Many of our partners urgently need fundraisers to help them raise funds to achieve their programme’s goals.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short term assignments for up to six months.

You’ll have a degree in a related field and at least two years' practical work experience (five years’ for short-term roles). Your experience will be varied and include areas such as institutional funding, resource mobilisation techniques, financial planning, event management, grant management, donor management strategies and marketing. You’ll be able to prepare funding proposals, develop project action plans and use evaluation tools to ensure project success. Experience of donor relationship management, event management, networking and training staff in fundraising is desirable.

You could be working in countries such as Ghana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Nigeria, Zambia or Sierra Leone.

What you’ll be doing

You’ll be helping raise essential funds, both by developing funding proposals yourself and by training your colleagues to do the same. You’ll be supporting and training staff in areas like grant development, institutional funding proposals and resource mobilisation.

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Fundraiser and project coordinator

The Chipata Dzithandizeni Nutrition Group (CDNG) has been in existence for over 25 years, providing vital nutrition-related support to vulnerable households in the Chipata community. These services include imparting nutrition information and advice to poor families and working together with the UN World Food Programme to support food supplements and feeding programmes to up to 960 undernourished individuals.

The spread of HIV and AIDS in recent years (one out of five people in Zambia are HIV positive) has increased the demand for the services that CDNG provides, as poor nutrition means that people infected with HIV are more susceptible to AIDS related illnesses. CDNG is a small organisation and is struggling to attract enough funding to operate its growing programmes effectively. As a fundraising volunteer with CDNG, you’ll develop and implement a long-term fundraising strategy to ensure the sustainability of their important work.

What you'll be doing

  • Working together with CDNG staff to develop a fundraising and resource mobilisation strategy
  • Developing project proposals and training CDNG staff in proposal writing and other fundraising techniques
  • Maintaining relationships with donors and creating new links with organisations, raising the profile of CDNG amongst potential donors
  • Developing a donor map

What you'll need

You’ll need a degree-level qualification with at least two years’ fundraising experience. Your experience will include donor mapping, proposal writing and developing fundraising strategies. You’ll also need excellent communication skills, as you’ll need to build strong relationships with your colleagues at CDNG as well as a variety of donors. You’ll need to be confident in your work and flexible to work with limited resources. Patience and a good sense of humour are always useful qualities, as things might move more slowly than what you’re used to.

And the rest...

Landlocked Zambia is located between the southern rim of the Zaire Basin and the Zambezi River. The country is home to the majestic Victoria Falls as well as excellent National Parks teeming with a huge variety of wildlife. The average Zambian diet is pretty healthy, often consisting of ‘maize flour mash’, usually served with a tomato and onion sauce and relish. Imported items are generally available, though these tend to be more expensive.

We’ll ask you to commit to 12-24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our support package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends

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