Dec 212017

Organization: Blossom Trust
Country: India
Closing date: 31 Dec 2017

About Blossom

Blossom is a grassroots non-profit organisation founded in 1993 in Tamil Nadu, India. Blossom is working towards the personal, social and economic development of disadvantaged and marginalised members of the community – especially women and children. The projects and activities of Blossom Trust fall into four main areas of focus:

  1. Health: Community-based prevention and care of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS

  2. Economic empowerment: Helping marginalized women who have been affected by HIV/AIDS and/or TB become economically self sufficient through a variety of training initiatives and micro-finance)

  3. Children: Working with children affected by HIV/AIDS and/or TB to ensure they have access to education.

  4. Environment and Agriculture: Projects related to the Dayspring Organic Farm.

More information may be found on the website.

What We’re Looking For

Blossom Trust is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Grant Writing Officer to help us develop our operations in both existing and new projects alike and to achieve a greater outreach in doing so. While grant writing will be their main responsibility, the ideal candidate will also be required to maintain a strong social media presence and market the charity through a variety of means. At the moment our priority projects focus on: women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, WASH, diabetes & tuberculosis care and support and agriculture. We are also in the process of establishing CSR partnerships. Any specific experience in the aforementioned areas would be preferred.

It is important that you have analytical and problem-solving skills, a strong attention to detail and are able to work under pressure with minimum supervision. You will work in a small team, but be primarily self-directed and adaptable to ever-changing situations.

If you have what it takes to cut through the noise and make the needs of the most marginalised people in our community seen and heard, then you are the kind of person we are looking for!

You will work alongside the current Development Officer and the director of Blossom, Mercy Annapoorni.

Duration & Start Date

The successful candidate will be based in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, on a full-time basis (9:30-6:30, Monday to Friday) for a period of 4 months. Longer stays are welcome, please state your preference in the cover letter.

Start date is as soon as possible. Applicants who are available to start straight away will be preferred.

Roles and Responsibilities

The work you will be entrusted with is crucial to the success of Blossom Trust.

Organise: You may be working on several projects at once under tight deadlines.

Research: Each proposal begins with research. To develop a proposal, you must familiarize yourself with our programs, goals and financial needs as well as current trends and best practices in the development field.

Strong planning skills: meticulous attention to detail; capacity to balance multiple projects.Develop and track internal calendar of donor deadlines for reporting, proposals, and other engagements. Identify relevant funding opportunities, flag requests for proposals and other grant opportunities.

· Prepare: Concept papers, donor reports and proposals


· Bachelors degree required, Master’s degree preferred

· Ideally in International Development, Business Administration, Human Rights, Marketing, Communication, or a related field.

· Excellent writing and research skills are essential.

· Proficiency in English required

Skills and Experience

· Experience in project development and grant-writing is essential.

· Excellent grammar and strong research skills needed.

· Experience in organising and prioritising own work.

· Effective team player with the ability to work and think independently, and to be resourceful and proactive.

· Demonstrated interest in international issues and non-profit work.


· Work well under pressure

· Adaptable

· Patient

· Respectful of diversity and cultural differences

· Self-directed

· Works well in a team


· 3 000 Rupees per month

· Free Food & Accommodation

How to apply:

If interested, please send your CV and a personal statement highlighting your interest to:

We review applications on a rolling basis so early applications are strongly encouraged. We look forward to welcoming you to our team!

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