Grants Associate

Tags: Global Health finance
  • Added Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020

About Muso
Muso believes no one should die waiting for health care. We build health systems to save lives
by reaching patients faster, within hours of the moment they become sick. To do this, we
partner with communities facing extreme poverty. Muso has spent more than a decade
creating and improving our Proactive Care model, preparing it to serve the global effort for
universal health care. We have documented rapid health improvements across the
populations we serve: a 2018 study found that communities we reach in Mali, which previously
saw some of the world’s highest child mortality rates, sustained child mortality rates lower
than any country in sub-Saharan Africa for five years, and ultimately reached a rate on par
with that of the United States. Patient access to care increased tenfold. Muso now serves the
governments of Mali and Cote D’Ivoire in their efforts to translate the results of this research
into national policy and practice.
We provide proactive health care to 370,000 patients in peri-urban and rural Mali, and embed
rigorous academic research and strategic advocacy to identify and share strategies that can
accelerate global efforts for child survival, maternal health, and universal health care. Given
the transformations in health care access and survival Muso has documented, over the next
five years our direct service, research, and advocacy will work to advance a new model of care
for community health systems. Learn more about our work at

About the Position
More than five million children die every year and more than half the world’s population lives
without access to essential health care. To take on these enormous injustices, Muso is growing
exponentially. We plan to grow our budget from $11 million in 2020 to up to $18 million per
year by 2023 in order to support us to reach up to one million patients and improve care for
tens of millions of people through changes in global policy and practice. To get there, we will
pursue significant growth in our foundation and corporate, individual, and bi- and multi-
lateral partnerships, and build systems to manage and expand our current partnerships with
over 40 institutions and a committed group of individual donors.

In this context, Muso’s Grants Associate will act as a critical anchor to our development team
and fundraising initiatives across our revenue streams. This role will support two cross-cutting
areas necessary to grow our partnerships: grant writing and management, and prospect
research. They will be responsible for developing applications, reports, and materials for
funding partners, generating content that logically and persuasively outlines Muso’s vision as
it aligns with prospective partners’ priorities. As relationship managers cultivate partnerships,
the Grants Associate will drive internal project management, grant writing, and submission of

deliverables. Additionally, they will be responsible for scoping prospective partners, and
supporting the development team to prioritize next steps towards aligned partnerships.
The ideal candidate will enter the position with some sector experience and an initial
understanding of the field’s stakeholders and landscape, which they will deploy strategically
in managing materials for funders and scoping new prospects. They will possess exceptional
writing, logical thinking, and persuasive communication skills. This candidate will be resilient,
comfortable with managing competing and shifting priorities that can come with rapid and
ambitious organizational growth, and will have the drive, detail orientation, and prioritization
skills necessary to proactively drive forward high-quality work independently and
collaboratively. To these ends, the hiring team will place a high value on additional value-
adding experience, like French language skills to collaborate with francophone teammates,
sector experience in global health or similar fields, and experience writing or supporting
complex institutional funding relationships with funders such as USAID and the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation. Finally, they will have an unswerving commitment to social justice and
global health equity. We are looking for a candidate excited by the prospect of long-term
professional growth within a dynamic and rapidly-expanding organization.
This position will report to the Foundation Partnerships Manager and work in close
collaboration with other development team members and executive leadership. San
Francisco is the preferred location for this position. Bamako, Mali, may be considered. This
role will join a rapidly-growing development and communications team working between the
United States and West Africa.

Grant Writing and Management (75% FTE)
 Develop, write, edit, and prepare applications, reports, and other materials for a range
of institutional and individual partnership opportunities.
 Lead back-of-house support to current funding relationships, coordinating work
against upcoming deliverable deadlines, tracking progress towards partnership
requirements, and monitoring organizational compliance against funding
 Engage in collaborative communications with staff in other departments to support
partnership needs, including design, finance, research, and programs teammates.
 Identify opportunities for grants management process improvement, coordinating
with the development operations lead to implement creative solutions. In particular,
support building improved systems for managing complex institutional grants and
tracking restricted funding, and oversee the use of those systems in practice.
 Develop materials and processes to improve application and report development
 As needed, assist with other partnership-related projects and provide operations and
administrative support to the development team.

Prospect Research (25% FTE)
 Scope new partners through thorough prospect research and relationship mapping,
presenting opportunity summaries to wider development team.

 Support relationship managers across Muso’s partnership types to evaluate new
prospects, and prioritize next steps.
 Standardize and manage team-wide prospecting processes.

Desired Skills and Experience
 Professional writing experience, preferably in a development environment, with
excellent written and verbal communications skills that flex to context and audience.
This candidate must have a demonstrable propensity for structured and logical
thinking, as well as persuasive and relatable communications.
 Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively across departments, cultures,
languages, and time zones.
 Superb attention to detail, prioritization and organization skills, and skill for system
management and improvement.
 Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and produce high-quality work in a
deadline-driven environment.
 Flexibility and ability to adapt in a rapidly-growing team and organization.
 Commitment to social justice and global health equity.
 English language fluency.
Not Required, But A Plus
 1-2 years of sector experience in global health, international development, or
philanthropy, with an early-career understanding of actors and funding landscape and
 Experience writing or supporting complex institutional grants, including bi- and multi-
lateral funding relationships.
 Professional French language proficiency.
 Familiarity with working in a nonprofit context.
 Familiarity with Salesforce or similar relationship management software.

Compensation and Benefits
For a position based in San Francisco, compensation will be $55,000-$60,000 per year,
commensurate with experience. A health insurance package will be included. This position
will receive up to 20 days of vacation annually and one sick day per month based on date of
hire, as well as major U.S. holidays. This role will also receive support for professional
development opportunities.
Muso is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to with "Grants
Associate Application" in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The
application deadline is rolling, but interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.