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Business Development Specialist
LM International
LM International Sudan formerly known as International Aid Services (IAS) is a non-political and non-profit international relief and development organization founded in 1989 with the purpose of assisting people in need. LM International core sectors are Water Sanitation and Health (WASH), Civil Society Development (CSD), Food Security and Livelihood FSL and Inclusive Education (IE). LM International Used to be known as IAS Sudan; Since 1 January 2019 IAS has merged with Läkarmissionen. The Head Office for the organization is Läkarmissionen. Then to be known as LM International For more information about LM International and Läkarmissionen, kindly see https://www.lminternational.org/ and www.lakarmissionen.se.

 Liaises with: Sectors Specialists, DPM, FM, PCs, Donors
 salary range: 2,162 USD – 2,378 USD
 Section/Unit: Program
 Grade Level: D
 Supervisor: Program Manager
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Port Sudan - to be relocated to Khartoum
 Duration: One Year, renewable according to the availability of the budget
 Closing Date: 20 Feb 2024


The Business Development Specialist will be responsible for the identification of new funding opportunities, donor pre-positioning, and support of new business development, including designing and writing concept notes and proposals, in close coordination with the Program Coordinators, sector specialists, and Program Managers. The Business Development Specialist will also lead in summarizing the compliance requirements of grants issued under each donor and communicating these requirements to the program teams.

 Duties and responsibilities:

  • Research and Analysis: Conduct research on humanitarian needs, donor priorities, and funding opportunities to identify potential areas for program expansion and growth.


  • Relationship Building: Cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, government agencies, and other humanitarian organizations to secure funding, partnerships, and collaborations for program implementation.


  • Proposal Development: Lead the development of grant proposals, concept notes, and project plans to secure donor funding and ensure alignment with the organization's mission and strategic priorities.


  • Fundraising and Donor Relations: Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy, including setting targets, identifying potential funding sources, and monitoring progress towards fundraising goals. Utilize data and analytics to assess the effectiveness of fundraising efforts and adjust as needed to maximize financial support for humanitarian programs.
  • Organize donor meetings and engage in donor stewardship activities to secure financial support for humanitarian programs and initiatives.


  • Program Design and Implementation: Work closely with program teams to design and implement new initiatives, projects, and partnerships that address the needs of vulnerable populations and contribute to the organization's humanitarian impact.


  • Advocacy and Partnerships: Build partnerships with local communities, civil society organizations, and government agencies to advocate for policy changes, raise awareness of humanitarian issues, and mobilize support for the organization's advocacy efforts.


  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of business development activities, track program impact, and use data to inform decision-making and improve program effectiveness.


  • Cross-Cutting Issues: Ensure that business development activities are aligned with the organization's commitment to gender equality, protection, and inclusion, and integrate these principles into program design and implementation.


  • Reporting and Compliance: Prepare reports for donors, government agencies, and other stakeholders, ensuring compliance with funding requirements and transparency in financial management.


  • Strategic Planning: Contribute to the development of organizational strategic plans, identify opportunities for growth and innovation, and provide input on long-term business development strategies to advance the organization's mission and vision.


  • The business development specialist may also be involved in exploring private sector fund opportunities and commercial contract methodologies to diversify funding sources for the organization. This could include identifying potential corporate partners, developing strategic partnerships, and negotiating commercial contracts to support fundraising efforts and achieve financial sustainability. 


  • Maximizing Financial Resources: Leverage expertise in business development to play a crucial role in maximizing the organization's financial resources and achieving financial sustainability through diversified funding sources and strategic partnerships.


  • Strategic Partnerships and Negotiations: Identify potential corporate partners, develop strategic partnerships, and negotiate contracts to support fundraising efforts and achieve financial sustainability for the organization.


  • Financial Sustainability: Contribute to the financial sustainability of the organization by diversifying funding sources, developing strategic partnerships, and negotiating commercial contracts to support fundraising efforts.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by management.


 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:


  • A master's degree in business administration, International Development, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in business development or fundraising for a humanitarian organization.
  • Strong understanding of cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, protection, and inclusion.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Fluency in English (additional languages are a plus).
  • Ability to travel as needed.




  • Managing yourself
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and working with others
  • Delivering Results
  • Planning and Decision Making


  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Influence, Advocacy and Networking
  • Change Management

  • Qualified female candidates and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • LM will be undertaking child safeguarding checks for selected candidates.
  • All applications should be submitted in hard copy through Port Sudan Labor Office or Sudan Job website.
  • Please provide the following when applying for this post: A cover letter explaining your motivation for seeking this position and your experience from similar organizations; a Curriculum Vitae (CV) that contains details of your qualifications, experience, present position, contact details and names of two references (preferably line Supervisor), ID (preferably passport), National Number, Birth Certificate, Experience Certificates, Educational Certificates and Training Certificates.
  • Closing date:  20th of Feb 2024.
  • LM Sudan does not refund any expenses in connection with interviews.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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