GNDR Outline Fundraising Terms of Reference
Purpose of the Consultancy
The Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) is a vibrant and fast-growing network presently consisting of over 750 civil society organisations. Our work is widely recognised as making a unique and valuable contribution to reducing the risk of disasters among those who are affected the most – economically poor, vulnerable and marginalised people who live and work in “frontline” locations exposed to extreme hazards, shocks and threats.
Nevertheless securing sufficient funding is a challenge. Headline humanitarian work and operational response programmes are often a higher political priority for governments and donors, despite clear evidence that strengthening community resilience – a focus of GNDR’ work – is strategic in driving down disaster losses.
As GNDR’s programmes grow in scale, substantial additional funding is required to support the implementation of GNDR’s Operational Plan, including executing key actions such as the Frontline programme.
Accordingly, an experienced and focused fundraising consultant is required to help with our GNDR operational plan, identify and secure institutional funding, including the planning, development and submission of high quality fundraising proposals to a range of institutional donors and trusts.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Ability to research, identify and assess potential fundraising opportunities for GNDR amongst institutional donors, trusts and foundations to diversify and increase revenue streams.
In consultation with the GNDR Secretariat staff and members, to plan, develop and submit fundraising proposals (including narratives and financial reports) to relevant donor institutions in support of outworking GNDR’s strategy and operational plans.
Provision of proactive support and advice to enhance the fundraising and grant management capacities of GNDR staff and members.
Start and Finish Dates
It is envisaged that the initial consultancy period will be for twenty five days between 1st November 2014 – 31st March 2015. Progress will be reviewed at the end of the period to determine future next steps.
Position with the GNDR Secretariat
Reports to the Executive Director, in close consultation with the Operational Team and Finance Manager.
Consultation with GNDR wider membership and partner organisations.
External fundraising consultant with extensive proven experience of putting together and packaging high quality project fundraising proposals for presentation to target institutional donors, including European Commission ECHO and DevCo, and showing clear evidence of success in securing funding over this period.
Ability to provide an objective, candid analysis of GNDR fundraising potential including prospecting potential donors and prescribing creative and workable solutions based on extensive practical experience.
Expertise in fundraising proposals design, planning, writing and budgeting.
Requires direct experience and knowledge of donor portfolios, priorities, rules and requirements, including analysis of reasons for success or failure and corrective action necessary to improve the success rate of funding applications.
Existing network of contacts and established working relationships across the institutional fundraising sector.
Ability to work with minimal supervision as well as effectively within a team.
Good written and verbal communication skills, particularly cross culturally in Northern and Southern countries.
Experience of working in the international development sector, ideally in disaster risk reduction.
Ability to provide relevant references, ideally within relevant professional sector and geographical areas.
Terms and Conditions
The consultancy will be offered as 25 days’ work during the period November - March 2015 paid at the rate of £200 per working day (invoiced at a monthly basis). All reasonable expenses incurred during the consultancy will be reimbursed.
The work station for the consultancy will be GNDR London office at 8 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, TW11 8HT. Flexible hours and home working will be considered.
[M Oxley, 24 October 2014]