The Institutional Funding Advisor–UK Government is responsible for developing and implementing Trócaire’s strategy for engagement with relevant UK government departments (including but not limited to the Department for International Development (DFID)) with a view to growing Trócaire’s portfolio of funding from these sources for its development and humanitarian work. The postholder will represent Trócaire towards these departments and monitor priority funding streams and contract opportunities. They will provide expertise and support to Trócaire country staff on accessing UK Government funding, proposal development and quality/compliance issues.
The successful candidate will work as part of the global Institutional Funding team comprising seventeen staff based in Maynooth, Belfast, London and in each of Trócaire’s operational regions overseas.
Trócaire works in partnership with local and church organisations, supporting communities in over 20 developing countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to bring about lasting change. Trócaire envisages a just and peaceful world where people’s dignity is ensured and rights are respected; basic needs are met and resources are shared equitably; people have control over their own lives; those in power act for the common good.
For the candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, Trócaire offers a competitive package of salary and benefits.
This post reports to the Northern Ireland Regional Manager with a dotted line to the Global Partnerships and Fundraising Manager based in Maynooth.
This is a 1 year fixed term contract to be based in Trócaire’s Belfast, Maynooth or London offices.
Safeguarding Programme Participants Trócaire is committed to Safeguarding people within our programmes from Exploitation and Abuse and has specific policies on this commitment (including a Global Code of Conduct) which outlines the expected behaviour and responsibility of all staff, consultants and other organisational representatives. Any candidate offered a job with Trócaire will be expected to sign Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policies and Global Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents
Key Duties & Responsibilities
Strategy Development and Implementation
• Lead the ongoing development, implementation and monitoring of Trócaire’s organisational strategy on UK Government funding for development and humanitarian programmes
• Link with Trócaire country teams and in-country funding staff to identify priority countries for engagement; support priority countries to develop and implement engagement strategies
• Keep abreast of key strategic developments and emerging issues within the UK Government with regard to funding and provide regular updates on these to Trócaire stakeholders
Networking, Representation and Visibility
• Develop and maintain effective relationships with current and potential UK Government funders
• Represent Trócaire (or facilitate the participation of appropriate Trócaire representatives from management, country teams, Strategy, Policy and Advocacy Unit) within UK government working groups, consultation meetings, policy dialogues, early market engagements etc
• Participate in peer networking and other events in London, including BOND funding working groups, START network and others as relevant
• Develop and maintain relationships with peer NGOs, fund managers and other potential consortium partners in the UK
• Ensure Trócaire is profiled at appropriate events in the sector and through other means (eg annual BOND conference, BOND awards)
Prepositioning, Proposal Development and Quality Assurance
• Monitor a number of key UK government funding streams and proactively identify funding opportunities
• Liaise regularly with country management and IF staff to identify funding priorities and match them to available opportunities; work with country teams to ensure Trócaire is well-positioned to apply for funding opportunities through profiling, engagement with UK Government staff and consortium scoping
• Maintain familiarity with UK Government requirements for proposal quality and compliance and provide support to country teams to include them in proposals
• Provide support to country teams on the development of quality funding proposals including writing and reviewing proposals; occasional travel to overseas locations to assist with funding proposals
Capacity-building and Learning
• Facilitate organisational capacity building and learning around key UK government priorities and trends including Commercial Contracts, Value for Money, Leave No One Behind, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
• Organise and facilitate trainings and workshops on key elements of accessing and managing UK Government funding
• Provide grant management/compliance advice and support to country teams and highlight emerging compliance issues as necessary
• Provide cover as required to other members of the Institutional Funding team, particularly the other Belfast-based role.
• Attend training and meetings in Trócaire HQ and elsewhere as required.
• Undertake field trips to Trócaire’s programme countries to visit projects in receipt of institutional funding, to support funding applications and assist with country engagement strategies.
• Upload and maintain funding information on Trócaire’s Management Information System (Salesforce) including responsibility for the UK Government funding pipeline and donor intelligence
• Participate fully as a member of the global funding team, contributing to joint initiatives such as the quarterly and annual funding workshops and partaking in strategic decision making and planning
• Other duties as may be specified by Trócaire from time to time.
Person Specification – Essential Requirements
(E) Qualification Third level qualification in international development, humanitarian response or other relevant area.
(E) Experience At least 3 years’ professional experience in the area of institutional funding with experience of the UK Government’s development and humanitarian funding
(E) Skills • Ability to think strategically, make informed decisions and implement them.
• Excellent networking, communications and relationship-building skills
• Strong Proposal Writing Skills
• Good budgeting/numeric skills
• Strong organisational and interpersonal skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; ability to prepare and present presentations to a range of audiences.
• Knowledge of the Programme Management Cycle and ability to develop and review logframes, theories of change and other programme design tools.
• Computer proficiency, especially in the use of information management systems (eg Salesforce)
(E) Qualities • Creativity and innovative thinking
• Confident in interacting with senior donor and peer representatives
• Ability to work on own initiative
Ability to work in a collaborative way within a team structure and to work remotely
(E) Other • Ability and willingness to travel regularly within Europe and to Trócaire’s programme countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America
• A flexible approach
Person Specification – Desirable
(D) Experience • Experience of working overseas in international development or humanitarian setting
To apply, please click on; https://trocaire.workable.com/j/8C322D4B84 and complete application form.