Grant Writer

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 29 July 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 28 August 2020
  • Current

Job Description

Position Location: Washington, DC

Reports to: Managing Director, Development

Member of: LifeNet Fundraising and Communications Team

LifeNet International has improved over 9 million patient visits to date in Burundi, DRC, Uganda, and Malawi. With a proven model and lifesaving impact, LifeNet is pursuing aggressive growth goals in order to improve health outcomes for a greater number of people in sub-Saharan Africa. This vision includes growing LifeNet’s revenue from a projected $4M in 2020 to $10M in 2023, which will allow our program teams to facilitate the improvement of 10 million patient visits, across 10 countries, in 2023. The grant writer will support LifeNet’s fundraising and communications efforts in order to achieve the organization’s growth goals.

The ideal candidate is experienced in private and public (especially USG) grant writing, is a self-starter and driven, works well with others, and has an entrepreneurial spirit. The work environment is fast-paced and the opportunities are exciting. The grant writer will be a part of unprecedented growth at the organization with opportunity for personal growth and involvement in the organization’s development. This work will directly enable LifeNet’s support of 220 health facilities in Malawi, Uganda, Burundi, and DRC and will support program growth within each of these countries and into 6 new countries of operation. Success in this role will support the organization’s attainment of its aggressive vision and desire to ensure lifesaving healthcare for many of the world’s most underserved patients. The grant writer will report directly to the Managing Director of Development, work closely with the Communications Officer, and will collaborate with other LifeNet staff as needed.

Grant Writer Responsibilities:

· Develop a strong understanding of LifeNet programs to create powerful funding rationales.

· Search for and qualify prospective donors to the organization and potential funding opportunities, especially those related to corporate, foundation, and government donors.

· Research funding opportunities to align LifeNet goals with funder requirements and write compelling pieces.

· Write grant proposals, LOIs, concept papers, grant reports, alignment papers, and other documents, for the purpose of fundraising, to various audiences, including government, foundation, and major donors with a focus on public and private institutional givers.

· Meet and work in conjunction with other implementing organizations including those that are positioned to prime public funding opportunities. This includes networking meetings as appropriate and working with organizations to fulfill LifeNet’s sub-grantee writing requirements.

· Facilitate the grant proposal and reporting process, including project management to ensure meeting deliverables and deadlines outlined by prospects and donors. Work in collaboration with program, M&E, finance, other communications staff, and co-implementing organizations’ staff as necessary to do so.

· In collaboration with other team members, maintain records, files, and databases for prospects and donors and a detailed proposal and reporting calendar.

· Assist program, fundraising, and communications staff in writing and editing other LifeNet copy. Work in close collaboration with the Communications Officer to write, edit, and refine communications and fundraising pieces. Work with all staff on consistent messaging.

· Develop materials that report program progress for updates, donor updates, and ongoing communications.

· In collaboration with other team members, ensure appropriate public recognition of donors.

· Support the grant management process in collaboration with other LifeNet staff, ensuring reporting is completed fully and on time.

· Other fundraising and communications activities as assigned.

Grant Writer Requirements:

· Minimum of a bachelor’s degree

· Minimum of 2 years of professional experience in grant writing with a successful track record. A record of significant multi-year commitments and public grant awards is preferred.

· Excellent writing, editing, research, organization, and project management skills.

· Self-driven nature with the ability to learn quickly and work in collaboration with team members in various geographies and cultural contexts.

· Ability to manage projects with multiple competing deadlines and accomplish deliverables on time.

· Ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate honesty and discretion.

· Alongside the ability to powerfully and personally engage an audience through writing, demonstrate the ability to write technically and synthesize logic models, M&E data, and qualitative information into writing pieces.

· Alignment with LifeNet’s Christian identity and mission philosophy and sensitivity to LifeNet partners’ religious beliefs and contexts.

To Apply:

Your application must consist of a cover letter, your curriculum vitae/résumé, and contact information for two references. Please submit all applications via email to with the subject: “Grant Writer.”

*LifeNet is both an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization. In this regard, LifeNet conducts hiring without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, parental status, membership in any labor organization, political ideology, or disability of an otherwise qualified individual.

**Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Section 702 (42 U.S.C. 2000e 1(a), LifeNet has the right to and does hire only candidates who agree with LifeNet’s Statement of Faith.

About the Organization

LifeNet International transforms African health facilities to provide quality, sustainable healthcare and save lives. LifeNet was founded because no person should die from a preventable cause. LifeNet pursues its vision to see every person live a healthy and whole life by providing capacity-building medical and management training, access to equipment and quality pharmaceuticals, and ongoing quality assurance for existing health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. Today, LifeNet is partnered with 220 faith-based health facilities in Burundi, Uganda, the DRC, and Malawi. Through partnership with LifeNet, these facilities are providing improved care for more than 3 million patient visits every year.

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