Director of Fundraising – ForAfrika

  • Deadline: March 12, 2023
  • Location: United Kingdom, Europe, United States, or Canada
  • Salary: $70K USD
  • Candidate Level: Director/CEO
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Working Hours: Full Time
  • Sector: International Development

About the Organization:

ForAfrika is embarking on its 40th anniversary year, and we are looking to build a new team of fundraising experts. ForAfrika is seeking an ambitious, seasoned fundraiser to help our affiliates to raise awareness and funds for the programs at ForAfrika. The Director of Fundraising will be a crucial member of a team that will help empower 20 million Africans to sustainably provide for themselves by 2032.

Before its rebranding in 2022, ForAfrika was known as JAM International. When our founder, the late Peter Pretorius, was left stranded in Pambarra, Mozambique in 1984, he saw the horrific consequences of starvation — children were dying around him every day. The experience changed his life forever and he and his wife Ann committed themselves to fighting for a better future for Africa’s children. From initially only providing lifesaving nutritional relief in one country, the organization has grown to deliver a variety of localized program interventions in another five African countries: Angola, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, and Uganda.

Programs include: Emergency Response; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Health & Nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods, Education, and Economic Empowerment.

ForAfrika’s total global income is expected to be over $60 M in 2022 and $150 M by 2025, including an ambitious strategy of growth to expand to other African countries with the goal of ensuring 20 million people can sustainably provide for themselves as a result of ForAfrika’s interventions. To achieve such exponential growth, ForAfrika wants to retain and recruit the best staff.

About the Job:

The Director of Fundraising is an exciting new role, working to grow our affiliate colleagues within ForAfrika. Whilst we are the largest indigenous African NGO, with 96% of our staff being African and, on the continent, we have a number of affiliate organizations based in the Global North, whose primary purpose is to generate funds to allow us to reach more people on the African continent. Some of these affiliates have been in existence for between 10-20 years, others quite nascent and there are those which will be set up in the future. The main areas of income that the affiliates raise funds from is individual giving, trusts and foundations, and places of worship. However, each of those income streams have huge scope for growth, as well as bringing in philanthropy and corporate fundraising to the mix.

This is a key leadership role within the senior management team at ForAfrika. As the Director of Fundraising, you will have overall responsibility for the successful income generation of our affiliates and provide strong operational leadership to the team. You will work with affiliates, Country directors, and the senior management team to co-ordinate all aspects of income generation and development processes, with the aim of meeting strategic targets across the group.


Affiliate Fundraising Development Plan

  • Supporting the Group Chief Development Officer on the advancement of the Group Affiliate Fundraising Development Plan in collaboration with affiliates.
  • Supporting the markets in the implementation of their local fundraising plans, in alignment with the group fundraising development goals.
  • Evaluating markets’ performance and providing insights and recommendations to them.
  • Identifying specific market needs based on their local fundraising plans and providing strategic, tactical, and operational support in those areas.
  • Working collaboratively with country offices and other departments to support markets with their specific needs.

Global Fundraising Initiative Skills and Knowledge

  • Leading the Group Fundraising Community of Practice to build internal capabilities, exchange best practices, and promote knowledge sharing.
  • Finding learning needs and skill gaps and strengthening internal capacity to fundraise and innovate.
  • Designing and coordinating expertise networks, focused on leveraging results in key strategic areas for the Group Fundraising Development Plan.
  • Supporting the planning, coordination, and implementation of global skill shares in collaboration with the country offices and affiliates.
  • Providing tools, best practices exchange and techniques to leverage income results in the markets.

Tools for Fundraising

  • Work closely with the program team to create a portfolio of case for support documents on our key programmatic pillars and cross cutting issues. 
  • Ensure fundraising is in line with our programmatic strategy and is working towards full cost recovery and is not donor led. 
  • Coordinate and track which affiliates are raising funds for which programs. 


  • Line manages the Philanthropy Manager. 
  • Oversee the strategy for major gift fundraising, working closely with the CEO, the GCDO, and the Major Gift Manager. 

Additional Duties

  • Updating the affiliates regularly with the current and emerging trends in fundraising and identifying growth opportunities.
  • Leading specific fundraising projects, within and across departments, as assigned by the Group Chief Development Director.  
  • Coordinate and track the MOU and bookings process from an affiliate perspective. 


  • Professional experience working in Fundraising, preferably with experience in major donor fundraising, individual giving, and trusts and foundations.
  • 8-10 years of relevant experience working in international organizations and/or corporations.
  • Experience working in an international context and with diverse and international teams.
  • Experience in capacity building/training. 

Personal Traits Desired

  • Demonstrates compassion when interacting with others.
  • High emotional intelligence.
  • A respectful and collaborative relationship builder.
  • Exceptionally good command of English. 
  • Team player with high social skills, reliability, and flexibility.
  • Pro-active and self-organized person.

ForAfrika is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and irrespective of gender, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in strictest confidence. 


Please send a letter of application stating the skills and approach that you would bring to the post with your CV/resume (no photos) in strict confidence by email only to Ruth Gardner at

Please ensure they are sent as PDF documents with the titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV” Please put “ForAfrika – Director of Fundraising” in the email subject line. 

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