Position: Grant Writer
Location: Geneva, Remote
Engagement: Full time
According to the UN’s InterGovernmental Panel for Climate Change more than 3.3 billion people globally live in hotspots with high vulnerability to climate change and are now already feeling the impact of climate change through increased temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall.
Insurance is a tool for vulnerable households in these affected regions to adapt to the effects that climate change is already having today on these households. It is a tool that enables for compensation payment for losses and damages that these households had no part in causing. Insurance compensation enables these households to make adjustments to their day to day livelihoods and practices and therefore allows for an equitable and just transition.
At Pula, we are building the systems that enable farmers worldwide to access insurance, using technology to insure this previously uninsured worldwide. We work in over 17 countries across Africa and Asia, and by 2021, have facilitated crop insurance cover to over 6 million farmers, 30% of which are women, across Kenya, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Zambia, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi. We are a for profit, and have raised over $10 million from leading venture and institutional investors as well as developed philanthropic relationships with private foundations and bilateral donors such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and German Insure Resilience Solutions Fund that have accelerated investments in our target markets.
Pula is proudly break-neck paced, constantly learning from the challenges we face and overcome. We are proudly culturally diverse but united in our ambition of continuous high-performance. By challenging ourselves we believe that we can overcome the hard problems we love solving.
At Pula, our ways of working are informed by our Pula DNA, our culture. The Pula DNA is represented in four pillars as indicated below:
What you will be doing:
Pula is seeking an experienced Grant Writer to join the partnerships team to increase our outreach to and engagement with philanthropic funders, corporate foundations and development agencies. S/he must have a love for building partnerships across the commercial and public sector, including for-profits and nonprofits, identifying potential partners that align strategically to the business needs, tailoring our value proposition to each partner, pitching to each and, where successful, guiding subsequent grant negotiations, contracting and fundraising processes.
The Grant Writer is expected to: i) build new, and execute on existing fundraising networks and ii) contribute to shaping our narrative around risk financing and insurance iii) lead on proposal and tender development for suitable opportunities. Tasks will be related to liaising with development agency partners and philanthropic entities on funding risk finance mechanisms and insurance premiums, as well as working with the partnerships team to close on identified contracts.
The Grant Writer will report to the Head of Partnerships, and help to build Pula’s emerging climate finance strategy. Performance will be assessed against annually agreed fundraising and proposal development targets, at both individual and team levels.
Who you are:
You have at least 5 years of experience in fundraising and grant writing for the nonprofit and/or social enterprise sector, and are familiar with development themes in agriculture, climate change or credit and insurance. You have a strong professional network in the development sector, for example with private/corporate foundations, UN and other development aid agencies, intergovernmental and regional cooperation organizations etc. You have designed complex projects from start to finish, including developing detailed narrative proposals, as well as multi-stakeholder work plans and budgets, and have secured at least one grant from an agency such as USAID, GIZ, AfDB or BII. Overall, you have successfully fundraised and written grants worth a total of at least $5 million, with at least one grant worth $1 million or more.
What you need to have to be successful:
What Pula will bring to the table:
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