E2, London
£22,000 - £26,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to consolidate, grow and shape SDN’s fundraising and project development work. The Programme Funding Officer role leads fundraising activities and supports the development of projects across SDN’s work, working closely with SDN’s Research and Policy Officers in the UK, and our project teams in Nigeria. This role is central in identifying funding opportunities, coordinating the development of funding proposals to donors and wider fundraising processes, developing fundraising materials and building donor relationships. While fundraising is the core responsibility of the role, there will also be opportunities to apply and develop skills and experience in the area of project development – and therefore to contribute to shaping SDN’s future work.

Based in London, you will need some previous experience of fundraising and strong communications skills to be able to work collaboratively but at a distance from the project teams in Nigeria, and preferably some experience of project design.

About SDN:

Stakeholder Democracy Network is a non-profit organisation with over a decade’s experience in Niger Delta affairs and expertise in the environmental, social and economic issues impacting upon the region. 

SDN supports the efforts of those affected by the extractives industry and weak governance. We work with governments, companies, communities and other stakeholders to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights. Our work currently focuses on the Niger Delta.


Job Title: Programme Funding Officer

Location: London, UK

Reporting to: Programmes Director

Hours: full-time, starting ASAP

Salary: £22,000 – 26,000


Job description

Job Purpose: to secure funding which enables SDN to deliver high quality, long-term projects and activities which seek to promote stability and development within the Niger Delta. This role has three key objectives:

  1. To identify and track funding opportunities aligned with SDN’s strategic priorities and coordinate SDN’s fundraising pipeline processes
  2. To coordinate the development of high-quality funding proposals, both to respond to donor funding calls and to proactively pitch to donors
  3. To develop and maintain key resources and build strong donor relationships to support SDN’s fundraising activities

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  1. Fundraising and Project Development 80%
  2. External Relations and Communications 20%



Objective one: To identify and track funding opportunities aligned with SDN’s strategic priorities and coordinate SDN’s fundraising pipeline processes

  • Develop and maintain a database of existing and potential institutional donors, and trusts and foundations, with information on associated funding opportunities
  • Maintain a database tracking funding opportunities that SDN is actively developing (the ‘Opportunity Tracker’)
  • Undertake a weekly search for potential funding opportunities via websites and email alerts from key funding information and donor sites
  • Attend bi-weekly funding committee meetings and make recommendations to the management team on potential funding opportunities
  • Identify, coordinate and monitor any preparatory activities required in advance of a funding opportunity being released (e.g. background research, discussions with potential partners)
  • Attend donor and funding opportunity meetings with other members of the programmes team


Objective two: To coordinate the development of high-quality funding proposals, both to respond to donor funding calls and to proactively pitch to donors

  • Working with an assigned proposal leader from the programmes team (either in the UK or Nigeria), coordinate SDN’s response to donor calls for proposals, including: reviewing all donor documentation and ensuring proposal development teams have a clear understanding of all donor requirements; developing a work plan for the development and submission of proposals; coordinating the inputs of all team members in to proposals; supporting the proposal leader in project development activities, such as partner discussions and proposal development workshops; leading the development and collation of all supporting documentation for proposals (e.g. organisational financial information, registration documents); supporting with the drafting of assigned proposal content; editing and adapting proposals in to donor-friendly formats
  • Working with the Programmes Director, identify priority donors to engage and projects to be funded, and support the assigned programmes team members to proactively develop funding proposals and a strategy to engage with potential donors
  • Carry out regular mailings to identified trusts and foundations to secure unrestricted funding
  • Maintain SDN’s Opportunity Tracker throughout proposal development and submission


Objective three: To develop and maintain key resources and build strong donor relationships to support SDN’s fundraising activities

  • Develop organisational fundraising materials, working with the communications team where needed, such as capacity statements, case studies and generic proposals
  • Working with the Programmes Director, develop donor engagement strategies for priority donors, and coordinate the management of donor relationships
  • Act as a first point of contact for donors as and when requested
  • Keep up-to-date on key trends, networks and information on fundraising and donors in international development


Person specification



  • An undergraduate degree, ideally in a related subject to fundraising or international development



  • At least one year’s experience working in a relevant fundraising role, preparing donor proposals and supporting other fundraising processes
  • Experience working in a fast-paced office environment, meeting tight deadlines and supporting administrative processes


  • Knowledge of international development donors and fundraising trends
  • Experience working with overseas teams
  • Experience of managing donor relationships
  • Experience in the design and development of projects
  • Charity/NGO sector experience
  • Use/management of databases
  • Development and production of written materials in support of fundraising activities



  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to manage a number of tasks at once
  • Excellent English writing and editing skills
  • Excellent relationship building skills and ability to work collaboratively across teams with multiple priorities
  • Strong communications skills to ensure effective remote support
  • Self-motivated and driven to start and complete initiatives of your own accord
  • Proficiency in common software IT packages



Salary for the role is commensurate with experience and demonstrable ability.

Applications should be made by midnight 12.01.2020, by including a one-page cover letter (explicitly addressing the points in the Person Specification) and your curriculum vitae. Interviews for the position are planned to take place at the SDN London office the week commencing 20.01.2020.

Your application will be reviewed but only shortlisted candidates will receive further correspondence. If you have not heard from us by 17.01.20, please assume your application was unsuccessful on this occasion. We reserve the right to interview exceptional candidates earlier than the date indicated herein.

For further information on SDN, please visit our website.

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Posted on: 13 December 2019
Closed date: 12 January 2020
Job ref: PFO20
Tags: Fundraising, Intl Development

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