The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks a dynamic Resource Mobilization (RM) Officer for the CIP-China Center for Asia Pacific (CCCAP) based in Beijing, China. This position will engage international and Chinese potential donors, foundations and the private sector with the objective of securing collaboration and mobilizing funding for CCCAP’s research activities.
The CIP-China Center for Asia Pacific – or CCCAP – was established in 2010 and now employs a staff of 10 based in Beijing. CCCAP is a platform for cooperative potato and sweetpotato scientific research for development in China and countries in the Asia Pacific region promoting CIP’s mission in the areas of food security, nutrition and health, and poverty alleviation. It is expected to grow significantly in size and research scope the next few years. With Government of China funding, a new CCCAP research facility in Yanqing (Beijing) has been constructed with 48 fully-equipped laboratory rooms, greenhouses, offices, training and dormitories. It will open in 2017 with initial research operations set to begin the second half of the year and a more robust research program taking shape in 2018. CCCAP is legally registered in China as an intergovernmental organization.
The position: This position will report to the Chief Scientist CCCAP with a dotted reporting line to the CIP Director of Resource Mobilization (RM), based in Lima, Peru. The successful candidate will work closely with the CCCAP program and research teams, Resource Mobilization Team (RMT) and others in CIP to develop project funding proposals / fundraising and engage with potential donors to raise funds in support of CCCAP’s research program.
Functions and Key Results:
1. Under the overall guidance of the Chief Scientist CCCAP, and in close coordination with the Deputy Director General-CCCAP and CIP’s RMT and all other relevant internal CIP and external stakeholders, develop a China / SE Asia-specific RM Strategy. This will require the RM Officer to:
- Familiarize her/himself with CCCAP, CIP and relevant Chinese strategic documentation, policy priorities and deliverables;
- Work closely with colleagues in CCCAP, Chinese and SE Asia institutions and CIP to identify funding needs and coordinate proposed strategic elements with CIP’s own RM efforts;
- Review current funding trends and regulations relevant to RM activities (both traditional and non-traditional donors) in the Chinese and SE Asian context;
- On the basis of the above and inputs from CCCAP and CIP counterparts, develop a 3-year set of RM targets;
- Identify potential RM partners, including Chinese and SE Asian institutions, bilateral, multilateral, philanthropic organizations, the private sector and High Net Worth Individuals and develop a strategy to approach and mobilize resources from these potential partners; and
- Analyze information on funding priorities and trends of a wide variety of the donors identified that are or could become active in China and the Asian region that are of relevance to CCCAP’s work in China and regionally.
Operationalizing the Strategy
2. Once approved, implement the strategy under the overall coordination of the Chief Scientist CCCAP and in close collaboration with the Deputy Director-CCCAP and CIP’s RM Team by:
- Exploring funding sources and strategic partnership opportunities from the potential donors identified in the strategy;
- Establishing and broadening relations with the potential and existing donors;
- Organizing RM activities and initiatives relevant to the implementation of the strategy and the specific targeted donor pool;
- Ensuring high level stewardship of existing donors, including provision of high quality reports, regular contacts (as preferred by the donor) and an integrated communication plan;
- Regularly reviewing progress and reporting internally on progress made on key performance indicators; and
- Coordinating RM initiatives with CIP’s RM Team as necessary.
Education and Experience:
- Advanced university degree in law, economics, finance, business, marketing, international relations and/or a related field.
- Minimum of 6 years of experience with a proven track record of resource mobilization and the creation of RM-oriented partnerships and stakeholder networks.
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in an international RM context (be it with an international or Chinese institution).
- Native language proficiency in Chinese and written and spoken English. Knowledge and work/living experience and other Asian languages an asset.
Knowledge and Skills Required to Deliver Results:
- Knowledge of the Chinese regulatory and institutional context, with previous experience in a RM role with an international organization, with a proven track record of achieving results in mobilizing funding.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact well and establish close professional relationships with colleagues and counterparts in a highly international context.
- Flexibility and ability to embrace change and work effectively in what are bound to be constantly evolving circumstances.
Conditions: Employment contract will be for a three-year term with the possibility of renewal. Salary will be internationally competitive, paid in US dollars, and commensurate with experience. CIP prides itself on its collegial and supportive working environment, which allows space for personal and professional growth.
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