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Aga Khan Development Network

Aga Khan Development Network

Aga Khan Development Network

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of private development agencies working to empower communities and individuals, often in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions...


London, United Kingdom

1 Aug 2013

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Head of Resource Development

This is an exciting and demanding role, based in London, focused on visiting and cultivating donor capitals.

London, United Kingdom

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Compensation details:
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Job Type:
Senior Level
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The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, international, non-denominational agencies founded by His Highness the Aga Khan. The Network's organisations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to culture, rural development and the promotion of private-sector enterprise. AKDN is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to faith, origin or gender. More information....

The Position
Overall objective

The Head of Resource Development will work as part of a small team, which includes a Head of Strategic Partnerships. He/she will work closely with 11 wide-ranging AKDN multi-sector profit and not-for-profit development agencies and institutions present in 30+ countries, and alongside them, facilitate the widening and deepening of concrete resource partnerships with European and Asian donors, multilateral development banks, development finance institutions and impact investors/corporates. 

Main duties and responsibilities:
This is an exciting and demanding role, based in London, focused on visiting and cultivating donor capitals that will focus on the following core responsibilities:

With AKDN agencies, institutions and programmes:
  • Lead on supporting AKDN agencies and their field units in the design and development of specific concept notes and proposals, including logical frameworks, business plans and budgets, following donor discussions or in response to Calls for Proposals (CfPs). Where necessary, support narrative and financial reports and their improvements to donors and ensure that these are completed to highest standards.
  • Work closely with and maintain relationships with AKDN programme and technical heads to ensure effective engagement around and clear communication to donors about specific planned development investments (including service institutions and two Universities), and assist agencies in the negotiation of preferred terms and conditions, paying due regard to anticipating and mitigating institutional and programme risks.

With donor partners and special relationships:
  • Develop and manage resource partnerships around specific identified opportunities to secure new and varied sources of financing, particularly for AKDN agencies' Board-approved priority areas.
  • Produce strong programme or investment concept notes and proposals to advance donor discussions across a range of seniority, technical and administrative levels. 
  • Communicate to donors about the implementation of on-going programmes at the field level, including proposing solutions to issues faced or raised so as to mitigate risks, and to obtain continued or new funding for AKDN programmes, services or investments and to remain a preferred partner of choice.
  • Working closely with the Head of Strategic Partnerships, support the cross institutional relationships with special partners, including the Asian Development Bank, Australia, EU/EC, Germany, Japan, Korea, Norway and UK (DFID).
  • Be mindful of and support effectively the political-development interface especially as it affects priorities, decision-making and resource allocation.

  • Organise selected planning meetings, workshops, conferences and project visits.
  • Regularly take stock of and apply lessons learned sharpening standards and cost-effectiveness.

The Requirements

Required proven competencies:

  • Ambitious, energetic, and hard-working professional with proven and high success in securing significant resources. Must share a sense of urgency about development and be adaptable and comfortable working with ambiguity and complexity, but be used to meeting short deadlines and producing quality materials with fast turnaround. 
  • Exceptional and proven communication skills: written, analytical, verbal, presentation and IT competencies. 
  • Significant experience in developing relationships, including champions and influencers. Direct experience with, and having a range of well-established contacts at, European or Asian donors, multi-lateral development banks and investment agencies.
  • Experience in developing and writing quality proposals, including log-frames and budgets, business plans/cases, concept papers, briefs and executive summaries, by coordinating multiple inputs from a variety of sources, simultaneously managing a variety of relationships. 
  • Creative approach to problem solving, versatile and willing to work around obstacles, both internal and external is critical. Must be solution oriented. 
  • Deep and understanding of a wide range of development issues and organisations with at least one significant field experience in one or more regions in which AKDN has a presence.
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of an additional language preferred (ideally German, French or Japanese).
  • Post-graduate degree in a relevant field. 
  • Strong proven understanding and use of relationship management tools.
  • Proven negotiating skills, around donor procedures, rules and guidelines.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a small team but also to be able to use own initiative and multitask simultaneously across several different projects and tasks.

Requires permission to work in the UK. Evidence of employment status will be requested. Multiple competitive interviews and tests will be conducted. Qualified candidates that fit the above should apply by sending a CV (no more than two pages) and justification cover letter (no more than one page)

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