Jobs at Africa Community Empowerment and Development Initiatives (ACEDI) in Uganda

Job Title: Online Fundraising Officer, Home based
Closing Date: Thursday, 06 December 2012

Job Description – Online Fundraising Officer

Job title: Online Fundraising Officer

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer

Staff reporting: N/A

Salary: Voluntary

Based: Home Based

Contract period: Negotiable and based on volunteer interests and availability

Background to Africa Community Empowerment and Development initiatives

Africa Community Empowerment and Development Initiatives(ACEDI) was started by a group of professionals in 2008 in order to bring meaningful changes in the lives of the most marginalized group of society- pastoralists and other minorities, children and women who have no voices and are excluded from development, through capacity building, research, advocacy and empowerment programmes. Its founders were encouraged by the African Union's (AU) decisions as reflected in the preamble of the AU Constitutive Act, Article 3(a), (g) (h) (k), and Article 22 to engage Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the development, strengthening, and operationalization of the AU at all levels; but particularly concerned about the ubiquitous capacity weaknesses of CSOs in attempts to partner with government in development programmes especially for indigenous civil society organization at the district and grassroots level. ACEDI operates in Uganda and soon expanding to south Sudan in the areas of Health, education, poverty and rights and Governance. It is registered as a Non-governmental organization with authorities in Uganda under the companies Act and NGO ACT of Uganda. We are in the process of expanding our charity and community work and need increase in funding to do so and therefore require the services of an online fundraising officer.


To play a key role in the development and implementation of Africa Community Empowerment and Development Initiatives (ACEDI)'s fundraising activities in order to secure funding for programme work and organisational core costs.

Specific Tasks

Trusts and Grant Making bodies Fundraising

    Identify and profile trusts and grant making bodies from which ACEDI can receive funding for its community projects ongoing and new
    Identify and secure funding from overseas foundations, in Europe, US and elsewhere.
    Develop core generic fundraising proposals for each programme that requires funding.
    Write tailored applications, addressing grant-making priorities or requirements as specified by individual trusts and foundations or Request for proposals from Bilateral agencies
    Develop and maintain reporting and application systems and coordinate information with field offices in Uganda and South Sudan
    Identify and submit applications for prizes and awards that will raise the profile of ACEDI and secure funding.
    Researching and learning the specific guidelines of each donor category (for request of grants and for progress reports).

Corporate fundraising

    Identify and approach corporate prospects, securing financial contributions and the support of employees.
    Manage the relationship with payroll giving agencies and other organisations in order to increase the number of regular givers who support the work of ACEDI
    Promote and market ACEDI events and appeals to corporate employees
    Liaise with Business Development team to coordinate strategy for engaging with clients and potential new customers.

General Fundraising

    Support the Chief Executive officer in the development of ACEDI's fundraising and communications strategy and action plans.
    Contribute new ideas for fundraising and identify suitable funding initiatives, calls for proposals etc.
    Objectively review the success and achievements against agreed targets, identifying strengths, weaknesses and areas for development.
    Maintain organised hard and soft files of all fundraising information.
    Represent the work of ACEDI at events to members of the public in area of jurisdiction and supporters, where necessary delivering presentations with prior approval.

Support and Communications

    Providing counsel to the Chief Executive Officer, members of staff and on best ways and opportunities for funding requests;
    Liaising, coordinating and collaborating with the Communication staff for the creation and development of outreach material for donor solicitation, acknowledgement and cultivation;
    Contributing to the development and editing of donor brochures in conjunction with visits and events;
    Supporting the CEO by reviewing and editing project proposals and project budgets as well as progress reports according to donor's guidelines;
    Producing briefing materials and talking points for the CEO on any fundraising engagements;
    Provide information to ensure the information for the section on the website on fundraising and communications is up to date.

    Collate case studies, photographs and information from the field.

Personal Specification


    At least one years experience in Trusts or Corporate fundraising.
    Proven record of successful applications for substantial funding from Trusts and other grant-making bodies
    Demonstrable ability to develop relationships with Corporate partners and Trusts
    Experience of researching Trust and Corporate funding opportunities.
    Working within a charitable environment, preferably within an international development charity
    Those who retired and are interested in giving back to society as a value are encouraged to apply

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 the Internet).
    Meticulous attention to detail.
    Demonstrable ability to plan and prioritise own workload with minimum supervision.
    Excellent communication and presentation skills required to build relationships with potential donors.
    Demonstrable knowledge of , US, European, UK Trusts and Foundations and Corporate giving in general and with a development focus in particular
    Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure.
    Ability to understand and generate budgets.
    Ability to plan ahead and work within agreed timeframes

    Initiative and ability to start from scratch and to quickly grasp the range of ACEDI's activities;
    Ability and willingness to work on a voluntary basis

Deadline: 6th December 2012

How to apply

    Send a detailed CV highlighting competencies and experience in relation to the tasks outlined
    Send a two page concept paper on how you intend to approach the whole assignment and what motivates you to do this work.
    A formal application letter with your passport photo attached and full address including skype or yahoo messenger address where possible.

NOTE: ACEDI is willing to enter negotiations if the fundraising is successful to enable the applicant become a permanent staff paid on commission basis

Send application by email to:

Chief Executive Officer

P.O.BOX 71734 Kampala



Deadline: 6th Dec 2012


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