US Government Fundraising Advisor Job Vacancy in Kenya


Position Title: US Government Fundraising Advisor

Countries: Ireland, Kenya, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  

Join Trócaire’s dynamic Global Partnerships and Funding team, where you will work as part of a supportive and collaborative team that has a focus on delivering institutional funding to change the lives of people living in poverty.

If you have the required experience and passion Trócaire offers: Salary plus benefits such as a generous pension, hybrid working, and the opportunity to travel.

We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds.


The US Government Funding Advisor will be the focal point for growing our US Government funding, developing our capacity to both acquire and successfully manage US funding. Our strong focus on partnership and localisation is well aligned to current US funding priorities, so there is a real opportunity to lead a step change in funding acquisition. The role will also focus on strategic cross cutting funding policy, developing tools and building the of staff.

About Trócaire

Trócaire is an INGO. We work with local partners in the world’s most at-risk communities and with people in Ireland to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and injustice and respond to the crises they create. Together we bring about positive and lasting change for a just world. Trócaire works in up to 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

With the support of the generous people of Ireland, we work towards five goals:

  • Defend Human Rights and Promote Access to Justice;
  • Achieve Climate & Environmental Justice;
  • Ensure Women & Girls’ Protection, Voice & Influence;
  • Save Lives and Protect Human Dignity and
  • Mobilise the Public on the island of Ireland to achieve Global Justice.

Reporting to the Global Partnerships and Funding Manager, the role will be based in one of the Trócaire’s offices and can be located in Ireland (Maynooth), UK (Belfast or London) or Nairobi (Kenya). This is a global role on a contract of indefinite duration offered on local terms and conditions depending on the location.

Safeguarding Programme Participants-Children & Adults Trócaire is committed to safeguarding people within our programmes from exploitation and abuse and has specific policies on this commitment (including a Global Code of Conduct) which outlines the expected behaviour and the responsibility of all staff, consultants and other organisational representatives.
Any candidate offered a job with Trócaire will be expected to sign Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policies and Global Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. All offers of employment will be subject to pre-employment checks including satisfactory references and appropriate screening (e.g. police/garda vetting, counter terrorism and anti-trafficking). Trócaire also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme and all employees will be subject to this as part of contract of employment.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Strategy Development, Implementation and Capacity Development

  • Lead the assessment of Trócaire’s readiness to access and manage USAID funding and scope grant management/compliance requirements for US Government funding streams in conjunction with the Compliance Unit.
  • Provide guidance and support on meeting compliance requirements
  • Lead the development and regular updating of a US Government funding and donor engagement strategy.
  • Keep abreast of key strategic developments and emerging issues in US Government funding and provide regular updates to Trócaire management and the wider team.

Funding Acquisition

  • Ensure the timely identification and tracking of funding opportunities from the US Government.
  • Maintain and update Trócaire’s Funding Management Information System (Salesforce) and disseminate funding opportunities to teams.
  • Liaise with country management and GPFU staff to identify funding priorities and match them to available opportunities; work with country teams to ensure Trócaire is well positioned to apply for funding opportunities through profiling, engagement with US Government staff and consortium scoping.
  • Maintain familiarity with US Government requirements for proposal quality and compliance and ensure that they are included in all proposals.
  • Lead the development of global level/multi-country US Government grant applications.
  • Support, and on occasion lead the proposal writing process, for country office applications for US funding, including travelling to country offices to provide support and/or training for staff and partners.
  • Work with the Finance Project Manager in the development of budgets for US applications.

Grant Management

  • Support HQ and country teams to ensure that US grants are managed appropriately to meet all donor requirements
  • Maintain and update Salesforce with all relevant grant management information.


  • Develop and provide training on US Government funding both proposal development and grant management.
  • Provide support and training on consortia working and lead the development of new tools as appropriate.

Networking, Representation and Visibility

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with US Government, peer INGOs, private sector enterprises and others.
  • Represent Trócaire with key stakeholders, organise events and ensure Trócaire is profiled with USAID.
  • Develop a strategy around US networking and representation particularly with country offices.
  • Develop capacity statements and other marketing materials.


  • Travel to or support remotely, field offices that are responding to applications and/or grant management to provide hands-on support as required.
  • Provide regular written updates to management and other staff as required
  • Attend/Join regular meetings and trainings in Trócaire HQ and elsewhere.
  • Participate fully as a member of the GPFU team, contributing to joint initiatives such as the quarterly and annual funding workshops, annual work planning and in strategic planning.
  • Undertake other duties as may be assigned by the Global Partnerships and Funding Manager that are consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility.

Behavioural Competencies in Line with Trócaire’s Competency Framework

  • Leading: Reflecting our values of Participation & Accountability, acts to inspire and lead others to achieve their potential, demonstrating Trócaire’s values with integrity in order to achieve our organisation’s objectives.
  • Communicating: Reflecting our value of Participation, being one organisation, communicating clearly and transparently across, teams, units, divisions, locations and other external organisations. Getting our message across with impact.
  • Collaborating: Reflecting our values of Participation & Solidarity, partnering effectively as One Trócaire organisation and, in solidarity, maintains positive relationships built on trust and respect.
  • Stewardship of Resources: Reflecting our value of Accountability and decision-making around the best use of resources. Using our resources transparently, sustainably, ethically, fairly & with integrity; acknowledging Trócaire’s reputation in the use of resources.
  • Delivering Results: Reflecting our values of Accountability & Perseverance, getting a quality job done through effective performance, planning and decision-making.
  • Continual Improvement & Learning: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, constantly looking to learn and develop self, employees, and partners to better fulfil Trócaire’s’ mission.
  • Flexibility & Change: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, adapts positively to change and to different ways of doing things; manages or takes part in change processes in a way that is appropriate to role in the organisation.

Person Specification – Essential Requirements

(E) Qualification

  • Third level qualification in international development, humanitarian response or other relevant area.

(E) Experience

  • Extensive all-round experience of acquiring and managing US Government funding. Comprehensive understanding of the current US government funding landscape and a track record of developing successful funding proposals and partnerships
  • 3+ years’ experience in the area of institutional donor-oriented business development, preferably in an INGO or donor environment.
  • Experience of working overseas in international development or humanitarian settings.

(E) Skills

  • Good judgment, ability to think strategically, make informed decisions and implement them.
  • Excellent networking, interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Strong planning and organisational skills; ability to prioritise tasks
  • Ability to write clearly for a range of audiences. High level of English written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency, especially in the use of information management systems (eg Salesforce)
  • Project Management

(E) Qualities

  • Self-starter with a proven ability to deliver exceptional results to tight deadlines, in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Confident in interacting with senior donor and peer representatives.
  • Excellent strategic thinking and planning skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a global team, remotely and on own initiative
  • Resilience and ability to deliver excellent results against tight deadlines
  • Creativity and innovative thinking

(E) Other

  • Ability and willingness to travel within Europe, USA and to Trócaire’s programme countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, sometimes at short notice.
  • A flexible approach.
  • Valid permission/eligibility to live and work in Ireland, the UK or one of Trocaire programme countries.

Person Specification – Desirable

(D) Qualification

  • Relevant qualification at Masters Level.

(D) Experience

  • Experience of working in Trócaire programme countries

(D) Skills

  • Programme development and design.
  • Budgeting and finance skills.

How to apply

Please apply online via the Trocaire Careers Page:

Closing Date for applications is 3rd March 2023