Send a Cow (SAC) UK – Head of Programme Funding

Organisation: Send a Cow
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About SAC:
Since 1988 Send a Cow (SAC) has
transformed a million lives, by helping African families and orphans to grow
enough food to eat, sell their produce and develop small businesses that last.
Providing livestock, seeds, training and ongoing support, it helps families
leave poverty behind for good. The Send a Cow Group currently constitutes
Country Programmes in seven African countries plus the UK and USA, together
with a Group Executive which is based in the UK.
Job Summary: The Head of
Programme Funding will steer the development and implementation of Programme
Fundraising for Send a Cow country programmes, primarily from institutional
donors in the UK, Europe and USA, and to support Programme Fundraising staff
within the African Country Programmes. To ensure high quality relationships
with existing institutional donors, whilst also broadening the funding base. To
secure core project funding to enable the Send a Cow programme to grow. The
incumbent will lead and manage the Programme Funding team, to network with
current and potential donors, to lead the development of potential funding
opportunities, ensure that prospect research, fundraising applications, logical
frameworks and budgets, and grant management are carried out to an excellent
standard to meet the needs of a growing organisation, The Head of Programme
Funding will be expected to travel within the UK, Europe, the USA, Africa and
elsewhere as appropriate for networking and development purposes.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Develop
    and maintain the strategic direction of the Programme Funding team and
    contribute to SAC strategic development
  • Develop
    a good understanding of the work of Send a Cow in Africa and the context
    and policy framework within which it works
  • Develop
    and maintain a good understanding of the wider NGO context
  • Develop
    and maintain a good understanding of the wider aims, strategic objectives
    and policies of the institutional donor community
  • Take
    lead in and contribute ideas to, prospect development
  • Develop
    new contacts with donors and positive partnerships with other NGOs for
    collaboration on project implementation and joint funding initiatives,
    working closely with the team, and senior Group and Country Programme
  • Ensure
    that the team maintains excellent relationships with existing donors
  • Personally
    manage a number of key donor relationships
  • Conduct
    prospect research into potential donors and partners to identify new
    funding opportunities for SAC Country Programmes.
  • Manage
    the team’s development of excellent funding applications that include
    logical frameworks, activity plans, clearly written narrative proposals
    and detailed budgets which maximise recovery of full project costs, in
    collaboration with Country Programme teams.
  • Hold
    overall responsibility to ensure that grant contracts are well managed, so
    that donor requirements are fulfilled in a timely manner.
  • Ensure
    SAC systems are used appropriately to keep up to date files and records of
    all programme funding activities.
  • Technically
    support in-country capacity building.
  • Maintain
    close communication and collaboration with all Fundraisers across SAC
    (including in the US and UK) to ensure that, working together, programmes
    are fully funded and risk is well managed, making optimal use of the range
    of income sources at SAC’s disposal.
  • Build
    and maintain close relationships with Country Directors, Programme staff,
    Finance and the Research and Impact team to ensure quality and
    appropriateness of Programme Funding activity.
  • Take
    part in the leadership and strategic development of SAC, and any other
    activities as required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree. Possession of a
    Master’s degree is desirable
  • A
    minimum of five or more years’ experience in a senior management position
  • Working
    knowledge of a significant sized local and/or international NGO
  • Past
    experience of motivating a team
  • Skills
    and experience of budgeting
  • Successful
    record of project proposal development, submission for funding, and grants
    contract management
  • Excellent
    track record of developing funding opportunities with a range of
    institutional donors
  • Fluent
    spoken and written English
  • Excellent
    communication and selling skills – both written and verbal
  • Strong
    interpersonal skills and the ability to work co-operatively leading a
    team, and as a contributor to a team
  • Strong
    numeracy skills
  • Networking
    and representing skills
  • Strategic
    leadership skills
  • Excellent
    coaching and mentoring skills
  • Report
    writing skills
  • Understanding
    of IT applications
  • Be
    comfortable working for a Christian organisation and be in sympathy with
    Send a Cow’s Christian values and Cornerstones
  • Proactive
    and forward looking leadership style
  • Willingness
    and commitment to share information and promote transparency
  • Results
  • Highly
  • Ability
    and willingness to travel
  • Commitment
    to and understanding of equal opportunities
  • Self-confident
    and personable
  • Interest
    in International Development
  • Commitment
    to SAC’s Christian Values,
  • Cornerstones
    and development approaches
How to Apply:
All candidates are encouraged
to submit the following documents as they do Apply:
Complete SAC
Application Form
, CV’s will not be accepted
Send a copy the relevant
Submit ‘three key achievements’
according to instructions
Be eligible to work in Uganda
Send the completed documents
Deadline: Monday, 12th January 2015
NB: Interviews
for shortlisted candidates will be held on 22nd January 2015 in Newton St Loe,
If you need more information about the position or on how to apply
please email Janet Bolton, Head of HR or phone on
01225 871913.

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