Officer of Institutional Relations

Root Capital
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

Fundraising and Partnership development (70%)
•       Build relationships with potential and existing donors and investors including foundations, private sector companies, multilaterals such as USAID, and local governments.
•       Cultivate funders by providing best –in-class relationship management by identifying areas of overlap between our work and the interests and motivations of prospective donors/investors. Respond to due diligence requests on Root Capital financials, impact metrics, projections, strategy etc.
•       Support compliance and stewardship of complex funding programs for regional activities, particularly with a focus on government institutions and multilaterals such as USAID.
•       Manage day-to-day relationships with Root Capital’s with local and regional partners by coordinating across departments and offices and synthesizing information to communicate progress on Root Capital’s work.
•       Represent Root Capital and make presentations on our work at meetings and conferences with donors, investors, and other external audiences.
•       Lead planning and stewardship for donor trips and strategic partnership management and stewardship.
•       Participate in regional design of multi-stakeholder partnerships with department leadership.
Strategy and Business planning (20%)
•       Conduct research and analysis for internal knowledge sharing related to philanthropic and investor revenue strategy and planning.
•       Work with Investor Relations and Kenya-based team on the development of Root’s approach and vision for partnering with public and private sectors.
Organizational Responsibilities (10%)
•       Responsible for synthesizing information from different departments within Root Capital and for sharing that information in a compelling way through presentations, proposals, reports, emails and other forms of communications.
•       Contribute to Root Capital’s Field Building and Thought Leadership through partner engagement and regional events.

Qualifications and Experience:
•       Bachelor’s Degree required
•       Proven ability to create and maintain positive client/partner relationships, with 4-5 years of related experience. Experience in fundraising or client facing roles preferred.
•       Superior written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to effectively deliver complex, technical ideas in a compelling form to a variety of constituents including the philanthropic community, governmental representatives, economic development experts, corporate executives, academics, journalists, and other influential thought leaders.
•       Deep interest in and commitment to creating solutions concerning issues relating to rural livelihoods, small business development, social enterprise, and/or environmental stewardship Knowledge of and interest in financial markets, international development, and/or impact investing a plus.
•       Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to think creatively and work independently, while also being able to work collaboratively in teams and knowing when to seek support.
•       Flexibility and the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment while maintaining equanimity.
•       Ability to multi-task, while paying strong attention to detail and meeting deadlines.
•       Ability to manage complex relationships and hit deadlines.
•       Proposal writing and compliance reporting.
•       Knowledge of diverse donor stakeholders including multilaterals, corporates, and foundations.
•       Required to travel regionally.

Additional Information

Applications and Nominations
More information about Root Capital is available at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a resume and cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, salary requirements, earliest availability, and how you learned of the position should be sent to: Please type “OIR” followed by your name (Last, First) as the subject line of your email (e.g. “OIR – Fatima, Nana”). Finalist candidates will be required to provide at least three work-related references.