Head, Grant Office & Research Assistant

Head, Grant Office

Mount Kenya University Foundation co-ordinates several activities that the University has been undertaking in aid of students, alumni and the community. The programs of the foundation are geared towards harnessing public and private support that benefits the educational, research and community service mandates of the University. The University is pleased to announce the position of Head, Grant Office at the foundation.

Key responsibilities:

  1. Conducting research on potential funding sources, such as government, corporate, NGOs’ and charitable organizations
  2. Developing and writing proposals in response to calls for funding
  3. Conducting prospective research on donor community to identify grants opportunities
  4. Maintaining University funding opportunity databases, activity tracking system, and related confidential files
  5. In consultations with the Director, establish and maintain relationships with foundation contacts and program officers
  6. Managing the proposal submission process to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines and reports
  7. Conducting prospect research on foundations and corporations to identify, cultivate and solicit new grants
  8. Working with other University departments to obtain necessary information for proposals/grants and applications
  9. Preparing annual technical and activity reports of the Foundation

Minimum Qualifications and Attributes

  1. Have a Master’s degree in social sciences or any other relevant field.
  2. At least 5 years working experience with NGO’s or Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Evidence of active fundraising experience is mandatory.
  3. Evidence of project management.
  4. Good communication, negotiation, interpersonal & organization skills.


Key responsibilities:

  1. Assist in planning and conducting research on donors
  2. Assist in conducting literature and database searches
  3. Assist in preparation of the Foundation reports and publications.
  4. Assist in data collection and analysis
  5. Taking minutes of technical meetings
  6. Assist in producing annual reports on Foundation activities
  7. Assist in maintaining a quarterly Foundation bulletin
  8. Assist in dissemination of information on Foundation and donor opportunities and grant calls to Departments, Schools and Campuses.
  9. Assist in building a database of alumni, donors and other contacts
  10. Assist the Foundation to comply with the Quality Management System requirements based on ISO 9001:2008
  11. Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Director, MKU Foundation.

Minimum Qualifications and Attributes

  1. Bachelor degree in any relevant field
  2. Evidence of resource mobilization skills
  3.  Good communication, negotiation, interpersonal & organization skills.

Interested candidates are requested to submit soft copies of the application letter, Curriculum Vitae and scanned copies of their certificates to the Human Resource Director through email address: recruitment@mku.ac.ke on or before 21st March, 2018

The Human Resource Director
Mount Kenya University
P.O. Box 342 – 01000, THIKA

Please Note:

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Mount Kenya University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Hard copies will not be accepted

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