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Vacancy: Fundraising Manager


28 January 2023

Location: Remote 

Salary: USD 80,000  

Term: Permanent – Full time


Job Summary 

To manage Trust, Foundations and Institutional specialist fundraising and development initiatives for Equidem, including advising on investment of resources and capacity building which will facilitate direct fundraising activities and financial growth in Equidem’s strategic priority programmes and markets resulting in successful fundraising in line with organizational goals.


The post holder will be responsible for the development and management of a number of strategic priority relationships in the area of trusts, foundations and institutional funding across Equidem’s global operations. The aim is to maximise growth according to market potential and in line with strategic fundraising goals and organizational ethos. This will increase our presence worldwide and help Equidem to secure a pipeline of work through the current strategic period. 

Support priority projects in fundraising for activities from trusts, foundations and institutional donors.

Liaise with donors and peers from the Global North to develop trust, foundation and institutional funding proposals for work in the Global South, led by rights holders and their organisations.

Identify and develop an extensive knowledge of global, regional and local funding opportunities. 

Maintain an overview of Equidem's projects and activities globally mapped to funding opportunities.

Advise staff on project development, production of proposals and budgets, convene and coordinate proposal development project teams.

Prepare and ensure approvals of all grant proposals and solicitation letters to potential funders.

Develop mutually beneficial relationships with prospective funders through appropriate cultivation and stewardship in order to protect and develop Equidem's funding family.

Provide appropriate training and support to colleagues and partners on donor-related project planning, implementation, reporting and evaluation aspects, as well as financial budgeting and monitoring.

Assist in the development of capacity building strategies and skill sharing opportunities for colleagues in order to ensure Equidem's ability to respond to funding opportunities from trusts and foundations.

Carry out own administrative tasks related to the post in accordance with the agreed guidelines for self-servicing.

Other tasks as assigned according to the grade and nature of this post.



  • Extensive experience of developing multi-year funding proposals to a variety of international trusts, foundations and institutional sources. 
  • Experience developing and nurturing mutually beneficial relationships with funders. 
  • Experience in identifying funding information sources and carrying out in-depth research on funding opportunities. 
  • (Preferable) Experience in fundraising from trusts, foundations and institutional donors in and for the priority regions (Africa, Asia, Gulf). 
  • Ability to make strategic decisions in order to meet fundraising targets. 
  • Experience of developing and implementing long-term grant-fundraising strategy. 
  • Ability to provide mentoring and training on fundraising issues and specifically grants fundraising. 
  • Ability to develop strategic relationships with funders and represent Equidem in a professional manner to the external funding world. 
  • Existing network among funders who fund the human rights sector is highly desirable. 

Project planning and development: 

  • In-depth knowledge and experience in project planning with competing deadlines, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Ability to provide coaching and mentoring on project and financial management. 


  • Excellent written communication skills with a proven ability to explain complex issues clearly for external audiences. 
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy and tact in dealing with a building relationships with key stakeholders (both internal and external) at all levels. 
  • Ability to build support for and represent the team within the movement and liaise with people at all levels of the organization. 
  • Ability to work in English. 

Experience of judgement and strategic thinking: 

  • Experience of identifying and using information to make sound judgements on projects, with overall responsibility for portfolio of funders and projects. 
  • Ability to understand and exploit opportunities to pursue specific goals, this includes being able to determine what information is needed, what level of consultation and decision-making would be appropriate and what impact decisions may have on related areas. 

Financial and budgeting skills: 

  • Experience in analysing, compiling and editing budgetary information for projects. 
  • Experience in monitoring and overseeing budgets and taking strategic decisions on the most cost-effective solutions, taking into considerations funders' requirements. 
  • Ability to provide advice on best value in the use of resources and taking overall responsibility for own project budgets. 

Training and skill sharing experience: 

  • Experience conducting training, preferably in project management or grant fundraising. 
  • Ability to devise, in collaboration with others, training programmes on topics linked to grants fundraising. 
  • Ability to asses training needs and evaluate the best way forward for sharing skills across the organisation. 

Team work: 

  • A proven ability to work effectively within a team, setting clear goals, coordinating work with colleagues and providing advice to other members of the team when required. 
  • A proven ability to negotiate solutions and resources between programmes and project team members. 

How We Work

Our areas of focus (Strategic decision-making criteria to determine where to focus and what opportunities to take up): 

  • Practical impact: possibility of action or solutions that will make positive change to people’s lives. 
  • Uncover: an unknown or under-reported issue and/or with hidden impact on a particular community. 
  • Distinct: adding value and not duplicating work or competing with others. 
  • Locally and globally relevant: situating marginalised communities and minority groups in the wider, global context of anti-racism, anti-discrimination and gender equality; connecting local manifestation of problem across countries/regions to leverage change at the international level. 
  • Aligned: with Equidem’s goals, objectives, values, expertise. 

Our Values:

Equidem and its people are, at all times:


  • Striving to be cutting edge, creative and agenda setting responsive to the ever-changing dynamics within which human rights are impacted. 
  • Original in our approach and added value, complementing not duplicating the work of others. 


  • As part of a wider human rights and social movement, we are only as strong as we are united. We work together with others not only to further Equidem’s own aims but those of others promoting human rights. 


  • Living the values we are promoting in the ways we work and operate, how we treat our staff and stakeholders, and how we express our professionalism. 
  • Accountable to and honest with the communities we serve, our partners, funders, staff and board members. 
  • People’s physical and psychological wellbeing comes above all else. 
  • Respecting the environment: limiting negative impacts and striving for sustainability in our work and activities. 


  • Equidem is Latin for rigorous. Being thorough, precise and unrelenting is key to how we operate and the work we do. 


Please send a copy of your Resume and cover letter to with the subject: Application - Fundraising Manager.

Deadline: 28 February 2023