IDEA Network is looking for a Fundraising Manager

IDEA Network is looking for a Fundraising Manager

Job title: Fundraising Manager

Reporting to: International Governing Body Fundraising Subcommittee

Staff reporting: N/A

Compensation: $30k basic rate over 9 months available in this contract + up to 40% extra in success fee

Based: Homeworking / Flexible

Hours: Part-time available, pending applicant experience

Application deadline: October 29th, 2016

1. Purpose

To play a key role in the development and implementation of the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) Network’s fundraising activities in order to secure funding for programme work and organisational core costs.

2. Specific Tasks

Trusts and Grant-Making Bodies

  • Manage and lead the identification of, and approaches to, trusts and foundations which can include corporate trusts that have not previously supported the work of IDEA (like the EU), building on an annual calendar of key prospects and selecting the best ones
  • Priority trusts will have interest in funding multiple, related stakeholders long term to achieve a more powerful global impact e.g. joint proposals across IDEA’s five regional entities
  • Identify and support IDEA staff to secure funding from overseas foundations, in the US, UK, Netherlands and elsewhere
  • Develop core generic trust proposals for each programme that requires funding.
  • Write together with IDEA staff tailored applications, addressing grant-making priorities or requirements as specified by individual trusts and foundations

General Fundraising

  • Contribute with new ideas for fundraising and identify suitable funding initiatives, calls for proposals etc.
  • While the core focus of this role is on trust applications, IDEA as a whole is also involved in social enterprises and corporate partnerships and this role is invited to provide ideas outside the core focus as well and expand into revenue generative areas
  • Produced detailed action plans on specific areas of responsibility outlined above, identifying areas for growth and development and outlining measurable objectives
  • Objectively identify and review the successes and achievements against agreed targets, identifying strengths, weaknesses and areas for development
  • Maintain organised hard and soft files of all fundraising information (via shared network drive)

3. Personal Specification


  • At least three years’ experience in fundraising, including raising funds through grant applications to trusts (whether corporate or philanthropic), preferably for activities that cover multiple international markets (The IDEA Network is composed by offices located in Central Asia, MENA, USA and Europe
  • Proven record of successful applications for substantial funding from Trusts and other grant-making bodies.
  • Experience of researching Trust and Corporate funding opportunities.
  • Working within a charitable environment, preferably within an international Civil Society charity.
  • Experience in social enterprises is desirable but not required

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent written skills with the ability to produce concise and creative bids.
  • High standard of computer literacy (Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook and Internet)
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Demonstrable ability to plan and prioritise own workload with minimum supervision
  • Excellent communication, relationship building and presentation skills
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Trusts and Foundations and Corporate giving in general; a Civil Society focus is desirable
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure
  • Ability to understand and generate budgets
  • Ability to plan ahead and work independently within agreed timeframes
  • Ability and willingness to travel for work
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as required.

4. Terms & Conditions of Employment

  • Contractor role, initially for a 3 month probation period with opportunity for extension to 9months in this contract.
  • After 9 months the charity will evaluate the role and it may continue.
  • At times, evening and weekend work will be required
  • Total gross of $30,000 available over the 9 months of the contract, with an additional 40% available in success fees
  • The standard hours of the charity are 35 hours a week, but with offices all over the world it will sometimes be necessary to do calls or work outside of the 9am-5pm working period.
  • The position is open to part-time applicants, either on a pro rata salary or on the same salary as the full-time role for exceptional candidates with more experience than the minimum three years stated here.
  • Location is flexible

5. Application Process

Please apply by email submitting a comprehensive CV, together with a cover letter addressed to the  President of the IDEA Network Dirk Olin (, detailing your suitability for the role and relevant experience in successfully delivering a fundraising campaign to diversify funding and grow an international Civil Society charity.

Only those applicants selected as potentially suitable for the role will be contacted by IDEA in response to their application.

The application deadline is 29th of October, 2016.

6. Targets

Once up to speed, this post is expected to lead on and deliver approximately 4-5 trust applications per month, with the local country Executive Directors signing off on each application as sufficiently high quality to proceed

The value of each application will vary widely, but a typical average value could be $25k to $100k.

Subject to the individual’s expertise and research, it would be possible to increase/reduce the number of applications provided the value bid for also adjusted so as to maintain overall expected income.

7. Advert

The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) is a global network of organisations who believe that debate promotes mutual understanding and informed citizenship around the world. Our offices are based in Kirgyzstan (IDEA CA), Tunisia (IDEA MENA) The Netherlands (IDEA NL), Macedonia (IDEA SEE) and United Kingdom (IDEA UK).

We are the world’s leading provider of debate education, providing resources, training and events to hundreds of thousands of educators and young people every month. IDEA works with schools and universities, debate organisations and community groups and we partner with foundations, NGOs, businesses, and governments. We believe that debate and our work with young people leads to more deliberative communities, enhanced cultural exchange and greater academic excellence.

Experience with the major governmental, philanthropic and corporate donors in Europe and the U.S. highly valued. This newly-created role would suit an experienced, ambitious and creative fundraiser who wants to play a leading role in shaping this international charity’s future diversification and fundraising strategy. Temporary position with possibility of renewal, based on performance. Flexible location and working patterns. Compensation of $30k available over first 9 months + up to 40% in success based compensation. To apply, please email Dirk Olin, IDEA Network President, at, to receive a full job description.