • In collaboration with the communications team, engage in organizational brand building including development of collateral materials to support fundraising efforts, such as brochures;
  • Maintain the donor database to ensure it is an up-to-date and dynamic document and share its contents systematically with the Executive Director;
  • Develop generic templates for quick response to calls where donors do not provide templates;
  • Document various meetings with donors, monitor required action and accompany the Executive Director to meetings with donors, as required;
  • Engage in donor relationship management to ensure donor retention and upgrades while capturing new development partners;
  • Identify and cultivate relations with strategic implementing partners for prospective consortium style initiatives;
  • Represent ECAS Institute at key strategic forums both locally and internationally, as required;
  • Build the capacity of ECAS staff, board and partners on resource mobilization, as required.


  • A bachelor’s degree(minimum) in Environment/climate change related, International Development/International Relations/Strategic Management/Economics or other relevant field
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience, in the development sector;
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, networking and communication skills;
  • Excellent leadership, coordination and relationship building skills;
  • Current knowledge of sustainable development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in international development cooperation;
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills;
  • Demonstrated engagement with diverse donors and development partners;
  • An effective and energetic team player, with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment;
  • Strong self-motivation and innovative skills, with capacity to work independently and meet deadlines.


  • Knowledge of grant management, monitoring and evaluation practices;
  • Understanding of development policy and research and issues related to low-carbon growth and sustainable development in Africa;
  • Familiarity with web publishing and interactive social media;
  • Working knowledge of English, German, and French will be an advantage.

How to apply

For more information about ECAS Institute, visit our website at

Applications will be accepted up to 10th March 2021, or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier. Please submit your letter of motivation with a detailed CV/resume stating your interest, qualification with email, and telephone contacts to

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