Responsibilities cover donor prospecting, developing concept notes and full applications, and enhancing infrastructure for institutional fundraising activities at Wedu, and include:
● Develop and implement institutional fundraising strategies in support of Wedu’s new strategic plan.
● Identify and research prospective mission-aligned donors, including foundations, trusts, and corporations with whom we could build multi-year partnerships around Wedu’s strategic priorities.
● Manage the development database, regularly updating it and accurately recording information including funder criteria; submission dates of grants, LOIs/concept notes, reporting deadlines, and next steps.
● Spot new fundraising opportunities for developing existing or new services and organisational capacity and independently build a strong pipeline of new funders.
● Develop, write and submit high-quality funding applications (including LOIs, concept notes, and full grant proposals) using and improving existing grant templates. Grants will be sent for final review to the Executive Director.
● Lead donor relationship management, working with Program Leads to ensure donor satisfaction and retention, and cultivate strong and enduring partnerships.
● Create an annual calendar and work plan with clear deadlines, and manage and monitor ongoing grant applications, keeping accurate records of performance and income generated.
● Work collaboratively across Wedu to strengthen the team’s fundraising and networking capabilities through training and mentoring.
● A proven track record of fundraising success- including writing successful fundraising bids and at least five years of experience growing partnerships and philanthropy income, preferably within a medium-sized organisation. Please be as specific as possible in your application with respect to your prior fundraising history.
● Evidenced experience producing high-quality written content and presenting compelling cases for support to a range of audiences.
● Knowledge of best practices in effective fundraising management, including sound knowledge of the Institute of Fundraising’s Code of Fundraising Practice.
● Understanding of the gender equity landscape and the international development funding ecosystem (and other relevant areas).
● Outstanding communication skills with a thorough understanding of how to translate Wedu’s activities and impact data into credible and convincing narratives for a wide range of audiences and criteria
● Excellent writing abilities in English language with strong attention to detail and high accuracy level of proofreading and editing
● Target-driven self-starter who takes a proactive approach to work
● Ability to prioritise own workload and manage time effectively in order to meet targets and deadlines
● Able to work in a cooperative, supportive manner within a small team
● Relevant tertiary-level qualification or equivalent industry experience
● Passionate about advancing gender equity and women’s leadership
This position is fully remote and comes with a two-year, extendable contract. We do not have a preference for your location; we only ask that you make yourself available for periodic calls with Wedu’s team who are primarily based in UTC+7 during regular business hours and that you are able to connect with donors as needed.