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Donor Relations Manager / Grant Writer Burundi

Closing date

Job location: Burundi

Starting date: As soon as possible

Vacancy closing date: Until a suitable candidate has been found

Duration position: 3 years

Working hours: Fulltime

We are here for our neighbours in need, who are suffering in this broken world.

ZOA, as an international NGO, supports people who have lost everything due to armed conflict or natural disaster. Together, we can come to their aid in emergencies and remain faithful to communities as they recover – providing new opportunities for them to help themselves again. The work of ZOA is coordinated from the Netherlands. We are active in multiple countries in Africa, South America, the Middle East Region, and Asia. We work with approximately 900 employees worldwide and with (local) partners. We invite you to join our team of committed colleagues.

ZOA’s programme in Burundi

Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, where almost 90% of the population lives from agriculture. Together with its high population density, growth, and displacements, this causes fierce competition over resources, including land. ZOA has been operational in Burundi since 2007, and our programmes focus on restoring Food Security and Livelihoods, Peacebuilding (including land certification projects) and WASH. We work from field offices in Makamba, Rumonge and Cibitoke, supported by a country office in Bujumbura.

ZOA is looking for a

Donor Relations Manager / Grant Writer

Your challenge

The Donor Relations Manager / Grant Writer is primarily responsible for establishing and maintaining contacts with relevant donors and networks in Burundi, and to develop high quality project proposals for potential donors. In addition, he/she will ensure high quality programme design, implementation and evaluation by providing line management with expertise and knowledge. He/she will also lead the MEAL team. He/she will be member of the Management Team of ZOA Burundi.

Your main tasks and responsibilities
Donor networking and proposal development

  • Supports the Country Director (CD) and Programme Managers (PGMs) in donor relation management (for current and potential donors);
  • Ensures ZOA Burundi is represented in relevant UN cluster meetings;
  • Leads the development of high quality project proposals for institutional and private donors;
  • Contributes to on-time, high quality submission of donor reports and evaluations;
  • Supports the CD and PGMs in the writing of the ZOA Country plans and internal reviews.

Programme Quality

  • Responsible for the quality and consistency of programme- and project planning;
  • Responsible for adherence to ZOA policy and compliant with ZOA, donor, national and international guidelines, policies and standards in the implementation of projects;
  • Where needed, provide training and support to the PGMs in relation to project quality;
  • Responsible for local partner assessments and the development of related capacity development plans.


  • Provide technical leadership to the team of MEAL officers;
  • Supervises the development, implementation and maintenance of MEAL tools in ZOA projects;
  • Assures that recommendations and lessons learned from project reports and evaluations are effectively integrated in the project implementation strategies where possible.
  • Responsible for the development of knowledge management at country level and contributing to organization-wide knowledge management.

Your profile


  • The candidate is expected to fully support the vision, mission and Christian values of ZOA.

Knowledge & Experience

  • University degree in a humanitarian, development or other relevant field;
  • At least three years field experience in a fragile context;
  • Fluency in English (speaking/reading/writing);
  • Fluency in French (speaking/reading/writing);
  • Solid proposal writing skills
  • Proven experience with institutional donors;
  • Proven knowledge of PCM and MEAL.


  • Conceptual flexibility;
  • Logical thinker;
  • Strong proposal writing skills;
  • Good communicator;
  • Good networker;
  • Innovative;
  • Coaching and training skills
  • Customer-friendly attitude;
  • Result-oriented approach;
  • Initiative;
  • Interpersonal sensitivity.


  • Flexible and adaptable;
  • Interpersonal and cross cultural sensitive;
  • Able to work under pressure and with strict deadlines;
  • Able to work in a sometimes fluid and insecure environment.

We offer

ZOA offers a challenging role in a dynamic context. We offer good benefits and remuneration which suits the NGO sector (including but not limited to: medical and other insurances, (contribution to) housing costs, training options and 29 leave days).

Do you need more information?

For more information about ZOA, please visit our website

If you have questions about this vacancy, you can contact Mrs. Heline, email

How to Apply

Interested and you want to apply?

ZOA operates with an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified women and men, people of all nationalities, and cultural backgrounds, and candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply.

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly via Donor Relations Manager / Grant Writer Burundi | ZOA Nederland | CVSelection (

CV’s of no more than 5 pages in length are appreciated.

Please provide at least 3 references related to your current and previous employment listed in the application. References of previous positions held should not be older than five years.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to close this advert when we have found a suitable candidate. An assessment may be part of the recruitment procedure. Documents that do not match the profile above will not be considered. Internal candidates will have priority, in case of similar results.

Please note that ZOA carries out background and reference checks (including COTER) for all candidates as part of the recruitment process. As ZOA participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, all reference checks include a written questionnaire: the “Statement of Conduct”, which will be sent to past employers regarding Misconduct (such as sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment).