FUNDRAISING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Thank you very much for reading this pack and showing an interest in this position. At Action Village India we are very excited to welcome a new member of staff.
Since it was founded in 1988, over thirty years ago, Action Village India has been run by people who are inspired by India. We are united in our belief that every woman, man, and child in rural India has the right to take control of their own life and livelihoods and prosper in fair and equal communities.
India continues to be a country of stark contrasts. Presented as one of the world’s fast-growing economies, India is also dramatically unequal. Although poverty has been declining, inequality has been rising since 1991. It is growing nationally, between states, between castes and, sharply, between women and men.
We believe the ways forward for people-centred change should come from India itself. We can achieve this through our support of grassroots organisations working directly within communities, taking forward a range of initiatives in areas of health; girls’ education; economic empowerment of women; disability rights; women’s rights; campaigning for land and water rights; farmers’ education; women’s and children’s health. Our support is founded on the two principles that are at the core of everything AVI stands for: Partnership and Solidarity.
We have enabled over thirty years of partnership, community and solidarity, creating a web of humanity that has contributed to change and making a difference in the lives of the most marginalised children, women and men in rural India.
We are now looking forwards to our next thirty years of partnership and solidarity. How this expresses itself will keep changing, as it has in the past. We will continue to build on our partners’ work and their achievements in prioritising work with all marginalised people in rural India and we welcome you, your solidarity and your support to Action Village India. We welcome you to be a part of making a lasting difference in rural India.
It is a very exciting time to be joining the organisation. After a few tumultuous years during the Covid Pandemic, which impacted India, and mainly communities in rural India, immensely, Action Village India is looking to grow its team and build stronger connections and have a bigger impact while staying flexible, agile, and adaptive.
Your role will be vital in strengthening the organisation. Action Village India is working hard to diversity its funding and build a stronger financial foundation. As Fundraising and Development Manager you will take a leading role in raising funds from Trusts and Foundations, which contribute to most of our income, and ensure a good working relationship with donors, including reporting back to them on progress. You will also work with the team to plan, manage and run different fundraising events and raise funds through our trading. You will take on board the relationships with our fair-trade suppliers and source appropriate, ethical and fairly produced products for our online shop.
Besides fundraising, you will also play a big role in supporting the Executive Director with organisational development and management. You will assist in liaising with partners’ monitoring and reporting. It is vital to communicate progress made in an engaging way to supporters in which you will be taking a leading role.
We are a small organisation, with a core team of two, but are very effective and dedicated to the work. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to be part of contributing to creating change for women, men and children in rural India.
Action Village India (AVI) is a small UK based organisation that since 1989, has been supporting Indian partner organisations who work alongside villagers in some of the most remote parts of rural India so they can improve their lives, livelihoods and resilience. We work towards an India which is just, fair and inclusive, where all people regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, caste, religion can benefit from the country’s economic development and lift themselves out of poverty.
At the heart of our work, are our partnerships; many of which have spanned decades. Our partner organisations are led by Indians and whether these are large or small organisations, or social movements, all work directly at the grassroots level across rural India – from Bihar and Jharkhand in the North, in Odisha and down to Tamil Nadu in the South. The communities they work with, are some of the poorest in India. They are experts in their fields and work hand in hand with local people to design and inform projects to best serve their local communities and secure rights and social justice for women, men and children.
We accompany our partners for the long term, solidarity with our partners and their communities is at the core of how we work. This means we have developed relationships over the years, based on mutual respect, reciprocity and transparency. We are not governed by donor funding cycles and agendas but are led by our partners and the needs they identify and are committed to shared learning and collaboration. We keep our UK costs to a minimum with core staff and rely on an active and engaged set of Trustees, volunteers and supporters. Both staff and Trustees of Action Village India have relationships with staff from our partner organisations, created through ongoing dialogue, partner and community visits and participation in learning forums.
The day-to-day work of the charity is carried out during the year by one full time member of staff and one part-time member of staff: The Executive Director (Kavita Pandey) and the Communications, Fundraising and Operations Manager (Aneeta Patel). The office is also supported by our Board of Trustees, our Founder Advisor (Ivan Nutbrown), our Founder and Director of Sensetrade/Madras Café (Bryan Osbon) and interns throughout the year; volunteers support numerous Action Village India events including the front of house at Madras Café, part of the WOMAD Festival.
Kavita is the Executive Director of Action Village India. She has over 16 years of rich experience working with Civil Societies and Research and Academic Institutions in India and the global south.
Kavita is a seasoned development practitioner with substantial experience in empowering communities especially underprivileged women, to lead the transformation.
She has a strong background in conceptualising development-based interventions, managing various social development programs, efficient resource mobilisation, stitching collaboration, and developing partnerships mostly towards women’s economic empowerment and issues impacting women’s access to basic human rights. Her work is the amalgamation of implementation at the grassroots level and strategic planning at the leadership positions specially focused on designing and implementing livelihood generation and poverty reduction approaches.
Her decade long association with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) India, her work on social development programs with multi-lateral, bilateral, Government Institutions, and Corporates, and her research work with Academic institutions of prestige from the global north have added to her vast experience. She demonstrates the capacity to develop evidence-based strategies on various issues that deal with development challenges in some of the most challenging contexts. She is a social impact enthusiast and wants to bring lasting changes in the lives of the less privileged.
Communications, Fundraising and Operations Manager
Aneeta started working with Action Village India in 2018. Aneeta is a great believer in making a difference on a personal level and that’s one of the things that most attracted her to Action Village India’s work. She has over 20 years’ experience in reception/office administration/secretarial roles and has run her own business for nearly 20 years as a knitting teacher and author. Her enthusiasm, commitment and random life experiences have become invaluable for the Action Village India extended family.
Job Title: Fundraising and Development Manager
Job Purpose: To develop fundraising proposals and raise project funds from trusts and foundations. To raise funds for Action Village India through our trading activities and events. To support Action Village India in the effective and supportive working relationships with Action Village India’s project partners in India, in accordance with Action Village India’s strategic objectives.
Reports to: Executive Director and Trustees
Salary: £30,000 pro rata
Hours: 14 hours per week (equivalent to 2 working days) – ideally Wednesday and Thursday.
Location: London Office (5 Balls Pond Road, N1 4AX)
Contract: Permanent, after a successful 6-month probationary period
Annual Leave: 25 days (pro rata)
Pension scheme: Action Village India provides access to an auto-enrolment pension plan through the Pensions Trust for all staff who have completed 6 months of satisfactory service with 3% employer contribution.
In line with legal requirements this post is subject to a Right to Work check.
Accessibility: We would like to offer our sincere regrets that due to the location of our office this position isn’t suitable for anyone with additional accessibility needs. The Action Village India office is on the second floor with a narrow staircase and no lift. If this situation changes in the future, we will update the information for any future vacancies.
1.1 Fundraising Management and Donor Liaison:
1.3 Individual Giving
1.4 Communications and Development Management
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
EQUALITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION POLICY STATEMENT
Action Village India recognises that discrimination and victimisation is unacceptable and that it is in the interests of the Charity and its Employees (which includes all staff, trustees, volunteers and interns) to utilise the skills of the total workforce. It is the aim of the Charity to ensure that no Employee or job applicant receives less favourable facilities or treatment (either directly or indirectly) in recruitment or employment on grounds of age, disability, gender/gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation (the protected characteristics).
Our Policy Principles
HOW TO APPLY AND TIMELINE
Application is by way of CV with a Supporting Statement that should set out your motivations for applying and how your work experience to date meets the scope of the responsibilities. As a general guide, your Supporting Statement should be around two sides of A4 and no more than three sides of A4.
Apply by emailing [email protected]
If you would like an informal conversation about the role before deciding whether or not to formally apply, please contact our Executive Director Kavita Pandey on [email protected]
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 17:00 Monday 18th September
Selection Process and timescales:
Starting date (negotiable)