Coordinator, Proposal Development and Grant Writing
IUCN’s Asia programme covers 25 countries and consists of 11 country offices coordinated from its regional office in Bangkok, Thailand. Its regional team of over 200 professional and support staff members work closely with its members and partners in undertaking projects that:
- Address species loss and ecosystem degradation,
- Help improve biodiversity conservation and natural resources management,
- Promote nature-based solutions to reduce climate and environmental risks, and
- Mobilize private sector engagement and nature finance.
Open to all nationalities. Final appointment will be governed by the Local Conditions of Service and where applicable, the Global Expat Policy.
As key member of the Programme Coordination and Support Unit (PCSU), this position has overall responsibility for coordinating proposal development and grant-writing for the region. He/she is expected to contribute to further growing and diversifying IUCN Asia’s portfolio of over US$20M annually – which is currently funded by GEF and GCF, international donor organizations, and private business sector and in-country partners.SPECIFIC DUTIES:
Reporting directly to the Regional Director, he/she works closely with PCSU colleagues responsible for portfolio management and operations support, and with senior programme staff in regional/country offices. Specific duties include:
Proposal pipeline management
- Provides analytical information, strategic advice and practical recommendations on resource mobilization and business development.
- Plans, coordinates and monitors the overall proposal pipeline in support of region- and country-level programme agendas and strategies.
- Coordinates with key staff in the regional and country offices to identify new project funding and partnership opportunities.
- Facilitates discussion among peers and teams in generating novel project ideas and concepts, and in translating them into innovative grant-winning proposals.
- Guides priority-setting for proposals, matching them with funding opportunities identified through donor intelligence, and packaging to comply with donor requirements and IUCN institutional guidelines.
- Helps ensure that target proposals build on and link with other projects and programmes in the overall regional portfolio and pipeline.
- Provides guidance, review and support to staff in proposal drafting, revision and finalization
- Leads grant-writing for assigned proposals in collaboration with programme/project teams and partners across country, regional and HQ offices.
- Designs initiatives to enhance in-house capacity for grant-writing and proposal development.
- Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to IUCN’s thematic areas of work. A Bachelor’s degree with an additional year of relevant experience and professional trainings and/or certifications may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree requirement.
- At least 8 years’ relevant experience in resource mobilization, proposal development and grant-writing for science-oriented development initiatives.
- Prior involvement in resource mobilization initiatives with international development/ environment/climate financing such as GEF and GCF, and with private business sector and philanthropic organizations (essential/a distinct advantage).
- Relevant experience with international organizations such as development agencies and NGOs, research institutes and universities, grant-making and other funding organizations preferable.
- Proven ability to identify and pursue strategic funding opportunities
- Track record of successful grant-proposals and other modes of securing funding support.
- Established professional and personal network of contacts with development funders and partners, both internationally and within the Asia region.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Capable of delivering quality outputs and results under tight deadlines.
- Exhibits teamwork, multi-cultural awareness, client orientation, adaptability, openness to continuous learning.
- Proficient in various computer software for managing information systems, databases and communications.
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