Fundraising Internship- The CIFA Trust

Fundraising Internship- The CIFA Trust

Salary: Voluntary (essential expenses will be paid)

Duration: Approx. three months (flexible with scope for extension)

Location: mainly from home, with occasional travel to London and within Scotland for meetings with The CIFA Trust chairman and other trustees

About the Organisation 

The CIFA Trust is a Scottish-registered NGO that provides support to indigenous African NGOs in Kenya, Ethiopia and Malawi. These local organisations run rural development programmes designed to assist people in disadvantaged communities in improving their health, livelihoods and wellbeing, including through access to clean water and education and engaging in improved income-generating activities. The CIFA Trust is registered in Scotland, through the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC037566).

The story of CIFA started in northern Kenya in 1999, when CIFA Kenya was born and then in Southern Ethiopia in 2005 when CIFA Ethiopia was established. The CIFA Trust was then established in the UK in 2006 to support the work of these two sister organisations. More recently, The CIFA Trust expanded its work in 2015 to support the local Malawian NGO Ungweru through a two-year food and nutrition security programme in Northern Malawi.

Through its trustees, who work on a purely voluntary basis, The CIFA Trust raises money for projects in Africa through securing charitable donations, mostly from charitable trusts and foundations, as well as individuals. In recent years the Trust has been successful in securing a number of large grants, including £57,600 from the Scottish Government, £25,000 from the Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission and £5,000 from the Waterloo Foundation.

In order to build on its recent success and enhance the UK fundraising capacity of CIFA, we are looking to recruit a volunteer fundraiser to support the CIFA Trustees in fundraising for the programmes of CIFA in Africa.

The position is initially planned to cover approximately three months, though the duration is flexible, with scope for extension and further involvement in the Trust dependent upon performance and the needs arising within the Trust.


Job Description 

  • Work closely with CIFA Trustees to identify potential funding opportunities, predominantly through Trusts, Foundations and other charitable-giving bodies, as well as individuals, and potentially from Government sources.
  • Write funding proposals for specific project activities in Ethiopia and Malawi in collaboration and coordination with UK Trustees and partner staff.
  • Contribute to meeting the reporting requirements of the donor bodies, working with CIFA Trustees and partner staff to ensure quality and timely reporting to donors, according to their requirements, and to meet UK Charity Commission auditable standards of reporting.
  • The post will be filled on a voluntary basis, though some funding is available to cover training and should UK travel be required, The CIFA Trust will reimburse reasonable UK public transport travel costs.
  • The initial appointment will be for a three-month period, which may be extendable based on performance and with the approval of the CIFA Trust Board.


Person Specification 


  • Fluency in English.
  • Able to exhibit high degree of literacy and basic numeracy (an undergraduate or newly qualified postgraduate may be best suited to this post).
  • Able to write clearly, succinctly and accurately and able to analyse and distil a lot of information into convincing proposal and reporting formats.
  • Some evidence of success in the areas of fundraising, marketing or in international development (including prior volunteer roles).
  • Energy, drive and enthusiasm.
  • Commitment to charitable principles and ways of working.
  • Able to work under minimal supervision.



  • Knowledge and understanding of programme cycle tools such as the Logical Framework, Theory of Change and basic budgeting.
  •  Understanding of the international development context, the East and/or Southern African context, including principles such as Do No Harm, participatory approaches to development, a gender awareness and the particular needs of women and girls in development, and environmentally-sound rural development.
  • Prior experience with an international development NGO, Trust or Charity or with working with the same on a voluntary or paid basis.


How to Apply 

Please send a copy of your latest CV with a cover letter to The cover letter should be no more than two pages and should outline how you meet the points covered under the person specification.

For further information on the position, please email us at

This vacancy has an open deadline. 

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