9 Feb 2017

Volunteer Fundrasing and Communications Manager

The Foundation for African Empowerment – Posted by SammyArusha, Arusha Region, Tanzania

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Job Description

Fundraising and Communications Manager
(Volunteer Job Role)

Millions of Tanzanians in the rural areas are living in extreme poverty. The Foundation for African Empowerment (FAE) is a registered nonprofit sustainable human development organization founded in order to contribute towards tackling extreme poverty in Tanzania. Its mission is to improve lives of the extreme poor people in the rural communities in Tanzania through promoting access to water, education, healthcare and livelihood opportunities. Through promoting access to education, water, healthcare and livelihood opportunities in the rural communities where extreme poverty is severe and pervasive, we make a lasting impact on the ground one community at a time. We implement our programs through an integrated development approach focusing on four critical sectors of water, healthcare, education and livelihood opportunities which we believe are synergistically crucial in helping to sustainably break the vicious cycle of poverty in the rural communities. Moreover, our approach involves other stakeholders such as community members, local governments, development partners and the private sector. We work toward building a society free of extreme poverty, inequality and injustice. Our main office is located in Arusha, Tanzania.
FAE is seeking for a passionate, committed and skilled volunteer from within or outside Tanzania to join its management team in the capacity of Fundraising and Communications Manager (FCM) in order to assist in advancing of its mission through fundraising and communications duties. The selected individual can either work online from his or her home country with occasional visits to the project sites or join the management team in Arusha, Tanzania. Preference shall be given to a volunteer who can commit to work in the organization for a minimum of six (6) months and who demonstrates a strong commitment to the FAE‘s mission and readiness to strengthen it in collaboration with other staff. Any volunteer from outside Tanzania choosing to relocate to Arusha and in need of accommodation shall be facilitated with a free accommodation and an office space. Office space will be provided to even a national volunteer.

Job Summary
The FCM is responsible for effective coordination, leadership and monitoring of all fundraising and external communication activities of the organization in order to strengthen its brand and achieve financial sustainability so that it can better serve the needs of the extreme poor people in the rural communities in Tanzania.

Major Areas of Responsibilities

(I). To strategically manage all fundraising activities to support the objectives of FAE through the development of project proposals that reflect FAE’s policy and programmatic focus.
(II). To establish and facilitate effective and sustainable integration of fundraising and communication strategy within the organization.
(III). To establish, maintain and oversee all the necessary and relevant external communications of FAE.

Specific Key Responsibilities

(I). Strategically manage all fundraising activities to support the objectives of FAE through the development of project proposals that reflect FAE’s policy and programmatic focus

• Through donor scoping, and with support of other FAE staff, identify potential funding opportunities and manage the application process in coordination with other staff.
• Maintain communication and build networks with potential and current donor organizations.
• Identify possible strategic allies such as private and family foundations, international cooperation organization and private sector partners.
• Be responsible for the fundraising strategy that will support FAE to gain and implement projects that reflect FAE’s policy and programmatic focus.
• Work with other FAE staff to develop fundraising proposals to donors, fundraising publications and communications materials, such as press releases and newsletter.
• Maintain and share a tracking system of all project proposals and their status.
• Develop official documents related to Institutional policy and definitive statements of fundraising opportunities to a variety of external audiences including major donors and prospects, and the general public.

(II). Establish and facilitate effective and sustainable integration of fundraising and communication strategy within the organization
• Work closely with all FAE staff especially with the Executive Director in order to develop relevant and quality proposals.
• Actively explore and implement communication and fundraising opportunities.
• Within the organization, play a proactive role in facilitating debate on, and sharing experiences of existing and emerging issues of concern to FAE.
• Work with other FAE staff to develop a fundraising and communications strategy that will guide FAE in its external relations.

(III). Establish, maintain and oversee all the necessary external communications
• Establish and facilitate sustaining of linkages with media, local governments, International Nongovernmental Organizations, National Nongovernmental Organizations, networks and movements.
• Oversee articles, speeches and develop position papers for senior management.
• Develop or advise on the content for information brochures, newsletter; reviews and edits drafts of important correspondence, reports, and brochures, videos, newsletter for mass distribution.
• Through FAE staff and other contacts, develop and sustain effective relationships with media at all levels to engage more effectively on issues of eradicating extreme poverty, injustice and inequality in the rural communities.

Occasional Duties
• Undertake corporate responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.
• Advocate mainstreaming of FAE’s core values within and outside the organization.

• Ensure timely support to and coordination with partners and donors.
• Ensure timely production and distribution of brochures, videos, newsletters, social media posts and reports.
• Maintain compliance with FAE’s organizational policies.

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in communication, public relations, fundraising, marketing or any other relevant field. Masters degree is desired but not a must.
• A minimum of (3) three years of professional experience in communication and fundraising in an NGO sector or similar.


• We take anybody from 18 years and above including retired professionals.

Required Skills

• Excellent knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of oral and written communications.
• Knowledge of fundraising and/or track record of fundraising using techniques including, but not limited to: proposal writing; public relations; prospect research; donor relations and stewardship; and correspondence management.
• Professional level skills in graphics and knowledge of desktop publishing for in-house graphics design and production.
• Skill in writing and editing news and feature articles. Ability to write/edit in a variety of writing styles, ability to draft materials on a wide range of topics. Strong editing and proofreading skills.
• The ability to translate complex technical language and ideas into language easily comprehensible to non-specialists.
• Interpersonal skills to facilitate work with a wide range of individuals and groups from culturally diverse publics.
• Participatory and team approach to work and behavior.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality, proactive in liaising and problem solving.
• Functional knowledge of computer-related technology and how best to apply it for fundraising support.
• Excellent interpersonal, networking, communication, negotiation and facilitation skills.
• Excellent language skills in English, knowledge of Swahili preferred.
• Excellent computer skills including navigating email, internet and Ms Word, Photoshop and PowerPoint.

Behavioral competencies
• Adheres to FAE core values, which are: Transformational Change, Respect & Humility, Accountability, Transparency, Integrity and Operational Excellence.
• To be able and willing to align one’s own behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization, and to promote organizational goals to meet organizational needs. It also includes acting in accordance with organizational decisions and behaving with integrity.

The FCM will report on a day to day basis to the Executive Director and also coordinate with other departments of FAE.

Work Hours
This is a full time job but for those employed or engaged in private business, a flexible schedule can be worked out to avoid affecting their current commitments.

We Offer You
An interesting international assignment, good working conditions in a fast-growing organization, free accommodation and a satisfactory and challenging job in a multicultural team. We also provide you with an opportunity to meet the real warm-hearted people of Tanzania and experience the astonishing natural beauty of the country. Moreover, you will sharpen your skills and knowledge as you create impact in the lives of the extreme poor people. This role comes with an opportunity for career growth and development. Upon completion of your assignment we shall offer you with a certificate of appreciation and a recommendation letter. Visit our website, http://www.thefae.org/ways-to-volunteer to learn more on what to expect as a volunteer and the advantages of volunteering at FAE.

How to Apply

We look forward to receiving your complete application in English which includes: (1) a cover letter, (2) a statement of motivation stating why you want to join FAE and your suitability for the position, and (3) an updated CV/resume. Do not send certificates at this stage. Also, let us know how soon you can join us if you are selected. If you are interested but you are employed or engaged in a private business, feel free to apply since we can work out a flexible schedule to enable you put your contribution in FAE’s activities without affecting your current engagements.
Please send your application to the addressee below by February 22, 2017. Submission of applications by email is highly encouraged. Only applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.

Contact Details

Executive Director
The Foundation for African Empowerment
P.O.Box 116
Duluti, Arusha, Tanzania

Tel: +255 786 187299
Website: www.thefae.org

The Foundation for African Empowerment is an equal opportunity employer

Job Categories: Communication and Public Relation. Job Types: Volunteer. Job Tags: communication, crowdfunding, donor relations, fundraising, international development, nongovernmental organization, proposal writing, and rural development.

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