Donor Relationship Manager to the Tenure Facility

Stockholm (Kommun) (SE)
den 20 december 2017
den 20 januari 2018
Helena Liljegren

Donor Relationship Manager

The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility is the first and only international, multi-stakeholder institution exclusively focused on securing land and forest rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities. It provides grants to implement tenure rights under existing law and policy and shares the knowledge, innovations and tools that emerge. The Tenure Facility is dedicated to scaling up recognition of collective land and forest rights globally. This helps reduce conflict and further the achievement of global human rights, environment, and development goals. The Tenure Facility is an international foundation registered in Sweden.

Overview of the position
Reporting to the Chief Operation Officer (COO), the Donor Relationship Manager will play an integral role in monitoring the performance of the Tenure Facility’s grants from inception to completion, and in ensuring high-quality reporting to donors, the Tenure Facility’s Board and senior leadership. The Donor Relationship Manager will develop relations with existing donors and new strategic alliances with institutional and private donors. The position requires a track record of successful monitoring experience and the ability to develop systems and procedures to monitor and report on grants that support local initiatives for implementing Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ tenure security. The position requires networking skills, experience creating new strategic alliances with donors, and professional excellence. The Donor Relationship Manager cooperates effectively with the Tenure Facility’s partners, including donor agencies, national/regional government agencies, NGOs, and Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ organizations in diverse countries around the world.

Overarching responsibilities

  • Support the Executive Director and COO to establish the Tenure Facility as a highly credible and respected institution among international development institutions and donors
  • Collaborate with the Tenure Facility team and projects to ensure coordination, reflection and regular capture of advances, successes and lessons learned
  • Provide effective stewardship of the Tenure Facility
  • Generate mutual trust and respect of local communities and Indigenous Peoples and cultures, with full awareness of the intricacies of relationships among them and their allies and supporters
  • Contribute to the development of the Tenure Facility’s strategic goals and objectives
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the Executive Director and COO informed of all critical issues

Job functions 

  • Develop and implement a grant monitoring and reporting system that generates timely and accurate information for reporting to donors, the Tenure Facility Board and senior leaders, and informing the Tenure Facility team
  • Ensure project reporting meets donor requirements
  • Track donor reporting timelines and ensure reports are prepared to meet deadlines while ensuring grantee, project managers and Tenure Facility leaders are integrated into the process
  • Work with the Communication Manager to develop a streamlined system to integrate project reporting with the Tenure Facility website and communication products
  • Work with grantees to build their capacities for effective project reporting, both narrative and financial
  • Track project goals and accomplishments
  • Track overall Tenure Facility progress towards its development and climate goals, within the Tenure Facility’s results framework, including development and use of indicators and methods to track them
  • Develop new strategic alliances with institutional and private donors
  • Contribute to the long-term funding of the Tenure Facility by identifying and contacting donors that are suitable for the Tenure Facility
  • Liaise with grantees and their partners, consultants, sub-contractors and other institutions to ensure a broad understanding of project reporting requirements and expected project outcomes
  • Participate in the monitoring, evaluation and learning platforms that will support the generation of lessons learned for scaling-up Tenure Facility impact and disseminating lessons to other initiatives and institutions


  • Proven experience and a demonstrated ability to develop new monitoring systems and continuously track projects around the world
  • Proven experience developing donor relationships and contracting
  • At least 8 years’ professional experience overall, with a minimum of three years’ leadership experience in donor relations
  • Advanced degree in natural resource management, social or natural science, political science, international development, project management, business administration or related field
  • Successful track record of project reporting and communicating project impacts, experience with Sida, Norad and other major international bi-lateral donors and private foundations
  • Thorough understanding of emerging technology and communication channels and ability to connect global communication with local projects
  • Fluent in English, and either French or Spanish

Preferred characteristics

  • Passionate about the Tenure Facility’s mission and able to promote and communicate the mission and values of the Tenure Facility to external and internal stakeholders
  • Makes monitoring and reporting easy and something everyone appreciates rather than views as a burden
  • Demonstrates integrity, strives for excellence, and has experience leading others to new levels of effectiveness and impact
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends
  • Exceptional capacity for managing people; a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations; ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in groups
  • Technologically savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Willingness to travel to Asia, Africa and Latin America to visit grantees

For more information please contact Helena Liljegren, COO: +46 76-1015099

Please apply by 20 January 2018 to:

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