2019 Canon Collins Trust Fundraising and Partnerships Manager, London Vacancy

Deadline: January 28, 2019.

Canon Collins are a London-based charity investing in higher education and social change from a
rights-based perspective in southern Africa. With our roots in the anti-apartheid struggle of the 1980s, our mission nowadays is to build a network of effective, active leaders and organisations across the region. We call these
people and partners ‘change agents’, who use knowledge and activism to achieve a more open and just society.
They fund higher education scholarships for those who are committed to social change, and we support organisations using the law to protect the rights of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people. We have plans to grow our networks, including a special programme of support to Zimbabwe and certain historically disadvantaged universities in South Africa. Funding is the only constraint to those plans, and that’s where you come in.




1. The role of the Partnerships and Fundraising Manager is to identify and cultivate new funding partnerships and strengthen existing ones.  S/he will join Canon Collins’ small staff team of six, including two based permanently in South Africa.

2. Drawing on the Trust’s Fundraising Strategy the post-holder will work closely with the CEO and trustees to research and pursue new sources of revenue, including support from corporations, high net worth individuals, trusts and foundations.

3. The role also includes maximising income from individuals who support the Trust by participating in events or leaving a bequest to the Trust in their Will.



This job is based in the London office, only those eligible to work in the UK will be considered.

1. Knowledge and Experience

a. Strong, proven understanding and knowledge of the UK donor landscape, especially in respect of international NGOs.
b.  A minimum of 3 years of directly attributable track record in raising funds for
international organisations, and developing funding relationships.
c.  Experience in developing and writing proposals and arguments, business plans,
budgets, concept papers, briefs, executive summaries, as well as coordinating
multiple inputs from a variety of sources, and simultaneously managing a variety of
d.  Experience of working with or for relevant donor agencies, and experience in
preparing and submitting DFID bids is highly desirable (for the Trust’s planned future
work in Zimbabwe).
e. Experience of at least one of the following is desirable: living or working in South
Africa or a SADC region country; working in academia or the higher education sector;
activism in a developmental context; project design.


2. Skills and attributes

a.  Ideally you will be educated to degree level or able to demonstrate a similar level of
insight and experience.
b. Excellent interpersonal skills along with analytical and creative narrative skills. You
will be a good written and verbal communicator, persuasive and confident in
presenting to key decision-makers.
c. A commitment to international development or social change.
d. Good skills in Microsoft Office and a willingness to be self-serving administratively.
e. Able to combine attention to humdrum detail such as maintaining database records
with the ability to follow through on small leads and build good networks;
f. The ability/willingness to travel overseas occasionally.




1. Please note that this post is only open to people who already have the legal right to live and work in the UK. Overseas applicants will not be considered.
2. To apply, please send a CV and supporting statement of no more than 2 pages showing why you are suitable for the role and how you meet the Person Specification. 3. Please ensure you include references (which will NOT be taken up until we have your permission) and details of your most recent salary.
4. Please send your application to the CEO at info@canoncollins.org.uk by 5.00pm on Monday 28th January 2019.




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