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Full-time Fundraising Manager

at Build Africa in Machakos

Program Assistant at Build Africa in Machakos – Kenya Jobs, Careers and Vacancies

Build Africa Kenya is a Non Governmental Organization that works exclusively in rural areas of Kenya to help young people escape poverty by supporting education and income generation activities. Our aim is to create sustainable models for increasing the incomes of the poor and better access to education and healthcare. We give young people (including parents and the community at large) the chance to save, work their way out of poverty and to increase the prosperity of their communities. We work with key stakeholders in Gilgil, Elementaita, Machakos and Mwala regions. With further programme expansion to Kwale and Kilifi scheduled for the near future, in implementing integrated programmes in Education, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, livelihoods and skills development including income generation. Our vision is for every young person in Africa to fulfill their potential and to make a difference.

As part of our ongoing effort to improve the quality of our program delivery, we are seeking talented and socially responsible individuals with exceptional skills, background, education and a passion for using investment and education as a tool to alleviate poverty in rural communities for the positions below:

Reporting to the Build Africa Kenya Country Director and the Build Africa UK Head of Major Gifts, this new senior role has been created to support the growth of the organisation. The employee will be responsible for developing bids for local and international statutory donors as well as fundraising from companies, major donors and foundations. A strong track record in identifying donors, securing funding and managing relationships will be fundamental to the person’s success with Build Africa Kenya.

The person will be based in Build Africa Kenya’s head office in Machakos.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working in Conjunction with the Country Director, Programme Quality Manager and Head of Major Gifts, develop and roll out a Fundraising Strategy that supports the strategic objectives of Build Africa as a whole, including generation of sustainable income streams within Kenya.
  • Research, identify and seek out funding for existing work from foundations, corporates and major donors through networking, proposals, cold calling and other means.
  • Alongside other BAK and overseas staff, manage the process of developing high quality bids for local and international statutory bodies and foundations, including coordination of project development, budget creation and proposal writing.
  • Work with the Programme Quality Manager, Area Programme Managers and Field Staff to ensure that information is on hand to develop applications and undertake timely donor reporting.
  • Maintain an up to date donor database, working closely with the Programme Development Manager at Build Africa Uganda and Head of Major Gifts and Programme Funding Manager in the UK to coordinate donor relationship management, reporting and pitches to new donors.
  • To maintain familiarity with the organisational strategy and with the projects in the field, their objectives and funding requirements.
  • Working with the Country Director, Programme Quality Manager and Director of Resources, coordinate project funding relating issues (budgets, analysis and record keeping).
  • Demonstrate a spirit of co-operation with all parts of Build Africa by providing support to fundraising efforts being led elsewhere within Build Africa and to engage with funding applications covering activities in more than just Kenya.
  • To seek and analyse feedback from donors where applications are not successful and to share this feedback within Build Africa in order to improve the chances of future success.
  • Liaise with the Country Director, Programmes Quality Manager and field staff to ensure the timely preparation and submission of funding proposals and reports to Build Africa UK.
  • Work out of normal office hours as required by attending meetings and events, networking, etc. To be prepared to travel within Kenya to visit projects and to occasionally visit Build Africa locations outside of Kenya
  • Compliance with Build Africa’s Child Protection Policy.

Person Specifications and Competencies

  • Minimum of a relevant Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University with considerable fundraising experience
  • Strong statutory and foundation fundraising experience backed up with excellent writing skills
  • A proven track record of achieving and raising and exceeding income targets, including being personally responsible for converting contacts into significant donations
  • Knowledge and understanding of international development issues with a passion to think out of the ‘development’ box
  • A strong track record of establishing and cultivating relationships with companies, individuals, foundations and statutory bodies
  • Ability to effectively pitch to a variety of donors (major donors, companies and foundations)
  • Willingness to understand programmes matched by an ability to communicate key aspects of programmes to supporters
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly proposal writing and reporting, and a first class networker
  • Strong strategic and financial planning skills including the ability to create project/bid budgets
  • Ability to achieve maximum results with limited resources

Other Requirements:

  • A “go get” attitude with the ability to think on your feet both creatively and laterally
  • Ability to respond to unforeseen circumstances effectively
  • Interest in analysis, review and monitoring of fundraising performance
  • Good organisational and administrative skills
  • Strong IT skills, including familiarity with databases, Word and Excel
  • A person of high integrity that will model BAK’s core values

If you meet the above requirements and consider yourself up to the challenge, please send /email your application and a copy of your CV with daytime contact numbers, details of 3 referees and an indication of your salary expectations so as to reach the following on or before 19 April 2013

The Country Director,
Build Africa Kenya
P.O Box 10604, 00100
GPO, Nairobi.


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