Business Pursuit Lead – Southern Africa

Type of role Communications and fundraising
Location Various Countries
Salary Competitive Local Benchmark
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract length 3yrs
Full Time 40 hours per week
Application Closing Date
Interview date July 2022
Start date 1st October 2022

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Role overview

As a Business Pursuit Lead, you will be responsible for growing VSO’s ability to deliver impact and influence through volunteering for development by securing funding for VSO projects and work in the Southern Africa. Based in the region, this role has oversight for business pursuit activities in Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Eswatini.

Skills, qualifications and experience

A results driven individual with exceptional business development skills and a successful track record of securing major funding (£3m+) through partnerships and high value audience. You will proactively lead the development, positioning, and deepening of VSO’s relationships with strategic and key donors, partners, and networks. You should also have good knowledge of the donor world. The ideal candidate should be proactive, with great attention to detail and able to deal with competing demands.

We also offer a range of benefits, including:
• Opportunities for flexible working and working from home
• Generous annual leave of 37 days (inclusive of public holidays)
• Employee and Volunteer Assistance Programme
• Opportunities for professional development, including a range of online self-study modules, coaching and workshops

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

The successful candidate will be based in any of these Southern African countries: South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

We offer national terms and conditions in any of five countries where you will be based. We are unable to provide sponsorship for this position, so please ensure that you have the right to work in the country you are residing before you apply.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

Once you’re ready to apply, click on ‘make an application’ below to complete the online form.

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VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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