London, Greater London
£40,000 per year, £15,000 pro rata for 89 work days (4.6 months)
Contract, Part-time
Job description


Fundraising Consultant (Part-time), London based, £40,000 pa (£15,000 pro rata for 89 days or 4.6 months) 

International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) is a not for profit organisation registered in the USA and the UK that provides pro bono legal assistance to governments, regional bodies,  and civil society organisations in developing countries, leveraging global legal resources in alignment with client needs to support just, accountable and inclusive development. We offer solutions to direct investment challenges, from a growing program of work focused on social impact and the structuring of investment vehicles to advising governments on tax competition, base erosion and profit shifting.

ISLP has a well-established program of providing advice and support to governments across sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, including advising on the renegotiation of natural resource contracts and establishment of legal and regulatory frameworks with regard to investment, tax and trade. In addition, ISLP has enacted multi-faceted programs to empower civil society participation in the overall development of several countries in Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar, as well as provided support in relation to Anti-Bribery & Corruption and Civil Society Space in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Job Overview 

International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic fundraiser to work with the Co-Heads of the UK Office and other members of the ISLP team in conceptualising, implementing and evaluating fundraising activities. The ISLP Consultant will manage and develop a portfolio of prospective funders and donors, as well as develop a sustainable fundraising strategy and infrastructure within the organisation. The position entails the coordination of outreach and fundraising activities with a variety of actors, mainly partners from the ISLP’s network of national governments in Europe and North America, Philanthropic Foundations, and Family Trusts. Reporting to the Co-Heads ISLP-UK, we need you to contribute to the expansion of ISLP’s funding base by attracting new funds and to manage the relationship with resultant funders.

We are looking for a Fundraiser to focus on Institutional and Trusts funding. Your role will be to develop and maintain strong working relationships with existing and potential institutional donors, private foundations, trusts, and partner organisations. You will research and develop fundraising proposals and grant applications and come up with new strategies to increase funding. You will ideally have knowledge of working with institutional donors, and have extensive trusts and foundations fundraising experience. You will have written successful and impactful funding proposals, be creative with coming up with new fundraising strategies and ideally have knowledge of the international development sector. 

This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of an organisation that makes a big impact worldwide through pro bono legal support. This is a part-time role pro-rata to 4.6 months (89 work days) and offering equivalent salary of £15,000. Non-London, non-office based arrangements could be made for the right candidate.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Contribute to the ongoing development and revision of ISLP’s fundraising and funder relations strategy;

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of stakeholder needs within the institutional donor, major foundations and impact investing space;

  • Initiate, develop and maintain strong relations with potential funders;

  • Programme and proposal design, bid writing, pitching and developing performance measurements, in line with the wider fundraising strategy;

  • Secure new large-scale finance through researching and progressing funding opportunities;

  • Monitor trends and opportunities across institutional donors, major foundations and the impact investing sector;


Key Competencies, Experience, Knowledge, and Skills


  • Experience of securing funding from and working with major institutional donors, large foundations and/or multilateral bodies;

  • Proven experience of proposal development, bid writing and pitching, grant contract management, funder reporting and monitoring;

  • Effective relationship manager;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • Excellent computer literacy including word-processing, databases, spreadsheets;

  • Strong research skills;

  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills;

  • Good numeracy skills and ability to analyse and report on financial performance;

  • Understanding of and experience in the international development sector;

  • Ability to work independently to tight critical deadlines, ensuring an internal flow of communications and buy-in;

  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, to foresee needed adaptations to an original plan, improvise and make the best of situations in the moment;

  • Demonstrable ability to identify and pursue fundraising opportunities.


Personal Qualities

  • Great communicator;

  • Systematic and thorough;

  • Learning attitude;

  • Conscientious and responsible;

  • Constructive, flexible and helpful;

  • Culturally sensitive;

  • Works well under pressure;

  • Innovative and entrepreneurial;

  • Able to work with minimal supervision, use initiative and drive results;

  • Able to prioritise own workload and to see a task through from start to finish;

Education:   A relevant degree or equivalent professional qualification

Experience:   At least 5 years’ experience in major fundraising and funder relationship management within the international development space.


If this role speaks to your core and you are enthusiastic about contributing to the strengthening of legal pro-bono support then please see application instructions via our website. Interviews will be held in mid-January 2020. Only successful candidates will be contacted.



Posted on: 28 November 2019
Closed date: 20 December 2019
Job ref: Fundraising Consultant
Tags: Fundraising, Marketing

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