Co-Develop Capacity for NGO in Grant Writing and Fundraising Strategy

Activity/project background

Partner: More Than a Teacher (MTAT) (Local NGO)

More Than a Teacher (MTAT) is a comprehensive teacher development program in South Africa that focuses on the professional, personal, and spiritual growth of pre-service teachers. The program follows the principles of transformative learning and offers support during university studies, along with workshops for professional and personal development. It also provides opportunities for professional placement, expert mentorship, collaborative learning, and youth-led education initiatives as well as assisting to establish community initiatives and provide resources such as stipends, tuition fee contributions, and mentor training.

MTAT is seeking a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to support fundraising efforts, including identifying grant opportunities, co-developing compelling grant proposals, and co-designing effective fundraising campaigns. They also require guidance on donor cultivation strategies and compliance with grant reporting requirements. MTAT aims to empower teachers and transform education in high-need African schools by leveraging Peace Corps’ Virtual Service opportunities.

MTAT has not previously worked with a Peace Corps Volunteer or a VSPP. The partner understands that the nature of Virtual Service is different than a two-year Volunteer.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Evaluate the current efforts in fundraising and gain insight into the funding requirements of MTAT
• Co-design an enhanced fundraising and communications strategy through the collection of information about the MTAT journey, while looking at what was done in the past and what is currently happening
• Collaborate with MTAT to train one staff member in writing effective grants demonstrating that they are ready to upscale their organization
• Support the MTAT team on best practices and methods to secure, maintain, and grow fundraising financially and in the form of partnerships

This engagement is expected to be approximately 12 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, South African time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to email, WhatsApp, MS Teams, and Zoom for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any field

Experience: Experience in fundraising and grant management for non-profit organizations

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in any field

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication.

• Experience with training and facilitation
• 2 years of experience working on fundraising strategies for non-profit organizations

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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