Institutional Funding Officer

This is a unique opportunity to join a one of Ireland’s fastest growing INGOs, where Plan International Ireland is looking for a dynamic person who will grow our programme income.

Location: Dublin

Reporting to: Development Programmes’ Coordinator

Contract: Two Years

Start Date: August 2016


Plan International is a child-centred NGO working in 51 developing countries. With an emphasis on long term sustainable development and emergency response, Plan International assists children and their communities across a range of programmes in areas such as education, child protection and disability.

Established in 2003, Plan International Ireland is a young, dynamic, growing organisation that supports Plan International’s work worldwide. Plan International Ireland has over 8,000 regular givers and funding is currently received from a variety of sources primarily the public through various fundraising initiatives, Irish Aid, the EU, corporates, trade unions and trust and foundations.

In addition to its work overseas, Plan International Ireland strives to raise awareness of development issues in Ireland through media relations, key events, advocacy and development education.

The Role

Plan International Ireland is looking for a dynamic individual to work on the Development Programmes team to lead on institutional funding opportunities.  You will help to expand our funding base paying particular attention to institutional donors including Irish Aid and the European Union.

Reporting to the Development Programmes Coordinator, you will maximise new business opportunities, including identifying new grant opportunities, supporting proposal development and ensuring strong tracking of our grants portfolio. The position will also support Plan Country Offices (COs) to strengthen their ability to engage donors and to write quality proposals.

You will have a strong track record in securing institutional grants, have excellent written skills and the ability to coordinate all participants in the grant acquisition process.

Key Responsibilities

Business Development

“Plan International Ireland has a portfolio of diverse and suitable grants, and a strong pipeline of future funding opportunities to maintain agreed grant targets.”

  • Develop and operationalise a grant mobilisation strategy;
  • Identify grant opportunities in close coordination with Programme and Finance teams;
  • Lead on research into potential grant opportunities;
  • Produce and regularly update a comprehensive mapping of all relevant donor opportunities (by sector and geography).

Proposal Development

“Plan International Ireland submits high quality donor proposals to maximise success in securing institutional funding.” 

  • Lead proposal development for donors/prospects and support cross-organisational teams to respond to funding opportunities;
  • Collaborate with and travel to COs when required to work with Plan CO teams to design effective proposals and to devise budgets;
  • Ensure all compliance issues are addressed;
  • Support our Fundraising team by preparing proposals for smaller donors (corporates, trusts etc) to co-fund ongoing projects;
  • Ensure that all related costs are cost recovered in proposals.

Donor Relations

“Plan International Ireland has strong working relationships with key institutional donors, including Irish Aid, and other Plan International National Offices and country partners.”

  • Building successful, proactive relationships which align donors’ priorities with programme needs;
  • Ensure successful on-going donor relationships and ‘ownership’ of relations with donor representatives in Ireland and oversight of other donor relationships.


  • Liaise with the Development Programmes Co-ordinator to strengthen the capacity of staff and their ability to generate resources (technical, funding, material) and report on grant-funded programmes and projects;
  • Work with the Grants Accountant and Development Programmes Co-ordinator to ensure a strong grants monitoring system in terms of projections and forecasting.

Essential Attributes

  • Minimum of three years’ experience of securing institutional funding;
  • Evidence of success in winning large donor grants/contracts;
  • Experience of managing and prioritising own workload, meeting tight deadlines and working under pressure;
  • Excellent English written skills, and the ability to creatively turn complex project and/or organisational information into compelling business cases;
  • Strong numeracy and analytical ability, with ability to understand and design complex budgets;
  • Ability and willingness to travel when required.

Desirable Attributes

  • Ability to speak/understand French

Filter Questions

  • Current remuneration (salary + benefits)
  • Desired salary / remuneration – please advise of minimum salary required and expected benefits
  • Notice period (in weeks and/or months)

The post will be based in Dublin, Ireland.

To Apply

Closing Date: 10th July 2016

Send CV with cover letter answering filter questions (above) to hr@plan.ie. To discuss the role in confidence feel free to call Dualta Roughneen, Head of Programmes, on 01 6599 601.

Plan International regrets that only short-listed candidates will be contacted in response to applications.

Please note:

  • This document is not intended to be an exhaustive job description – it serves only as an overview of the role. 
  • Plan International Ireland regrets that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted in relation to their application.

Garda checks and clearance are essential prior to job offer as part of our child protection