Job Vacancy: Fundraising Officer

Job Vacancy: Fundraising Officer

Job title:                     Fundraising Officer

Reports to:                  Executive Director

Hours of work:           28 hours (with potential for flexible hours)

Duration:                    2 years fixed term with possibility for extension

Salary:                         £25,500 – £27,500 pro rata depending on experience



We are the African women-led organisation working to end multiple forms of violence against women and girls. From female genital mutilation and child marriage to domestic and sexual violence, we tackle abuse and discrimination – enabling African women and girls to have the dignity, health and equality they deserve. For over 35 years we have worked to bring communities together, developing local skills and knowledge, and nurturing young women leaders to enable them acquire the leadership skills, information and motivation they need to transform their lives.

Job purpose

This is an exciting new role with the purpose of increasing FORWARD’s funding streams and enabling the delivery of our organisational mission and vision. The post-holder will proactively manage and develop a portfolio of appropriate funding trusts and foundations, develop possible multi-year funding from funders, scope the potential for corporate fundraising, and increase donations from individuals to help attain our fundraising objectives.

We seek an experienced fundraiser with approximately three years of experience and a proven track record of successful fundraising from trusts and foundations. The post-holder should be skilled in researching and identifying new trusts and foundations, and submitting a steady flow of funding applications. The post-holder will collaborate with the Executive Director and Senior Management Team (SMT) to retain and increase funding support for the charity from trusts and foundations, corporations and individuals, and will work towards establishing a fundraising function and culture within FORWARD.

Key responsibilities

  1. Fundraising, including researching prospective trusts and foundations and serving as the main point of contact
  2. Grant management, including writing high quality reports on funded programmes
  3. Strategic direction, such as participating in the development and implementation of the FORWARD Fundraising Strategy
  4. Communication and stewardship, including maintaining and deliver a schedule of donor and member communications
  5. Other general duties, such as keeping up to date with the latest fundraising good practices and legislation

Recruitment and selection

As part of the recruitment and selection process, FORWARD may undertake DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checks where appropriate for all individuals who will work directly with children and vulnerable adults. We are committed to welcoming people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. FORWARD considers being female a Genuine Occupational Requirement for this post under the Equality Act 2010.

Closing date: Fri,  Monday, 23 May 2022, 23:59

Interview dates: Thursday, 26 May 2022 – Friday, 27 May 2022

To apply for this post, please read the job description and send back a completed application form and equal opportunities form to [email protected]

Please state this reference in your application: FUNDS22