Cordaid Vacancy: Business Development Officer Kinshasa, DR Congo

Cordaid Vacancy: Business Development Officer Kinshasa, DR Congo
Cordaid believes in a world without poverty and exclusion. We strive for a just and sustainable society where every person counts. We stand for knowledge and talent sharing between North and South, between farmers and businesses, between activists and policymakers. Where poverty, conflict and exclusion divide societies, we connect people and communities. We stand for professionalism, expertise and solidarity across borders. We make a difference where it is most needed.

Together with more than 800 organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America we structurally improve the living conditions of the poorest and most excluded populations - the bottom billion. We do that where natural disasters strike, where conflicts tear up communities and where underdevelopment keep families in extreme poverty. In the Netherlands we are known as Cordaid Memisa, Cordaid  Mensen in Nood, Cordaid Kinderstem and Cordaid Microkrediet.

For the Cordaid  field office  in Kinshasa, DR Congo,  Cordaid  is looking  for  a

Business Development Officer


Cordaid has various field offices, among others in Kinshasa. This office is the national representation of Cordaid in DRC. 

Cordaid is active in different programmes in DRC like predominately Health (Performance Based Financing and Global Fund Grant) but also Women Leadership, Security and Justice, Foodsecurity, Education, Disaster Risk Reduction and Financial Services. The Cordaid strategy for the next four years has been developed in 2013. Cordaid needs to actively generate resources from the development aid market to implement its strategy and fulfil its mission. The BDO professional is to support this effort.   

Position and responsibility

The Business Development Officer (M/W) based in Kinshasa will be part of the Cordaid DRC Management Team. In this position, he/she supports the Country Director in leading the drive for resource diversification in DRC. He/she collaborates with the Corporate Strategy and Funding Unit and with the various Programmatic Business Units in The Hague.  He/she reports directly to the DRC Country Director.

The successful candidate will be a professional, with solid experience in lobbying, networking and resource mobilization, including experience in fundraising with a variety of major donors and competencies in proposal writing and management. 

  • Coordinate the proposals writing and steer on quality and consistency of submitted proposals;
  • Conduct analysis on markets and funding streams and specific customers, in line with Cordaid’s funding strategy and the request of the Business Units (BUs) and the Country Management;
  • Identify leading market players and develop and implement appropriate donor-relation strategies in line with customer strategy;
  • Maintain and influence a network of donors and partners to maximize Cordaid funding opportunities;
  • Identify and secure opportunities/funding sources and leads at country level and suggest appropriate actions while involving relevant staff;
  • Assure quality in the BD process as a whole, identify right persons/experts within Cordaid DRC and BUs for preparing proposals/bids, risk management and compliance with all regulations;
  • Co-shape and implement BD strategy and create a long-term fundraising plan for the Cordaid DRC;
  • Be a BD support to and sparring partner for the Country Director, Provincial Coordinators and country Sector Leaders.
Next to this, the BD Officer will:
  • Ensure adequate information flows on Business Development issues making use of the corporate Client Management System;
  • Monitor Business Development effectiveness and targets and provide the required management information;
  • Advise Cordaid and give inputs to the corporate funding strategy team on issues pertaining to Resource Mobilization;
  • Support Cordaid DRC in developing and marketing new products and services;
  • Train, mentor and coach colleagues in business development;
  • Profile Cordaid in relevant events.
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field; a master degree in international development or another relevant field is preferred;
  • Fluent in English and French;
  • A proven track record in resource mobilization and Business Development;
  • Exceptional written English and French skills, with proven ability in proposal writing and written reporting;
  • At least five years’ experience in partnership development and fundraising initiatives in context of integrated development programming;
  • Three to five years’ experience within an international development organization;
  • Working knowledge of and existing relationships with relevant multi-lateral, bilateral and international donors and other stakeholders;
  • Detailed knowledge of the funding mechanisms within at least two of the following organisations EU, DFID, WB, AfDB, USDAID;
  • Excellent analytical skills, alongside a practical approach oriented  towards achieving lasting results;
  • Excellent listening skills combined with strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Good in crafting proposals, donor correspondence and other kinds of materials, as well as at making presentations to a variety of audiences;
  • Good team player, pragmatic and patient negotiator with solution-oriented approach;
  • Prior work history in Africa is preferred.
Specifics of station

The team leader will be based in Kinshasa. It is a family posting.

Contract information

The posting is initially for one year with the possibility of extension, if the program gets extended beyond  2015.

We offer a Cordaid contract with a competitive salary and a benefit package which includes a comprehensive insurance cover, social security and pension contribution and a holiday allowance.

Further information and how to apply

For additional information, please contact Yaouba KAIGAMA in regards to the content of the position (email:, phone +243 99 100 1832) or Fatiha Najid in regards to HR conditions ( phone: +31 70 3136 300).

Applications including a motivation letter and extensive CV in English including the contact details of at least three professional references should be forwarded before 10 July 2014. An assessment can be part of the procedure.

Please note that we accept applications through our website only:  (>Working for Cordaid> Vacancy Overview, then select the relevant vacancy, and click on the ‘solliciteren/apply’ button).