Director of Business Development

Job Type

Full Time





Application Deadline



New York
New York
United States


With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Amref Health Africa is the largest African-based healthcare nonprofit, serving an average of nine million people per year across 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with almost 100 programs. We focus on the continent’s most critical health challenges: maternal and child health, infectious and noncommunicable diseases, access to clean water and sanitation, surgical and clinical outreach, and the lack of African healthcare workers.

Amref Health Africa has 12 fundraising and communications offices across Europe and North America, and an overall budget of over $100 million. Amref Health Africa prides itself on creating “African Solutions to African Healthcare problems with African expertise”. 97% of our global staff are African, including our leadership.


Amref Health Africa in the USA is the U.S. office of Amref Health Africa. Its primary responsibilities are to raise awareness and funds to support Amref Health Africa's work. Amref Health Africa currently has a staff of seven and an annual budget of more than $6.5 million.

Amref USA seeks a Director of Business Development to be a member of the senior management team, and support new business and resource development strategies for the organization. This role is an extraordinary opportunity to help a highly-regarded African health organization create lasting health change in Africa. The position will report to Amref USA’s Chief Executive Officer. The Director of Business Development will lead the strategic direction and management of institutional giving and corporate relations in order to promote Amref Health Africa and to increase support for Amref’s mission and programs. S/he will successfully manage and grow the general as well as restricted and special project grant revenue that supports Amref Health Africa. This position has significant external responsibilities for building relationships with the leadership of foundations and government support to increase institutional and corporate giving.  

 As the primary liaison to institutional funders, the Director of Business Development will take the lead in identifying funding opportunities from institutional donors and developing/writing grant proposals. S/he will also contribute to the larger strategic development of the Business Development Department as well as organization-wide initiatives. 


Specific Responsibilities 

 Work closely with the Chief Executive Officer to support and contribute to the organization’s priorities, mission, vision, and core values aimed at increasing Amref Health Africa’s capacity to secure funding. 

 Take a leading role in guiding the development of engagement strategies with principal donors such as foundations, private corporations, USAID and CDC 

 Proactively identify and build connections with prospective donors  

 Create new Public-Private partnerships; manage and grow existing partnerships. 

 Assume the lead in advance preparation for procurements including intelligence gathering, advanced opportunity tracking, networking, partnering, and teaming in advance of proposals. 

 Provide hands on management of proposal development process, grants management and reporting. 

 Travel to Africa two to three times each year to visit projects, support programs funded through Amref USA, and confer with colleagues in the Amref offices both in Africa and in North America and Europe. 

 Travel domestically to develop or strengthen partnerships, confer with donors and attend conferences. 

 Supervise a Senior Manager of Business Development. 



The successful candidate should have at least 10 years of progressively increasing experience in business development and institutional fundraising and management. She/he will have demonstrated success in winning corporate and foundation grants and with public/private partnerships. Experience with. multimillion-dollar, multi-year competitive grants from U.S. Government agencies is highly desirable.  

In addition:  

 S/he should demonstrate experience as a supportive and effective supervisor.  

 A Master’s degree in public health, public administration, business administration, international development, or related field is highly desirable.  

 Prior experience working with grants from institutional funders in international health and development is required.  

 Experience working in developing countries is desirable. 

 Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. 

 Capacity and desire to work effectively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds in Africa, Europe, and North America.

This job can be based in NYC or DC


Highly competitive

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send your letter of application and resume to