Project Development Officer | ReliefWeb

Ignitia is recruiting a Project Development Officer to work from our offices in Accra, Ghana.

Do you want to be part of a dynamic team in an exciting environment? We are seeking a talented and passionate Project Development Officer who will research, qualify, and write proposals for funding opportunities and develop and maintain relationships with funders and strategic partners to help Ignitia grow in West Africa and internationally.

About the Role

As the Project Development Officer you are responsible for researching and identifying potential grant and award opportunities, and developing strong and innovative grant proposals and partnerships. You will work with all departments across Ignitia to craft and submit winning proposals to foundations, corporates, and donor agencies.. As a small, fast-paced organization, this position will be self-directed with minimal oversight.


Job Duties:

  • Research and qualify funding opportunities from corporates, foundations, and donor agencies

  • Identify and map out key stakeholders within the Food, Agriculture and Environmental sectors in order to build strategic relationships, engaging in relevant external partnership development such as supporting the business development team and attending conferences or relevant events to build a robust pipeline for future opportunities

  • Develop, create, write, prepare, and submit grant proposals in a timely manner involving key stakeholders and staff

  • Guide and facilitate faculty and staff in the development and preparation of research proposals, contracts, sub-contracts, and agreements, to include budgets, documentation, and interpretation of funding requirements

  • Assist in the formulation of processes and procedures for negotiation of contract and grant pre-awards and post-award; assist in arbitration and resolution of conflicting interests, as necessary

  • Coordinate receipt of awards and contract documentation; maintain proposal and funding records in database systems, and prepare scheduled and special reports, studies and analyses

  • Create and maintain a master list of all grants including proposal due dates, completed proposals and report dates


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A/B.S) in a related field or equivalent

  • Minimum 3 years experience in grant writing and project development with a successful track record for securing significant multi-year commitments from donors

  • Superior knowledge of and proven experience writing proposals to large corporate, foundation and donor organizations, and an understanding of technical and financial requirements

  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to tell stories and leverage scientific data for strong proposals

  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources and experience engaging with these types of stakeholders for partnership development purposes

  • Experience managing the post-award process including setting up relevant activities and reporting structures

  • Desired, but not required, experience in agriculture and climate change sectors, and/or West Africa

Personal Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills and the ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals

  • Strong editing skills with an attention to detail

  • Highly organized, with diligent time management skills

  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines with general direction and minimal guidance.

  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research


About Ignitia

Ignitia is a high-technology company and social enterprise that has developed the world’s first highly accurate tropical weather forecast model. We serve small-scale farmers in West Africa by sending a daily forecast via SMS, provided in partnership with major telecommunication firms, development agencies, NGOs, foundations, and agricultural B2B organisations.

We started in 2010 as a new research team in physics & meteorology, gathered from different renowned universities and research institutions such as NASA. We then spent the next 4 years building a forecasting model specifically for tropical weather. In 2014 we launched our service commercially in Ghana, and have been growing quickly since then into other countries like Nigeria and Mali.

Ignitia is now headed into an exciting growth stage with new products being developed and expansion into new markets.

We’ve gained recognition for our efforts through our partnerships with MIT Solve, Securing Water for Food, and SwissRe to name a few, and are excited to grow this list with your help.

What we offer you

Perks are also part of the deal – like delicious meals cooked by our own wonderful chef everyday for lunch or the warm sunsets that can be enjoyed from our office balcony….not to mention the beautiful beaches of Ghana where we usually head on weekends!


Start as soon as possible

The role is located in Accra, Ghana.

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