Senior Manager, Funder Relations and Project Development for GALVmed

Location: Ideally GALVmed office in Edinburgh or Nairobi

Salary: £47,000 to £53,000 (dependent on experience)

Reporting Line: Senior Director, Funder Relations & Development

Closing date: Friday 16th Sept at 12 noon

1st Stage: Interview: Wk Beg 26th Sept
2nd Stage: Tuesday 4th October


The recruitment for this position is managed by AWS Charity Jobs


Welcome to GALVmed and thank you for your interest in this position!

We are a highly specialised organisation with an inspiring mission. Our mandate is to develop essential new livestock vaccines, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics and make these widely available to the hundreds of millions of small-scale farmers in the developing world who depend on livestock for their livelihoods. The way by which we do this is unique and the potential for improving livelihoods and rural economies is significant.

We are fortunate in receiving substantial funding from our long-term primary donors, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. With their support we are able to make progress as we work towards our vision. However, the challenges to secure financial support for our activity remain considerable and the need for exceptional talent and expertise in proposal development and fundraising is ever present.

In this role you will be working across all areas of GALVmed which encompasses:

• Research and Development: developing new and better vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics with which small-scale farmers can better protect their livestock against major diseases in Africa and Asia.

• Market development: developing new and sustainable market supply mechanisms by which the vaccines and other products can become widely and sustainably available to millions of small-scale farmers.

• Enabling Environment: developing the necessary regulatory frameworks and alliances that will encourage private sector animal health investment in Africa and Asia.

• Monitoring and evaluation: assessing the impact of GALVmed’s work and promoting an organisational culture of learning.

Few positions span such a breadth of technical areas and the result is a truly fascinating and rewarding work environment. It will require both a strong motivation to learn and the ability to work closely with subject matter experts and build an extensive pipeline of new work projects and initiatives. The key value of the role is to secure the necessary funding, both through our existing and new donors, and thus contribute to GALVmed’s future sustainability.

Dr. Carolin L. Schumacher

CEO of GALVmed

Implementing GALVmed’s 2030 strategy will entail building a significant pipeline of new R&D projects and Commercial Development initiatives which will be funded by both new and existing funders.  This new role will be at the heart of this drive and will undertake a broad range of activities related to developing new initiatives and attracting the necessary funding.  The incumbent will work alongside the Director of Funder Relations and Development and will be required to engage widely with fellow GALVmed colleagues and external partners, stakeholders and subject matter experts.

A wide range of professional and degree level educational backgrounds may be relevant for the role. The following are indicative of some of the requirements that will be considered to be advantageous:

  • A strong professional career to date with significant experience of working with international development and / or academic projects and initiatives.
  • Extensive experience of engaging with funders active in international development / academia and securing significant levels of grant funding.
  • Successful track record of developing and implementing fundraising strategies in the not for profit sector.
  • Good evidence of drafting and compiling high quality funding proposals and donor reports.
  • Experience of working in the agricultural & livestock sector and / or experience of working in the life sciences / animal health industry.
  • Experience of working in diverse and multi-cultural project teams.

Success in this challenging role will require the following general criteria and abilities:

  • The ability to rapidly get to grips with a wide range of specialist topics.
  • Adaptability, perseverance and creativity; developing new projects can be an ambiguous undertaking, particularly in the early stages, when objectives and methodologies are still being developed and where the proposed project could conceivably take a number of different avenues.
  • A personable disposition enabling positive working relationships to be established quickly and a good network of contacts to be accumulated.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with good levels of common sense and sound judgement.
  • Good levels of organisation with the ability to work autonomously and manage tight deadlines.
  • Excellent negotiation skills adaptable to all levels.
  • Periodic international travel required.


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