Development Specialist Job in Kenya

Development Specialist

You will report to the Senior Development Manager with a dotted line to the Deputy Regional Director.

Some international travel may be required. Fluency in French is a significant advantage.


Proposal Development and Internal Coordination (70%):

Lead on drafting responses to funding opportunities based on inputs from WRI Africa Programmes Teams and ensuring submission of quality concept notes and proposals including accurate budgets.

Oversee internal organization for bid development, ensuring strict adherence to established internal development processes.

Draft strategic briefs and presentations to inform and guide important interactions and dialogues with prospective donors.

Support annual and multi-year project planning efforts to ensure the development of aligned projects, and compelling offers, to ensure strategic engagement on fundraising priorities and opportunities.

Communicate donor restrictions and reporting requirements; monitor compliance in collaboration with WRI Africa’s operations team

Ensure adherence to WRI’s fundraising & development guidelines and corporate vetting procedures, working with colleagues in WRI Africa and on the Global Development team

Work with the Senior Development Manager to strengthen and lead fundraising coordination and proposal development processes in WRI Africa, with WRI’s Global Development team

Donor Stewardship and Prospect Development (30%):

Support in identifying, and researching new major prospective donors and funding opportunities in the six and seven-figure range.

Assist in the development and implementation of strategies aimed at achieving sustainable funding that aligns with the ambition and opportunities of WRI Africa.

Contribute to the development and management of external partnerships to enhance WRI’s ability and position the organization to attract and deliver large-scale multi-year funding.

Engage in direct fundraising activities such as proposal pitches, strategic partnership development meetings and donor cultivation engagements jointly with other WRI Africa Team members. 

Directly support the WRI Africa programmes team in donor cultivation efforts with current and prospective donors, arranging meetings, leading preparations, and tracking donor engagement with an emphasis on enhancing relationship-building efforts.

Actively manage a revenue and opportunity pipeline for WRI Africa on Salesforce and lead regular reviews with WRI Africa leadership to ensure a proactive strategy for revenue management and development is maintained.

Support donor relationship management by working with program teams to track all donor outreach activities in Salesforce and ensure appropriate follow-up on donor requests.

Provide expert development advice, including training and strategy development, to WRI Africa managers.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, international development, public administration, social sciences or related subject required

Experience: Minimum 5 years of relevant, full-time experience including 2 additional years of experience in a development position with major fundraising responsibilities

International experience strongly preferred with prior experience of working in the development field and preferably in the international NGO sector is essential.

Excellent prospect research skills; understanding of what constitutes relevant and strategic information and how to analyze the data to support prospect development

Excellent proofreading experience to translate technical information into lay language; experience developing and organizing proposals for varying audiences

Working knowledge of MS Office 365, SharePoint and Salesforce

Excellent communication skills to diplomatically guide peers and directors through strategy conception to concrete proposed deliverables focused on impact at global scale

Languages: English. Fluency in French both spoken and oral is an added advantage

Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization

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