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Research funding advisor (Expiration 26/04/2019)

DAKAR - Research funding advisor
Last date for applications



ALIMA’S SPIRIT:ALIMA’s purpose is to save lives and provide care for the most vulnerable populations, without any discrimination based on identity, religion or politics, through actions based on proximity, innovation, and the alliance of organizations and individuals. We act with humanity and impartiality in accordance with universal medical ethics. To gain access to patients, we undertake to act in a neutral and independent manner.


Our CHARTER defines the VALUES and PRINCIPLES of our action:

  1. Putting the Patient First

  2. Revolutionizing humanitarian medicine

  3. Responsibility and freedom

  4. Improve the quality of our actions

  5. Placing trust

  6. Collective intelligence



Since its creation in 2009, ALIMA has treated more than 3 million patients. Today ALIMA works in 11 countries in Western and Central Africa. In 2019 we plan to work in 41 projects including 10 research projects focusing on malnutrition, Ebola and Lassa fever. All of these projects will support national health authorities through more than 320 health facilities (including 28 hospitals and 294 health facilities). Alima intervenes in response to humanitarian crises and patients are at the heart of all our actions. We work in partnership whenever possible to ensure that our patients benefit from the best and most relevant expertise wherever it is, whether within their own country or in the rest of the world.


ALIMA’S TEAM: more than 1800 people are currently working for ALIMA. The field teams, closest to the patients, receive their support from coordination teams generally based in the countries’ capitals. These receive support from the 3 desk teams and the emergency and opening team based at the operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal. The Paris and New York teams are actively working to raise funds and represent ALIMA. ALIMA works in partnership with local  medical NGOs BEFEN, Alerte Santé, SOS Médecins, KEOOGO, and AMCP..


ALIMA created the Clinical and Operational Research Alliance (CORAL) platform in 2016 in partnership with INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research), the Ivorian laboratory PAC-Ci (Ivory Coast ANRS Cooperation Program) and the ISPED (Public Health Institute for Epidemiology and Development at the University of Bordeaux). CORAL has both the scientific expertise of academic research institutes and in-field medical capability to advance the development of prevention and treatment of common diseases, diagnoses and vaccines for the most lethal diseases. The purpose of this platform is to generate expertise in improving practices that will save populations directly at risk, as well as to anticipate potential crises.



COUNTRIES WHERE WE WORK IN 2019: Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, South Sudan, Mauritania.


THE WORK WE DO covers: Complete Paediatric Care package (Primary and Secondary Health Care) including treatment and prevention of Acute Malnutrition, Maternal Health,  Adult (Primary and Secondary Health Care) , Response to Epidemics (Ebola, Cholera, Measles, Dengue, Lassa Fever), surgery, Emergencies, and Gender Based Violence,.




The Research Funding Advisor will be based in Dakar with potential visits to the field and to Europe. She/he reports directly to the Institutional Funding Manager.




The Research Funding Advisor is responsible for securing funding from donors for ongoing and planned research projects and structural fundings for the CORAL platform. He/she is in charge of maintaining a positive relationship with donors and ensuring grants management and donor compliance.

The role of the Research Funding Advisor is transversal and he/she will work with all other Operational Funding Desk Advisors.


Main Activities

The Research Funding Advisor will be responsible for identifying funding opportunities and proposal writing for research projects and collaborates with the Desk Grants Manager and the Desk Finance Manager of each desk for grants management, reporting, and budget follow up.


  • Identify and secure funding for ongoing and planned research projects

The Research Funding Advisor will actively seek funding opportunities for all research projects, including future projects, by maintaining a good knowledge of ALIMAs operations, the humanitarian context,research & humanitarian actors , and a good knowledge of donors strategy and process, including donors not currently funding ALIMA/CORAL. He/she is supported on this aspect by the Institutional Funding Manager, , the Operations Direction and CORAL platform.


  • Identify and secure structural fundings for CORAL

The CORAL platform needs structural support from donors to finance its functioning and its development. It includes fundings for training (Masters and PhD) for current and future researcher in CORAL, and fundings. Those funding can come from institutional donors or private foundations. The RFA will identify those opportunities and manage the application process.


  • Maintain relationship with donors

The CORAL team and Operation Direction are the official representatives; however the Research Funding Advisor is responsible for maintaining relationships with donors, providing regular information on on-going research and operations, and maintaining an open dialogue throughout the year. During the months of contract negotiation the Research Funding Advisor is responsible for the follow up of the negotiation at every step and can take over the negotiation if needed (from the project team or the desk manager or CORAL director committee). He/she will also support the desk and CORAL teams if needed regarding grants management, and compliance.


  • Support the desk teamto deliver quality concept notes and proposals according to operational strategy and support project development for research activities

The Research Funding Advisor participates and advises the project teams on research project development and program strategy. He/she provides support and writes strong concept notes and proposal for donors. He proofreads, comments, corrects and validate concept notes and proposals to make sure they include strong technical added value, meet research criteria, present sound strategic vision, are coherent with budget and are aligned with donor guidelines. He/she writes concept notes and participate in the writing of regional research projects.


  • Advice on grants management and contractual requirements

The Research Funding Advisor provides information and advises the desk team regarding donors regulations and contractual requirements if needed. He/she provides to the Operational Funding Desk Advisors all element required to make sure that research activities and engagements toward donors are aligned, or be able to propose contractual modification to donors if operational or research plans change.


  • Support and supervise narrative reporting to donors and partner

The Research Funding Advisor, depending on the contract and team composition, supports or produces the narrative reports for donors. The Grant Managers or the Research Funding Advisor are responsible for the writing and elaboration of narrative reporting for research activities, according to contractual requirements and with strong monitoring and analysis under the CORAL’s supervision. They work with the operational team to write precise, detailed, and clear report, according to donors requirement and format and within deadlines.





    • 3 years minimum managing grant and reporting to donors, in an humanitarian setting and/or research field, at project orcountry/multi country level

    • Master degree required : public health, political sciences or any relevant field

    • Knowledge of project cycle and international research regulations

    • Knowledge of process and rules of main donors

    • Good understanding of public health, medicine & nutrition

    • Strong ability to communicate fluidly between a large number of stakeholders



  • Advanced level of written and oral expression in english and french





Contract : Open Ended Contract, 3 months probationary period renewable once - maximum 6 months of probationary  period.


Starting Date: ASAP



    • Minimum net salary after taxes and social contributions 2 150€ per month




- Travel costs between the employee’s country of origin and Dakar, unless recruited locally;

- Five weeks annual leave per year as well as a recovery system for days spent on work travels; + one additional month paid leave after 3 years at HQ

- One round trip per year between Dakar and the employee’s country of origin for the employee and her / his dependents + one individual round trip ;

- One-off relocation allowance at the beginning of the contract in Dakar;

- School annual enrollment fees for children from 2 to 18, according to the ALIMA HQ policy;

- Medical cover insurance including repatriation insurance for the employee and her/ his dependents, as per the definition of our insurer.




Please use “Create a login to apply to send your CV and your answers to the following questions :


  • Why are you applying in light of ALIMA’s operational approach and CHARTER? https://www.alima-ngo.org/en/our-charter

  • Please share a strength and a weakness in relation to your personal experience with grants management.

  • How would you describe your capacity to manage complex project with high level of technicity among differents partners?

  • What is your experience or capacity to work remotely with team members based in different locations?

  • When would you be available to start ?

  • Reference check: please indicate the names of 2 previous managers as well as 1 HQ HR contact.



N.B.: Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful.

Only full applications (CV + answer to questions) will be taken into account.


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