Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa: Senior Development Officer

Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 14 November, 2014
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The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) is a new African initiative that aims to contribute to the development of jurisprudence on sexual rights and women's human rights on the continent. ISLA aims to develop jurisprudence before domestic courts, the African Human Rights Systems and UN treaty bodies on ISLA’s thematic areas of focus areas. ISLA provides legal representation and support to those who seek to hold states accountable for violations of women’s human rights and sexual rights. ISLA nurtures, facilitates and supports a culture of social justice lawyering by helping to develop a critical mass of strategic litigation lawyers. ISLA provides quality and long-term support to individuals and partner institutions that work on strategic litigation focusing on ISLA’s thematic areas.

ISLA seeks to appoint a Senior Development Officer, based in Johannesburg.

The successful candidate will create and oversee the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, corporate donations, grant solicitation, and in-kind resources.


  • Be a part of our founding team and help to develop our development team;
  • The Senior Development officer creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, corporate donations, grant solicitation, and in-kind resources.
  • Plan fund development activities
    • Collaborate with the Executive Director to create a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organisation;
    • Implement the fund development plans in accordance with ethical fundraising principles;
    • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved;
    • Monitor trends in the sector or region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary;
  • Organise fund development activities
    • Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fundraising processes are carried out in a timely manner;
    • Develop policies and procedures for the development unit which reflect ethical fundraising practices;
    • Prepare and submit grant applications as outlined in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organisation;
    • Oversee the planning and execution of special fundraising events as specified in the fund development plan to generate funds for the organisation;
    • Identify and develop corporate, community and individual prospects for the organisation's fundraising priorities;
    • Oversee the administration of a donor mailing list and database which respects the privacy and confidentiality of donor information;
    • Collaborate with other members of staff to develop and submit donor reports.
  • Manage fund development budget
    • Develop and gain approval for an annual income and expenditure budget for the fund development programme;
    • Prepare regular reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditure related to fundraising and the management of the fund development activities;
    • Monitor expenses and analyse budget reports on fund development and recommend changes as necessary.
  • Promote the organisation
    • Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organisation;
    • Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organisation to its donors and maximise public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organisation;
    • Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts;
    • Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organisation.


  • Education: University degree;
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities:
    • Knowledge of fundraising management;
    • Knowledge of laws affecting not for profit organisations;
    • Knowledge of special events planning and management;
  • Personal characteristics
    • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve the finances of the organisation and to create new opportunities;
    • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices and ensure own behaviour and the behaviour of others are consistent with these        standards and aligns with the values of the organisation;
    • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organisation;
    • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques;
    • Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organisational parameters;
    • Foster Teamwork: Works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organisational effectiveness;
    • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organisation.
  • Minimum of three years of fundraising experience.

Salary: This position offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience).

To apply, submit an unedited writing sample, CV, motivational letter, three professional references, stating full name of referees, email address and contact telephone to

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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