Partnerships Officer

Aga Khan Foundation, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFundraisingMedia and CommunicationStrategic Alliances
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th April, 2020

Job Description

The position will be based in Dushanbe with travel to rural Tajikistan, and report to the Head of Partnerships of AKF Tajikistan.


Proposal development (35%)

  • Identify, vet, and track funding opportunities and provide AKF Tajikistan's input into AKF's global Proposal Approval Process
  • Coordinate high-quality development of AKF Tajikistan proposals across sectors, by coordinating inputs from AKF global offices, AKF Tajikistan office and implementing partners
  • Consolidate, edit, and at times write proposals to ensure quality prior to submission to donors or upstream partners

Programme support (25%)

  • Provide editing quality assurance of donor narrative reports from project managers and implementing partners
  • Support project managers on compliance with donor policies and procedures, such as visibility requirements and amendments to budgets and log frames
  • Support project managers with project inception workshops, coordination events, steering committee meetings and learning events

Partnership management (30%)

  • Provide information and intelligence on activities of donors, development community and international organisations in Tajikistan to AKF and AKDN partners
  • Maintain and strengthen relations with donors, implementing partners, international organisations, and government partners to advance AKF and AKDN objectives
  • Coordinate strategic site visits, meetings, events, and other engagements with donors and partners (existing and prospective)
  • Conduct due diligence of new partners and donors, including safeguarding due diligence

Communications and outreach (5%)

  • Support Communications Officer to expand the inventory of AKF communications materials to meet project obligations, raise awareness and support resource mobilisation, and contribute to AKF objectives

Policy and strategy (5%)

  • Provide input on or lead strategy papers, reporting and responses to other requests from AKF Geneva headquarters, AKDN Tajikistan Diplomatic Office, and other strategic obligations


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in social sciences or other related discipline
  • Minimum two years of professional experience in partnerships or business development for international development or a relevant field
  • Strong written English, communication etiquette, and verbal skills
  • Native-level English
  • Strong knowledge of proposal development, including narratives, budgets, and logical frameworks
  • Strong knowledge of grant management or programme support, including editing narrative reports, reviewing financial reports, supporting grant agreement amendments, and responding to other grant-related obligations
  • Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines proactively in a solutions-based manner


  • Experience in communications work, preferably for international development
  • Experience with client-facing or external-oriented positions (e.g., partnerships, PR, advocacy)


A cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume (3 pages maximum) clearly demonstrating how applicants meet essential qualifications and asset criteria should be submitted to: Human Resources Department at by no later than 9 April 2020.

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