United World Schools is recruiting a Senior Associate to help us raise vital funds to teach the unreached. We work in some of the poorest areas of Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal, to support children who would otherwise have no access to a school. This is a great opportunity for someone with two or more years of fundraising experience to join an incredible team, to build and manage relationships with a growing network of funders around the world and work with an incredibly committed CEO and management team who will support you to achieve great things.

Job Title: Senior Fundraising Associate, (reporting to the Associate Director of Development) 

Location: Central London (Vauxhall)

Job Type: Full time role. Flexible working arrangements considered.

Package: £26-32k, dependent on skills and experience, plus 5% pension contribution. 25 days of Annual Leave + Bank Holidays

Role Summary 

The Senior Associate will work in a small team to raise vital funds for our schools in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. This role will predominantly involve recruitment and stewardship of trusts, foundations and institutional funders (70%). It will also involve work on fundraising events and individual donor stewardship (30%).

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Stewardship of existing trust and foundation partners, as well as individual donors, ensuring they are kept up to date on the impact of their support
  • Meeting with funders and representing the organisation
  • Growing UWS’ portfolio of trusts, foundations and individual donors, by researching and establishing relationships with potential funders
  • Drafting compelling grant applications and reports for new and existing funders, both national and international
  • Maintaining contact with our Programmes Teams in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal to gain accurate information for funders, and ensure data compliance across all grants
  • Regularly evaluating projects against targets, detailing delivery against key indicators
  • Liaising with our Finance team to construct accurate budgets for funders, and reporting on expenditure against these budgets
  • Supporting fundraising team activities such as key events, including our Gala Dinner
  • Supporting the development of junior roles and interns as required
  • Undertaking other fundraising or administrative tasks that are compatible with the nature of this role.

Person Specification                                                                                                                                                                   

We are looking for an ambitious candidate to grow and develop with the organisation. This means that above all, we are looking for someone who is open to learning new skills and can take a proactive approach to new tasks and responsibilities.


  • Educated to degree level with evidence of continuing professional development 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; with the ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and partners, and build long-term relationships
  • Exceptional attention to detail and an aptitude for writing creative narrative that will ensure our applications stand out when being assessed
  • A high level of numeracy and good analytical ability
  • Ability to lead independent projects involving the wider team, interns and volunteers as needed
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to prioritise tasks in response to multiple requests
  • Determined, persuasive, ambitious, flexible and a proactive team player … which means you commit and deliver for the cause.
  • Willing to (occasionally) jump on a plane to Cambodia, Myanmar or Nepal to visit our projects, or even our funders!


  • Previous experience of end-to-end grant applications, donor management and reporting
  • Demonstrable track-record of working with trusts and foundations to secure income and report on impact 
  • Experience of constructing comprehensive budgets and financial reports for funders
  • Some experience of line management or team leadership
  • Experience working for an international development NGO, including communicating remotely with teams in the field
  • Experience of applying or reporting to institutional grant funders such as DFID 

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a comprehensive CV (max 2 pages) and a supporting statement (no more than 2 pages). The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 30th September 2019. Early applications are warmly encouraged.

Please ensure that your application fully addresses the appointment criteria in the person specification. You should give the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees, one of whom should be your current/most recent employer. 

References will only be taken once your express permission has been granted. Applications should be made via email to [email protected] 


Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in the role. Telephone interviews will be held throughout the process, with a final interview following the week of Monday 30th September 2019 (or as soon as practical after this date). Start date is ASAP. Please let us know what your notice period is in your cover letter. 

If you would like more information, please let Emma (below) know.  She will be happy to tell you more about this exciting role.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal discussion, please contact [email protected] 

United World Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are only able to accept applications from candidates that have the permanent right to work in the UK. 

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