Job Title: External Affairs Policy and Public Funding Associate
Job ID: 48054
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
OFFICE LOCATION: Berlin, Germany or Brussels, Belgium
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
TNC Europe’s Strategy is based on engaging with targeted change-makers in Europe who can deliver change at a transformational scale – namely government officials, senior corporate and finance executives – in support of TNC Shared Conservation Agenda priorities, both in European countries and globally and in partnership with other Europe-based partners.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Policy and Public Funding Associate plays a key supporting role to TNC Europe and global programs to assist with all aspects of proposal writing and public sector analysis, including supporting the access and mobilization of additional funding and conducting research associated with the public sector priorities. The Policy and Public Funding Associate will report to a Senior Policy Advisor in Europe. S/he will contribute to increasing the number and value of proposals being submitted and awarded on an annual basis to support the exciting and fast-growing global and regional programs. The position can be based in Berlin or Brussels.
The Policy and Public Funding Associate is primarily responsible for proposal writing and editing, collecting and organizing relevant proposal information, and preparing grant proposal applications for submission to public funding agencies that support TNC’ Shared Conservation Agenda programs in Europe and globally. The successful candidate will be able to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner. Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential. Candidates must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly-organized, and have experience working with proposal development teams. They will need to be able to prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals. S/he must have experience preparing public funding proposals, including drafting technical text, budgets and log frames. The candidate must possess an ability to work well under pressure, able to seek and synthesize information, and communicate in a convincing and succinct form. A solid understanding of budgets and log-frame matrix as they relate to preparing proposals is also necessary. S/he establishes and maintain a critical information database for proposals and pipeline, conduct public funding research, maintain a clear understanding of the TNC Europe regional and global programs and direction, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Manages public funding proposal projects, including identifying, writing, editing and preparing applications.
- Serve as team lead or team member for public funding development projects, depending on the proposal.
- Responsibility and accountability for meeting proposal development goals and objectives and deadlines.
- Assembles and submits proposal documentation, including letters, approvals, CVs, institutional capacity statements, past performance reviews, budgets, and other required documents.
- Maintains a calendar and workflow to ensure timely submission of all proposal related documentation.
- Conducts funding opportunity research and informs External Affairs team of research and potential areas to cultivate partnerships with public donors, funding agencies.
- Prioritizes to keep multiple project applications moving in a timely manner, meets deadlines and manages supplemental material required for proposals.
- Maintains a line of communication with the target agency as relevant for the development of the proposal.
- Does not supervise staff but will coordinate the work of peers and consultants.
- Resolves complex issues independently within program area as it relates to the preparation of the proposal.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field and a minimum 2 years’ related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Successful track record writing, editing and proofreading public funding proposals for public agencies.
- Experience implementing and managing multiple complex projects.
- Familiarity with European-based public funding agencies.
- Fluency in English.
- Experience with Client Management Databases and Tools.
- Multilingual skills appreciated.
- 3 years of related experience
- Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.
- Experience writing successful public funding proposals for the public agencies such as: International Climate Initiative, European Commission, DFID, Norad among others.
- Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
- Familiarity with communication technologies and best practices.
- Knowledge and application of current and evolving trends in public funding.
- Experience in leading or managing a proposal development team.
HOW TO APPLY
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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
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