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Deputy Director Communications and Fund Development

Micro Insurance Academy (MIA)
Location: New Delhi, India
Last Date: September 25, 2011



Offer of Employment -Deputy Director Fund Raising & Communications 

Closing date: September 25, 2011

Duty station: New Delhi, India 

About us:

The Micro Insurance Academy (MIA), a project of Sarvajan Unnati Bodhini Charitable Trust, is a not-for-profit organization fully dedicated to providing technical assistance in microinsurance domain-knowledge to organizations that focus on low-income communities. With over 40 professionals including researchers, training specialists, economists and development experts, the MIA is the largest microinsurance resource center globally. 

In order to integrate microinsurance with existing financial and social protection frameworks, the MIA works in liaison with partners from the NGO sector, civil society, academia, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, the (re)insurance industry and national governments in several regions of the world. 

We have developed a model that empowers poor communities to access and manage financial risks through tailored insurance solutions that match people's needs and ability to pay. We do this through a process that the beneficiaries understand, trust and take responsibility for. 

In a nutshell, we're all about “helping communities manage risks from the ground up”. 

For more information, please visit our website: 

About the Job:

In the space of just four years, the MIA has grown from a “startup NGO” with only a handful of employees and activities, to a team of 40+ professionals including researchers, training specialists and development experts. Today, the MIA is the largest microinsurance resource center globally, managing numerous projects in several locations, through engagement with numerous communities, NGO partners, clients and donors.  Most of the funding of MIA originates from donors and development partners. The Deputy Director Fundraising and Communications will head a team of committed, motivated and resourceful national and international staff that deal with various aspects of communications and fund-raising.

The Deputy Director Fund Raising & Communications must have a track-record of success in fundraising in India and internationally, ideally experienced in a broad range of fundraising and communication activities (both from individual, private foundations, corporates and public sources). S/he should be familiar with proposal writing, be able to independently develop a coherent, target-oriented and innovative Fund Raising program, with Communication skill to support the image of the MIA.

Able to initiate processes and work independently, as well as guide, motivate and backstop other members of the communications team to excel in their work.   

The Deputy Director Fundraising and Communications will be responsible for five key areas:

·         Fundraising and Proposal Development: Actively scope for, develop and write funding proposals (inclusive of project design, logical frameworks and budgets). The Deputy Director must also be able to provide technical advice and assistance to Communications / Development Officers regarding proposal development. The incumbent will also be required to scope for funds outside of project grants, including core funding and corporate social responsibility contracts. This often involves the set-up of international partnerships and the coordination of large bidding processes. The Deputy Director will also be instrumental in developing and implementing a Fund Development strategy, enabling MIA to diversify and secure its funding portfolio. 

·         Partnership Development: Communicate and liaise with current and potential partners and donors in written, oral and face-to-face communication. Stewardship with existing partners and donors will be as important as scoping and developing new partnerships with similar organizations.

·         Communications: Develop a communication strategy and ensure its implementation. This includes, but is not limited to, identifying and pursuing new channels for marketing and communication, and ensuring maintenance of our website and contact database (CiviCRM), production of newsletters, brochures, and reports.

·         Donor reporting: Steer the preparation of technical, narrative and financial reports to MIA’s donors, ensuring timely and comprehensive reporting. Enhance MIA’s agenda of transparency and maintain close donor relationships.

·         Management: Responsible for managing and inspiring a set of Development Officers and a graphic team, bringing out internal capacity within the teams. Offer technical and operational support and guidance to the teams, as well as monitoring progress and setting deadlines.


Qualifications required:

·         Masters or advanced degree in International Development, Development Communications, or relevant degree / equivalent work experience

·         At least 6 years of Fund Raising and Communications experience with a proven track record of success with major international donors and local/govt. agencies

·         Proven management experience, with ability to build productive and motivated teams

·         Demonstrated ability to research, identify and cultivate new funding prospects

·         Comprehensive understanding of Project Cycle Management including project planning, design (logical framework analysis), and monitoring and evaluation techniques

·         Very strong verbal and written communication skills in English and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively, including experience in proposal writing

·         Experience developing communications materials for donors, partners and other stakeholders

·         Working knowledge of microfinance and/or micro insurance will be an added advantage

·         Advanced IT skills with a willingness to learn new programs and applications

·         Highly organized, capable of multitasking, and able to meet deadlines

·         Desire to work for a growing organisation and improve systems and processes in place 


The MIA offers a competitive salary and benefits package in the Indian market commensurate with experience and skills. 

To Apply:

To apply, please be sure to follow the following instructions:

  1. Email CV and cover letter to . CVs received without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls please.
  2. The email subject line should be “Deputy Director Fund Raising & Communications”.
  3. Please mention current and expected salary and earliest possible start date in your cover letter.


MIA is an equal opportunity employer.


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