Fundraising Officer :: Link Education International

Fundraising Officer :: Link Education International

Apply by Monday 14 June 2021

Lo​​​​​​cation: Home-based
Salary: £21,901.55 - £24,146.46 plus benefits
Hours: Full time
Terms: Permanent contract

About the Organisation 

Link Education is a family of not for profit organisations working together to improve the futures of people living in some of the most marginalised communities in the world. Our work across some of the poorest rural areas of Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda brings hope to vulnerable communities, helping them become more resilient and escape the cycle of poverty. We focus on raising standards of teaching and learning in schools, as well as building life skills and promoting inclusion for the most marginalised. We’re working towards a world where all children have access to good quality education, giving them a strong foundation to build a brighter future.

Since our foundation in 1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million children through low cost and low tech solutions. Link Education International based in Edinburgh, Scotland supports all project, fundraising, safeguarding, finance and governance activities in our partner countries.

Job description

The purpose of this role is to provide support to the Development Manager and the fundraising function across all fundraising areas. The current fundraising strategy focuses on securing large grants from trusts and foundations and institutional funders, and consequently supporting this forms a major part of this role. However, this role also works across individual and community fundraising, and provides support in corporate fundraising.



  • Researching prospective grant-making organisations and matching prospects to projects and programmes of work
  • Assisting with the management of existing grants including: ensuring all information relating to each grant is accurate, up to date and well organised, and managing reporting deadlines
  • Supporting the Development Manager and Programme Team on large institutional and trust approaches and reports
  • Supporting the Development Manager with evidence gathering, developing cases for support, and capacity statements
  • Writing copy for proposals and reports
  • Developing and managing own pipeline of small to medium scale trusts and foundations

Individuals, Community and Corporate

  • Stewarding recurring donors, school sponsors and other public supporters
  • Supporting the planning and delivery of fundraising campaigns at key points in the year, in order to raise Link’s profile and generate income
  • Managing and acting as administrator of online giving platforms including CAF, BBMS, Virgin Money Giving and Paypal
  • Processing and filing Gift Aid claims
  • Developing and delivering community fundraising activities
  • Researching potential corporate donors and support the Development Manager with pitches and proposals
  • Ensuring the Code of Fundraising Practice is followed, as stipulated by the Fundraising Regulator and best practice is adhered to

Administration & Communications

  • Working with the Communications and Administration Officer to ensure the Link fundraising website content is up-to-date, relevant and accessible
  • Supporting the Communications and Administration Officer with creating and sharing web content and social media posts
  • Managing and maintaining the fundraising database and filing systems; ensuring donor details are kept up to date, pledges and income are recorded and queries and reports are generated as required, all in line with GDPR


  • Attending and providing planning support for events as required
  • Participating in internal fundraising and comms meetings
  • Following and advocating for Link’s policies and mission

Person specification 



  • Experience of conducting targeted research and summarising and presenting findings (e.g. on topics, organisations or individuals)
  • A track record of writing persuasive and accurate copy (e.g. proposals, web content, articles, reports)
  • Experience of managing and using administrative systems and processes


  • Experience of working within a charity and/or international development context
  • Experience of grant fundraising with a track record of successfully securing gifts
  • Experience of individual and/or community fundraising
  • Experience of corporate fundraising
  • Experience of using a CRM database to manage pipelines and stewardship journeys (ideally E-Tapestry)

Skills and attributes


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Highly organised and efficient with an ability to work systematically and to deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and team working skills
  • Computer literate with a working knowledge of all Microsoft applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work on own initiative and seize opportunities
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and handle multiple tasks
  • Commitment to upholding the highest standards in child and adult safeguarding
  • Commitment to anti-racism
  • Commitment to the aims and values of Link Community Development International


  • Working knowledge of fundraising regulations and guidelines 
  • Working knowledge of GDPR

How to Apply 

Please send a completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to with the subject line “Fundraising Officer”

The application and equal opportunities forms are available at:

Please note the application form requires references that support a candidate’s experience of and/or suitability to work with children, and successful candidates will undergo criminal record checks in line with Link’s Child Safeguarding and Vulnerable Adult policy

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and interviews to take place w/c 21 June 2021

Closing Date for Applications: 9am Monday 14 June 2021

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