Major Grants and Philanthropy Manager

Safer World
London (Central), London (Greater)
£40,000 - £45,000 gross per annum
01 Jun 2018
29 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Saferworld works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the actions of others.

Over the past three decades we have been highly successful in securing income from statutory, institutional and multilateral donor sectors. As outlined in our strategic plan, we aim to achieve a balanced mix of funding, attract larger and longer-term funding, as well increased unrestricted funding to retain our systemic expertise and resources for strategic investment. To achieve this, the organisation is investing in a new role - the Major Grants and Philanthropy Manager.

We are looking for an experienced individual to take the lead on diversifying Saferworld’s funding base, with a particular focus on brokering and building new relationships with large trusts and foundations, US philanthropists and where possible, major donors.

This exciting new position calls for creativity and an entrepreneurial approach, to promote Saferworld as a leading specialist peacebuilding organisation.   

Job Purpose

The post-holder will bring fundraising expertise, creativity and leadership to Saferworld’s already highly effective and active Funding team, focusing on:

  • Nurturing and cultivating funder relationships, specifically focusing on trust and foundations, US philanthropists and major donors, including representing Saferworld in meetings and organising cultivation events.
  • Working with Saferworld teams to develop programme design and producing high quality appeals and cases for support.
  • Sustaining donor relationships through effective grant management, contract compliance and donor stewardship.
  • Contributing to the Funding tam’s goal of achieving a balance between unrestricted and restricted funding.

Key areas of responsibility

  • Develop a strong understanding of Saferworld’s work and build close working relationships with Saferworld colleagues.
  • Work closely with the Head of Funding in developing and deepening Saferworld’s strategy to diversify, and attract unrestricted funding to meet specific organisational objectives.
  • Identify, map and prioritise potential donors and funding opportunities from trusts and foundations, US philanthropists and major donors, and match these to organisational core activities and infrastructure needs.
  • Work closely with Saferworld colleagues to cultivate prospects funders, by enthusiastically articulating the organisation’s strategic plans in donor meetings and organising cultivation events.
  • Develop creative, tailored and successful appeals and cases for support, to realise income for Saferworld’s core activities and infrastructure, from trusts and foundations, US philanthropists and major donors.
  • Oversee effective grant management for successful appeals and cases for support, including the negotiation of grant contracts, working with Saferworld teams to ensure contractual compliance, ensuring all records of contracts and reports are accessible and shared with relevant staff, and producing timely and high quality donor reports.
  • Share ideas, information, learning and contribute to funding processes and protocols.
  • Keep up-to-date on trends and priorities of trusts and foundations, philanthropists and major donors, as well as scoping new funding sources, opportunities and markets that will contribute towards diversification and unrestricted funding.



  • A Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in the third sector
  • An understanding of participatory methodologies and models would be an advantage
  • Thematic knowledge of peacebuilding, security and justice, governance, gender or conflict transformation would be of added benefit


  • Significant experience of trust and foundation or major donor funding, preferably in the international sector
  • A proven track record of securing funds from charitable trusts and foundations or major donors for high value six figure sums, including unrestricted funding
  • Experience of proposal development, including the ability to convey complex models in an accessible and appealing language
  • Knowledge of international funding trends
  • Experience of proposal development with partners across the globe would be an advantage
  • Experience of commercial and competitive bid tendering would be desirable


  • Proven ability to work on own initiative, meet objectives and tight deadlines under pressure
  • Excellent written, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with staff based in different countries and time zones
  • Organised approach with meticulous attention to detail


  • Respect for other cultures and diversity.


Probation: There will be a probationary period of the three months

Holidays: 28 days holiday a year in addition to relevant public holidays

Salary range: £40,000 – 45,000 gross per annum

Hours: The standard working week is 37.5 hours. 


To apply:  Please send your CV and covering letter detailing what makes you suitable for the role to  Please state, MGFR in the subject line.

Deadline for applications:  29 June 2018