Bristol, South West



Job Description

Fundraising Intern: Role Description and Person Specification

Location: Portland Square, central Bristol

Length: Six months

Contract: Voluntary. Minimum commitment of two days a week, can accommodate full-time voluntary role.

Interviews: 11th and 12th December 2018

Start date: January 2019

This is a voluntary internship, with reasonable travel and lunch expenses covered.

About Temwa:

We exist to end poverty and transform futures in remote communities. We work in extremely poor and isolated communities in northern Malawi – itself the fourth poorest country in the world. The communities face huge challenges including poor water and sanitation, a lack of basic services (health and education) and limited access to markets; two in five people live on less than £1 a day.  We know that these challenges are linked and reinforce each other, so we run programmes with the community that will address the multiple causes of poverty, not just the symptoms. We equip communities with the skills to transform their own futures, and in so doing we work ourselves out of a job.

Most of our team is based in Mzuzu, northern Malawi, from where we manage and run all our projects.  Our UK operations, focusing mostly on fundraising and communications, are based in central Bristol. We’re a small team, comprising three full-time and three part-time members of staff, alongside up to five volunteer interns.

Internship overview:

This is a dynamic foundation role requiring a highly motivated and committed intern, with a passion for international development, to support Temwa in delivering necessary fundraising and communications work. Your workload will be varied from social media posting to challenge event support to representing Temwa at events.

You will be part of real change, raising awareness and raising funds to transform the lives of some of the poorest communities on earth. This is a great opportunity to be part of a close, skilled team and gain valuable experience of working in the third sector. As a key member of the team, you’ll have real responsibilities and will be able to apply your existing skills and experience to our organisational mission, whilst developing your own skill set.

Key duties:

Supporting the Fundraising Team (Fundraising Manager, Communications and Fundraising Coordinator, and Fundraising and Admin Assistant) with fundraising and communications tasks including principally:

Challenge Event Support

  • Helping identify potential participants - contacting university and interest groups.

  • Supporting the Fundraising and Admin Assistant to book challenge event logistics: venues, accommodation, leaders, food and travel.

  • Helping challenge event participants to reach their goals.

  • Supporting with database management of challenge participants.

Individual Giving Support

  • Helping expand the individual giving strategy - particularly milestone celebrations and legacy fundraising.

  • Assisting the FAA in thanking individual donors and identifying ways to increase our reach.

  • Supporting with database management of individual donors.


  • Assisting in regular updates to the supporters including the monthly mailer

  • Proactively seeking out interesting and relevant content to use in communications

  • Assisting with the creation of marketing materials

  • Supporting expansion of social media followers and creating social media content

  • Researching, writing and editing case studies - with support from the Malawi team

Operational Support:

  • Assisting as required with events research and helping at fundraising events.

  • Ensuring that all new contacts are added and existing contacts updated on the organisational database

  • Supporting the rest of the team with ad-hoc tasks, including finding volunteers, when necessary.

Experience, knowledge and attributes required:


Demonstrable interest in international development, with a passion for and belief in Temwa’s mission

Excellent written communication skills, with great attention to detail and the ability to engage different audiences

Strong all-round ICT skills, with proficiency using MS Office (including Excel) and web-based applications

Great interpersonal and teamwork skills, with the ability to work collaboratively alongside people at all levels

Reliable, proactive and self-motivated attitude, able to take the initiative and work independently when needed

Well-organised approach to work with excellent time management, with experience of working to tight deadlines


Experience of working or volunteering with a charity or NGO

Experience of writing blogs, case studies, articles, or press releases

Experience of fundraising for charities

Knowledge of the charity fundraising context and specifically of challenge events

Experience with graphic design or basic design programmes such as Canva.


Please submit your CV (max two pages) and a cover letter by midnight on the Wednesday 5th December. Interviews will take place on the 11th or 12th December. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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