Global Foundations, Organizations and Institutions Specialist at Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is seeking a talented Global Foundations, Organizations and Institutions (FOI) Development Specialist to focus on pre-positioning donors for the organization and building up the capacity of our national programs in Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya, among others within Africa.

Our ideal candidate is familiar with large multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and brings innovation and resourcefulness in regards to pre-positioning and securing partnerships to support the global work of Habitat. This person will report to the Director of Global Foundations, Organizations and Institutional Relations for Europe, Middle East and Africa as a fundraiser for the African region, contributing to the implementation of FOI Framework. This person will contribute to identifying pipeline opportunities and FOI forecasts. This person will support pre-positioning activity with Habitat and contribute to coordination of FOI activity with relevant Habitat colleagues. This person will actively contribute to collaborating across the Habitat network to meet high level of quality, productivity and service which leads to strong internal and external partnerships. This person will actively contribute to meeting a fiscal target for the African region that increases by 25% each year and contribute to team success. In accordance with HFHI’s global standards, policies, and protocols, this person will develop and/or support and maintain all systems necessary for successful FOI fundraising in Africa.

This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya on a hybrid basis and will involve approximately 20% travel.

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To actively contribute to develop relations internally and externally, develop the pipeline in Africa, targets, and forecasts (70%):

*Support the Director in coordinating a collaborative process with Habitat colleagues on FOI activity including pre-positioning, forecasting, go/no-go processes, proposal development processes and after action reviews.

*Contribute to identifying opportunities through forecasts and market intelligence to help achieve Habitat’s objectives.

*Prepare briefings and other informational materials that support the Director and organizational leadership with FOI engagement.

*Build and maintain effective FOI relations globally and regionally with guidance from the Director, as well as maintaining the CRM systems.

To contribute to developing and training staff on FOI tools for effective fundraising (20%):

*Support the Director with the design of relevant FOI tools and training and advice to the HFHI network to encourage FOI champions across Africa.

*Support the effective stewardship of awards in partnership with Grant Mangers and guidance from the Director.

*Monitor the execution of the donor strategies implemented in close collaboration with internal Habitat colleagues.

Other departmental projects and initiatives (10%).


*Bachelor’s degree.

*3+ years of proven partnership pre-positioning and fundraising experience, especially with foundations, organizations, and institutions such as EU, FCDO, European bi-laterals, USAID and African and other Development Banks.

*Fundraising experience in securing grants, preferably with the top funders in the housing/shelter, community development, and related sectors.

*Expertise in Internet research, specifically gathering and analyzing FOI grant programs, areas of concentration and grant guidelines/requirements, grant writing and budget development.

*Good oral and written communication skills with strong interpersonal and presentation skills in English.

*Solutions-oriented and collaborative in an evolving, dynamic, inter-cultural global team. *Reflects the organizational principles through on-time delivery of work products in changing work terrains as the organization rapidly evolves.

*Disciplined; performs well under pressure and capable of balancing competing priorities; ability to meet deadlines.

*Excellent organizational skills with good attention to detail.

*Commitment to delivering excellent internal and external customer service.

*Proficient with Microsoft Office 365, especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams for global information sharing and knowledge management, and project management software.

*Active support of HFHI values and commitments:

Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves.

Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular.

Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission.

Safeguarding – HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.


*Degree in International Development, Global Affairs or International Policy and Relations.

*Working knowledge of Blackbaud CRM/Salesforce and Team Approach.

*Good knowledge of large FOI donors including funding processes.

*Knowledge of and passion for Habitat for Humanity’s worldwide mission.

*Language skills in other major European languages.


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