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  • Posted: Nov 16, 2021
    Deadline: Dec 17, 2021
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  • The Africa Public Health Foundation exists to forge partnerships and mobilize resources to support critical public health initiatives across the continent, in service of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). 
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    External Relations Director

    External Relations Director Role Profile

    The External Relations Director will lead APHF’s communications and resource mobilisation efforts. As a member of APHF’s senior leadership, the External Relations Director will be responsible for planning, developing, and implementing strategies to mobilise resources from individuals, foundations and the private sector, as well as identify new opportunities to expand APHF’s income base. The Director will supervise communications initiatives that support APHF’s mission, enhance the organisation’s visibility, and cultivate our brand.

    The External Relations Director will be a trusted advisor and reports directly to the CEO, participating in long-term strategic planning and ensuring that fundraising strategies are aligned with APHF’s growth plans. The Director will manage all day-to-day fundraising efforts, including supervision of the Communications and Resource Mobilisation Leads. The ideal candidate is passionate about building a great organisation and comfortable with a fluid role in a dynamic environment.

    As a new organisation, staff are empowered to start new programs, institute best practices, and develop traditions that will define their experiences and those of their colleagues in the years to come. Innovation and entrepreneurship are valued and will be essential to the Foundation's success. In addition to providing training, management-level advice, and mentoring, staff are supported to learn by positioning them as core members of the leadership team to drive public health impact.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    The External Relations Director will have the following key responsibilities:

    1. Advise and support the CEO and Council on long-term strategic planning and align resource mobilisation efforts to support the foundation’s growth plans
    2. Identify, develop, and maintain long-term and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders and funders
    3. Solicit support for APHF and manage portfolio of individuals, foundations, and private sector funders
    4. Support an active and engaged collective group of donors committed to strengthening the capacity and capabilities of public health institutions across Africa
    5. Actively seek new opportunities for investment, revenue generation, and strategic partnerships
    6. Provide guidance and best practices on structures and innovative funding approaches
    7. Achieve stated fundraising targets, as determined in collaboration with the CEO and team
    8. Manage the development and implementation of APHF’s communications plan, ensuring messages are aligned with APHF's mission, values, and strategies
    9. Support the development of compelling narratives on the success stories of the Foundation for external use
    10. Represent APHF in external engagements, including any media and speaking opportunities and events
    11. Coach and retain high-performance team members, providing regular feedback that empowers staff to elevate their level of responsibility
    12. Manage staff performance by setting staff goals, monitoring work, and evaluating results
    13. Work with staff to develop systems to ensure consistent, high-quality project management
    14. Prepare departmental reports with timely information and key metrics to measure progress
    15. Develop annual external relations budget
    16. Any other tasks as directed by the CEO

    Qualifications and Experience

    Essential qualifications and experience

    1. A master’s degree or higher required
    2. Minimum ten years of experience in fundraising and/or communications in complex institutions OR as a grant maker or funder
    3. Experience and track record in relationship building and securing funds of $1M+ from a variety of donors, such as foundations, the private sector and government agencies
    4. Strong regional and global networks
    5. Strong interpersonal skills with experience of working with senior leaders & funders in the region
    6. Experience of developing marketing and communications strategies that leverage the power of online media and audience engagement
    7. Excellent written and personal communication skills, with the ability to explain complex public health issues in a straightforward and non-technical manner.
    8. Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines, and working with flexibility in a collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
    9. Demonstrated leadership ability, including the ability to build a team of highly motivated and well qualified staff, and to foster the integration of diverse, multi-disciplinary actors into focused initiatives addressing clear targets
    10. Demonstrated fluency in English speaking and writing skills, proficiency in other AU official languages is a plus
    11. Desirable
    12. Experience in resource mobilisation and partnership development for public health initiatives
    13. Experience developing and supporting multi-stakeholder platforms for collaboration, including supporting events and high-level meetings
    14. Experience of working in different national and regional contexts in Africa

    Reporting line

    The role reports to the Chief Executive Officer. The External Relations Director currently manages a team of two, Communications Lead and Resource Mobilisation Lead with scope for expansion subject to funding.

    Location

    This position is remote working on a time zone compatible with working hours in Africa (GMT to GMT +3). There is the possibility of relocation to the country where APHF operations will be permanently based, depending on circumstances.

    Terms of Appointment

    This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a two-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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    Resource Mobilisation Lead

    Resource Mobilisation Lead Role Profile

    The Resource Mobilisation Lead will lead the overall coordination, planning, development, and management of fundraising initiatives to mobilise resources. The Resource Mobilisation Lead will also work towards identifying prospects for donor programs, collaborating with staff to track the progress of fundraising activities, conducting prospect research, and supporting grant proposal writing.

    The Resource Mobilisation Lead will assist the Director, External Relations and CEO with ongoing engagement of funders and diversify the Foundation’s network of stakeholder by supporting external communication plans. The ideal candidate is passionate about building a great organisation and comfortable with a fluid role in a dynamic environment. Initially, the Resource Mobilisation Lead will report to the CEO until the Director, External Relations comes onboard.

    As a new organisation, staff are empowered to start new programs, institute best practices, and develop traditions that will define their experiences and those of their colleagues in the years to come. Innovation and entrepreneurship are valued and will be essential to the Foundation's success. In addition to providing training, management-level advice, and mentoring, staff are supported to learn by positioning them as core members of program teams to drive public health impact.

     

    Duties and Responsibilities

    The Resource Mobilisation Lead will have the following key responsibilities:

    • Lead prospect research on donors
    • Write briefing notes and other materials to support the CEO/External Relations Director, and others to lead on donor relationships effectively
    • Coordinate and engage with program teams to develop grant proposals and reports
    • Oversee donors' stewardship activities that go above and beyond contractual reporting obligations
    • Manage the Foundation’s donor database, including gift processing and progress reporting
    • Strengthen relationship with Africa CDC partners to effectively coordinate resource mobilisation efforts
    • Support network building through a program of events and communication activities that can engage and inspire existing and potential supporters
    • Work with the Communication Lead to develop compelling narratives on the success stories of the Foundation for external use
    • Scan and monitor donor activity on the continent and engage with peer organisations to identify meaningful opportunities for the Foundation
    • Any other tasks as directed by the CEO/External Relations Director

    Qualifications and Experience

    Essential qualifications and experience

    • A bachelor’s degree or higher required
    • Minimum five years' experience in the management of sales or fundraising in complex institutions
    • Experience in successfully managing a pipeline of funding opportunities from prospect research to grant agreement, either in the private or not-for-profit sectors
    • Strong sense of ethics in fundraising and handling complex gifts
    • Strong interpersonal skills with experience of working with senior officials in public and/or private sector
    • Excellent written and personal communication skills, with the ability to explain complex issues in a straightforward and non-technical manner
    • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines, and working with flexibility in a collaborative, fast-paced, goal-oriented environment
    • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and coach/manage junior team members
    • Demonstrated fluency in English speaking and writing skills, proficiency in other AU official languages is a plus

    Desirable

    • Experience in resource mobilisation and partnership development for public health initiatives
    • Experience developing and supporting multi-stakeholder platforms for collaboration, including supporting events and high-level meetings
    • Experience of working in different national and regional contexts in Africa

    Reporting Line

    This is a mid-level management role reporting to the External Relations Director.

    Location

    This position is remote working on a time zone compatible with working hours in Africa (GMT to GMT +3). There is the possibility of relocation to the country where APHF operations will be permanently based, depending on circumstances.

    Terms of Appointment

    This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a two-year basis with the possibility of renewal. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Method of Application

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