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We recruit the position "EU Business Development Advisor"

REVISED Closing date: Monday 26th April 2021

Job location: London, Brussels

Salary: approx.£41,000 / €47,000 based on experience

Contract type: Fixed Term Agreementto end of December 2021- with possibility of extension


The Role 

The EU Business Development Advisor is an integral part of the EU partnership /funding team and is responsible for supporting AAI members to increase institutional income from EU Development Aid (INTPA and EU Delegations). The EU Business Development Advisor will keep up to date on EU funding trends, priorities and modalities as well as funding eligibility criteria and guidelines. This will inter alia involve active participation in CONCORD (FFSD NDICI Group). They will support AAI members to strengthen their capacity to engage with EU Delegations, design solid projects and develop strong funding proposals. The core aspect of the role is to identify and disseminate EU development cooperation funding opportunities, oversee coordination of the proposal development process for EU applications, provide technical guidance on proposals and eligibility criteria, oversee proposal quality assurance and risk assessment processes. The EU BDA will work in coordination with the newly set up Business Development Unit within the Institutional & Philanthropy Funding Team.


Who we're looking for 

  • A proven track record in managing and writing successful fundraising proposals for institutional donors such as EU, ECHO, DFID and UN with ability to provide clear guidance on donor requirements and procedures to other staff
  • Comprehensive understanding and knowledge of EU Funding opportunities and EU proposal requirements, standards and criteria
  • Excellent written communication skills, able to convey projects in a clear, engaging way, excellent verbal communication skills, able to engage and promote dialogue between a range of stakeholders
  • Highly accurate with strong attention to detail when handling information, able to review a high volume of information quickly
  • and accurately, taking responsibility for its quality
  • Good experience in developing proposal log frames and budget preparations
  • Driven to actively improve proposal development, by learning from experience and identifying new opportunities
  • Proven facilitation, training and capacity building skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation & influential, written and verbal communication skills to work effectively and manage relationships at all levels in a multi-cultural environment, often at a distance
  • Ability to think and work proactively and creatively, prioritising own workload under pressure or when faced with competing demands and work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent organisational awareness and problem solving skills 
  • Ability to work in a multicultural context/environment, engage in social justice activism/advocacy and demonstrate innovative practices


 What we offer 

ActionAid is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive workplace where we recognise a job well done. Offering a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment. At ActionAid, you can look forward to  

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • A workplace that embraces intersectional feminist principles
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Over 4 weeks holiday a year 


How to apply 

Please click on the "apply" button to start the application process. Please upload an up-to-date CV and a covering letter, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile. To be considered for this role, you must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in London or Brussels at the time of appointment. 

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be shortlisted- usually within 2 weeks of the closing date. 


About us 

ActionAid is a global federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice. 

We want to see a just, fair and sustainable world, in which everybody enjoys the right to a life of dignity, and freedom from poverty and oppression. 

We work to achieve social justice and gender equality, and to eradicate poverty. 

All our work is underpinned by a set of feminist leadership principles:  

Self-awareness, Self-care and caring for others, Dismantling bias, Inclusion, Sharing power, Responsible & transparent use of power, Accountable collaboration, Respectful feedback, Courage and Zero tolerance against discrimination and abuse of power.  


Our commitment to safeguarding 

ActionAid is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We are also committed to preventing and responding to any form of sexual harassment, exploitation and child abuse and abuse of adults at-risk, whether carried out by staff/representatives or resulting from our work. ActionAid expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us. 

Candidates will require the right to work in the job location at the time of appointment.

Use the link below to submit your application: 


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Jeudi 15 avril 2021 - 15h00 / Lundi 26 avril 2021 - 23h45



Javier Garcia