Director of Business Development

Amref Health Africa, Inc.
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Oct 16

Position description

About Amref

Amref Health Africa, an African health development agency headquartered in Nairobi and founded in 1957, is the largest nongovernmental health development agency based in Africa. It has a global annual budget of $100 million with a wide range of both clinical and primary and public health programs. Amref has a strong focus on health systems strengthening, particularly at community and district levels. Its priority program areas include Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Training of Health Workers, and Clinical and Diagnostic Services. Amref Health Africa has offices in seven African countries and programs in over 30 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. It has 12 fundraising and support offices in North America and Europe.

Amref Health Africa, Inc (Amref US) is the U.S. office of Amref Health Africa worldwide. Its primary responsibilities are to raise awareness and money to support Amref Health Africa's work, and to advocate for effective policies and adequate funding for international health development, especially in Africa. Amref USA currently has a staff of seven in New York City and Washington DC with an annual budget of $6.9 million.  Read more at

The Position

Amref US seeks a Director of Business Development to be a member of the senior management team, and support new business and resource development strategies for the organization. This role is an extraordinary opportunity to help a highly-regarded African health organization create lasting health change in Africa. The position will report to Amref US’s Chief Executive Officer. The Director of Business Development will lead the strategic direction and management of institutional giving and corporate relations in order to promote Amref Health Africa and to increase support for Amref’s mission and programs. S/he will successfully manage and grow the general as well as restricted and special project grant revenue that supports Amref Health Africa. This position has significant external responsibilities for building relationships with the leadership of foundations and government support to increase institutional and corporate giving.

As the primary liaison to institutional funders, the Director of Business Development will take the lead in identifying funding opportunities from institutional donors and developing/writing grant proposals. S/he will also contribute to the larger strategic development of the Business Development Department as well as organization-wide initiatives.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Chief Executive Officer to support and contribute to the organization’s priorities, mission, vision, and core values aimed at increasing Amref Health Africa’s capacity to secure funding.
  • Take a leading role in guiding the development of engagement strategies with principal donors such as foundations, private corporations, USAID and CDC
  • Proactively identify and build connections with prospective donors
  • Create new Public-Private partnerships; manage and grow existing partnerships
  • Assume the lead in advance preparation for procurements including intelligence gathering, advanced opportunity tracking, networking, partnering, and teaming in advance of proposals
  • Provide hands on management of proposal development process, grants management and reporting
  • Travel to Africa two to three times each year to visit projects, support programs funded through Amref USA, and confer with colleagues in the Amref offices both in Africa and in North America and Europe.
  • Travel domestically to develop or strengthen partnerships, confer with donors and attend conferences
  • Supervise a Senior Manager of Business Development.

Work Location

The Director of Business Development will be based in New York City or Washington, D.C.


The successful candidate should have at least 10 years of progressively increasing experience in business development and institutional fundraising and management. She/he will have demonstrated success in winning corporate and foundation grants and with public/private partnerships. Experience with. multi-million-dollar, multi-year competitive grants from U.S. Government agencies is highly desirable.

In addition: 

  • S/he should demonstrate experience as a supportive and effective supervisor.
  • A Master’s degree in public health, public administration, business administration, international development, or related field is highly desirable.
  • Prior experience working with grants from intuitional funders in international health and development is required.
  • Experience working in developing countries is desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.
  • Capacity and desire to work effectively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds in Africa, Europe, and North America.



Application instructions

Amref Health Africa is an equal opportunity employer. Salary commensurate with experience. Amref Health Africa offers a competitive benefits package. Please send your letter of application and resume to [email protected]

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