International Fundraising Director Part Time

  Organization of Progress and Sustainability OPS
  Afghanistan Unspecified 382
Date Posted:Feb 24, 2011
Closing Date:Mar 2, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Programme
Salary Range:160000 - 320000 USD undefined
Years of Experience:2 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension:No
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About Organization of Progress and Sustainability OPS:

After 2001 and the significant attention of the international community on Afghanistan millions of Afghans still remain unable to access basic health services or provide enough income and food through their livelihoods to support their families. Afghanistan suffers from exceptionally high levels of infant and maternal mortality with 13% of children dying during childbirth, and 19% of children under 5 dying and maternal mortality is amongst the worst in the world with 1,600 women in every 100,000 dying during childbirth. The overall life expectancy is around 43 years. There are a range of causes of these high fatality rates, but amongst the most important are the lack of skills and knowledge amongst the local population about basic hygiene, child and maternal health care, as well as the poor coverage of health services across the country. Furthermore access to stable and sustainable livelihoods in Afghanistan is often beyond the reach of local people. Average earnings are amongst the lowest in the world at $964 per person with 11 provinces several affected by food insecurity and food prices have increased significantly since 2008 as a result of global food and fuel price hikes. In short and medium term there remains a dire humanitarian and developmental need to improve access to health and improving livelihoods in a sustainable manner in Afghanistan. The Organization of Progress and Sustainability (OPS) was started in December 2010 by the senior staff who have worked in several development and UN organizations whose worked was curtailed by insecurity. The management team wants to fulfill their humanitarian and development aspirations for Afghanistan and through working with the local communities they used to work in and the skills and experience amongst the team they believe they can make a positive and sustained difference to the lives of thousands of Afghans. The staff, who have worked for national and international NGOs and UN agencies on a range of development and humanitarian programmes, wish to expand the opportunities and support that can be achieved through development to Afghan communities, in particular in Southern Afghanistan. The staff have worked on projects funded by a range of international donors including bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations such as USAID, IOM, WFP and UNDP as well as private sector development agencies such as Chemonics as well as other NGOs such as OXFAM GB, Save the Children UK, and Internews. They are committed to improving the lives of Afghans through providing support to health services, such as training of midwives, to increase the access Afghans have to basic health services as well as working with communities over the long-term to address the sustainability and suitability of their livelihoods to ensure that they are able to provide food and shelter for their families. Along with implementing projects directly OPS supports communities through building their capacity in new agricultural techniques, disaster risk reduction and skills training. In particular OPS stresses the importance of sustainable activities and projects so that communities can incorporate and use the inputs from development projects, whether they are technical, physical or financial. Through gradual progress and building linkages within and between project activities and the existing capabilities of the communities OPS strives to improve the livelihoods of the communities and improve their lives.

Job Summary:

The senior management team and board members have decided to recruit an expat (International) Fundraising Director, therefore OPS is looking for a qualified fundraising Director who has more than 2 years experience in fundraising. The fundraising Director needs to be a self-starter and very flexible and be willing to work part-time initially though the location of employment is flexible.. The Fundraising Director will coordinate activities with OPS by email and phone communication and may be required to visit Kabul. The main focus of the role is to ensure that OPS meets its funding targets from a range of donors within Afghanistan or from outside the country. Please refer to the TOR for more details and clarifications.
OPS can offer a contract up to three months initially, up to $2,000 to $ 2500 USD per month. The contract and salary will be reviewed upon the successful progress in fundraising. OPS will be also responsible to pay monthly communication costs up to $100 USD. This will be for Top up card which will be used for official use only in order to communicate with donors or other purpose in fund raising. The fundraising Director can work from his current office or home. In case he needs any other flexibility, OPS will be happy to discuss and negotiate.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• The fundraising director is responsible for ensuring that these goals and targets are met within a given time frame. The fundraising director is required to establish and maintain good relationships with donors.
• The fundraising director is responsible to check all sites who announce bids through internet such as Afghanaid, Acbar, Peace Dividend Trust, USAID and others.
• The fundraising director is responsible to research and evaluates new fundraising techniques and makes recommendations based on the organization's goals and objectives.
• The fundraising director work with the executive director of the organization to outline the fundraising goals, timeline, and so forth. Based on these criteria, the fundraising director will research potential sources of funding, including grants, past contributors, new donors, corporate contributors and foundations
• The fundraising director is responsible to contact donors and submit project concept notes and full proposals when required.
• The fundraising director is responsible for building strong relationships with donors and ensure that OPS is registered with a range of donors, including NGOs, foundations, bi- and multi-lateral institutions to ensure that OPS is eligible to submit bids
• The fundraising director is responsible to arranging meetings between potential and existing donors and the OPS executive director.

Job Requirement:

Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in sociology, international development, community development, economics, business administration or a related field.

Desirable Skills and Attributes:

Good communication and presentation skills.
Able to communicate his desires as well as the needs and objectives of the organization in a clear and convincing manner.
Good interpersonal skills are an asset to win donors over.
Good in writing skills and fluent in speaking English.
At least two years working experience in related field.
Knowledge of funding rules of USAID, the EC and DfID
Experience of writing successful bids

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