DescriptionThe Program Design Officer (PDO) contributes to African Wildlife Foundation’s (AWF) Cameroon Country Program by cultivating relationships that are key to programming overseas development assistance (ODA), advising governments on conservation and development policies and programs, making the case for increased financing to biodiversity conservation nationally and leading the development of AWF proposals to finance our work in country. The PDO will be a member of a global team that manages public donor relationships, prepares complex proposals in response to identified opportunities, tracks and ensures quality in project reporting to donors, and tracks and informs AWF leadership of developments in donor strategies and priorities. The PDO will also carry policy functions that are a priority to the Cameroon country strategy.The PDO position will be embedded within the Cameroon country program, and as such will be an integral part of our focal country presence. The PDO will be responsible for identifying, defining and developing funding proposals in coordination with country, field, program and finance teams in order to raise public funds for existing and planned program activities in Cameroon. This includes prospecting, researching, process management, writing and submitting grant applications to public donors. The position may also provide similar support to other countries in West and Central Africa as needed. The PDO will also be responsible for representing AWF to public sector partners, and supporting management of relationships with government agencies, civil Society organizations (CSOs) and other important stakeholders. In this respect the PDO will support identifying and promoting policies that support biodiversity conservation and sustainable development including engaging with CSOs to articulate and promote effective policies and engagement with platforms at all levels in strengthening capacities on effective policies and policy processes.Working closely with the Director Program Design, the AWF Country Directors/Coordinators, the Africa Policy lead, and donor Account Managers the PDO will work to win support for AWF’s strategy, cultivate existing and new donor and partner relationships, and elevate the conservation agenda in development cooperation and policy dialogues in Cameroon.RESPONSIBILITIESProposal Development and Writing (~40%)As a part of the PD team, conducts the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to secure public funding for Cameroon (mainly but may also support other countries in West and Central Africa in similar ways). Working under the leadership of DPD and Account Managers on the PD team, the PDO takes primary responsibility as “proposal lead” in searching for and responding to public donor funding opportunities: analyse and review funding opportunities and call for proposals and their fit for AWF’s present projects, programs and strategies; manage project proposal development processes; solicit technical inputs from AWF’s country and landscape teams and technical experts as well as from other AWF department, co-applicants and implementing partners; ensure that supporting documents from Government and co-applicants are timely secured; write professional and compelling log frames, concepts, proposals, budgets, etc.; work with PD/finance to present professional cost applications to secure public funding and ensure synergy in donor budgeting, contract development with partners and consortia, management and reporting. Ensure that new proposals incorporate AWF’s rights-based standards and are aligned to donor requirements Donor and Partner Cultivation and Management & Policy support (~50%)In collaboration with the DPD and AWF’s Cameroon Country Director, the PDO leads AWF’s cultivation of opportunities for program development with bi- and multi-lateral development partners and donors in Cameroon and support the country director and team with other key relationships with important stakeholders such as Governmental, civil society, or private sector partners. These functions include, but are not limited to:Support AWF Cameroon Country Program’s fundraising targets and grow AWF’s relationships with bi- and multi-lateral donors in Cameroon. Support AWF Cameroon Country Program team to establish and maintain relationships with key donors and Government institutions as well as key stakeholders in Cameroon. Support policy and strategy engagement in Cameroon in coordination with the Country Director and Policy/Government Relations teams based on Cameroonian and African priorities and strategies. Track and analyse donor and governmental priorities and strategies in relation to AWF conservation, policy and fundraising objectives in Cameroon and develop strategic interventions on how to secure funding. Track agendas of Cameroon’s development partners, to brief the Country Director and team, donor account managers, and International Policy & Government Relations (Global Leadership) team and provide technical advice on programming priorities in Cameroon. Support the articulation of AWF strategies as needed with the aim of securing new funding opportunities for Cameroon. Support development of funding plans and strategies for Cameroon’s country, landscapes, and thematic programmes and emerging issues. Support Country and Landscape teams in effective donor servicing through soliciting and preparing for and participating in donor field visits to AWF landscapes and projects in Cameroon. Provide specific grant management support upon request with: management and donor relations of existing grants; review project reports; donor compliance support to management of grants, grant panning and financial tracking of ongoing grants. Working with the Country Director, Africa policy lead and other key thematic and landscape leads, support development of clear, innovative, consistent and coherent messaging for policy work in Cameroon. Provide inputs to policies affecting biodiversity conservation and sustainable economic development in Cameroon, including monitoring of financial flows and investments to that end. Provide inputs and coordination on policy related to CSOs in Cameroon. Promote increased financing to biodiversity conservation in Cameroon. Support the engagement of Cameroonian leaders at all levels to champion conservation as a core pillar of sustainable economic growth in Cameroon.Similar support functions to other West/Central African countries may also be provided.Other key roles (~10%) Liaise with account managers and PD team members to support proposal development and cultivation activities as needed across AWF’s fundraising portfolio. Coordinate with and assist the Philanthropy and Foundations & Corporations teams fundraising efforts for Cameroon (and possibly other West/Central African countries), highlight local funding needs and priorities to these teams, function as a resource person, and ensure fundraising synergies are created. Support the rest of the PD as well as Grants, and Program teams to implement actions in their portfolios, adhere to donor conditions and submit reports in a timely way. Represent AWF in relevant meetings, conferences and at donor and partner events in Cameroon. Collaborate with AWF communications and marketing teams to support visibility of AWF’s projects in Cameroon. Support filing, tracking and reporting on PD grant and donor metrics and pipeline on monthly and quarterly basis. Support preparation of supporting materials for meetings, trips, presentations, and other events/occasions. Assists with other tasks, as assigned.Requirements Reputable Master’s degree (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in relevant field: including conservation, natural resource management, rural/international development, economics, political science or similar. Highly skilled to conceptualize project design and write project documents (including budgets, log frames, and work plans) and reports. Existing relationships with donors in Cameroon and up-to-date understanding of bilateral and multilateral donor agencies’ priorities in Cameroon. Similar existing relationships for DRC and Niger is an additional advantage. Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work as a team member and to negotiate and manage donor relationships. Have a logical perspective on things and ability to reduce mechanisms, processes, proposals, ideas, or formulas to their basic parts and understand and explain how they interrelate in a project or contribute to fulfilment of higher agendas such the Sustainable Development Goals, national development plans, and AWF’s mission, strategies and plans. Excellent writing skills are necessary, including the ability to shift writing style and purpose to be appealing and persuasive to the designated target audience. Fluency in speaking and writing both English and French is essential. Must possess strong editing skills and pay attention to detail. Comprehensive knowledge of contemporary conservation and development issues in Africa including good understanding of sustainable development, adaptive project management, MEAL, and knowledge management concepts and application. Demonstrate commitment to and a good understanding of AWF’s Rights Based Conservation approaches, values and principles. High degree of responsibility and accountability for tasks, projects, assignments, and commitments including meeting strict deadlines. Ability to communicate effectively with a wide group of colleagues and partners, including proactive sharing of information and reporting. Proven ability to work independently, and effectively and collaboratively in cross-functional teams. Advanced computer and internet skills.
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