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AALI Director of Resource Mobilization and Partnership

Description

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture on behalf of African Agricultural Leadership Institute (AALI) invites applications for the internationally recruited position of Director of Resource Mobilization and Partnership.

The African Agricultural Leadership Institute (AALI) is an independent, non-profit international organisation, with its Headquarters in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). AALI provides an African perspective and voice to the diverse services required to accelerate Africa’s agricultural transformation, particularly among its political leadership and for its women and youth beneficiaries. AALI´s objective is to mobilize and avail a distinctly African professional expertise to shape African political leadership, governments, development banks, and private sector investors in taking bold actions and translating special initiatives into large-scale on-the-ground impact that transform agriculture, thus creating jobs and employment for millions of African youths and wealth for tens of million rural households.

AALI is looking for a highly experienced, connected, engaging, flexible, forward-looking, and motivated individual who would explore how to mobilize funds to implement its 2023-2032 Strategy, diversify its revenue resources, and be responsive to changes in funding priorities from funders’ perspectives. The successful candidate will also act as the bridge between AALI and its partners, focusing on cultivating and nurturing strong relationships, driving strategic initiatives, and managing the overall partner portfolio to leverage resources, knowledge, and networks for mutual benefits. He/she will work closely with AALI’s directorates and units to achieve AALI’s objectives.

The successful candidate must be a people person with excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication, advocacy, and diplomacy. In conjunction with AALI’s President and Co-Presidents, the candidate must work with African governments at the highest level.

As a member of AALI’s Senior Management Team (SMT), the Director of Resource Mobilization will be housed by AALI in Kinshasa but will report to the President via the CCP-PNAA. As required, the Director will provide regular updates on key resource mobilization matters, progress, and challenges.

Position Responsibilities

Strategic Resource Mobilization (RM) Initiatives and Framework:

·      Develop the resource mobilization (RM) strategy as well as a roadmap for AALI’s funding resource growth.

·      Mobilize funds from a diversity of donors to implement its 2023-2032 Strategy and diversify its revenue generation.

·      Create donor intelligence for privileged access/information to funding initiatives across public and private sectors.

·      Lead effective engagement, communication, and advocacy under the guidance of AALI President and Co-Presidents.

·      In close conjunction with the AALI Managing Director, develop, engage, and maintain high-value networks with a diversified array of funding agencies that provide alternative innovative funding/ RM platforms.

·      Develop a framework for setting AALI’s vision and mission-driven RM goals, which are measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

Resource Mobilization and Project Coordination:

·      Develop and manage fundraising initiatives, including developing proposals for bilateral donors and obtaining funds from African multilateral financial institutions, Africa-based and global development agencies, bilateral investors, and African governments.

·      Collaborate with country-specific bilateral projects to guarantee consistency, efficiency, and alignment with AALI’s RM drive.

·      Manage a comprehensive understanding of current and potential donor base and landscape in Africa.

·      Develop a dashboard of the projects-resource pipeline and the probability of being funded.

 

Managing Strategic Partnerships:

·      Provide leadership in developing AALI’s strategic and operational plan for partnership management to achieve optimal impact and organizational growth.

·      Identify, establish, and nurture beneficial relationships with strategic stakeholders, including government agencies, private sector actors, development organizations and CSOs.

·      Develop, negotiate, and manage strategic partnership agreements with a focus on leveraging resources, knowledge, and networks to achieve AALI’s objectives.

·      Ensure that partners are adequately informed about AALI’s vision, mission, and value proposition.

·      Prepare reports on all partnership management matters.

 

Other Duties:

·      Act as the point of contact with external organizations and stakeholders on RM matters.

·      Undertake any other duties as assigned by the AALI President as Coordinator of CCP-PNAA and by the AALI Managing Director.

Requirements

Educational Qualifications and Experience

·      A minimum of a master’s degree in economics, finance, banking or any other related resource mobilization field. At least 12 years of progressive experience in partnerships with financial investors and fundraising, with a minimum of 5 years in a senior leadership position in a reputable institution.

Core Competencies and Qualities

·     Strong knowledge of resource mobilization (RM) and advocacy practices.

·     Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and build effective resource mobilization networks.

·     Highly experienced, connected, and engaged in working with African governments at the highest level.

·     Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French and good knowledge of English.

·     Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

·     Excellent team player who can collaborate effectively with other AALI Directorates and Units.

Duty Station: AALI Kinshasa office, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Benefits

 

General information: The contract will be for an initial period of three years. AALI offers an internationally competitive remuneration package paid in US Dollars.

 

Applications: Applications must include a cover letter, which should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three professional referees (which must include either the Head of the applicant’s current or previous organization or applicant’s direct Supervisor/Superior at his/her present or former place of work). The application should be addressed to the Head, People and Culture. Please complete our online application form using this link: https://apply.workable.com/iita/#jobs.

 

Closing Date: 21st June 2024

 

AALI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce, particularly welcoming applications from women.

While all applications will be acknowledged, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

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