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    • Manager, Institutional Relations at Grameen Foundation

    Posted: Dec 30, 2020
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Manager, Institutional Relations

    The Manager will coordinate efforts across regional program and technical solutions teams and ensure successful submission of well-written, high-quality, competitive proposals to institutional funders including USAID, other bi-lateral / multi-lateral donors, and corporate and professional[1] [2]  foundations. The role involves cultivating business intelligence, attending external events, networking, and coordinating and facilitating meetings.   The Manager will also build a pipeline of new funding opportunities, by consistently following the opportunity lifecycle, leading writing efforts on proposals/concept notes and other materials, coordinating budget inputs and other application materials, developing written correspondence, and managing database accounts.

    The position requires a candidate who is highly proactive, with a strong work ethic, professional demeanor and customer service mentality, who truly enjoys writing, meeting new people and facilitating teamwork.

    Reporting and relationships: The Manager, Institutional Relations will report to the Senior Director, Institutional Relations. Candidates will likely possess at least 5 years of relevant experience and can demonstrate they have achieved significant results in similar roles.

    Availability and Travel: This position is exempt and will be expected to work 100% of a standard workweek of 40 hours.  The Manager will follow Grameen Foundation’s safety and security protocol regarding the COVID-19 pandemic including location of work. The Manager may be required to travel domestically and/or internationally 1-2 trips/year.


    • Grameen Foundation is a global nonprofit that enables the poor, especially women, to create a world without poverty and hunger. Learn more about our rich, innovative organizational culture here; learn about our Mission, Work, and Impact here.


    • Conduct networking to develop relationships with institutional funders and partners based in Washington, DC or Sub-Saharan Africa. Expand list of contacts and enhance the organization’s knowledge of priorities, trends and opportunities regarding this donor base;
    • Manage a robust pipeline of institutional funding opportunities ranging from early stage capture to full proposal development across Grameen’s core program areas of digital agriculture, digital financial services, and women’s economic empowerment;
    • Work with technical and regional program  (especially the Africa Regional Director) to research, track and follow up on business intelligence leading up to bid opportunities;
    • Advance team effort on new opportunities through coordinating the opportunity lifecycle process, including research, brainstorming, partner outreach, design/development of the technical approach, writing and editing support,  budgeting, application submission, and project handover;
    • Proactively lead writing of pitch/strategy documents, concept notes, and proposals as well as meeting minutes, team updates, and other documentation;
    • Maintain Salesforce record accuracy and timely updating, as well as other knowledge management tasks;
    • Set up, attend and/or facilitate internal and external meetings/calls.


    • Solid understanding of the proposal development process and demonstrated success managing aspects of proposal development to institutional funders;
    • At least 5 years of experience in new business development within international development, preferably within agriculture, financial services, women’s empowerment or relevanfield, with proven results in similar roles.
    • Bachelors (or Masters) in international development, business, or a related field;
    • Solid and proven knowledge of and interest in digital agriculture, digital financial services, and/or women’s economic empowerment within international development contexts, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa;
    • At least 5 years of experience implementing public-private partnerships and/or USG-funded programs highly preferred;
    • Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to independently lead complex processes;
    • Exceptional written and verbal English language skills – A Must Have Requirement;
    • Strong interpersonal, communication (written and oral) and facilitation skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work in a team in a highly dynamic environment to gather and synthesize information;
    • Demonstrated experience and interest in working in a global/multicultural organization across multiple time zones;
    • Professional and willing to serve others to ensure work is completed;
    • Strong computer and database skills and comfort (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Salesforce or other CRM);
    • Deep commitment to eradication of poverty and gender equality in line with Grameen Foundation’s mission.

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