Business Development Advisor




New Business Development

§  Ensure that the Country Office has a comprehensive Business Development Strategy in place, which is in line with the Country Strategy, and is implemented and monitored effectively.

§  Identify, research, and disseminate information on new funding opportunities from bilateral, multi-lateral, and other institutional donors.

§  Position Country Office to successfully win and manage medium and large grants, including support management of Country Portfolio and setting of financial targets.

§  Lead development of high-value or complex proposals or bids including proposal writing and interdepartmental coordination with Program, Operations, Awards and Finance team for proposal development.

§  Cultivate business relationships with external stakeholders and potential partners for large scale or strategic funding opportunities.

§  Track up-coming funding opportunities, donor engagement and proposal development process.  Provide regular updates to the Director of PDQ on status of the funding portfolio and key trends to monitor.

§  Assist in developing funding strategies for thematic programme plans and cross-sectoral integration. 

§  Any other duties assigned


Donor Engagement

§  Lead the development and regular update of donor engagement strategy to assist in growing the Sierra Leone and Liberia portfolio, consistent with the Country Strategy.

§  Cultivate excellent working relationships with donor agencies at regional and country level as appropriate and in collaboration with the Director of Programme Development and Quality.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


·         Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

·         Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


·         Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

·         Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

·         Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


·         Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

·         Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

·         Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


·         Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

·         Willing to take disciplined risks.


·         Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


  •  Master’s Degree in Development Practice, Social Science or relevant field.



§  Minimum 7 years’ experience in development and or emergency contexts, preferably with solid experience in at least two priority sectors of Save the Children: education, protection, child rights governance, health and nutrition.

§  Proven track record in producing winning bids and proposals for institutional donors, corporates / private sector and others

§  Strong understanding and experience with USG, DFID, EU, UN and other institutional donor funding mechanisms and contract regulations.

§  Excellent writing/editing, reporting, budget development and presentation/communication skills.

§  Experience in coordinating development of large-scale or strategic proposals, including the development of multi-million dollar project budgets.

§  Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.

§  Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy


§  Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets.

§  Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner and experience in leading project presentations to donors and partners

§  Proven ability to design high quality programs

§  Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, and pull together input from a diverse team.

§  Cultural awareness and ability to work in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

§  Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.



Job description:

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Date advertised: 25 Nov 2019

Closing date: 14 Dec 2019 - 00:59 WAT

Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Department: Funding

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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