Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
Living Goods improves the lives of millions by revolutionizing the way community health is delivered in the developing world. We believe that all families should have access to basic healthcare and no child should die of easily preventable, treatable causes. To achieve this, Living Goods created an innovative, cost-effective approach for improving the health of families in need that combines the best practices from community health and successful person-to-person sales businesses. The model deploys networks of community health promoters who go door-to-door teaching families how to improve their health, and selling life-saving products like simple treatments for malaria, pneumonia, healthy fortified foods, clean birth kits, efficient cook stoves and solar lights. We recently completed a rigorous independent randomized control trial that showed the model is reducing under-5 mortality by more than 25%.
Living Goods is on a rapid growth trajectory. In the last two years, we tripled our impact and size to reach more than five million people. Our path to success requires changing the way local governments, the biggest non-governmental organizations, and public and private funders plan, finance, and deliver community health. We work with many of the world’s leading visionary organizations across the corporate, social, and government sectors. Current partners include the governments of Kenya and Uganda, plus BRAC, Care, and PSI.
We are seeking a highly capable and motivated Grants and Donor Communications Manager to serve as a key member of our fundraising team. They will be responsible for developing funding proposals, producing reports and other donor communications materials, and writing and editing content about Living Goods’ work and impact. The ideal candidate has a passion for translating complicated ideas into powerful content that wins hearts and minds. They are a versatile and inspiring writer, with strong business acumen, solid experience writing for a business or funder audience, and a passion for international development. They must be able to understand our programs and needs and craft strategic proposals tailored to the grant opportunity at hand.
There is a lot of growth potential in this role. After receiving in-depth exposure to our programs and becoming an expert in our work, this individual will soon be writing seven-figure proposals. They will help build out our development team, take on management of all creative writing and reporting functions, train other team members, and ultimately, hire other writers. The position will report to the Director of Development, and will also work closely with other fundraising team members, the Director of Communications, and country staff.