CV21, Rugby
£26,433 - £28,690 per year
Contract, Temporary, Full-time
Job description


We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.


We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems, made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. Our aims are to:

 Make agriculture work better for smallholder farmers, many of them women, so they can adapt to climate change and achieve a good standard of living

 Help more people harness the transformational effects of clean affordable energy and reduce avoidable deaths caused by smoke from indoor stoves and fires.

 Make cities in poorer countries cleaner, healthier places to live and work.

 Build disaster resilience into the lives of people threatened by hazards – reducing the risk of hazards and minimising their impact on lives and livelihoods.


We work on holistic solutions that change systems and have a framework to help us achieve our aims:

 Analyse the root causes of a poverty and vulnerability

 Define the change at scale we need to make

 Develop activities along three complementary paths: Demonstrate, Learn and Inspire.

- Demonstrate that our solutions are sustainable in the real world

- Learn by capturing evidence and adapting our approach

You will work directly with key suppliers and creative agencies, liaising to co-ordinate the successful execution of campaign activities


 Contribute to the 3 year strategic plan for donor development to maintain and develop engagement of existing supporters, through direct marketing activities, committed giving and stewardship, contributing to organisational planning process

 Support the implementation and delivery of a strong appeal programme and stewardship for both cash and committed giving

 Support the delivery of all activities to brief, time and budget. Ensuring value for money and compliance with Practical Action’s fundraising policies, data protection legislation and other codes of practice

 Contribute to the ongoing development and improvement of campaign management processes and procedures through efficient execution, ensuring ongoing evaluation and learning

 Deliver briefing and scheduling information to the Communications Team to ensure timely delivery of appropriate content and copy for campaigns, participating in collective planning

 Responsible for undertaking project research to support the delivery of activities

 Undertake occasional overseas trips to collect content if required

 Manage the electronic and physical storage of campaign materials

 Track and monitor campaign results through daily reports and produce results analysis for all channels ensuring value for money

 Contribute to the monitoring of the supporter development (income and expenditure) budgets.

 Ensure the Supporter Services Unit are well briefed, have samples and are provide with thank you letters in advance of activities going live

 Coordinate the delivery of activity and internal campaign briefs, print management and procurement, database selection briefs and schedule management, ensuring that all stakeholders are well briefed

 Coordinate the day to day relationships with suppliers and agencies, including responsibility for collating, synthesizing and sharing feedback on materials and activities

 Support the delivery of monitoring and evaluation of stewardship activities and supporter journeys to retain and motivate supporters

 Present and feedback on our work, our activities and results to a range of audiences internally and externally

 Keep abreast of individual giving development activities amongst competitors and the wider charity sector maintaining an awareness of commercial and sector trends and legislation that relate to Practical Action and its ability to grow its fundraising

 Ensure Practical Action follows and champions best practice relating to fundraising standards and our approach to supporter care. Share and promote best practice, priorities and outcomes

 Maintain compliance with organisational policies and attend mandatory training

 Undertake any tasks reasonably requested by the Organisation


To be successful in the role, the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

Knowledge and Qualifications

 A level or equivalent qualification

 Knowledge of scheduling and project management

 Knowledge and experience of direct marketing techniques and practice for fundraising

 Working knowledge of GDPR and data protection and fundraising regulations and compliance

 Knowledge and understanding of industry wide good practice and developments in fundraising; awareness of trends and opportunities in the sector

 Proficient use of business IT systems, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint and the use of CRM databases preferably the Raisers Edge.

Skills and Experience

 Excellent organizational and time management skills, with proven experience in the ability to plan, prioritise, handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a busy environment

 Direct marketer at least 2 years’ experience working in a supporter development environment

 Good understanding of print production processes, media buying including briefing of suppliers

 Solid skills evaluating copy, succinctly synthesizing and collating feedback from multiple stakeholders

 Strong written and verbal communication skills; copy writing and proof reading, strong attention to detail and the ability to present internally and externally

 Experience of working with and building strong relationships with creative agencies, professional fundraising organisations, consultants and suppliers

 Good understanding and knowledge of donor audiences and segmentation

 Good analytical and research skills

 Team member who can easily work as part of a cross functioning team to deliver shared goals

 Presenting to a range of audiences internally and externally

 Experience and interest in international development and an ability to convey this to our supporters in a passionate way is desirable.

Please apply direct through our website.

Additional information

We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Practical Action are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK.

Closing date for applications: Friday 20th December 2019

Interviews to be held on Friday 10th January 2020


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Refreshed on: 09 December 2019
Closed date: 20 December 2019
Tags: Fundraising, Marketing

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