Development & Grants Manager

  • Closing date 21 Dec 2018
  • Type Full-time
  • Duration Permanent

Development and Grants Manager

Do great work that matters.


Simprints empowers the existing mobile tools that governments and development organizations are already using to deliver essential services at the frontlines. Our goal is to radically disrupt the inaccurate way we currently track and deliver progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, and instead build a world where every person counts in the fight against poverty.

Since August 2016, we have launched projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Malawi, and Ethiopia that collectively have reached over 100,000 beneficiaries. This is just the beginning. We are rapidly extending our reach, implementing projects across sectors and geographies aiming to impact 4 million lives by the end of 2019. Right now, our flagship project with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (backed by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) is delivering essential deworming treatment to 2 million individuals across 15 districts of Ethiopia, so this is an exciting time to be joining Simprints!

We are looking for a Development and Grants Manager who can help us increase our portfolio of funding partners around the world - institutional funders, private foundations, and corporate CSRs.  You are passionate, reliable, deeply collaborative, a quick learner, and thrive in a fast-paced, startup environment. From one day to the next you might be writing a robust poverty reduction proposal, presenting our grant milestones to savvy partners, or supporting a project deployment in Malawi to gain a first hand experience of our impact. This role will play a key part in increasing our income from a diverse range of sources through grant and proposal writing, and has the flexibility for growth into communications or relationships management. Join us and you would be at the very heart of this exciting and meaningful journey.


Why Simprints?

Life is short. We believe work should be awesome, meaningful, and fun. At Simprints, we’re taking on global development’s biggest challenges, powered by an amazing culture and incredible people. Work with us, and you will grow faster, learn more, and take on greater responsibilities than at nearly any other job.

  • Work that matters. No matter what role you take, from writing code to running field tests, you’re playing a crucial part in improving lives in the poorest parts of the world.

  • Massive, interesting challenges. We’re taking on the biometrics industry to build open-source, accessible tools for frontline mobile operators. We don’t do “boring”.

  • Learn like it’s your job. Because here at Simprints, it is. Learning objectives, external mentors, and a significant dedicated education budget you can use for any courses, trips, or projects that power your personal and professional development.

  • Work flexible hours. More efficient late at night? Better before the sun rises? That’s fine by us. We are looking for people who get the job done, not people who work between 9am and 5pm.

  • Unlimited paid time off.

  • Fun, fast-paced Scrum culture.

  • Quarterly ‘Lego’ days where you can work on any project you want.

  • Free gym memberships and additional wellness budget.

  • Free healthy breakfast and snacks.

  • Coolest office in Cambridge (the Bradfield Centre - think ‘mini-Google’) with additional flexibility to work from our London office too.


What are your responsibilities?


  • Write proposals that result in funding. Competition for funding is very high, and proposals will need to be of incredibly high calibre, complete with budgets deliverables, milestones, and narrative.

  • Engage current partners & scope new ones. Report on our awesome progress and keep our current funders excited about our work.  Look for potential partners to work with us, explore ways to engage with potential partners already in our pipeline, and identify how Simprints can add value to their work.

  • Collaborative communications. Work with the media team to identify opportunities with journalists and assist in writing content for our (and our partners’ own platforms). Work with the research team to assist in due diligence and reporting frameworks, leveraging data from our projects to communicate our impact.

  • Build relationships. Create lasting relationships through outbound work at industry events, conferences, and deployment trips.

  • Bring your opinion. Continuously participate in tough & exciting conversations around biometrics, international development, and technology for development.

  • ...And an added perk, you get to assist in deploying projects! At Simprints, Strategic Partnerships support Operations by joining the deployment team 2 times per year with the goal to gather qualitative data (e.g. interviews) from frontline users & beneficiaries to bring back to the team for a deeper understanding of the contexts in which our partners fight poverty.


What skills do you need?


Technical Skills:

  • Excellent grant writing abilities. We work on exciting projects, and you need to convey this and generate enthusiasm in your audience through structured, logical, and punchy persuasion.

  • Creative and tenacious scoping. You can identify and pitch to the team potential funder profiles and organisations we should be partnering with. You set the stage for us to connect with these partners and close deals.

  • Sector experience. We work closely with partners across international development (specifically tech4dev), philanthropy, and corporate CSR. You have a demonstrated track record of working in one or more of these areas, strong ability to engage directly with actors in them, and an understanding of what it takes to participate in fundraising opportunities and close large grants.

  • Client focus. You are a warm and empathetic individual who understands how to build lasting positive relationships with people based on trust, respect, and reliability.


Human Skills:

  • Communications. You are an outward looking, confident communicator, in writing and verbal form, using words and numbers to illustrate key arguments. You have the ability to appropriately adapt your message to your audience, listen patiently, and ask thoughtful questions.

  • High prioritisation and organisational skills. You understand time is our most valuable resource, and can manage it strategically to achieve maximum impact for our beneficiaries.

  • Commitment. You are passionate about our cause and truly believe in its social impact. You know how to manage your time, when to ease off vs. when to go give it all and go the extra mile. You are willing to go above and beyond to get things done.

  • Integrity. You have a strong moral grounding and will not compromise on values under any circumstances.

  • Initiative. You can juggle several things at the same time, switch between tasks, and jump on whatever fire is burning highest. You don’t mind picking up the phone to cold-call someone when needed.

  • Resilience. You are persistent and don’t allow setbacks to drag you down. Instead, you extract key learnings, turn them into opportunities for growth, and move on quickly.

  • Teamwork. You are independent and reliable, but also quick to ask for and extend help to others. You thoroughly enjoy working in a small, agile, fast-paced team.


What to do next?

Please submit your CV and cover letter on  For the cover letter, make sure to answer the following questions:


  • What is your vision for your contribution to the world, what excites you?

  • Why are you applying to this role specifically?

  • Which Technical and Human skills (listed above) are you strongest in, and which are you weakest in?

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