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FCA works to enable people to break the circle of poverty and violence. We are a rights-based actor, a Finnish organization with 70 years of experience, with operations in 15 countries. FCA is Finland’s largest NGO in development cooperation and second largest provider of disaster relief. Our action is guided by international human rights standards and principles. We realize our mission and vision through development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and advocacy work. We contribute to positive change by supporting people in the most vulnerable situations within fragile and disaster-affected areas. We consider three thematic areas as central to sustainable change: the right to peace (R2P), livelihood (R2L) and quality education (R2QE).

Primary purpose of the position:

This is three (3) months short term contract and responsible for the technical support for the business development and grants work at FCA Somalia. The position reports directly to the Head of Programmes and Business Development / Interim Country Director at FCA Somalia.

Key in ensuring the country and Service and Accountability Center (former Head Office) relationships including the program technical staff, Head of Operations and Administration, Program Implementation staff, Grants Advisors, and donors. The Business Development Specialist provides strategic guidance and support to the country office on issues of program development, grants/sub-grants management and compliance, and donor relations. S/he leads proposal development processes and supports variety of aspects of projects cycle management, including information management, problem analysis, evidence-based program design, negotiation with donors and partners, grant and sub- grant monitoring and modifications, reporting, and grant closure.

This position is remote with possible trips to Somalia. S/he will work collaboratively with the FCA Somalia’s senior management team, the technical staff, finance, supply chain, HR, and field management

Main tasks:

Program & Business Development

• Lead coordination of proposal development process from Go/No-Go to final submission, gathering input from Technical staff, M&E staff, Project implementation staff, Head of Programmes and Business Development, Head of Operations and Administration, Finance, Technical Advisors, and ensuring proper review at the Head Office.

• Lead coordination of the strategic evaluation & drafting of go-no-go decisions and Proposal Background (PB)

• Ensure management of review process in line with FCA guidelines.

• Work closely with the Head of Programmes in supporting facilitation of program design meetings, travelling to field sites & program activities in order to ensure high quality design processes.

• Lead in drafting of Technical and non-technical sections of proposals, budget narratives, editing of proposals and review against solicitation requirements and donor rules & guidelines in collaboration with the Grants Advisors at Head office.

• In liaison with the Head Office, ensure proposals meet internal standards, including use of FCA’s Global and Somalia Strategic directions, Standards and donor compliance.

• Conduct review of proposal budgets for donor responsiveness and matching technical narrative.

• Act as focal point with donors’ in-country for the proposal development process.

• Working closely with the Head of Programmes , provide inputs to program development strategy through conducting donor mapping, analysis of upcoming opportunities, FCA’s competitive strategy, and updating the program development workplan.

Grants Management & Program Support

• Ensure sound management of reporting requirements, including timely and quality submission to donors.

• Ensure support is provided to FCA Somalia field offices for management of project cycle and compliance requirements as per donor agreements.

Communications & Representation 

• Support in-country engagement with donors and key stakeholders.

• Support representation in sectoral, cluster working groups or thematic/adhoc humanitarian coordination meetings as needed.

Donor Compliance 

• Act as focal point with donors’ in-country on grants management issues for ongoing, past, and potential future projects.

• Review donor agreements and coordinate their review with the Head office; liaise with Head Office as necessary for adherence to donor regulations.

• Ensure comprehensive grant files are maintained up to date and are available for use by key staff.

Job Requirements: 

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Social sciences, Development studies  or related subject

• At least five years of experience working in project and/or grants management and proposal/business development/design in an INGO or similar environment

• International experience with preference in the Horn of Africa and East Africa

• Prior knowledge of donor regulations (UN, USAID, ECHO, FCDO, SIDA, EU, ECHO etc.)

• Prior demonstrated success in developing projects and writing proposals for range of donors

• Good communicator with strong organizational, time management and analytical skills

• Excellent inter-personal, cultural and diplomatic skills

• Strong writing and editing skills with close attention to detail

• Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements

• Strong capacity to mentor and build capacity of staff

• Ability to juggle competing priorities, meet demanding deadlines and work under pressure in unstable security environment

• Full written and spoken fluency in English

• Strong skills in Microsoft Office Suite

• INGO experience is an asset

Application process:

Please apply by using the link no later than on 20th April 2023. Please note that applicants will be short-listed and contacted for an interview on a rolling basis before the deadline of this advert

The position will be filled as soon as possible and it is a fixed-term employment until 31 July 2023. The compensation is based on FCA Compensation System and depends on prior work experience.

Finn Church Aid (FCA) is Finland’s largest development co-operation organization and the second biggest organization in Finland working in humanitarian aid. FCA is a founding member of the international aid alliance of churches, the ACT Alliance. We seek positive change by supporting the most vulnerable people in fragile contexts. We specialize in supporting local communities’ right to peace, livelihoods and quality education. Qualified and interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion, or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply for the vacancy.

FCA practices zero tolerance on sexual exploitation and abuse, including child abuse in all forms. FCA has zero tolerance concerning aid diversion and illegal actions and may screen applicants against international lists to ensure due diligence and compliance with Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism requirements. 

FCA is certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).

Application period starts: 2023-04-06 08:00Application period ends: 2023-04-20 23:59
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