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  • International Development
    Senior Leadership and Management

    Head of Funding

    About Saferworld

    Saferworld is an independent (not for profit) international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with people affected by conflict to improve their safety and security and conduct wider research and analysis. We use this evidence and learning to improve local and national policies and practices that help build lasting change, while at the same time engaging international processes and organisations to reduce conflict and advance peace. The contribution we make relies on key partnership with civil society entities, with social networks and movements, and with local as well as national governing institutions. Our programming stretches across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and in global advocacy centres in London, Beijing, Brussels and Washington DC. Our priority is people – we believe in a world where everyone enjoys the rights and freedom to live with dignity, free from fear and insecurity – and on the key actors and processes that create conditions for lasting peace.

    About the role

    Following the re-launch of a forwardlooking-10 year strategy, we are seeking a dynamic and experienced Head of Funding who thrives in a values driven environment and is keen to

    make their mark in an internationally respected peacebuilding organisation. Our strategy inspires greater alignment to a people-centred view of change, including a more equitable distribution of resources between our programme partners and what is necessary for our operations. There is a need to drive innovation, new business opportunities, and vital coordination in fundraising across the organisation through the shaping and alignment of organisational activities in ways that will deliver results. Averaging £20m annual income, Saferworld has an established and highly effective fundraising mechanism that provide a substantial base for the new Head of Funding to build from and extend.

    Reporting to the Director of Business Performance, the position will be working directly with a core team of direct reports and liaising with fundraisers deployed across the organisation. The Head of Funding is responsible for both actively shaping the income profile and driving sustainable growth in income in alignment with Saferworld’s Global Strategy. The person will seek to refine the flexibility and diversity of sources of income to resource Saferworld’s ambitious peacebuilding objectives and its commitment to Partner fundraising, while actively promoting cross-organisation collaboration and innovation with colleagues who have fundraising responsibilities.

    This position will suit a candidate ready to embrace our values and vision, able to accelerate new income streams and help secure greater diversification across our funding base. It is an exciting opportunity to play a strategic role in the shaping of the fundraising and resource mobilisation approach taken by Saferworld.

    You will also be committed to the vision, mission and values of Saferworld, including respecting and valuing equality and diversity, and understanding how this applies to your own area of work:-

    • Lead by example, role model leadership qualities and create a safe and respectful environment for all staff.
    • Commitment to improving international engagement in conflict affected contexts.
    • Commitment to own continuing personal and professional development


    For further information, we invite you to download the appointment details for this critical position: Head of Funding appointment details

    Location: where Saferworld has a presence, such as London, Nairobi, Kampala or Bishkek.

    Terms and conditions: commensurate with the seniority of the position and based on the location of the applicant. National terms and conditions will be offered and the right to work in that specific country is required.

    Contract: Open-ended


    Closing date: 17th September 2023

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    Job Title:Head of Funding
    Location:Saferworld locations

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