Business Development Advisor

The Organisation


Plan International is evolving in response to shifts in international development and humanitarian response. We are doing this so we can continue to make a stand for children’s rights.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. Having identified girls as the most marginalised group, they will be our ongoing focus as we work towards helping 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive within their communities. As we embark on this ambitious and exciting journey, we are recruiting for talent across the globe.


If you are passionate about advancing children’s rights and equality for girls, and have a proven track-record of successfully working in a Business Development advisory role, we’d love to hear from you.


The Opportunity

The purpose of the role is to lead the Business Development process for Plan International Nigeria’s humanitarian response while engaging and supporting the Country Office in general.

In this role you will be required to communicate within Plan International Nigeria especially with Resource Mobilization Advisor, Grant Coordinator, Finance HR, Admin & Logistics. Lead communication with National Offices and related government institutions.

In addition you will manage the business development activities and proposal development of the response and also support the Nigeria CO. Contribute towards the capacity building of Plan International Nigeria staff.


Key End Results and typical Responsibilities


  • Lead the proposal development process by coordinating with technical specialists, finance, HR, procurement and other relevant departments to receive quality input and in a timely manner to develop and submit high quality proposals that are aligned to donor regulations

  • Serve as the focal point for National Offices for communication during the humanitarian proposal development process and reporting

  • Share regular updates on projects with NOs in close coordination with the Country Officer Business Development and Grants Unit

  • Regularly attend donor meetings at the Field level and advice the Country Office Business Development Unit on prospective opportunities

  • In collaboration with Country Office Resource Mobilization Advisor and Grant Coordinator engage with NOs about upcoming funding opportunities and communicate them to emergency response team to prepare go/ no-go decisions

  • In collaboration with Country Office Grant Coordinator support Project Managers and Technical Specialists in start-up workshops to ensure that donor regulations are shared with project staff for compliance

  • In collaboration with Grant Coordinator provide advice on institutional donor requirements and private foundations including reporting timeliness and expectations

  • Maintain relationships with donor in country by sharing briefs and reports with donors. This includes maintaining networks and actively engaging in knowledge sharing, information dissemination about Plan International Nigeria.

  • Work closely with CO Resource Mobilization and Grant Coordinator in supporting signing of new funding agreements.

  • In collaboration with Country Office Grant Coordinator maintain up to date knowledge on donor funded projects and ensure reporting is completed to the donor in a timely manner.

  • Support with the drafting of external reports and work with programme teams to finalize these in accordance with requirements and timelines.

  • Work with Country Office Grant Coordinator and Finance in updating grants tracker and financial reports


Dealing with Problems


  • Ability to manage competing priorities and expectations from internal and external stakeholders and remain calm and resilient in the face of pressure

  • Manage multiple and work with distant colleagues to form a virtual efficient administration team

  • Use Plan procedures to settle conflicts among colleagues;

  • Resolve problems that are not covered by established process.

  • Analyse possible causes of problems and suggest solutions to get them resolved.

  • Refer, whenever necessary, the case to the Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist for consideration.

Communications and Working Relationships:


  • Support the preparation of reports for domestic and international consumption.

  • Provide timely responses concerning queries linked with relevant projects or programmes.

  • Provide support to Plan International Nigeria’s programme delivery and resource mobilisation.

  • Work with other members of the CO to ensure effective and efficient programme delivery.


Qualifications and Experience

A degree in Development Studies, Business Studies, or Social Science (Masters degree or equivalent in international affairs, development or related subject will be an added advantage). Experience in the INGO sector with at least 3-5 years of work experience in business development in humanitarian response.


Skills & Knowledge


  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems, think and plan strategically, and communicate with key actors in a dynamic and unpredictable operating environment

  • Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively with multiple counterparts in private, public and NGO sectors.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English including excellent facilitation skills and demonstrated technical writing skills for publication.

  • General knowledge and understanding of Humanitarian Principles and core standards eg CPIE Minimum standards, Core Humanitarian Standards, SPHERE and other relevant international standard for humanitarian response

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse international teams.

  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.

  • Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office

  • Ability to travel within the North East Nigeria for at least 70% of the time

Do you have what it takes?

In order to succeed in this varied and challenging role you will need demonstrable knowledge and practical experience in advising business development in humanitarian response.

General knowledge and understanding of Humanitarian Principles and core standards. For example CPIE Minimum standards, Core Humanitarian Standards, SPHERE and other relevant international standard for humanitarian response

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English including excellent facilitation skills and demonstrated technical writing skills for publication

Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.

Our organisational values are designed to help everyone who works with us achieve our ambitious goals for children, especially girls. We are open and accountable We strive for lasting impact We work well together We are inclusive and empowering Type of Role: 1 year Fixed Term Contract Type of Contract: International Location: Nigeria (travel required) The position is based in Maiduguri and is unaccompanied Salary: Circa $40,000.00 USD per annum plus benefits Reports to: Emergency Response Manager Closing Date: Sunday 25th March 2018


Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Child Protection Policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.



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