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Head, Business Development & Donor Compliance job at Plan International

About the Organization

Plan International started working in Uganda in 1992 to respond to the needs of children affected by a guerilla war in Luwero district.

Since then we have worked alongside communities on many different issues to improve millions of children’s lives.

Our work is aligned with the Global Goals, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and Uganda’s second National Development Plan. Gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women are at the centre of our work.

Job Description

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child but know this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges girls and vulnerable children face. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood and we enable children to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

For over 85 years, we have rallied other determined optimists to transform the lives of all children in more than 80 countries.
We won’t stop until we are all equal.

The Opportunity
Plan International has been working in Uganda since 1992, supporting vulnerable children, young people, and their families to break the cycle of poverty. The current strategy, which will end in 2027, is focusing on the following main areas of programming 1) Inclusive Quality Education which programme hosts ECD programming, school WASH and YEE, 2) Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights which programme focuses on adolescent health and school health which are major priorities of the government of Uganda. This programme also hosts our work on gender-transformative child protection. The strategy further has key crosscutting areas, and these include lead under which Plan International's Youth engagement work is undertaken, climate change and humanitarian assistance. Plan International Uganda’s country office is located in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda and we have three sponsorship-supported Programme Implementation areas located in eastern Uganda, Northern Uganda and West Nile.

The Head of Business Development and Donor Compliance is a member of the Country Leadership Team and manages the Business Development Unit (BDU) as well as overall Donor Compliance and in particular timely donor reporting working cross functionally with other departmental leads under Finance and Programmes. The Head of Business Development and Donor Compliance is responsible for leading all of Plan International Uganda’s Programme development mandate as per the approved country strategy. The role among other critical roles is entrusted with the mandate of building strong donor relationships in the country, fostering strategic relationships among development partners, the Private Sector, INGOs and local NGOs to ensure Plan International is a go-to partner in Uganda.

About you
You will be a values-based and feminist leader, deeply comfortable with purpose-driven resource mobilisation and fundraising, and with a demonstrable commitment to gender equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion. You have extensive demonstrable experience in senior leadership with a track record of supporting leadership in international development. You have experience in the development of resource mobilisation strategies and plans. Experience in risk assessment working with diversified donor portfolios and appropriately guiding management.
Only applications in English will be considered.

Location: We will be recruiting globally for this role, but the individual must be based in Kampala, Uganda, and therefore support with relocation is available.
Type of Role: 3 Year FTC
Reports to: Country Director
Closing Date: 31st May 2024

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.
We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.
We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

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Duties and Responsibilities

Business Development:

  • Identify and pursue new business opportunities aligned with the organization's mission and goals.

  • Develop and implement strategies to expand the organization's client base or donor pool.

  • Lead the development of proposals, including budgeting, resource allocation, and timelines.

  • Foster strategic partnerships and collaborations with other organizations or stakeholders to enhance business opportunities.


Donor Compliance:

  • Ensure adherence to all donor requirements, regulations, and agreements.

  • Establish and maintain systems for tracking and reporting on donor-funded projects or programs.

  • Provide guidance and support to project teams to ensure compliance with donor regulations and guidelines.

  • Conduct regular audits or reviews to assess compliance status and identify areas for improvement.


Leadership and Team Management:

  • Provide leadership and direction to the business development and donor compliance teams.

  • Foster a culture of excellence, professionalism, and accountability within the department.

  • Set clear goals and objectives for team members and provide regular feedback and performance evaluations.

  • Promote collaboration and teamwork across different functions within the organization.


Communication and Relationship Building:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for external stakeholders, including donors, partners, and clients.

  • Cultivate strong relationships with current and prospective donors, understanding their needs and priorities.

  • Communicate effectively with internal stakeholders, including senior management, program staff, and finance teams, to ensure alignment and coordination.

  • Represent the organization at conferences, meetings, and events to promote its mission and objectives.


Risk Management:

  • Identify potential risks or challenges related to business development activities or donor compliance.

  • Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies to address identified risks.

  • Stay informed about changes in regulations or industry standards that may impact business operations or donor requirements.

Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (such as business administration, international development, or nonprofit management); a master's degree may be preferred.

  • Proven experience in business development, fundraising, or donor relations, preferably within the nonprofit sector or international development organizations.

  • Strong understanding of donor regulations, compliance requirements, and grant management principles.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and negotiate effectively with diverse stakeholders.


  • Leadership experience, including the ability to motivate and manage teams to achieve strategic objectives.

  • Analytical skills and attention to detail, particularly in budgeting, financial management, and risk assessment.

  • Adaptability and resilience to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with shifting priorities and deadlines.

How to Apply

APPLICATION FOR THIS POSITION MUST BE DONE ONLINE:
Are you interested? Click the "APPLY" button below to submit your application.

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