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Wasafiri is looking for a Commercial Officer to join the team!

George Kaburu

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The role

Are you a proactive business developer? Are you motivated by supporting organisations to grow and expand their impact?

We are looking for a brilliant Commercial Officer to support our business development efforts within Wasafiri’s portfolios:

  • Food Systems and Inclusive Growth
  • Climate and Nature
  • Conflict & Governance

You will be working at the heart of Wasafiri’s commercial team to look for new and exciting opportunities to help us deliver an even greater impact. In this role, you will be at the forefront of:

  • Helping increase our impact on complex problems – We work on issues of Conflict & Governance, Food Systems & Inclusive Growth, and Climate & Nature, and seek a Commercial Officer who will contribute to finding powerful opportunities for transformative impact.
  • Contributing to our team, culture, and distinctive ways of working – The Commercial Officer will bring a deep sensitivity to working within a diverse team with an inclusive culture, and emotional intelligence to the relationships at the heart of it.
  • Helping to identify and develop new business – The Commercial Officer will work across the spectrum of developing new business; helping to position Wasafiri and engaging with our client networks, spotting new opportunities, and overseeing our pipeline, qualifying potential bids, developing partnerships and consortia, coordinating proposal design and development processes, developing budgets, and helping us learn as we go.

About you

We are looking for the successful candidate to demonstrate a proven track record with the following essential professional skills and experience:

  • Professional background: Minimum 2-3 years business development experience within an international development context, ideally with development consulting organisations, contractors, INGO’s or similar.
  • Client experience: Experience working with international development donors, foundations, and clients, including having an up to date working knowledge of their market priorities, ways of working and procurement processes.
  • Proposal coordination experience: Proven track record of coordinating bid development processes. (The candidate must be able to produce evidence of contributing to commercial tenders and bids, involving complex consortia arrangements).
  • Proposal development experience: Experience in contributing to the design and development of proposals; including compliance, budgets, workplans and packaging. Working with bid teams and consultants.
  • Academic background: At minimum a bachelor’s degree (with minimum 4 years’ work experience) or master’s degree (with minimum 2 years’ work experience) in fields relating to international development, foreign relations, political science, public or business administration.
  • Sectoral/thematic background: Must have familiarity and working knowledge of at least one of the sectors and markets relevant to Wasafiri’s work (these could relate to areas such as conflict, governance, food security, inclusive growth, climate change, environmental sustainability).
  • Communication skills: Outstanding writing, analytical and communication skills with attention to quality and detail, ability to convey complex concepts clearly and concisely. Fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of French a plus.
  • Technology skills: Must be able to demonstrate excellent skills and expertise in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel.

Please find the detailed Job Description here.

Additional Information

  1. The salary will be the local equivalent of GBP30,000 per annum.
  2. You will be expected to work full time (225 days per year) with approximately 25 days paid leave per year (depending on location).
  3. You will be expected to work out of our office in either Brighton, UK or Nairobi, Kenya. We will expect you to have a legal right to work in either location (i.e., we will not cover the cost of Work Permits for this role). Wasafiri is a supportive employer. We support hybrid working with typically at least 2 days per week in office.

Application details


  1. Download and complete this application form. Please note that we will not accept submissions without a completed application form.
  2. Include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  3. If you have one, please include a link to your LinkedIn profile.
  4. Please submit the application form and CV to opportunities@wasafirihub.com.

Selection process

  1. We will review applications as they arrive.
  2. Completion of satisfactory business references and background checks are essential conditions of employment.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the recruitment process, need additional information, or would like to have an informal discussion, please contact: Chiara Frattini, Impact & Business Development Manager at chiara@wasafirihub.com.

Closing date for applications

Midnight GMT Sunday, 19th June 2022. We will be reviewing applications as they arrive. Due to the volume of applications, we are expecting, we will only be able to respond to candidates that make it to the interview stage.

Ensuring equality of access

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.