Senior Commercial Funding Officer Job Vacancy in Kenya

International Alert 

Position Title: Senior Commercial Funding Officer

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced fundraiser to join our Resource Development team to help grow our commercial funding portfolio. You will work closely with country and technical teams to support identification, positioning, bidding and contracting of tenders from key donors such as the FCDO, EU and USAID. As framework coordinator for Alert’s growing number of framework agreements, you will liaise with partners and donors as well as colleagues to maximise opportunities and ensure effective management of contractual obligations. You will also collaborate across the organisation to improve our capacity to identify, win and deliver commercial contracts to complement our extensive grant funding portfolio. ​

We are looking for someone expert in commercial tenders, with a proven track record in bringing people together to develop winning bids. You should bring a strong understanding of working with peacebuilding multilateral and bilateral institutions, a network of suppliers and/or consultants, and an ability to provide technical support and guidance to colleagues in different country contexts.

In return you will have the opportunity to join a dynamic and creative team, working across programmes and technical teams to secure new funding and improve our approaches to commercial contracts. The position sits within our global Resource Development team and is open to applicants to be based in any of our countries of operation (subject to permits). Working patterns vary between contexts, but flexible working arrangements are available including remote working, compressed hours and part time options.

Role duties and responsibilities:

Lead on opportunity identification and positioning for commercial contracts

  • Liaise with country, regional and technical teams to identify priority funding areas and build a strong commercial pipeline
  • Scan and identify suitable funding opportunities and share across Alert including attending early market engagement events
  • Build and maintain relationships with UK, US and European contractors to position Alert as a preferred sub-contractor
  • Support pre-bid partnership positioning and consortium building
  • Facilitate strategic go/no-go decision making

Coordinate project design and bid development for commercial funding opportunities in collaboration with country, regional and global teams

  • Coordinate the bid development process for commercial tender opportunities including programme delivery contracts, framework bids and consultancies
  • Support consortium building and partner liaison as required
  • Provide written inputs to tender documents and gather relevant information e.g. CVs, compliance documents
  • Work closely with finance colleagues to ensure quality financial/commercial proposals in line with donor requirements
  • Provide donor-specific guidance to support effective targeting and tailoring of bids and ensure donor compliance

Act as framework coordinator for Alert’s framework agreements

  • Be the focal point for partners within Alert’s framework agreements including lead partner liaison (where Alert is a sub)
  • Monitor and share draw down opportunities, facilitating go/no-go processes and ensuring compliance with agreed timeframes
  • Coordinate bid development process for framework tenders
  • Provide guidance and support internally to ensure all relevant teams are well briefed in framework contracts
  • Monitor framework performance and provide periodic reports to key colleagues

Help strengthen Alert’s approach to identify and secure commercial contracts

  • Collaborate with relevant colleagues to sharpen Alert’s offer, and ensure Alert has up-to-date capacity statements in all relevant areas
  • Work with GPU teams to increase our reach and impact on conflict sensitivity and conflict analysis; gender; peace economies; and climate crisis including support to business model development and developing fundraising strategies
  • Keep up to date on new rules and ways of working with key donors, and share important intel with colleagues
  • Collaborate with Global Delivery team colleagues to support systems strengthening and ensure donor compliance for commercial contracts

Collaborate with the wider Resource Development team on learning and cross-organisational initiatives

  • Ensure the CRM is updated with relevant information
  • Provide training and learning opportunities for colleagues on commercial contracts
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the organisation’s funding pipeline
  • Participate in and provideinput to regular team meetings, technical meetings and the fundraising community of practice
  • Contribute to team and organisation planning and strategy development

Please note that the above are just some of the role requirements. For the full requirements, please click here to view the job description.

How to apply

Please follow this link to apply.

All applicants must have existing and permanent right to work in the country they wish to be based in.

International Alert prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented people including women, people from the Global South, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, and other historically marginalised people.

While International Alert will endeavour to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful.