Relationship Manager

Trees for the Future

About the organization

Nearly a billion people live in extreme poverty and earn less than $1/day. Most of them are subsistence farmers whose farming practices have led to the deforestation of their land and the degradation of their local and global environment.

Trees for the Future (TREES) is ending deforestation, hunger and extreme poverty for farmers in developing nations. Through our “Forest Garden Approach,” we train farmers to plant and manage Forest Gardens that sustainably feed families and raise their incomes by 400%. We receive donations to implement our work in areas where we can have the greatest impact.

Since 1989, with our experience in planting nearly 180 million trees, we have demonstrated the transformative power of trees in helping smallholder farmers to break out of the poverty trap. Today, our work in East and West Africa is helping to end hunger and poverty by over ten thousand families – and soon hundreds of thousands – to grow food and promote economic independence through trees.


Manage intelligence gathering, resource identification, and target sector requirements
Develop competitive analyses, e.g. SWOT analysis, to draft win themes
Create a system to identify priority institutional/foundation opportunities
Analyze opportunities and determine suitability for mutually-beneficial matches
Lead networking for institutional relationships and guide leadership involvement
Gather and provide Due Diligence documentation for institutional and foundation partners and prospects
Coordinate communication and documentation with international partners
Liaise with Country Directors to track and guide local institutional funding partnerships
Manage and inform regular leadership meetings to determine Go/No Go decisions
Provide guidance to field-based liaisons on country level fundraising
Coordinate concept note development, submission, and tracking
Analyze solicitations to determine proposal requirements and internal resources
Help identify resources required to support proposal efforts
Lead proposal development teams, win themes, partnering strategy, proposal calendar, and drafting outlines and key sections
Prepare proposal sections and periodic opportunity status reports as requested
Ensure funding proposals align with organizational strategies and methodologies and comply with funder solicitation requirements
Coordinate systematic proposal reviews
Manage ongoing reporting to institutional donors
Lead the writing of major proposals and reports


Bachelor’s degree in Business or in a relevant field.
Four to six years’ experience working in international development, grant management, business development, or proposal leadership
Familiarity with Requests for Applications/Proposals (RFA/RFP), Calls for Proposals, Indefinite Quantity Contracts, and Task Orders
Demonstrated quality professional writing skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively and diplomatically with a culturally diverse domestic and international team
Ability to cooperate effectively and harmoniously with all stakeholders including internal departments/leadership, project partners, and external organizations
Extremely flexible and excellent time management, organizational, and scheduling skills
Ability to build, foster, and maintain positive professional relationships
Willingness to develop an in-depth understanding TREES activities and services
Fluency in spoken and written English
Strong belief in TREES’ mission and culture.
Ability to embody TREES’ values of Accessibility, Respect, Diversity, Learning, Possibility, Collaboration, Entrepreneurialism and Results
Familiarity working in international agricultural development is highly desirable.

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Contact email: [email protected]

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