Nexus seeks a Fundraising & Knowledge Officer to be based in our office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Fundraising & Knowledge Officer will play an important role to support the growth of both Nexus’ network and financial capacity. The role is key in identifying grant opportunities to support Nexus’ activities, specifically the knowledge work with the social enterprises we support.
This role is best suited for an individual who is resourceful, detail-oriented, a good networker, and an excellent writer. The person must have experience in developing new areas of work and driving partnership opportunities. Nexus for Development is looking for someone who is familiar with climate change, renewable energy, and sustainable development.
1) Business Development and fundraising (~75%)
Tracking and identifying funding opportunities for Nexus’ various areas of work, technical consultancies, and projects by doing research and developing a pipeline of prospective funding opportunities
Proactively build strategic relationships and networks with donors, investors and key partners
Lead on or coordinate all grant funding opportunities:
oAssessing the potential of a funding opportunity, analysing requirements, and recommending a course of action to senior management
oManaging the whole proposal development process: writing the proposal and coordinating inputs from the different teams
oIf successful: take care of the contract negotiation and contracting process with both funders and partners
Responsible for grant management, reporting to donors, and appropriate follow up, as well as detailed record-keeping
Provide input on Nexus’ strategic direction and development of new lines of business, driving new project development opportunities
Account management of key relationships across the Ecosystem and Nexus’ various business lines.
2) Knowledge and Ecosystem Facilitation (~25%)
Manage Nexus’ network. This includes:
oManage relationships with existing network and partners, maintaining engagement by: organizing and facilitating quarterly webinars, coordinating ad hoc working groups, and sharing a monthly newsletter including updates, knowledge resources and funding opportunities.
Oversee the knowledge work and engagement with a wider network of social enterprises, financiers, and other actors in the ecosystem
oManage the programme “Leveraging Innovative Finance Together” (LIFT) which seeks to accelerate sustainable energy and water entrepreneurship in Asia. The programme engages with stakeholders to facilitate dialogue, organize knowledge activities and drive sector finance and implementation in the region. It also undertakes research and collaboration with partners.
oGrow Nexus’ role as a facilitator and ‘connector’ between entrepreneurs and financiers (donors, impact investors, corporates) within the LIFT programme. The scope of the programme depends on successful fundraising and partnerships.
oDepending on the activities throughout the year, manage and oversee the work of a project coordinator implementing the LIFT work.
Key skills and qualifications
Previous business development and fundraising experience, including grant sourcing, grant application processes, writing concept notes, proposal development and networking desirable
Positive track record of planning and leading on proposal submissions as well as delivering fundraising results
Strong proposal writing skills, including writing short unstructured concept notes as well as responding to call for applications
Experience in donor reporting, monitoring and evaluation, and budget management
Good networker and knowledge of donor profiles (foundations, institutional donors, etc.)
Experience in coordinating and developing knowledge sharing activities such as webinars, working groups, trainings, and workshops
Strong project management and coordination skills; especially multiple projects with tight deadlines
Degree (Master’s preferred) in international development, international business, environmental sustainability or related technical field of expertise
Minimum 4 years’ experience in business development with a strong fundraising component, grant writing, and project management
Knowledge of climate finance, renewable energy, climate change mitigation or adaptation, WASH, sustainability issues, climate change and impact finance a plus
Fluency in written and spoken English required, additional language skills in French, Khmer, Chinese or other relevant language a plus
Previous experience living and working internationally with an appreciation for multicultural teams strongly preferred, with experience in South East Asia a plus.
Pro-active and solutions-oriented work approach, with proven adaptability and ability to support multiple and shifting demands and deadlines
Comfortable working in virtual teams in an international, multi-cultural setting
High level of autonomy in carrying out own work, yet with a keen team-spirit
Passion to remain at the forefront of sustainable development funding.