Business Development Officer

Country: Ireland
Organization: Plan International
Closing date: 30 Jun 2021

Title: Business Development Officer

Reporting to: Head of Programmes

Direct Reports: None

Key relationships: Heads of Development and Emergencies Units, Desk and Emergencies Officers, Grants Finance Officer.

Grade: 3 (salary range €38,000 - €45,000)

Contract Length: 1 year

Brief overview and Purpose of role

Plan International Ireland is looking for a dynamic individual to grow our programme income. You will help to expand our funding base, paying particular attention to institutional donors including the European Union and UN agencies, while exploring new opportunities.

Reporting to the Head of Programmes, you will maximise new business opportunities, including identifying new grant opportunities, supporting proposal development and ensuring strong tracking of our grant portfolio.

The position will also support Plan International Ireland Desk Officers and Emergencies Officers and Plan International Country Offices (COs) to strengthen their ability to engage donors and to write quality proposals.

You will have a strong track record in securing institutional grants, have excellent written skills and the ability to coordinate all participants in the grant acquisition process.

This is an exciting time to join Plan International as we continue to implement our focus on supporting 100 million girls to help them Learn, Lead, Decide, and Thrive!

About Plan International Ireland

Founded in 1937, Plan International is a children’s organisation that fights for children’s rights, particularly girls, who live in the poorest regions of the world. We are an independent organisation with no religious, political, or governmental affiliations. Our vision is a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We work at local, national, and international level across over 70 countries to influence governments to tackle the root causes of child poverty and to create a more equal world for girls. We work with communities to advance education, advocate for an end to FGM and child marriage, amplify girls’ and women’s voices and much more. During emergencies, we save lives and ease suffering by providing shelter and sanitation, while also creating safe spaces to protect and keep children in school.

Established in 2003, Plan International Ireland is a young and dynamic organisation that influences and supports Plan International’s work worldwide.

Plan International Ireland have been certified as one of Ireland’s Best Workplaces in 2020 and 2021.

Key roles and responsibilities

The primary purpose of this role is to lead on new institutional funding opportunities, with a strong focus on European Union funding, such as INTPA and ECHO as priority stakeholders, with a secondary focus on donors such as the UN and other multilaterals.

This is an exciting key role within the Programmes department. You will work across the two main business units – the Development and Emergencies team, working closely with Desk/Emergencies Officers in identifying and preparing new funding proposals.

You will report to the Head of Programmes but have strategic engagement with Development and Emergencies Manager in work planning and opportunity identification. You will engage closely with Plan’s EU Liaison Office and ensure Plan International Ireland is strategically placed within the federation to optimise EU funding opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

Business development

Plan International Ireland has a portfolio of diverse and suitable grants, and a strong pipeline of future funding opportunities to maintain agreed grant targets.

· Develop and operationalise a grant mobilisation strategy.

· Identify grant opportunities in close coordination with the Development and Emergencies Units.

· Lead on research into potential grant opportunities

· Produce and regularly update a comprehensive mapping of all relevant donor opportunities (by sector and geography).

Proposal development

Plan International Ireland submits high quality donor proposals to maximise success in securing institutional funding.

· Lead proposal development for donors/prospects and support cross-organisational teams to respond to funding opportunities.

· Collaborate with and travel to Country Offices (CO) when required to work with Plan CO teams to design effective proposals and to devise budgets.

· Ensure all compliance issues at proposal design stage are addressed.

· Ensure that all related costs are cost recovered in proposals.

Donor Relations

Plan International Ireland has strong working relationships with key institutional donors.

· Support Plan Ireland Desk Officers and Country Offices Teams in building successful, proactive relationships which align donors’ priorities with programme needs.

· Ensure successful on-going donor relationships and ‘ownership’ of relations with donor representatives at EU level and coordination with Desk Officers on CO level relations with respective donors.


· Liaise with all Plan Ireland Desk/Emergency Officers, and coordinate with the Development and Emergencies Managers to strengthen the capacity of Country Offices Teams staff and their ability to generate resources for successful proposals (technical, funding, material).

· Work with the Grants Finance Officer to ensure a strong grant monitoring system in terms of projections and forecasting.

Person specification


Degree level qualification and/or demonstrable experience of successful donor funding relationship building.

Skills and abilities

You will be able to demonstrate evidence of success in winning large donor grants/contracts.

You will have experience of managing and prioritising your own workload, meeting tight deadlines and working under pressure.

You will have excellent English and French written and oral skills, and the ability to creatively turn complex project and/or organisational information into compelling business cases, as well as strong numeracy and analytical ability, with ability to understand and design complex budgets.

You will need an ability and willingness to travel when required.

You will have excellent attention to detail, and experience of managing a wide and varied workload.

You will possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.

You will have a commitment to gender transformation, and the values of Plan International Ireland.

You will have a proven ability to think and act strategically, planning and evaluating activities and opportunities.

Level of experience required

You will have at least four years’ experience in developing donor funding opportunities.


Communicating with all stakeholders: be able to communicate our vision using clear and concise messaging. Be able to recognise the needs of others and actively support, coach, and provide supportive feedback.

Working effectively and efficiently: always ensure that impact is the core feature of our work and maintain continuous improvement in everything we do. Influence change within your team and the wider organisation.

Salary and benefits

Plan International Ireland operates a salary scale, as well as a broad range of employee benefits.

This role is graded as a Level 3 within our salary scale, with an expected range of between €38,000 and €45,000. Placement on the scale will be dependent on level of experience and fit within the role.

In addition to salary, Plan International Ireland provides a number of employee benefits, some of which include:

  • Private Health Insurance for all employees (from commencement date)

  • Matching company pension contributions up to 5% (once probation is complete)

  • Flexible working hours (core hours of 10am to 4pm daily, minimum of 37 hours per week)

  • Commitment to training and development.

  • 25 days annual leave, increasing with length of service up to 30 days.


The Plan International Ireland office is located on Harrington Street, Dublin 8 (across from Brother Hubbard’s). We are just a stone’s throw away from the bustling and busy Camden Street area, with its many coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and much more! Our nearest LUAS stop is Harcourt Street.

As an employee you will also be able to sign up to the Bike-to-Work scheme, or the TaxSaver scheme for DART, LUAS, and Dublin bus users.


Plan International is committed to safeguarding people within our programmes from exploitation and abuse and has specific policies on this commitment (including a Code of Conduct) which outlines the expected behaviour and the responsibility of all staff, consultants, and other organisational representatives.

Any candidate offered a job with us will be expected to sign our Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. Specific roles may require police/Garda vetting.

This document is not intended to be an exhaustive job description - it serves only as an overview of the role.

How to apply:

Please submit your CV and cover letter through our website by June 30th. Follow this link: Jobs and Volunteering - Charity Jobs - Plan International Ireland

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