Head of Programme Engagement

Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire
£38,000 - £45,000 p.a. pro-rata depending on qualifications and experience
13 Sep 2019
13 Oct 2019
Part Time
Contract Type

About us

Indigenous and customary land owners are facing massive pressures, including from illegal logging and palm oil expansion. Their lands, livelihoods and cultures are under threat and many have been attacked and killed for defending their ancestral territories.

Forest Peoples Programme is a dynamic human rights organisation that supports people who live in tropical forests and depend on them for their livelihoods. Since 1990 we have been supporting forest peoples to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures. We do this by working side by side with indigenous and local groups and by bringing international expertise including legal expertise to support their cause - from mapping traditional lands to litigating governments, from engaging powerful global companies to shifting UN standards. 

The role 

We are seeking to diversify our funding sources and are looking for someone to help develop relationships with philanthropists, trusts and foundations to achieve long term engagement who can share our vision and engage in our programme of work.

We are looking for someone who is excited by the opportunity to lead and shape this new area of fundraising and support the FPP team in line with our values. We seek someone who can think strategically over the long-term with a passion for social justice and who cares about the future of the planet.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  1. Pioneer and lead FPP’s work with philanthropists and accelerate its work with trusts, working closely with the Executive Director and other key staff.
  2. Ensure all staff are working to a fundraising strategy that is collaborative and evolving with clear responsibilities and processes. 
  3. Support and train colleagues across FPP to use their networks, to be effective ambassadors, build relationships and write accessible and targeted proposals.
  4. Work with programme and comms colleagues to tell the story, identify priority areas that would be compelling for potential supporters. 
  5. Research and identify potential philanthropists and trusts.
  6. Support staff in managing a portfolio of supporters. 
  7. Ensure all major donor relationships are provided with exceptional stewardship and personalised engagement.
  8. Develop high-quality and inspirational proposals tailored specifically for each major donor to secure funding with support from colleagues in the comms team.
  9. Monitoring priority areas of funding need within the organisation and prepare financial forecasts working closely with colleagues.
  10. To ensure that FPP is compliant with all legal and regulatory requirements and in line with relevant codes of practice, sector best practice and industry standards in these areas of fundraising.

Skills and Experience

  1. Experience of engaging potential philanthropists and trusts through relationship-based approaches 
  2. Track record of effective fundraising  
  3. Deep understanding of motivations and expectations of philanthropists and trusts
  4. Comfortable to bring learning and growth on this relationship approach and ensure the approach works for FPP 
  5. Able to inspire and support staff and trustees to confidently leverage connections and be effective ambassadors for FPP 
  6. Excellent writing skills, and ability to write compelling cases of support
  7. Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-cultural, dispersed team of FPP staff and partners to achieve shared objectives
  8. Fluency in, or good knowledge of, French or Spanish is desirable 
  9. Strong alignment with FPP’s values and principles


  • Up to 21 hours per week, 12 months initial contract
  • Location: Our staff are located in different parts of the UK and in different countries. We would prefer it if you can work from or regularly visit our office in Moreton-in-Marsh. We will consider applications from further afield. (Moreton-in-Marsh is on the main train line between London and Hereford.)
  • Salary in the range £38,000 - £45,000 p.a. pro-rata depending on qualifications and experience
  • Reporting to: The Director 

To apply for this post, please visit: https://www.forestpeoples.org/en/jobs/Head_of_engagement

Closing date for applications: 14th October 2019

Provisional date of interviews: Monday 21st October 2019

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