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African Wildlife Foundation: Program Design Officer, no deadline


This position will be responsible for proposal design and writing and representing African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to European public sector partners and particularly the German government agencies, working with Account Managers in Program Design, Development and Communications to devise strategies to win support for AWF’s strategy, cultivate existing and new relationships and elevate the African agenda in conservation and development discussions dialogues in Germany.

The PDO will be a focal point with the German institutions including the BMZ, BMUB, BfN, KFW, and GIZ as well as thought leaders such as the Global Nature Fund and the Max Planck Institute to develop partnership opportunities in as part of the Program Design team. The incumbent will represent AWF in German processes relating to Africa and conservation. The goal is to position AWF well in these processes, represent African positions and use learning to contribute to the delivery of AWF’s mission. In this role, the incumbent will also serve as AWF’s focal point for ensuring African voice and leadership in engagements. In this role, the PDO will serve to share lessons learned from the field and AWF’s landscape level technical approaches to African conservation issues to inform strategy formulation by the German government and other partners and provide insights to the program design team to position AWF for future funding opportunities.

The position will lead on project designs for mainly German funding opportunities, particularly the International Climate Initiative and the Legacy Landscapes Fund and will manage relationships with key funding partners such as KFW, GIZ and BMZ. The PDO will ensure timely and accurate reporting from implementation teams, will support grants management and implementation teams to ensure that reporting is of the quality and accuracy expected by partner organizations, and will design projects that speak to German and European donor interests and priorities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

1. Advance AWF priorities in policy and programming discussions of the Germany

  • Track agendas of German partners, particularly BMZ, BMUB, BfN, KFW, and GIZ to brief International Policy & Government Relations team and provide technical advice on the programming priorities in Africa.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key German institutions as well as AWF peers and partners in Germany, facilitating AWF and partner contributions to roundtable discussions, advocacy and media events relevant to the AWF Mission and Program. This should include active participation on panels with ‘think tank’ platforms. Leverage these engagements to inform donor engagement strategies of the program design as well as AWF program strategies.
  • Provide liaison and outreach to individuals and coalitions in Germany who impact African conservation and development by regularly engaging partners, attending relevant events, and organising AWF engagement in strategically important German events/platforms and, in coordination with AWF’s Europe team, Europe more widely such as European Development Days.

2. Ensure German audiences have access to AWF technical advice on strategic priorities

  • Support the articulation of AWF strategies as needed with the aim of securing new funding opportunities. This will include working with other senior AWF staff to identify German funding opportunities for AWF strategies and programmes, facilitating AWF staff to articulate strategies and programmes in ways that resonate with German priorities, and execute targeted engagements of key relationships.
  • Developing funding plans and strategies for landscapes, country and thematic programmes and emerging issues, reviewing proposals and facilitating fundraising from official and private donors for specific interventions as part of the Program Design team.
  • Serve as focal point to grow AWF relationships with German institutions. Work closely with Program Design and Program teams to ensure coherent and effective strategies are followed with these potentially important donors.
  • Support the rest of the Program Design as well as Grants, and Program teams to implement actions in their portfolios, adhere to donor conditions and submit reports in a timely way.
  • Arrange interviews for AWF and Africa voices to media outlets to advance AWF’s mission and the modern Africa agenda of our partners on the continent.

3. Lead AWF Donor Relations and Fundraising with Germany

  • Support fundraising from German and other European donors and search, analyse and review funding opportunities and their fit for AWF’s present projects, programs and strategies.
  • Lead on proposal design and writing for proposals to mainly German but also other European public funders.
  • Ensure proposal packages for German and other European donors are complete, meet donor priorities, strategies, and specifications and adhere to internal and external approval policies.
  • Serve as the point person for AWF with the BMZ, BMUB, BfN, KFW, and GIZ teams.
  • Help establish and maintain AWF’s reputation with BMZ, BMUB, BfN, KFW, and GIZ, writing, reviewing and submitting proposals and progress reports where applicable to vet quality and compliance.
  • Support policy and strategy engagement with the German government in coordination with the European and Policy teams based on African priorities and strategies.
  • Support AWF Country teams to engage in a coordinated and strategic way with German Embassies/Offices in Africa on priorities for support to wildlife and wild lands in the context of development strategies and investment plans.
  • Monitor reporting deadlines with German donors and ensure quality control and compliance with donor requirements.


  • Master’s degree in Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Economics, or Political Science or similar relevant degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in fundraising, donor engagement, proposal design, environmental management, conservation planning and strategy with significant portion in Africa.
  • Good understanding of Germany’s public donor environment, development agenda and relationship with Africa.
  • Existing relationships with German, African and European conservation, government and/or business leaders a bonus.
  • Education and demonstrated knowledge of the emerging business and development environment in Africa and related impacts on conservation landscapes.
  • Advance study of and experience of living and working in conservation in Africa.
  • Experience of working in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership in landscape conservation in modern Africa.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and German essential.
  • Track record of successfully writing proposals to and securing funding from bilateral and/or multilateral institutions.
  • Excellent writing skills are a must, including the ability to shift your writing style and purpose to be appealing and persuasive to the designated target audience.
  • Experience in proposal design with demonstrated ability to develop high-quality Logical framework and results chains, design technical and cost proposals and concept papers.
  • Capable of developing and tracking budgets.
  • Ability to synthesize complex technical information.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Computer literacy to use all MS Office packages.
  • Flexible and able to take on and manage multiple tasks.

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