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Program Development & Fundraising Officer Position (Kampala)

Job title: Fundraising & Programme Development Officer
Application deadline: 31 November Protected content
Location: Kampala, Uganda with some regional travel
Contract Duration: 12 months with 3-month probationary period

Background and Context:

The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a coalition of civil society organisations from Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland and Uganda. Founded in Protected content , the organisation advocates for social change and gender equality in the Horn region and works specifically on protecting women’s human rights, promoting women’s access to justice, supporting economic empowerment and activating women’s political participation. SIHA’s Secretariat/HQ is located in Kampala, Uganda, and SIHA maintains field offices throughout the region.

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Regional Director (RD), and in close collaboration with the Regional Programmes Officer (RPO), the Fundraising & Programme Development Officer (FPDO) will be responsible for identifying programmatic priorities and funding opportunities, developing concept notes and proposals, supporting programme implementation when required, building partnerships with like-minded agencies, and liaising with donors. Where possible, the FPDO may be required to assist with capacity building of partner agencies and project oversight. SIHA is a growing organization and is seeking candidates capable of contributing to this growth and assisting SIHA to make important impacts on women and girls’ well-being in the Horn of Africa.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

To identify relevant areas of programming and funding opportunities; To compile and maintain a database of local and international donors; To design a fundraising strategy for Protected content line with SIHA’s Regional Strategy; To develop concept notes and proposals in consultation with relevant staff members and partners;
To liaise and communicate with donors as per direction; To assist in the development of communication materials; To organise fundraising and / or communication events as per request;
To support programme implementation when needed; To strengthen relationships with SIHA members and partners through regular communication; To build the capacity of partner agencies and integrate them in proposal-writing processes; Participate in the promotion of SIHA work and locally and regionally;


The candidate must have demonstrated experience in proposal development, liaising with donors, and proven track record of successful fundraising. A commitment to women’s rights and gender equality is essential, as is a strong sense of initiative, ability to learn rapidly, and flexibility in times of increased workload, deadlines, etc.

Qualifications Sought:

Strong academic background in the fields of social sciences, international development, gender studies and/or human rights;
A good understanding of the political and human rights dynamics in the Horn of Africa; A minimum of 3 years of work experience in programme development & management and/or fundraising in the fields of gender and/or human rights; Extensive knowledge and experience working with civil society organisations and/or donor agencies; Strong knowledge of fundraising dynamics and trends, proposal format and application procedures of key donors, including Logical Framework Analysis, development of project timelines, etc.;
Demonstrated success in preparing grant applications that have been approved for funding; Solid knowledge of project cycle management; Familiarity with budgeting for projects; Strong analysis and writing skills; Excellent command of English and excellent communication skills. Proven organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines; Strong sense of initiative and ability to work independently; Previous exposure to international and / or multicultural / multilingual environment – Able to function effectively within a multi-cultural team; Willingness to work extra hours when workloads are at peak.

To Apply:

SIHA is committed to offer a fair remuneration based on qualifications and experience. Preference will be given to Ugandan nationals and/or individuals residing in Uganda. Please send your C.V., contact details for three professional references, application letter and two samples of writing, preferably proposals you have written, to Protected content with Protected content in CC.

Please enter ‘FDPO APPLICATION - *NAME*’ in the subject field. Due to the volume of applications SIHA receives, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.