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Development and Grants Manager

CHASE Africa
Nunney, Nr Frome, Somerset. (This post will require at least 1 day/week in the office.)
£30,000 - £34,000 pro-rata, depending on experience
Closing date
27 Sep 2021

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Fundraising, International Development, PR & Communications, Corporate Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts, Trusts & Foundations
Environment / Conservation, Health & Medical, International
Part Time
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CHASE Africa is a growing UK-based international NGO working to support rural communities in East Africa. We believe that when people in resource-poor, rural communities are healthy, are able to make informed family planning decisions and live in a sustainable and flourishing natural environment, they are far more likely to have a better quality of life and leave poverty behind.

Since 2012, CHASE Africa has provided over 1 million health and family planning services, supported communities to plant over 200,000 trees and accompanied 9 trusted local partner organisations in Kenya and Uganda to integrate rights-based family planning programmes into their work.

CHASE Africa is a small, relaxed and friendly team, based near Frome in Somerset. We have ambitious plans increase our impact and income over the next 5 years, and are looking for an experienced fundraising professional to help us achieve our aims. The team have developed excellent relationships with a number of UK and overseas trusts, high net-worth individuals and regular donors.

The Development and Grants Manager will be responsible for leading the fundraising and communications team. Currently, there are four part-time staff members who report directly to this role (three fundraisers and the Communications and Engagement Coordinator).

Main Purpose of the Role

The Development and Grants Manager will take a strategic lead and manage a small team of fundraising and communications colleagues to increase income from larger trusts and foundations, corporates and individuals in line with CHASE Africa’s 5-year strategic aims. They will also work closely with the programmes team and our overseas partners to help develop and write strong institutional fundraising applications.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of securing large gifts and grants from multiple income streams. This should include experience of developing and implementing fundraising strategies, the ability to nurture and develop strong relationships, secure additional funding with current and new donors, and ensure that reporting is seamless and relevant to different donor requirements.

The Development and Grants Manager will also work closely with the Director, programmes team and Finance Manager, and will be a key member of the Senior Management Team, attending trustee board meetings as required.

Main Responsibilities


  • Manage an effective, motivated fundraising team to achieve or exceed agreed targets.
  • Write and submit proposals to achieve repeat and new funding to ensure income growth in line with organisational strategies.
  • Work with the programmes team and overseas partners to develop and submit competitive larger grant applications to institutions and trust funds.
  • Oversee and coordinate the management of the grant and trust income programme, to ensure production of effective, high quality proposals and reports.
  • Ensure a pipeline of opportunities is maintained and developed, using the CRM Donorfy.
  • Ensure excellent reporting and donor stewardship is maintained across the organisation.
  • Work with the Communications and Engagement Coordinator to develop the individual giving plan to retain and attract new regular donors and high net-worth supporter gifts.

Strategy and Planning

  • Lead the fundraising and communications planning process to produce effective strategies which achieve income targets across a range of revenue streams.
  • Identify new donors and sources of income and implement strategies to access these funds.
  • Develop plans to deliver income growth through securing multi-year funding.

Financial Planning and Budget Management

  • Produce regular income forecasts and contribute to financial forecasts.
  • Develop and maintain income tracking and evaluation systems.
  • Oversee the fundraising and communications team budget.
  • Strive to develop an organisational culture of full cost recovery in all fundraising activities.

Senior Management

The Grants and Development Manager will be a member of CHASE Africa’s Senior Management Team (SMT) and the post-holder will be expected to play a proactive role in the management of the organisation, including contributing to:

  • Organisational strategic planning, budget forecasts and development.
  • Working closely with the Finance Manager, advise the SMT on the availability of funds and the viability of obtaining funds to support CHASE Africa’s work.
  • Ensuring key policies are adhered to, including data protection and fundraising regulator guidelines.
  • Attending monthly finance meetings to report and give advice on fundraising matters.
  • In cooperation with the SMT, work on the development of longer-term fundraising and communications strategies to achieve organisational goals.

Staff Management

  • Agree objectives and individual work plans with fundraising and communications team members.
  • Manage workload and performance through regular one-to-one line management discussions and annual reviews.
  • Plan and implement personal development plans for team members.
  • Recruit and train new team members as and when required.

Anticipated Skills and Experience


  • At least 5 years’ experience in a relevant fundraising role.
  • Experience of managing a team.
  • Familiar with the international development sector.
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategy and direction for fundraising work.
  • Proven success in securing six-figure multi-year funding from grant-making organisations.
  • Experience in preparing detailed donor budgets from partners’ project plans, budgets, and reports, and reporting against budgets to donors.
  • Familiarity with using logframes, theory of change, risk analysis and describing value for money.
  • Experience in networking with donors and funders.
  • Competent with Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Experience in use of database systems for logging and reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work co-operatively in a team.
  • Strong written and spoken English.
  • Ability to research, collate and summarise information from a wide range of sources.
  • Attention to detail, and well organised.
  • Confident and able to take the initiative.
  • Responsible and accountable with good time management skills.
  • Right to work in the UK.


  • Relevant bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience of working in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience of securing funding from large institutional funders such as DFID/FCDO, EU, Comic Relief, and managing institutional funding contracts.
  • Experience in charity communications and marketing.
  • Experience of writing and producing annual impact reports and other publications.
  • Experience of corporate fundraising.

What we can offer:

  • 25 days paid holiday + bank holidays (pro rata).
  • Flexible working.
  • Contributory pension scheme.
  • Variety of learning and development opportunities.
  • Potential for overseas travel to visit programmes in East Africa.

Application Notes:

To apply for this role, please consider the detailed job description and send your CV (maximum 3 pages) and 1-page covering letter explaining your interest and suitability for the role to by 9am on Monday 27th September 2021. Please put “Development and Grants Manager” in the subject line.

Please note interviews will take place on Monday 4th October 2021.

CHASE Africa is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We are open to all talent and we actively ensure that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regards to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other protected class. 

This post will require at least one day per week in the office. The office is expected to relocate from Nunney mid-2022, staying in the Frome/Bath area.

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