Director Business Development

Simavi works towards a healthy life for all. Good health is the basis of everything. It enables you to develop yourself socially and economically, take matters into your own hands and pursue your dreams. With good health, you can look after yourself and your family and lift yourself out of poverty.

Simavi is an ambitious, growing development organisation. Our head office is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with local representatives in most of the countries where we work. In partnership with local civil society organisations, we improve the health of marginalised communities in the poorest regions in developing countries in Africa and Asia. Together with local communities, the private sector, knowledge institutes and governments we address Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) as well as the basic need for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). We believe that those two themes are the basic determinants for a good health. We campaign to engage the general public and involve them in what we do.

In 2017, we have restructured our organisation. We introduced an agile style of working. Moving away from a hierarchical organisation into a ‘flat’ circles based organisation. Each employee has one or more roles, which may vary in time. The roles are grouped into eight functional circles, each with a specific purpose.

Dux International is for Simavi in search of an:

Director Business Development

(fulltime, 36 hours per week)

The Job

We are looking for a new Director Business Development. In this exciting and challenging position, you are responsible to develop financially sustainable programmes based on Simavi’s Theory of Change. Next to this, you will identify, design and advise on (institutional) funding opportunities for Simavi’s programmes and mobilise resources in close collaboration with Simavi’s partners and (institutional) donors. Our new Director Business Development is reporting directly to the Managing Director.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

1. Development and creation of new Simavi programmes

  • Pro-actively scout, create and develop new concepts and programmes (both on content and finance) in line with Simavi’s Theory of Change, thematic focus, policy, country strategy, procedures and criteria;
  • Identify funds and possible partnerships with donor agencies, other NGOs, private sector and other strategic partners;
  • Write programme propositions and proposals, as well as budgets;
  • Active networking with policy makers, potential and existing partners and donors.

2. Identify, raise and manage programme funding

  • Collect information on opportunities and requirements for Simavi to attract external programme funding in cooperation with the private sector, especially from institutional sources (national and international subsidies, in-country funds, corporate funds, international foundations, development banks, etc.);
  • Prepare and write – in close cooperation with colleagues from the Programme- and private sector partners in the Netherlands and overseas – programmes and proposals to submit for funding;
  • Ensure that programme funds are managed well, including fulfilment of timely reporting, according to donor requirements.

3. Maintain networks and partnerships and facilitate appropriate communication

  • Build-up and maintain relevant networks and partnerships through effective communication, leading to programme funding, with a special focus on private sector parties;
  • In cooperation with the other circle leads, strengthen relationships with programme partners, the private sector and relevant donors and ensure effective follow-up on agreements made with these parties;
  • Identify new trends and developments, relations and potential partnerships relevant for Simavi’s programme development and programme funding.

4. Strengthen and support Simavi’s capacity to manage and develop (innovative) programmes

  • Develop and implement a business development strategy well aligned with Simavi’s strategy and plan a strategy on in-country cooperation and fundraising with the private sector;
  • Ensure adequate (technical) support to (Senior) Programme Officers on inclusion of business development in identifying opportunities and developing (innovative) proposals;
  • Assist (Senior) Programme Officers in managing effective reporting on these programmes;
  • Contribute to writing reports, publications and proposals on (social) business development for Simavi;
  • Cooperate closely with the Fundraising & Communication department to ensure Simavi’s (external) communication enhances cooperation with the private sector.

Your profile

  • Academic level with minimum of 8 years’ experience with development programmes in a field relevant to Simavi’s areas of intervention (WASH & SRHR);
  • Experience and track record with institutional fundraising and good knowledge of programmatic planning models, business models, monitoring systems, proposal writing and programme reporting;
  •  Experience in working with the private sector;
  • Innovative and strategic thinker, capable of finding pragmatic solutions to complex problems;
  • Good networker and excellent communicator;
  • Exceptional interpersonal, representational and diplomacy skills;
  • Eye for detail, application of strong financial rigor, discretion and integrity;
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Dutch;
  • Dutch citizen or in possession of legal entitlement to live and work in the Netherlands;
  • Preparedness to travel occasionally to other countries.

Simavi offers you

  • An interesting and challenging position in an agile and dynamic international working environment, with substantial personal freedom;
  • A one year contract with possibility for extension;
  • A gross monthly salary between €3.963,- and €5.842,- on a fulltime basis of 36 hours per week;
  • Excellent secondary employment conditions;
  • Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our office is located at Naritaweg 135, which is a 2 minutes’ walk from train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

More information?

If you have any questions, please contact Dux International, Marjolein Wiersum via or visit our website: (Dutch) or (English).

How to apply?

When you are interested in this position, we are happy to receive your motivation and CV via a.t.t.n. Marjolein Wiersum, subject ‘Simavi’.

Commercial inquiries or job postings are not appreciated or accepted regarding this vacancy.

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