Job Vacancy: Fundraising Manager (0.8 FTE)
African Initiatives (AI) is an international NGO, based in Bristol, UK. AI works through partners in Africa to challenge social injustice. We aim to increase knowledge and skills, so communities are better able to address their needs and exercise their rights.AI currently works in Ghana and Tanzania. Existing programme areas focus on: girls’ education, livelihoods, land rights and women’s rights including sexual and reproductive health. The organisation has grown significantly in recent years.
You will be joining us at an exciting time! We have recently registered as an organisation in Tanzania and have recruited our first staff member there. We are also in the process of developing anew Strategic Plan and you will have a great opportunity to contribute to theFundraisingstrategy..This position would suit someone ready to prove their worth in the fundraising world by really making their mark on our organisation. We are looking for someone with bags of energy and enthusiasm who is committed to improving the rights of women and other marginalised groups.
We are offering an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic and highly motivated team, in a friendly and flexible work environment.If you are interested in the post and believe you meet our requirements, we look forward to hearing from you.
Only people eligible to work in the UK can apply for this position. For further details please check:
We value diversity and seek to reflect this in our staff team. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
How to apply
Covering letter of no more than 2 A4 sides stating why you are the best candidate for the job and CV by email to
Salary: £27,000- £29,000 (pro-rata)
Closing date: 5pm Monday 25 July 2016.
Interviews: Tues 2 or Thu 4 (TBC) August 2016
About African Initiatives
African Initiatives (AI) is an international NGO, based in Bristol, UK. AI works through partners in Africa to challenge social injustice. We aim to increase knowledge and skills, so communities are better able to address their needs and exercise their rights. AI currently works in Ghana and Tanzania. Existing programme areas focus on: girls’ education, livelihoods, land rights and women’s rights including sexual and reproductive health.The organisation has grown significantly in recent years.
You will be responsible for the development and successful implementation of African Initiatives’ Fundraising and Communications strategy. You will be working closely with the CEO, and will manage a team of 2 fundraising staff (1.4FTE) and a Communications Officer (0.4FTE). You will be able to take a strategic view, however, as part of a small team you will be expected to take a hands-on approach in order to reach our fundraising objectives.
A key focus of your role will be to increase African Initiatives’ individual and major donor income. You will maintain relationships with and secure funding from our key trusts and foundations as well as supportingfurther development of this income stream.You will also support the growth of existing fundraising streams through fundraising appeals and events.You will be a confident networker who enjoys building strong partnerships with corporates and other key stakeholders.
Job titleFundraising Manager
Responsible to Chief Executive
Hours of work30 hours per week (0.8FTE)
Flexible working environment
Duration of contractPermanent
Place of work:Bristol office, BS2 8PE (with occasional travel)
Annual Leave:23 days + Bank holidays + 3 days (between Xmas and New Year when the office closes)(pro-rata for part-time staff)
African Initiatives - Fundraising Manager
- Develop and implement African Initiatives’ Fundraising & Communications Strategy and operational plans in line with AI’s new Strategic Plan (2017-2022).
- Secure £200-250k of annual income, increasing in line with African Initiatives’ Strategic plan, with a focus on growing the unrestricted component of this income.
- Manage Fundraising and Communications staff and budget.
Individual Giving and Major Donors(30%)
- You will lead on the development of a sustainable, individual giving programme. This will include defining our constituency of support,managing relationships with existing individual donors with support from the IG Fundraiser, planning and carrying out a sustainable programme of donor recruitment, retention and development.
- Develop and support the stewardship of mid-level and the development of a major donor programme.
- Lead on the management of fundraising appeals including the Big Give Appeal, Radio 4 Appeal (next 2018), newspaper appeals, and one-off appeals.
- Development and management of AI’s supporter database (with support from the IG Fundraiser), ensuring that all donor records are accurate and kept up to date..
Trusts and Foundations (35%)
- Work closely with the Programme team and partners overseas to develop, manage and report on (new and existing) projects for the portfolio.
- Secure income from larger grant funders through the preparation and submission of high quality and well targeted applications.
- Develop and cultivate close relationships with existing and potential grant funders in order to secure long term support.
- Administer grants (and othergifts) with the Partnership and Fundraising Officer to a high standard, providing required reporting and communication and ensuring restricted income is managed in accordance with best practice.
- Manage African Initiatives’ portfolio of fundraising events, with support from the Partnership and Fundraising Officer.
- In collaboration with the Communications Officer, develop an annual Marketing and Communications plan to raise awareness of African Initiatives in the UK in support of the Fundraising strategy.
- Manage the Communications Officer in his/her role
- Support the Communications Officer in researching and leading on the application for newspaper appealsnationwide.
Partnership development (10%)
- Develop a clear partnership development approach to build networks with donors and organisations in one-off and long term partnerships.
- Support the Partnership and Fundraising Officer in monitoring and improving the implementation of African Initiatives’ Corporate fundraising plan as part of AI’s partnership development approach.
- Source and attend networking and partnership events.
- Develop and oversee implementation ofAfrican Initiatives’ Fundraising & Communications Strategy and Annual Operational Plans in line with the new Strategic Plan (2017-2022).
- Maintain, and improvefundraising procedures and administrative systems in partnership with the Finance Manager.
- Keep up to date with statutory regulations, guidelines and best practice for fundraising within charities to ensure that the CEO and Trustees are properly advised of their statutory responsibilities
- Regularly monitor, evaluate and report the performance of marketing and fundraising activities, drawing conclusions and making recommendations for the future.
- Recruitment, management and development of the Partnership and Fundraising Officer (1FTE), Individual Giving Fundraiser (0.4FTE) and Communications Officer (0.4FTE) ensuring job satisfaction, competence and motivation.
- Ensure that training and management of fundraising and communications volunteers and interns(line managed by the fundraising and communications staff) is of a high standard.
- Carry out any related duties as required by the Trustees or the Chief Executive.
Person SpecificationProfessional Skills
Essential / Desirable
- Educated to degree level and a minimum of five years of experience, some of which in a senior fund-raising role.
- Knowledge of fund-raising techniques including, but not limited to: proposal writing; public relations; prospect research; donor relations and correspondence management.
- Significant, demonstrable experience of securing and growing Individual Giving and Major Donor income
- Demonstrable knowledge, experience and success in obtaining funds from large Trust & Foundation and other grant making bodies
- Significant, demonstrable experience of relationship building and partnership development within the charity sector
- Experience of successfully leading on a variety of fundraising appeals
- Experience using and managing a supporter database particularly E-tapestry or Raiser’s Edge
- Excellent English communication skills, both verbal and written, with an ability to adapt communication as appropriate to different audiences with strong editing and proofreading skills.
- Experience of developing a Fund-raising strategy
- Experience of managing an income of £200-£250k
- Demonstrable experience of managing an expenditure budget
- Experience of producing high level, detailed reporting, including ROI data
- Experience of managing staff, volunteers and interns
- Proficiency with Windows and Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.) computer packages.
- Experience of implementing UK Aid Match appeal
- Experience of successfully managing and raising funds through the Big Give Appeal process.
- Experience of working and communicating at a distance, preferably across cultures.
- Advanced IT skills in database or design packages.
- Knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting women, children and young people in Africa.
- Full driving licence and access to a car.
Essential / Desirable
- Commitment to African Initiatives’ mission and values.
- Willingness and ability to work within a small organisation with a limited budget.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability work as part of a team in a co-operative and supportive way.
- Ability to self-manage and work to a high standard, independently in a flexible environment.
- Ability to prioritize and manage a varied workload and competing deadlines.
- Ability to travel overseas for work purposes for up to two weeks, once every few years.
- Willingness to work outside core hours, infrequently but as needed, to meet the requirements of the role (TOIL provided).
Applicants will be assessed against the person specification by the following methods:
- Letter of Application
- Timed exercise and presentation
Fundraising Manager, African Initiatives
How to Apply
- All persons interested in applying for the post of Fundraising Manager of African Initiatives can retrieve an Application Pack from the website: or request one from Lindsay Mansfield on
- Please provide a CV and Cover letter to . Please set out in your Cover Letter how you meet the requirements within the Job Description and the Person Specification. The Cover Letter should not be more than two A4 pages in length.
- All applicants should provide the names and contact details of two Referees. Both referees should have knowledge of the candidate in a professional capacity; one of the referees should have current/recent line-management responsibility for the candidate. References will be sought by the interview panel after the short-listed candidates have been interviewed. Candidates will be notified prior to references being sought.
- The appointment will be subject to the Board seeing original documentation to certify that individuals are legally allowed to work in the United Kingdom.
- The deadline for receipt of the Applications by African Initiatives is 17.00 Monday 25 July 2016.
- Interviews will be held on 2 or 4 August 2016 at the African Initiatives office in Bristol.
- If an applicant has not been contacted to attend for interview by 29July 2016they should assume that they have been unsuccessful on this occasion.
- All applications will be treated as strictly confidential and will not be discussed, except by shortlisting and interviewing panels.
African Initiatives Ltd. Brunswick Court, Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8PE
Tel: +44 (0) 117 915 0001, email: , web:
Registered Charity No: 1064413, Company No. 3322339