Resource Development Officer (Grants Writer) Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya

Habitat for Humanity 

Position Title: Resource Development Officer (Grants Writer)


Habitat for Humanity Kenya (HFH Kenya) is a national non-profit organization that begun its operations in 1982 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The affiliation is guided by a National Affiliation Agreement (NAA) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). HFH Kenya’s vision is: “A nation where every family has a decent place to live.” Mission: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity Kenya brings people together to build homes, communities and hope”. Our overarching goal is: “Enabling low income families access decent and affordable shelter”.


Reporting to the Partnerships Manager, the Resource Development Officer (RDO, grants writer): primary responsibility is to actively support in identifying grants and funding opportunities or partnerships and writing grant proposals for Habitat for Humanity Kenya (HFH Kenya). Have good experience with institutional donor guidelines and requirements, especially those of European and US bilateral governments, and experience with foundations and corporations. Develop coherent, organized, and compelling proposals to meet the goals and objectives of HFH Kenya’s strategy and the donor requirements. Apply knowledge of fundraising methods and plans to reach income goals. Collaborate with team members in HFH Kenya, AFR AO, Resource Development, and GFOI to support securing a strong pipeline of proposals and developing relationships with key internal stakeholders while having an understanding and commitment to the HFH Kenya mission you are representing.


  • Work with the Partnership Manager, the Senior Management Team, and other members of the Partnerships and Programs Departments to implement HFH Kenya’s resource mobilization strategy and enable raising of resources to implement HFH Kenya’s 2020-25 Strategy and Business Plan goals. Ensuring seamless flow of HFHK program and operations processes.
  • Develop an annual Resource Mobilization plan, research the global funding market identifying leads and potential calls for proposals.
  • Maintain a system to track projects and grant applications, including deadlines, application requirements, budgets, and reporting requirements.
  • Prepare high-quality grant proposals in a timely manner including:
  • Research on the project and the requirements of potential funding sources,
  • Collaborate with cross-departmental teams to ensure a thorough understanding of the project leading to design of new programs and projects’ funding concepts.
  • Guide programmatic and financial inputs into funding proposals and reports to donors.
  • In collaboration with the HFH GFOI team, guide the Go/No Go (GNG) internal process for each grant opportunity, ensuring the appropriate safeguarding processes are effectively completed.
  • Guide development of budgets, timelines, work plans, and other required documents and ensure alignment with donor requirements and HFH Kenya’s strategic objectives.
  • Making presentations and securing letters of support as needed.
  • Work with the Partnerships Manager to identify, select and negotiate with key external partners/consortia (INGO/NGO/CSO/Government, etc.) which can complement and strengthen the proposal/project.
  • Manage multiple grant applications simultaneously and ensure that all are submitted on time.
  • Monitor and evaluate HFH Kenya’s fundraising pipeline and share reports with the Partnerships Manager and Senior Management Team, HFH Kenya.
  • Displaying adherence to the organization’s mission.
  • Maintaining proficient knowledge of organization’s history and programmes.
  • Contribute to the execution of HFH Kenya’s strategy.


  • Resources Mobilized:
    • Annual resources development plan developed and updated.
    • Updated funding pipeline
    • Updated donor engagement/prepositioning strategy
    • Number of approved awards/ successful concept notes and proposals
    • Amount raised per annum (US$)


  • Bachelor’s degree in project management, international development, or any other related field.
  • Grant-writing.
  • Proven experience and skills in successful proposal development, or similar in funding or partnerships
  • Excellent technical skills in writing, editing, formatting, research, negotiation, and verbal communications.
  • Must be highly proficient in use of Microsoft Office products.
  • Proficient with measuring and reaching income goals.
  • Excellent knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Demonstrated superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt subject matter to a variety of audiences persuasively in writing.
  • Good interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build strong relationships and collaborate within a team.
  • Strong attention to details.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to critically analyze information and situations, and to develop solutions.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple priorities.
  • Craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner.
  • Proactive personality, self-driven, deadline-driven, strongly motivated & highly organized
  • Highly proficient in computer competence (Microsoft Office).
  • Ability to work well under pressure, seek information, communicate in a compelling and succinct form.
  • A solid understanding of budgets is essential as they relate to proposals and grants.


  • Minimum 3 years of successful grant-writing.
  • Previous work experience with HFHK is an added advantage.


  • Willing to uphold Christian principles of HFH Kenya
  • Confidentiality
  • Honesty
  • High levels of integrity

How to apply

If your background, experience and competence match the above specifications, please submit your CV& Motivation letter as a single file by 05 November 2023 to:

Indicate in the subject of the email: Resource Development Officer (Grants Writer)

Due to the expected high volume of applications, note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Habitat for Humanity Kenya is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, HFHK makes employment decisions and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant's race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, or disability.

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