Recruiting a Senior Fundraiser


Friends of Ibba Girls School, South Sudan (FIGS), was set up in 2011 in response to a specific request from local community leaders to help them build and develop a girls’ boarding school in South Sudan. Ibba Girls Boarding School (IGBS) now educates 360 primary and secondary school girls from across the whole of Western Equatoria State and employs 40 staff (teachers, matrons, cooks and other support staff). The school is on a large, green campus and provides not only high-quality teaching but a visible demonstration of the benefits of school education in South Sudan, where most girls leave school before the end of primary and very few achieve secondary qualifications. FIGS is a relatively small organization but it is making a substantial impact by providing a model of good quality girls’ schooling across South Sudan.

FIGS has achieved notable successes – the school which opened in 2014, initially with 40 girls, has now reached its full size of 360 girls, with excellent exam results and has reduced dropout from school. It is nurturing empowered women who can exercise leadership locally and nationally for this newly independent nation. FIGS works closely with the experienced and widely-acclaimed Windle Trust International, who provide technical financial and organizational support to the school in South Sudan.

FIGS has raised about £4 million over the last 10 years, particularly through relational fundraising. Running costs for a boarding school in South Sudan are around £ 1/3 million each year, so fundraising is a key task for FIGS.

This is a brilliant opportunity for an experienced fundraiser with a strong and demonstrable track record to play a crucial role in expanding the donor base of FIGS, while sustaining and engaging the large network of existing supporters and donors. You will lead the fundraising work and will use your skills across a wide range of fundraising functions, including expanding the number and range of individuals, corporates, philanthropists, schools, churches, legacies and trusts.

We need the help of a talented individual to implement FIGS’ fundraising strategy and action plan, working with those Trustees who are able to give some time to fundraising and with solid help from a part-time fundraising consultant. There is plenty to enjoy in the varied work, where one can see visible results in the impact it has on the school, its students and staff, parents and communities across Western Equatoria State and across the nation of South Sudan.

The post can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis (where part-time is at least 3 days a week). It will be on a self-employed consultancy basis. Hours can be flexible by arrangement. The person will work mainly from home, liaising online with Trustees and others, but some travel to events in London and elsewhere will be needed on an occasional basis. We are looking for someone to start as soon as mutually convenient. A contract will be one year in the first instance, and can be renewed subject to satisfactory performance. The remuneration as a self-employed person is in the range of £35-42K dependent on track record and experience (or pro rata).

Key responsibilities

  • To support the delivery of the fundraising plan, achieving or exceeding targets and KPIs, both financial and non-financial as agreed with the Chair of FIGS Trustees and Chair of its fundraising group.
  • To identify and generate new fundraising opportunities, from the corporate and philanthropic sectors, as well as from organizations, groups and individuals
  • To widen the existing network of donors, based on relationship development and management and engagement with existing supporters and donors, and creating new opportunities
  • To generate a pipeline of activities across a range of fund-raising streams
  • Develop strong relationships with all external stakeholders.
  • Produce progress reports for FIGS Trustees about fundraising in relation to targets and budget and make recommendations for future streams of work.
  • Attend key fundraising and supporter events to generate significant income, support and profile.
  • Be an ambassador for FIGS.
  • Ensure fundraising activities are in line with FIGS’ values and policies, relevant legislation and the Fundraising Regulator Code of Practice.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and welcome applications from a wide range of identities and backgrounds. To apply, either as a paid contractor or as a volunteer, please submit your CV and a statement of up to 500 words explaining how you can contribute to FIGS’ fundraising work, including evidence of your fundraising achievements and approach. We would also like details for 2 references. Please apply by 11 July 2024 through CharityJobs.

First and second round interviews will take place in August.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of the fundraising team, please contact FIGS Trustee Jean Hartley on [email protected] or text her on 07500 773 010. Further information about FIGS and Ibba Girls Boarding School is available on the FIGS website.

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