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Fundraising and Resource Mobilisation Advisor, Wateraid Ghana

Wateraid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Our mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. Here in Ghana we have built a great reputation for championing and delivering these needs to poor communities. We are seeking to add to our dynamic team with the following listed position:

Position:Fundraising and Resource Mobilization Advisor

Person Specification: Must be eligible to work in Ghana,

Location: Country Office, Accra


Gross Salary: GHc 3957 – GHc 5737mo

Key Responsibilities


•Develop a national long-term fundraising strategy and approach targeting a range of donors including multi-lateral, bilateral bodies and corporations, foundations, etc, which maps out significant transforming steps to improve year-on-year performance significantly over a five-year timeframe and beyond for sustainability.

•Ensure effective operational planning and budget setting and efficient use of the CP funds raised, with close attention to continuously improving return on fundraising investment and minimizing risks.

Fundraising (Core Duty)

•Initiating and coordinating all funding contracts,.
•Initiating and managing fundraising campaigns and events in Ghana and maximising the potential of new media opportunities for income generation.
•Assist in building relationships with new donor’s in-country for programmatic, policy and funding relationships. Also keep up to date with local and international donor policies.

Donor Contract Management

• Assist all staff in understanding and conforming to specific donor requirements in all aspects of project implementation, management and monitoring and evaluation.
•Identifying gaps, developing and implementing plans to ensure that the Country Programme and the recipient partners have the requisite capacity to manage the funds so raised.

Relationship Building and External Communication

•To support the negotiation of donor agreements and their clearance by WA UK, Region and Country Representative, and in timely allocation/transfer of firm pledges or funds.
•Review, monitor and document donor funding, policies and trends in Africa and WASH sector
•Build and maintain positive relationships with all members of staff, and likewise with contacts outside the CP, region and globally.

Capacity Building and Skills Development

•Ensure capacity needs of the WaterAid staff and partners are met in order to enable each Sub Programme and partner to effectively manage their fundraising activities/ donor reporting requirement activities.
•Assist WAG project Partners (NGOs, CBO, Local Authorities and government agencies) to develop and implement their Fundraising strategy to meet the ongoing needs and strategic focus of WaterAid Ghana and partners strategic plans.


•Manage the Donor Contracts and Management Officer position holder.
•Provide coaching, training and inspire performance that delivers.

Other duties as assigned


•Master’s Degree in Philanthropy, Marketing, Economics, Communication, Fundraising or Business Administration. Those with Bachelor’s Degrees will also be considered with over 8 years experience.
•A high level of Influencing, Advocacy and Public Speaking skills

•Post graduate qualification in a social or marketing, fundraising and development aid.

•A minimum of 7 years proven track record and experience of successful networking, fundraising and managing a range of different contracts and sponsored events with corporate, bilateral, and international organizations and donors.
•Experience of developing fundraising strategies at a country/regional level, conducting donor intelligence and profiling
•At least 5 years experience on project and programme management in international development.
•Experience in making presentations and negotiation.
•Proven leadership and management skills.
•Representational skills including experience developing relationships with government and donors agencies at a senior level.
•Experience in training and capacity building in fundraising and grants management
•Sound understanding of major donors and their funding requirements and processes is essential (e.g. UKAid/DFID, EU, UN, USAID, CNHF, Ford Foundation, etc).


•Experience in monitoring and evaluation of donors contracts and subgrants.
•Experience in managing change.
•Experience of working within a development charity
•Experience of analyzing trends in African Philanthropy and Individual Donor Gifts


Knowledge and Skills
•Ability to attract and secure new funds and the skills necessary to build and sustain existing relationships using tact and diplomacy.
•Ability to think clearly and analytically.
•The ability to communicate positively and effectively with the WaterAid community, its staff, key stakeholders and audiences
•Excellent written and oral communication skills.
•Good IT skills to include Excel, Word and use of databases desirable; Ability to use WAG’s website and other social media to generate funds essential.
•Competent in use of log frame desirable or developing projects essential
•The ability to develop budgets and monitor expenditures.
•Proven success in generating convincing proposals, raising funds and writing reports for: trusts/ foundations, individuals, corporations or statutory/ multilateral donors.
•Ability to plan own work, setting priorities and complete them under pressure or when faced with competing demands.
•Ability to research and identify new funding via internet, personal contacts, networking and other sources.

•A good understanding of integrated water, sanitation and hygiene promotion project.
•Ability to develop innovative approaches to development problems and work with different teams.
•Use of cost-benefit and full cost recovery analysis to determine the investments (human, financial, etc.) needed to reach financial goals by the end of the strategy's term,
•Fluency in French

Personal qualities
•The commitment and flexibility to carry out the varied responsibilities of the post, and work effectively with all relevant WaterAid staff and Partners.
•A lively interest in and appreciation of the activities of WaterAid and a passionate belief in its mission and values
•A strong commitment to gender sensitive, pro-poor development work.
•Consultative and flexible management style and willingness to learn from others
•Ability to travel (at least 60 days per year) and on ad hoc basis as needed
•Ability to work with minimum supervision and under periodic stress
•Effective time management and ability to prioritise multiple, competing tasks to meet deadlines
•Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual environment and on multi-racial teams

Resumes or CVs should be forwarded by email to:

The Head of People and OD at: not later than March 4, 2013
Late applications will not be accepted.
EEO forms will be completed upon hire.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

WaterAid is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified persons are encouraged to apply.

Thank you for your interest in WaterAid!

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