at African Initiatives for Relief and Development
Published November 24, 2022
Location Kampala, Uganda
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  


AIRD now seeks to recruit a qualified and motivated Director of Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations to be based at the Head Office in Kampala, Uganda.

The Director - Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations will lead AIRD in developing and implementing an integrated resource mobilization and fundraising strategy to ensure funding and donor diversification, increased grant funding, income generation, quality and timeliness of donor reports, funding proposals and other external communication materials for optimizing the office’s resource mobilization capacity and demonstrating “value for money” to donors through effective resource mobilization, communication, messaging and marketing of results. She/he will spearhead the overall effort to build partnerships, donor relations, reporting functions, grants proposal writing and mobilizing an appropriate and sustainable funding base.

In partnership with the Director of Programs, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help maintain donor relationships and form new relationships. She/he will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support and representing AIRD in relevant workshops, meetings, and events.

She/he will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow AIRD budget through the solicitation of major gifts, grants, special events, government, private corporate, foundation, UN Agencies, bi-laterals, multi-laterals as part of supporting an extensive fundraising and donor strategy to build AIRD’s financial resources.

She/he will expand and diversify AIRD’s donor base/pipeline and work closely with other AIRD Head Office team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, in collaboration with the CEO, She/he will work closely with the Board of Directors and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.

The Director of Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations is: (a) a project manager, ensuring that all relevant resource mobilization activities are developed, coordinated and implemented in the most efficient and effective manner in line with quality management standards and the results-based approach; (b) a substantive expert contributor, developing customized fundraising strategies and policies, tools and mechanisms for implementation; (c) an adviser to Aeras on resource mobilization and related communication aspects; (d) a focal point to ensure full alignment of resource mobilization activities with internal AIRD colleagues and partners; and (e) an advocate, promoting AIRD’s fundraising activities to potential donors and partners in resource mobilization.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Manage relationships with key donors and stakeholders, including but not limited to:

Design and implement a strategic, results-oriented and coordinated approach to the mobilization of significant additional resources from traditional and non-traditional sources such as private sector organizations, foundations, bi-laterals, multi-laterals, UNHCR and non-UNHCR agencies, net worth individuals, income generation projects, fundraising events, donor breakfast

Actively liaise with internal and external partners in the implementation of this plan and ensure systematic and transparent reporting on fundraising and related communication activities and results

Oversee reporting back to donors and CEO and AIRD Board and initiate and oversee grant proposal submissions

Project manage the reporting and application processes, including liaising with Program Department, Finance and Administration, relevant AIRD Country Program Teams, monitoring progress against milestones and objectives and reporting overall progress

Work with the AIRD relevant departments and staff to develop external materials, resources and messages tailored to specific constituencies and target existing and potential donors

Coordinate the functional areas within various AIRD Departments to develop and implement cohesive short, medium, and long-term departmental strategies for resource mobilization

Developing departmental work plans based on inputs from functional areas

Overseeing financial management for the department, including developing and monitoring the departmental budget, preparing, and submitting quarterly best estimates, and systematizing contracts management

Other requirements

Excellent supervisory, managerial, networking, financial management, strategic and operational planning and international dialogue and relations.

Sense of responsibility, maturity of judgement and initiative.

Sound knowledge of AIRD Programmes and activities, of the international cooperation needs and of the evolving development policies.

Good managerial skills.

Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster team spirit.

Proficiency and working knowledge in French


A minimum of 15 years of combined national and international progressive level experience in resources mobilization, partnership development, and project management preferably related to socially and environmentally sustainable development in Least Developed and Emerging economies


Ten years of relevant experience in a responsible position in an international organization in developing, or facilitating the development of resource mobilization strategies and mobilizing resources, especially in a low to middle-income context and setting, particularly, LDCs;

At least seven (7) years of experience in developing and/or assessing and analyzing corporate and national development strategies, plans and programmes

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