VACANCY: Grant & Partnership Lead – Intermediate Level

Job purpose

Responsible for researching partnership opportunities, managing the existing grants, evaluating the organization’s eligibility for grants, and co-developing grant proposals and applications. Primary objective is to ensure that the Nafasi has the financial resources it needs to carry out its mission. Develop, build and maintain relationships and advocate with stakeholders, partners and other organisations that Nafasi can collaborate with to advance its goals and objectives.

Nafasi Art Space is a centre that enriches human potential through contemporary art. A space for artistic education, exchange, inspiration and exhibition. It aims at improving access to and widening participation in the visual arts community, to be a centre of excellence that promotes the creativity and professionalism of Tanzanian contemporary artists.


  • Inclusivity – All people deserve equal access to arts education and presentation. Every artist should feel valued and respected.
  • Creativity – Creativity and independent thinking should drive all our processes, it can be inspiration driven or problem driven.
  • Integrity – All conducts at Nafasi should demonstrate strong principles and accountability to our community and values.
  • Generosity – We value generosity of spirit, with an emphasis of compassion and overall kindness.
  • Authenticity – We should strive to understand and be true to our context, spirit, values and history, regardless of the circumstances.
  • Cooperation – We work together collectively and value everyone’s input in the pursuit of achieving our goals.


Main Duties/Responsibilities


  • Grant Management:
  • Oversee the entire grant lifecycle, from application to reporting, ensuring compliance with grant requirements and deadlines.
  • Collaborate with programmatic and financial teams to track and report on grant-funded initiatives.
  • Grant Acquisition:
  • Identify, research, and pursue grant opportunities from government agencies, foundations, and other funding sources to support the organization’s programs and initiatives.
  • Develop compelling grant proposals and applications, ensuring alignment with the organization’s goals and priorities.
  • Relationship Building:
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing and potential funding partners, including foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Act as a liaison between the organisation and funding partners to ensure clear communication and mutual understanding.
  • Partnership Development:
  • Identify and pursue strategic partnerships with other arts organizations, cultural institutions, and community stakeholders to enhance programmatic impact.
  • Explore collaboration opportunities that align with the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Proposal Development:
  • Collaborate with internal teams to develop partnership proposals and presentations.
  • Present proposals to potential partners and stakeholders, showcasing the benefits and impact of collaboration.
  • Budgeting and Financial Management:
  • Work closely with the finance team to develop budgets for grant proposals and partnership initiatives.
  • Monitor and manage budgets associated with grants and partnerships.
  • Research and Trend Analysis:
  • Stay informed about funding trends, grant opportunities, and best practices in the arts and cultural sector.
  • Conduct research on potential funding sources and partnership prospects.
  • Reporting and Evaluation:
  • Prepare comprehensive reports on grant-funded projects and partnership initiatives, evaluating their impact and outcomes.
  • Provide regular updates to stakeholders on the status of grants and partnerships.
  • Compliance and Documentation:
  • Ensure adherence to all legal and regulatory requirements related to grants and partnerships.
  • Maintain accurate and organized documentation for all grant-related activities.
  • Communication and Advocacy:
  • Effectively communicate the organisation’s mission, goals, and impact to potential funders and partners.
  • Advocate for the organisation within the funding community to enhance its visibility and reputation.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management, Arts Administration, Business, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in grant writing, partnership development, or fundraising in the arts and cultural sector.
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities.
  • Familiarity with grant management software and tools.

Minimum working experience

  • 4 years of working experience 
  • 3 years of extensive experience on a lead role
  • 3 years of working experience in coordinating events

Competencies Required:

  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills, strong project management skills, ability to foster collaborative relationships internally and externally, high level skills in team development, coaching and mentoring.
  • In-depth knowledge of the creative/arts industry and its current events, local arts community and Tanzania Arts History.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, Independent, self-starter, makes informed decisions without constant direction.
  • Ability to display advanced Leadership Skills through examples e.g., spearheading the firm’s image through living and breathing its Vision, Mission and Values.
  • Ability to display strong Emotional Intelligence skills through conduct, behavior, attitude, decision making, and poise.
  • Strong ability to display negotiation skills, with empathy and compromise, excellent public speaking, communication and delegation skills.
  • Knowledge of creating fundraising programs for sufficient resources to achieve the organization’s goals.
  • Able to implement a long-term strategic plan for the organization, which includes setting goals, prioritizing initiatives, and ensuring alignment with the organization’s mission and vision.
  • Ability to strongly communicate and present (verbal, written, body language) fitting to a situation. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time.Please send your CV and relevant documents to or