New Business Development Advisor

Country: Sierra Leone
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 10 Sep 2021


Save the Children is recruiting for an experienced New Business Development Advisor that will lead proposal development, writing and fundraising for the Sierra Leone and Liberia Country Office.

The New Business Development Advisor will identify and track exciting donor opportunities, facilitate donor engagement, assist in the development of fundraising strategies and country portfolio, and coordinate proposal development for large and strategic funding opportunities. The position requires innovative thinking and creativity to package our programme strategies in ways that attract the right donor support and grow out portfolio effectively.

Recognising that many conversations with donors involve a review or update around current grants as well as discussions about new opportunities, the Business Development Advisor will also be expected to be closely informed about progress of all major institutional grants and be able to speak to results in key reporting documents. The New Business Development Advisor is responsible for ensuring high quality proposal writing and fundraising for development of innovative programs that deliver immediate and lasting change for children as well as building and maintaining strategic partnerships with donors and SC Members.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly


  • Master's Degree in Development Practice, Social Science or relevant field.



  • Minimum 7 years' experience in development and or emergency contexts, preferably with solid experience in at least two priority sectors of Save the Children: education, protection, child rights governance, health and nutrition.
  • Proven track record in producing winning bids and proposals for institutional donors, corporates / private sector and others
  • Strong understanding and experience with USG, DFID, EU, UN and other institutional donor funding mechanisms and contract regulations.
  • Excellent writing/editing, reporting, budget development and presentation/communication skills.
  • Experience in coordinating development of large-scale or strategic proposals, including the development of multi-million dollar project budgets.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy


  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner and experience in leading project presentations to donors and partners
  • Proven ability to design high quality programs
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, and pull together input from a diverse team.
  • Cultural awareness and ability to work in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.


Closing Date: 10th September, 2021

The Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Applicants are advised that

Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process and we maintain zero tolerance to dual employment. Any request in this direction should be immediately

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

 Candidates should apply through the links that will be provided by

 Applicants should attach a copy of a valid Labour Card to their applications

 Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document and include your current remuneration and salary expectations for this role.


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