Friends International Job Vacancy: Partnerships/ Grants Officer, Phnom Penh - Cambodia


Are you experienced in fundraising and building relationships with donors? Would you enjoy being in a role that is close to field-based teams?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, then you may just be the person we need.

Friends-International (FI), an award-winning NGO founded in Phnom Penh in 1994. Our multiple dynamic teams in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar and Europe, together with our partners, deliver innovative services for children, youth, their families and their communities. Our vision is a world where every child, young person, and their caregivers are safe from harm and can access education, training and job opportunities to fulfil their potential as productive, functional citizens of their countries. This is done through our Saving Lives, Building Futures and ChildSafe programs which cover a great variety of carefully integrated projects including child protection, migration, harm reduction, education, alternative care, vocational training, social businesses, employment, NGO networks and more!

As a Partnerships/Grants Officer, based in our HQ in Phnom Penh, you will be identifying funding opportunities, preparing/coordinating funding proposals, managing funding relationships, and ensuring grant contract compliance. Through this, you’ll work with a wide range of donors and you’ll have many chances to visit the field and see Friends’ projects throughout Cambodia and the region. You will be a member of our growing multicultural Partnerships team which currently consists of 4 Partnerships Officers. This is an exciting opportunity for a growing professional looking to be based close to activities in the field. You will also be fostering the relationship between the FI Country Programs in Southeast Asia and our donors.

Does this describe you?
  • You are a dynamic team player who is passionate about working for the protection and education of marginalized children, youth and their families
  • You enjoy working directly with donors (organizations or individuals) and fostering relationships with them
  • You are excellent at communicating and coordinating with people from various backgrounds
  • You are skilled in writing donor proposals and tailoring them to fit donors’ needs (corporates, foundations, UN, individuals)
  • You have a strong track record in identifying prospects and converting them into donors
  • You are fluent in English (proficiency in French would also be an advantage!)
These would be examples of some of your daily responsibilities. Would you enjoy them?
  • Working with our Technical Assistant in Laos to gather information and prepare a proposal for the expansion of the Program in Luang Prabang
  • Prepare a field visit for a new potential donor interested in funding our ChildSafe Agent network in Phnom Penh
  • Coordinate the completion of a yearly narrative report for a multi-country donor for education
  • Accompanying our Social Workers in the field to understand better the needs in a new outreach area and include it in the new proposal for the Saving Lives program
  • Implement a volunteer engagement activity in collaboration with the HR team together with an important corporate donor
  • Regularly input information and derive reports for analytics from Salesforce
  • Conduct regular meetings with our supporters in Australia and work with them on concept notes for new donors
  • Deliver basic training on ‘Working with donors’ to a group of growing fundraisers from FI and our partners
  • And others…
How to apply
Sounds good!? Great! Please email your CV with your Cover Letter and salary expectations now to and let’s talk more.

Closing Date: 16 November 2022

In compliance with our Child Protection Policy and Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policy, all applicants will undergo an extensive background check.