Grant-Writing Training Specialist

Project Description

The Ministry of Education Arts and Culture (MoEAC) in Namibia has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Grant-Writing Training Specialist. The Department of Lifelong Learning, Arts and Culture works to ensure quality education in the country, and to support that goal, there should be an effective grant writing and fundraising system that guides and reflects aspirations and educational activities. While there exists pockets of in-house self-taught expertise, the Department has identified a need for a well-developed framework that can be augmented by dedicated and targeted experience and expertise from a PCRV who will impart skills, mentoring and co-working in practice. The MoEAC Head Office is also prioritizing strengthening monitoring and evaluation of grant writing and fundraising systems to make use of evidence and demonstrate results.

The PCRV will work closely on a strategic level with the Deputy Executive Director: Lifelong Learning, Arts and Culture on improving staff capacity in identifying needs, external funding opportunities, writing grant funding proposals, prudently implementing such funding imperatives upon securing grants, as well as master evaluation needs, data, and tools. The PCRV will also work with the Deputy Executive Director and five Directors at the MoEAC Head Office to develop and agree on sets of indicators for grant proposals, grant writing and fundraising that will assess effectiveness of the Department and different units in all dimensions, and create data collection tools. The goal of the assignment is to support MoEAC to develop a system of indicators and reporting pathways that will allow Department of Lifelong Learning, Arts and Culture and by extension MoEAC to be able to measure its success and challenges in securing grants worldwide in support of national budgetary shortfalls in the execution of its entire mandate.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Namibia together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education Arts and Culture (MoEAC)

Required Skills

• Master’s degree in Development Economics, Finance, International Development, Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management, or related field;
• At least 7 years of experience in any combination of the following areas: successful grant writing, grant funding, and fundraising; specialized expertise in working for an institution/organization/foundation/public entity with programs in the domain Education, Lifelong Learning, Arts and Culture; or experience working within the context of International Development in the Education Sector;
• Experience in training and providing mentoring support;
• Experience in performance measurement such as developing monitoring and evaluation instruments, monitoring and evaluation data management;
• Computer literacy and experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and relevant data analytics.
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Namibia

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