• JOB TITLE: Institutional Fundraising Manager
    HOURS: Full Time (40 hours per week)
    Pay: £30,000 to £34,000
    LOCATION: London
    REPORTING TO: Head of London Office
    Terms of Employment:
    Permanent post, three-month probationary period.
    Please note: This post is subject to advanced security checks – namely Accuity checks, which clearance will be required
    prior to any offer of employment.

    Overview of the Organisation

    Syria Relief is a UK-Registered non-governmental, non-political, non-denominational charitable organisation that was set up in response to the crisis that has engulfed Syria since March 2011. The Charity has a turnover of £15m p.a., and the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees are keen to see the organisation to continue to grow, affirming its position as the leading UK-based, Syria-focused humanitarian organisation. The Organisation’s vision and strategies are set by the Board of Trustees, and the operational management is led by the Chief Executive Officer.

    Description of the Role:

    This position requires a proven track record and understanding of the institutional donor environment, experience in identifying and securing funding opportunities from trust and foundations and institutions, collating, preparing and submitting successful humanitarian funding applications, and capacity of designing international projects, within the NGO sector. The post-holder will work closely with colleagues across Syria Relief, which may require travel to our offices in Turkey to turn project needs identified from our experience of delivering assistance on the ground in Syria into a reality. The role requires strong communications skills and the ability to leverage relationships with Government agencies, Trusts & Foundations, Official Donors and corporate CSR opportunities with the aim of strategising, channelling and generating additional resources.

    The selected candidate will be supported by Syria Relief’s Head of Programmes in Turkey and the Head of London Office. The post holder will have a key role in the delivery of Syria Relief’s current fundraising strategy and will help develop future funding strategies. The post-holder will work closely with Syria Relief’s Programme team, MEAL Department, and offices in Manchester and Turkey to develop new project strategies appropriate to the needs and context of the charity’s work. The post-holder will be highly organised with effective administrative and record keeping abilities. Capable of building up a database of updated proposals, archive all relevant project specific documentation and be able to maintain good records of all the activities carried out and all the donors contacted.

    Main Duties/Responsibilities

    1/Review and research new funding opportunities and develop new programmes with institutional donors, trusts and foundations which may arise as relevant to Syria Relief; be familiar with websites and other sources of information about fund availability for NGOs from governments and other institutions;
    2/Collaborate with the Head of Programmes in Turkey to develop and write effective funding proposals and bid for tenders appropriately designed for institutional donors, INGOs, foundations and trusts;
    3/Identify and develop networks and contacts including via networking, internet and knowledge-sharing forums;
    4/Identify and develop strategic relationships and partnerships with key NGOs and INGOs to collaborate/ partner in the implementation of Syria Relief’s programmes;
    5/Negotiate donor contracts and analyse the results to ensure that agreements put in place are cost effective and beneficial to Syria Relief and do not expose the charity to unnecessary risks or unfavourable conditions;
    6/Develop a network of contacts in London in particular with Government agencies, Official Donors, Trusts & 7/Foundations and CSR teams.
    8/Travel locally and internationally, as required.

    Other Duties

    • When the Head of London Office and other members of staff are absent, provide routine administrative backup answering general and media enquiries by phone and email and opening and sending post; and
    • other tasks as delegated by the Head of London Office to contribute to the work of Syria Relief.

    Leadership Skills:

    • To promote SR’s vision and mission and to uphold the Charity’s values in all day to day activities and delivery of services.
    • To ensure that SR develops a culture that promotes equality and values diversity and that the service you provide meets the needs of all stakeholders. This may involve the development and monitoring of policies and procedures to ensure the services you provide are inclusive to all.
    • To participate in SR related events as and when required.
    • In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent legislation, the post holder is required to undertake a proactive role in the management of risks in all their actions. This includes:
      • Undertaking risk assessments in line with the SR risk assessment process;
      • Reporting all incidents, near misses and hazards in line with the SR’s reporting arrangements/system
      • Undertaking a statutory duty of care for your own personal safety and that of others
      • Attending all statutory and mandatory health and safety training, appropriate to the role.
    Person Specification
    Qualifications/Training Essential Desirable
    Degree level or equivalent experience (ideally in Marketing or business discipline) X
    Willingness to undertake training and actively seek out personal development opportunities X
    Alacrity to travel national and international, frequently to our UK London and Turkey office and other offices as necessary. X
    Minimum 2 years’ experience developing projects or programmes X
    Working in the voluntary sector, particularly in the international development or humanitarian aid sectors X
    Proven experience of writing successful applications to government, trusts, foundations and other institutional funders X
    Knowledge and Skills
    Fluent in English with excellent spoken and written communication and interpersonal skills, inter-cultural sensitivity and confidence in dealing with a wide range of partners X
    Ability to provide regular written and verbal reports to a variety of audiences, internal and external X
    Understanding and experience of writing and negotiating successful proposals especially for institutional donors and foundations X
    Understanding of relevant legislation/charity law X
    Good understanding of the Humanitarian crisis affecting Syria and the region. X
    Ability to successfully manage a full and varied workload independently whilst working under pressure to meet deadlines. X
    The ability to perform other duties as required; X
    Self-motivated to learn new concepts and participate in new projects. X
    Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint and experience of using/developing databases X
    Willingness to work variable hours with occasional weekend and evening X

    We seek an enthusiastic and highly motivated Programmes and Institutional Partnerships Development Officer, with experience in writing and submitting project proposals to Government Offices, institutional donors, including INGOs, NGOs, Trusts and Foundations.

    Application procedure
    To apply please email with the Job Title in the subject line, or post to BHMC, College Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8BP; your application by Friday, 30th June 2017  which should consist of the following:-
    1. CV
    2. A covering letter briefly outlining how you meet the required qualities and skills and how you would managethe key duties and responsibilities and where appropriate, evidence (maximum 1,000 words).
    3. How you can demonstrate you have full rights to work in the UK.

    We reserve the right to close this post early, where we receive a high number of applications and you are advised to submit your completed application form as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.
    Applicants are encouraged to visit our website, read the job description carefully and person specification to assist you in completing your application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If any of the three requirements are missing in your application, your application will not be considered.
    Please mention where you heard of this vacancy when you apply for this position.

    SR believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect and encourages applications from all sectors of the community.
    Please note, the position you are applying for has been identified as requiring an Accuity Check.

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