Technical Support - Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture(ICBA) is an international, non-profit agricultural research center established in 1999 through the visionary leadership of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ICBA is a unique applied agricultural research center in the world that is focused on marginal areas where an estimated 1.7 billion people live. It identifies, tests and introduces resource-efficient, climate-smart crops and technologies that are best suited to different regions affected by salinity, water scarcity and drought. Through its work, ICBA helps to improve food security and livelihoods for some of the poorest rural communities around the world. ICBA is an equal opportunity employer and appoints qualified staff regardless of race, creed, color, age, gender, religion or national origin. We demonstrate our commitment to each member of our team through a competitive benefits package designed to assist our employees to cover their needs and the needs of their immediate family members.

Job Summary

The intern will support ICBA’s Partnership and Resource Mobilization (PRM) Unit in identifying new business opportunities and managing relationships with existing donors and partners, both in the public and private sectors.

Job Responsibilities

1. Identify new business opportunities by:

1.1 Proactively seeking and identifying potential new funding and implementation partners

1.2 Assisting in setting up meetings with new partners

1.3 Supporting the preparation of presentations to new partners

1.4 Preparing meeting minutes

1.5 Regularly updating all business information on ICBA’s intranet and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

2. Support the development of project proposals by:

2.1 Identifying new calls for proposals and registering them in the CRM system

2.2 Compiling intelligence on countries and thematic areas targeted by the calls for proposals

2.3 Preparing supporting documentation (CVs, institutional information, etc.) for proposal submission

2.4 Proofreading and translating documents (English / Arabic) when needed

3. Support partnership management by:

3.1 Preparing draft Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs)

3.2 Following up on the renewal of MoUs and preparation of agreement amendments

3.3 Registering ICBA with relevant international bodies and networks

3.4 Following up on the renewal of network memberships and subscriptions

3.5 Assisting with the preparation of reports to ICBA’s stakeholders

4. Supporting the PRM Unit in any other tasks as required.

Qualifications and Experience
  • University degree in a relevant field (development studies, social studies, business administration), preferably at postgraduate level
  • Previous internship experience highly desirable
  • Proficiency in English and Arabic, written and spoken
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Necessary documents to work in UAE

Other Skills and Competencies

  • Project management, organizational and planning skills
  • Report writing, proposal writing and presentation skills
  • Clear strategic mindset with an analytical focus
  • An eye for detail and accuracy
  • Superior interpersonal and networking skills
  • Results-driven, problem-solving, innovative and able to work on own initiative
  • Ability to multi-task and improve efficiencies in own field of work
  • Professional, dynamic and proactive attitude

Stipend - AED3,000 per month

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Post Date
30 August 2022
Vacancy Type
Closing Date
open until filled
Dubai, UAE
Report To
Head of the Partnerships and Resource Mobilization
Job Number
Duration of the assignment
6 months