Development Associate

Lwala Community Alliance
Location: remote position, based in the US. Occasional travel to Kenya and Nashville, TN.
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
How to Apply
Please send the following to with the subject line “Development Officer US:” Current CV/resume. Letter of Interest detailing related skills and experience. 3 professional references with name, title, email, phone contact, and relationship to the applicant. Must sit in CST or EST time zone Position is open until filled. We recommend submitting an application within 2 weeks of the posting date.
Where to Apply


Founded by a group of committed Kenyans, Lwala builds the capacity of rural communities to advance their own comprehensive well-being. We support communities to design, implement, and evaluate solutions to their most pressing health challenges. Then, we build coalitions of communities, health workers, government, and universities to generate evidence of impact and infuse these insights into the formal health system in Kenya and beyond. This bottom-up change promises holistic solutions that are custom-built for the systems they are meant to reform.

The Role

Lwala is growing our strategic partnership and grants management capacities to meet organizational needs and fundraising goals. In the last five years, we have grown from $1.3 million to over $8 million in annual revenue, with support from private foundations, technical health funders, and individual donors. In order to implement our ambitious 2025 Strategy, we expect to raise $50m over this 5-year period.

Lwala’s reporting, development, and communications processes have been growing over recent years to better drive feedback loops within the organization and to external stakeholders. The Development Associate will support Lwala’s Development and Program teams to make strides in improving its data systems, driving feedback loops, reporting, proposals and communicating externally. These organizational elements are intertwined and require communication and coordination between them in order to drive impact, learning and growth.

Further, the Development Associate will support team members in growing their skills in writing and telling stories. Helping to build the capacity of team members in their ability to fully understand, talk about and share program results that directly benefit the overall mission of Lwala Community Alliance. The Development Associate sits within the Development team, with significant collaboration with program teams, research and learning, and finance.

Key Responsibilities

Position Description: The responsibilities of Development Associate include, but are not limited to, the following:

Grants Management and Reporting

Own a portfolio of grants and lead reporting to those funders
Support stewardship and engagement strategy for institutional donors
Support Research and Learning team to maintain donor metrics and KPIs, produce impact dashboard and manage workflow of reporting data
Contribute to the comprehensive database of current grant funders and track reporting requirements and deadlines
Support production and content development for donor reports, quarterly Insider Reports and Annual Reports
Assist program teams with creation of conference abstracts, research presentations, and donor presentations
Support business development and new partner scoping
Proposal Development

Lead in outlining and drafting letters of inquiry, concept papers, and proposal submissions for new grants and grant renewals, with special attention to program narratives, work plans, milestones, and budgets
Support program team in the development of program strategies, theories of change, work plans, and key performance indicators
Grants Finance

Work with Grants Manager to ensure high-quality grants finance management and accurate allocation of grant funding
Coordinate with finance team to ensure accurate financing reporting for donors

Support communications on an ad hoc basis, including releasing e-blasts, posting to social media, and making website updates
To accommodate frequent meetings with members of our East African team, this job requires early morning hours.

**Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience Required

A degree or relevant experience in international development, public health, public administration, communications, statistics or related field, master degree preferred
Experience working in a field-based position in East Africa, preferred
2 – 3 years of experience in grants management, monitoring & evaluation, communications and/or fundraising
Strong writing abilities, both creative and analytical, with strong editing skills required
Experience with nonprofit grants, donor reporting and budget adherence
A background in grant compliance and reporting to institutional foundations
Keen attention to detail
Ability to learn quickly and take initiative
Process-oriented with capacity to develop and drive workplans and meet deadlines
Maturity to tolerate nuance, handle competing priorities, and communicate with executive-level leadership
Flexibility to work across time zones
Patience and resilience
Self-motivation and resourcefulness
A proven ability to work with teams
Successful experience working with people from different cultural backgrounds
Curiosity and a sense of humor
What we offer

● Competitive salary with opportunity to grow

● Full benefits package, including health coverage

● Matching retirement plan

● Flexible hours and generous leave

● Exposure to global collaborators and opportunities to travel internationally

● Room to innovate and challenge systems

● A fun, collaborative and fast-paced working environment