Starting date: as soon as possible
Duration of contract: initial contract of 5 years
Closing date for applications: 8 March 2020
Candidates for this position require a church endorsement
The Department for Theology, Mission and Justice (DTMJ) supports the presence and witness of the member churches (MCs) of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) globally and locally. DTMJ programs are related to Theological Studies, Capacity Building and Diakonia. DTMJ also houses the advocacy unit of the LWF, the “Action for Justice” team, which focuses its work on Human Rights, Interfaith/Peace, Gender Justice and Climate Justice.
The main purpose of this position is to develop, secure and manage new funding for DTMJ programs. This may involve management of donor relationships, support to grant management. From a strategic perspective, priority will be given to institutional funding opportunities in the thematic area of Climate Justice. It is expected that the Resource Mobilization Coordinator will spend 50% of her/his time on this.
Within the remaining time (approx. 50%), the incumbent will provide orientation, guidance and support on fund raising and donor requirements to DTMJ program staff and assist them in pursuing concrete new funding opportunities.
The position holder will collaborate with the Global Funding Team of the Department for World Service, the humanitarian and development arm of the LWF, in the pursuit of funding opportunities that leverage the full potential of the structure and programmatic engagement of the LWF Communion Office.
- University degree in international development and/or fundraising (or related degree).
- Training on government /institutional grant management desirable.
- Experience in working with churches and/or church-related organizations.
- In-depth knowledge and experience in working with climate funding mechanisms.
- Fluent English required. Spanish and/or German desirable.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and networking skills. Proactive attitude and innovative approaches towards working with potential donors.
- Advanced user in office suite, strong computer literacy.
Additional study and experience
- Proven track record of successfully fundraising for large projects/programs and managing partner and donor relations, preferably in the area of climate financing.
- Minimum 3-year international experience in the area of fundraising with global donors, preferably within faith-based/ecumenical organizations.
- Proven ability to work and report with various project frameworks including UN, EU and governmental donors.
- Experience in training others in grants acquisition.
Work time: 100%
Average travel days per year: extensive (more than 20 days)
LWF core skills
- Analytical thinking – expert level
- Achieving results – expert level
- Accountability – expert level
- Working effectively with others – expert level
- Initiative – advanced level
- Leadership – advanced level
- Resource management / Fundraising including technical proposal writing – expert level
- Communication / networking / promotion – expert level
- Facilitation / negotiation – expert level
- Innovation – advanced level
- Project management – advanced level
Position environment and dimensions
Internally, mainly interacts with the DTMJ program staff, PMER and finance staff, and with other resources mobilization officers in the Departments for World Service, with the Income Development Officer of the Department for Planning and Coordination, as well as with LWF regional secretaries and other relevant staff.
Externally, interacts and cooperates with member churches, and donors, including UN, INGOs, and government agencies, as well as any other LWF stakeholders on DTMJ themes and programs.
- Responsible for the development and implementation of the DTMJ Resource Mobilization plan.
- Proactively explores and pursues funding opportunities in the field of climate justice.
- Develops, writes, coordinates requirements and submits quality proposal/s on time, in collaboration with the concerned staff – particularly (but not limited to) programs on climate justice.
- Develops and manages relationships with various donors, with a focus on institutional (governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental) donors – particularly (but not limited to) programs on climate justice.
- Advises and provides technical support to program staff in resource mobilization and grant management.
- Ensures that the approved grants are compliant with all requirements of donors and in line with the LWF strategy, core commitments, ethical standards, and policies.
- Takes part in the management and monitoring of approved institutional grants of DTMJ as per the contractual agreements with donors.
- Supports the development and implementation of CO fundraising strategy.
Expertise, Support, Learning and Development
- Leads DTMJ staff on strategic engagement with key funding partners and development of a broader funding portfolio.
- Supports the stewardship of resources in the CO in order to make best use of the available funding.
- Researches and monitors strategically the fundraising trends, activities and practices. Identifies trends and priorities with existing and potential donors, with a particular focus on climate funding.
- Active member of the cross-departmental Staff Working Team on Resource Mobilization.
Communication and Promotion
- As the DTMJ Resource Mobilization focal point, represents LWF and networks with key institutional and international donors to promote DTMJ programs.
- Explores new funding opportunities in-country, internationally and in Switzerland.
- Ensures a good visibility and updated information flow within LWF for his-her area of responsibility.
In addition to being a new position developed in a context of restructuring, the challenge is to contribute to developing funding for DTMJ’s programmatic engagement and resourcing the newly established Action for Justice Unit as it brings together experiences from MCs and from World Service programs.
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