SDSN Youth

Impact & Growth Project Officer (Grant Writing) - Volunteer

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Impact & Growth Project Officer (Grant Writing) - Volunteer

January 2021

SDSN Youth (SDSN Association)

Worldwide, Remote

SDSN Youth Background

At SDSN Youth, we empower young people to take meaningful action on the Sustainable Development Goals. By joining our global team, you will be working with a diverse and exceptional group of individuals with a variety of cultural, religious and political backgrounds, committed to sustainable development. SDSN Youth would not be able to exist without its vast network of volunteers, a truly global team brought together to achieve one mission - empowering youth to achieve the SDGs. However, we can only continue to contribute to our mission if we are able to attract the right people into our organization.

Impact & Growth Team background

SDSN Youth’s SDG Impact and Growth team is focused on ensuring the sustainability and growth of SDSN Youth by mobilizing financial and strategic resources to implement the SDSN Youth vision and leverage its impact. We lead the strategic planning and growth efforts, working towards scaling SDSN Youth’s organizational development. Our work focuses on engaging and building strong relations with key stakeholders and donors in the SDG sector to mobilize resources and strategic action to spark development and innovation towards accelerating SDG solutions and position youth at the forefront to achieve SDGs.

In 2022, we are launching the SDSN Youth Seed Fund Awards, a new initiative that is integral to our mission of continuing to create new and actionable pathways for our youth network by providing you access to the resources and support our youth members need to address the SDGs in your communities, cities and countries.

Role

We are looking for someone to lead our grant writing and submission application process. The Grant Writing Project Officer will work closely with the Impact & Growth Project Lead to spearhead all fundraising and grant proposals. You’ll use your writing, fundraising, organization and problem-solving skills to help promote the support of the grant application process. This will include understanding grant requests for proposals (“rfps”), potential donors, grant administrators, and partners’ needs; and understanding how our mission and vision aligns with their needs and requests. You will draft grant proposals, and nurture existing relationships with supporters, allowing us to work together to achieve our mission of empowering youth globally to create sustainable solutions.



Responsibilities

  • Working closely with team leads, to understand how our programs and networks can align to their needs, for example in the form of 1-1 fundraising, grant applications, or partnerships.;
  • Working closely with the Global Coordinator to Identify and impact strategic partners to continuously grow SDSN Youth
  • Work alongside other Project Officers who will assist in research, grant writing, stakeholder management and other relevant Fundraising or Partnerships tasks
  • Study and understand the history, structure, objectives, programs and financial needs of the organization
  • Research grants opportunities from our internal “Your weekly Funding Opportunities” List
  • Help manage and oversee the grant applications in our donor management database
  • Draft grant proposals and supporting documents based on the funding requirements of the organization
  • Submit proposals to grant coordinators for approval
  • Respond to internal and external queries on drafted and submitted proposals
  • Maintain positive relationships with fund providers and other stakeholders
  • Maintain records and submit reports related to grant opportunities

  • SDSN Youth-wide Impact and Growth Initiatives (optional)
    • This Project Officer can also choose to contribute to other impact and growth projects within SDSN Youth such as the upcoming seed fund launch

Please note: As a virtual network, it is IMPORTANT for Project Officers to communicate effectively with their Project Leader and report back consistently. In a network, which operates across several time zones, reporting and communicating proactively is crucial.

Job Qualifications

The Growth & Fundraising Project Officer will be someone who has experience as an intern or support role in an organization or at a department level. They will be someone who possesses impeccable organizational, communication and problem-solving skills, and research capabilities, while working in a team in order to maximize SDSN Youth’s internal performance.

The Grant will be someone who:

  • Be responsive, and able to manage regular communication with the team and with partners - including after-hours conference calls, as the network spans 10 different time zones.
  • Has outstanding problem solving, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Be able to communicate effectively
  • Be a proven team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate and manage workload across several projects/teams.



Role Qualifications

The Impact & Growth Project Officer (Grant Writing) will be someone who:

  • Is organized, driven and can work autonomously
  • Has impeccable communication skills
  • Enjoys visual storytelling and creative media.
  • Enjoys problem-solving, and works well with people.



Preferred qualifications:

  • The candidate has experience in grant writing and fundraising
  • Has supported or led grant writing initiatives
  • Has knowledge and experience of drafting funding proposals for rfps
  • Has an interest in sustainable development, and is passionate about the mission of the SDSN, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • Is able to demonstrate that they have the time and resources to commit to this role – candidates with too many overlapping commitments will be exempt from running for this position
  • Has an excellent eye for detail
  • Excellent command of the English language, including writing, speaking and listening.
  • Able to demonstrate that they have the time and resources to commit to this role – candidates with too many overlapping commitments will be exempt from running for this position

Minimum qualifications:

  • Candidate MUST have experience in fundraising, research or other sponsorship efforts.
  • Candidate MUST demonstrate a reasonable understanding of SDSN Youth’s mission.
  • Candidate MUST have a reasonable understanding of the SDGs.
  • Candidate MUST be detail oriented.
  • Candidate MUST have good organizational skills.
  • Candidate MUST have excellent verbal and communication skills.
  • Be a proven team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate and manage workload across several projects/teams
  • Candidate demonstrates a reasonable understanding of SDSN Youth’s mission
  • Candidate has a reasonable understanding of the SDGs
  • Candidate is detail oriented, has good organizational skills and excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Be aged between 18-30 in order to be eligible for this role (exceptions may apply)
  • Must be responsive and able to manage regular communication with the team - including after-hours conference calls, as the network spans 10 different time zones.

Commitment

Total Weekly Hours:

  • 8+ hours per week

Estimated weekly breakdown:

  • 2 Hours – Grant research
  • 5 Hours – Grant proposal drafts and writing
  • 2 Hours – Grant management and oversight

Conditions

  • Duration of Position: The first term is 12 months in total, with a 2 months trial period in the beginning. However, subject to review of work performance, this position may be extended on a 12-month basis.
  • Reporting: This position reports to the Impact and Growth Project Officer Lead.
  • Payment: Voluntary
  • Training: All Project Officers are required to complete all SDSN Youth online induction courses, including team training.

Please apply at https://sdsnyouth.org/join-the-team