Development Associate - Gardens for Health International

Gardens for Health is seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking recent graduate to join our team in Rwanda. Our Development Associate will manage in-country grant writing and reporting processes, and will work with our development and communications team to identify ways to strengthen in-country fundraising efforts. The Development Associate will also support the administration of external partnerships, as well as follow-up, report-writing, and capturing lessons learned. This is an extraordinary opportunity to get on practical experience in development and partnership coordination, while also gaining international experience with an innovative, growing organization.

Who We Are

At Gardens for Health, we believe that for the vast majority of smallholder farmers around the world, the key to lasting food and nutrient security lies in their own backyards. In Rwanda, we are putting that belief into action. Our core program works to integrate agricultural support and comprehensive health education to address chronic malnutrition, which is the most pervasive and urgent public health challenge in Rwanda. We currently work in partnership with 20 health centers in 3 districts of Rwanda. This year, we are working directly with more than 2,500 families – providing them with the seeds, knowledge, and support to prevent and overcome malnutrition. At the same time, we are working closely with the Government of Rwanda and other nutrition stakeholders, to inform the design and delivery of malnutrition programs throughout the country and the region.  

We are an impact-driven organization, with a bold vision and a deep commitment to ensuring that every program we design meets and responds to the unique needs of the communities we serve. Our team is flexible, innovative, and passionate about sparking lasting change. We are not your typical nonprofit: our headquarters are located on a 5 acre farm, and every day our staff come together with our neighbors to share a meal we’ve grown ourselves. We are looking for team members who share our passion for taking proven community-based programs to scale, and who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get to work. 

Our Opportunity for You

We are looking for a Development Associate to work and live in Kigali for 12 months, from July 2017 to June 2018. The position is ideal for a high-achieving recent college graduate who is looking to gain experience working with an innovative international NGO, and/or looking for on-the ground experience in the fields of public health, agriculture, or nutrition. The Development Associate must have graduated from university or graduate school within the last six months of the start-date (February – July 2017). 

The Development Associate will support all in-country grant writing and reporting. You will report to the Country Director, and will work closely with the Program Director and Impact Director to draft proposals and manage reporting for all in-country funding opportunities. You will have the chance to do a lot of writing, and we are looking for someone who can turn around drafts quickly, respond to and incorporate feedback, and balance multiple projects at any given time. Because you will be managing a complex calendar of proposal and reporting timelines, we need someone who is extraordinarily organized and detail oriented. You will also be ensuring that external partnerships are administered and followed-up on appropriately through strong communications and reporting support. You will work closely with our US Development Associate, who manages our foundation grant portfolio, to ensure that there is clear information sharing across the team. Finally, you will collaborate with our entire development and communications team to actively identify new sources of funding and to brainstorm creative ways to advocate for our work with different audiences.  

As the Development Associate you will have the opportunity to do the following:

·      Manage in-country grant writing and reporting

·      Support the Country Director in managing the cultivation and stewardship of relationships with in-country funders

·      Manage the administration of external partnerships, including reporting

·      Work across the health, agriculture and monitoring & evaluation teams to ensure new and innovative work is communicated externally

·       Identify new grant and/or funding opportunities

·       Contribute to overall communications and development strategy

·       Work with the US Development Associate to manage the grant database

·       Support the visitor program

·       Contribute to special projects

Are You the Right Fit?

●      Vision: You share our belief that growing healthy food can and should be a part of healthcare.

●      Relevant Work Experience: You have meaningful work experience in communications, or a related field. Experience with grant writing is preferred. Travel and/or work experience in East Africa and/or experience working in the non-profit sector, are a plus.

●      Excellent Communication Skills: You are excellent writer. You are able to turn around projects quickly and professionally. You are also talented at communicating within teams, and in cross-cultural settings.

●      Work Ethic: You are willing to work hard, and understand that you may be asked to take on projects that require more than a 9 – 5 day. You are able to learn quickly, and respond to feedback well.

●      Strong Organizational Skills: You have a strong attention to detail and the ability multi-task and prioritize projects based on need and deadlines.

●      Social and Emotional Intelligence: You have a demonstrated ability to work with others across cultures and backgrounds with respect and collegiality. You are mature and reliable.

●      Sense of Adventure: You are ready to spend 12 months living and working in Rwanda, and understand that electricity, hot water, and internet access will all fail at some point during your tenure.

●      Alignment with our Core Values: Your work style is grounded in a sense of collaboration and mutual respect, and you operate from a place of compassion and empathy for your colleagues and with the families we serve.

●      Flexibility: You know how to roll with the punches, and can find the positive in even the most challenging situations

Education: You are a recent graduate (during or after May 2017)

Language acquisition: You have demonstrated experience for acquiring new languages. French and/or Kinyarwanda is a plus.

What We Provide

●      This is an unpaid fellowship opportunity, but will include a small living stipend, housing in Rwanda in a shared staff house, transportation to and from work, and daily lunch. Please note that relocation costs will not be covered.  

If you are ready to apply
: Send your resume and a brief cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: “Development Associate”

Please contact Gardens for Health with any questions at [email protected]     

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