Head of Africa Philanthropy (5198)

  • Division:
    Fundraising & Marketing
  • Department:
    Partnerships & Philanthropy
  • Team:
    Partnerships & Philanthropy Directorate
  • Location:
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Contract
  • Full / Part Time:
  • Closing Date:
    25 November 2020
  • Salary:
    £51,300 - £59,401
  • Hours Per Week:
    35 Hours

Do you want to play a key role in an organisation that stands up for children every day? Then join us as Head of Africa Philanthropy and you will be responsible for driving Save the Children's philanthropy across the African market.

We stand with children in the toughest places to be a child. We do whatever it takes to make sure they survive, get protection when they're in danger, and have the chance to learn.  Save the Children stands side by side with children in Africa across 35 countries. Together with children, communities, donors, partners, NGOs and governments, we fight for children's rights to education, safety and healthcare, so they can go on to build a better world.

As Head of Africa Philanthropy, you will maximise transformational major gift (£1m+) potential on the African continent. You will proactively drive new business and engage with our most valued supporters, securing support and building sustainable relationships of value. Working alongside the Africa Advisory Board and sourcing significant income for Save the Children's key priorities are also essential elements of this role. In addition, you will:

  • Be integral to the delivery of our strategy to establish and build long-lasting, highly strategic relationships with philanthropists at the highest level, with on focus on 7 figure gifts
  • Inspire, motivate and lead a team across multiple geographies and countries
  • Generate new links with prospects through peer to peer approaches & actively network to generate a pipeline value of £10m annually
  • Provide excellent stewardship of transformational donors, understanding donor motivations, philanthropy trends across the African content & delivering a bespoke donor journey to maximize their engagement with Save the Children
  • Work collaboratively and effectively within the organisation, developing positive, solution focused relationships, working with other departments and teams when required, to realise your objectives.

To be successful you will have extensive experience or knowledge of philanthropy in Africa, as well as demonstrable experience of cultivating gifts – preferably at £1m+ level- and providing outstanding stewardship. Excellent communication and relationship building skills are key to being successful in this role . In addition you will have:

  • Excellent written skills, including the development of compelling communications for donors
  • The ability to plan, prioritise and manage a varied and demanding workload in order to meet deadlines
  • The ability to collaborate & work across teams on complex programmes and donor relationships, building both strong internal and external networks
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills.

At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.

Save the Children UK recognises the value of diversity in all its forms at all levels of the organisation, including at Director and Board level. We celebrate its role in the creation of an inclusive workplace culture and thrive on the range of experience and insight diversity brings to our organisation. We want to increase the diversity of our leadership and particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as these are underrepresented at Save the Children UK.

If you share our belief in the power of children, join the fight. It takes relentless determination, creativity and a real commitment to real change. Because every child should be able to make their mark on their world and help to build a better future. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please note - we are flexible on where the successful applicant can be based for this role, but travel to meet philanthropists face to face when current restrictions ease will be expected. 

Closing date: 22nd November 2020

Please note - whilst this role is advertised as office based, Save The Children UK will remain a remote-working organisation until at least 30 June 2021.

We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, as these are underrepresented at Save the Children UK.

Jobs are positioned within the salary structure on the basis of evaluation. New employees would normally be appointed at the bottom of the grade, however the appointed salary may also take into account the relevant experience a candidate brings to a role. Save the Children is committed to paying staff in a fair and equitable way and will benchmark all salary offers in line with the pay of existing staff.

Save the Children UK is committed to creating an inclusive working environment, promoting and providing equal opportunities in employment. To see our full statement please visit this link:

Save the Children UK has a comprehensive benefits package. To see our full offer please visit this link:

Interview expenses: Candidates should note that unfortunately it is not our policy to reimburse expenses accrued when attending interviews at Save the Children UK unless you are requested to attend an interview in an alternative location to where the role is based.

Pre-employment Checks: Any Employment with Save the Children UK will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date:

  • a satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record Check (If applicable)
  • receipt of satisfactory references
  • proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this role


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