The Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) is an internationally operating conservation organisation based in Germany that has been supporting conservation projects in Africa, South America, South East Asia and Europe for many decades. Following its mission to conserve wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places, FZS concentrates its work on strengthening protected area operation in key ecosystems, capacity building for effective ecosystem conservation and management, and other holistic development concerns. 

Based in Frankfurt, Germany – FZS seeks to appoint a


Third party grants from private and institutional donors play an important role in the implementation of the FZS global conservation programme. FZS takes a strategic approach when applying for grants and also strives to plan and implement projects to highest quality standards. Hence the core tasks of the position are to coordinate and/or oversee the planning and application phase, as well as project set up and reporting of third party grant projects within all departments of FZS. Processes within the organisation shall increasingly be standardized and “best practices” in relation to donor standards and procedures shared. In addition, communication with donors will  continuously be maintained and strengthened. The job holder will also coordinate with regional grant coordinators (mainly in Tanzania and Zambia) and generally assist the projects upon needs.

The Grant Development Manager will be responsible for the following duties:.

  • Identify and develop new grant opportunities and donors relevant to FZS work globally
  • Strategically and technically develop the third-party grant sector within FZS
  • Support FZS Programmes in project and grant development, ensuring projects are set up in compliance with grant rules
  • Develop and maintain relevant processes to ensure donor and grant compliance, including maintaining a repository of standard information required for applications and a projects database
  • Coordinate and communicate with public and private donors of FZS as needed for grant development and compliance
  • Develop and manage relationships with key FZS donors, especially in Germany, in coordination with other FZS Senior staff
  • Mentor and train FZS staff in relevant grant compliance processes
  • Liaise closely with other departments to ensure alignment with the grant management approach

The Grant Development Manager must meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s or equivalent advanced degree in environmental studies, conservation, biology, geography, public administration, law or international affairs.
  • At least five years of professional and international field-based conservation project management experience, predominantly in sub-saharan Africa
  • Proven track-record of management of third party grants, including engagement with bilateral (e.g. EU, BMZ, KfW, USAID, DFID or similar) and private donors
  • Proven fundraising, budget management and administration skills
  • Experience in resource mobilisation including strong proposal writing skills
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, design and budget medium and large scale and multi-stakeholder conservation projects using common tools, such as logframe or open standards
  • High-level engagement and strategic planning of programmes with development donors is an advantage
  • Excellent English language skills; German, French and / or Spanish is an advantage
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships and communicate at all levels and with multiple constituents
  • Independent thinker with strong customer service orientation and collaborative work style
  • Passion for and thorough understanding of wilderness conservation

The candidate should have a valid working permit or passport to work freely in Germany. A clear background check is required before the start of employment. View the full JD on Action Appointments’ website for all details.

View the full job description and application instructions on the Vacancies page at www.actionappointments.co.za and email your application by Monday 18th July 2022 to callum@actionappointments.co.za