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30 Aug 2016

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Job Description

Organizational Profile in Summary:

The Somaliland Youth Development and Voluntary Organization (SOYDAVO) were established as a non-governmental organization in 2003 under the NGO Coordination Act of Somaliland. Our headquarters is located in the city of Burao, with regional satellite offices in Erigavo, Las-anod, and Oodweyne. Our target beneficiaries are the vulnerable and marginalized communities of Somaliland in the Togdheer, Sanaag, and Sool regions; with our main priority being the improvement of their economic and social well-being.

Job Summary:

The Grant Writer Intern is primarily responsible for developing and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations, and will persuasively communicate SOYDAVO’s mission and programs to potential funders. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Grant Writer will assemble and submit grant requests, establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts, conduct prospect research, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines.

Responsibilities include

Ø Developing and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations, persuasively communicating the organization’s mission and programs to potential funders;

Ø Assembling and submitting grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations;

Ø Establishing and maintaining personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts and program officers;

Ø Ensuring prompt acknowledgement of foundation endowments;

Ø Maintaining calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports;

Ø Conducting prospect research;

Ø Prioritizing projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals’

Ø Providing writing support for major donor and individual contribution letters and acknowledgements.

Ø Responsible for staff capacity building including writing grants, communication and reporting skills

Ø Work with the Communications and Reporting office to ensure production of wide range of information such as publications, leaflets, DVDs, videos reports etc in order to help SOYDAVO to carry out effective fund raising and advocacy activities.

Ø Ensure proper office documentations as well as filling and editing organizational policies, resolutions and manuals for the organization


ü The successful candidate will be able to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner

ü Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential.

ü Candidates must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly-organized, and have experience using online databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information.

ü A high level of computer literacy required, including familiarity with Raisers Edge and Foundation Center databases.

ü Candidates must possess an ability to work well under pressure and the ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form.

ü A solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants, a minimum Bachelor’s degree, and 2 -4 years of relevant experience are required.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to or Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls please. Stipend according to experience will be provided. SOYDAVO is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, and so on. from Somaliland Youth Development and Voluntary Organization
Closing date: 15 Sep 2016
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