Livelihoods and Empowerment Fundraising Consultant

Aspire International

About the organization

Aspire International targets the untapped potential of the Middle East’s greatest resource – its people. They face a stifling lack of opportunity due to chronic unemployment and cultural barriers, especially for women & youth.

Since 2010 our team has implemented livelihoods, empowerment, & human rights programming in almost every governorate of Iraq & the KRI. Our model is centered on the use of local people, partners, & purchases wherever possible. This approach is cost effective, supports the local economy, & permits easy access to communities with nominal security concerns. It also ensures that our projects receive local buy-in, and are appropriate to the local cultural context. This has enabled us to tackle highly sensitive rights and empowerment issues such as women’s rights and combating gender-based violence. We serve all in need, with a special focus on women and girls as the most effective investment in the future of their communities.


The consultancy will be for an initial period of six months with a view to extension pending progress to securing the first major grants and donations on a 6-9 month time horizon. Specific responsibilities will include:
- Identify funding opportunities for Aspire’s livelihoods and empowerment programs from: foundations; corporations/CSR; institutional donors; and major individual donors.
- Develop Aspire’s relationships across these four categories.
- In coordination with Aspire staff, plan, develop and submit funding proposals and grant applications.
- Secure major grants and donations.
- Spot additional fundraising opportunities and raise awareness of the organization’s work


- External fundraising consultant with extensive proven experience of putting together and packaging high quality fundraising proposals and grant applications.
- Proven track record of securing grants and donations for livelihoods and empowerment programming a must.
- A minimum of five years experience in fundraising.
- Have an interest in, and commitment to, Aspire’s cause, and a passion for selling it.
- Ability to research, identify and assess potential funding opportunities for Aspire amongst institutional donors, trusts, foundations, corporations and major individual givers to diversify and increase revenue streams.
- Must be adept at people management, building long-term relationships for Aspire with potential donors
- Good communicator with the ability to persuasively explain Aspire’s cause.
- Existing network of contacts and established working relationships with Foundations, corporations, institutions and major individual donors.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision as well as effectively within a team.
- Ability to provide references, ideally within relevant professional sector and geographical areas.
- Previous experience in the MENA region a plus.
- Familiarity with Salesforce CRM a plus.
- Ability to meet face to face in Washington DC where necessary a plus.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Qualified candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and sample of work to "[email protected]" and include "Livelihoods and Empowerment Fundraising Consultant" in the email subject. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. Aspire International is only able to contact candidates of interest.

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