Proposal Development Manager (Fresh Water)

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Last year, WWF launched a new strategy that harnesses the strengths of the WWF network in a shared vision, focussing on six major goals – water, wildlife, the ocean, climate and energy, forests, and food – and three key drivers of environmental problems – markets, finance and governance.
In support of this strategy WWF undertook a redesign of its international secretariat that will further unite WWF offices and its near 6,400 staff around the world. This will help WWF to build stronger partnerships across the world with government, business, civil society and individuals. Together, we will deliver on WWF’s ambitious goals.
We are recruiting the role of Proposal Development Manager – Fresh Water for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.


Main responsibilities:

  • Coordinate thought leadership across offices, concerning Network-wide, large ticket, initiatives involving many offices (beyond regular fundraising), to successfully raise funds for the achievement of the Global Goal of the Practice.
  • Convene strategic content from across the Network and ‘translate’ complex, technical content into persuasive and compelling proposals.
  • Collaborate with the Fundraising Community of Practice on the development of major initiatives to accelerate transformational funding opportunities for the achievement of the Global Goal.
  • Provide proposal development expert support across the Practice by developing exchange of best practices (e.g. proposal examples, language used, winning pitch decks etc.).
  • Provide operational fundraising support to the Practice (i.e. on-demand help with editing/fine-tuning proposals and reports).
  • Together with the Practice Leadership, and the Network Fundraising community, identify critical programme needs that require funding and match these to funding opportunities in support of the Global Goal
  • Work with Network fundraising and partnership experts to ensure that proposal development is accurately tuned to match their requirements
  • Work with fundraising community to  develop funding events that allow WWF to showcase is biggest and most promising ideas to most promising donors
  • Project coordination of the proposal development for big topics i.e. collect and share best-practices to utilise the full potential of most recent know-how across the network.
  • Provide assistance, upon request from offices, with communication/content/grant proposal representation toward the donors.
  • Contribute to the Knowledge-Management platform to share learnings.
  • Liaise with Focal Points and Fundraising leads in Offices and coordinate with the Practice to support fundraising concepts and proposals (co-design).
  • Coordinate stewardship and reporting requirements.
  • Liaise regularly with Focal Points and Practice Members to share developments, updates and progress.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities as required by the Practice Leader 

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in English, journalism, communications or related relevant field.
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English;
  • At least five years’ relevant professional experience in writing marketing, fundraising, PR or communications materials
  • Experience of working in an international environment, particularly an NGO, would be an advantage.
  • Proven ability to create donor friendly materials including experience in grant/proposal and donor report writing and understanding of the principles of communications and fundraising, especially donor needs. Experience of producing fundraising appeals (online, or through direct mail) an advantage.
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills with very high attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices, preferably in a non-profit environment.
  • Ability to coordinate/manage processes and projects that require participation and contribution from staff for which the post holder has no direct supervisory responsibility.
  • Demonstrated competencies in all relevant computer packages required for writing and formatting materials.
  • Ability to manipulate, analyse and interpret data and good understanding of proposal budgets.
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and ability to coordinate projects with many variables, set and meet realistic deadlines, and manage a timeline under pressure. 
  • Ability to communicate a compelling and inspired vision in written and presentation materials and to formulate and clearly communicate ideas to others. 
  • Passion for conservation and adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

How to apply?

Upload your covering letter and CV on LinkedIn as one file.  We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.
Work permit restrictions may apply.
Deadline for applications: 06 February 2017
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.