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Job Title: Fundraising and Communications Manager

Reporting to: Director of Finance and Operations

The Role: The post-holder will take the lead role in raising unrestricted income for Oxford Research Group, a registered charity, and in managing its media and public relations.

Managing: Senior Communications Officer, Fundraising and Communications Assistant.

Location: London (The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9DA)

Hours: Part-time contract: 3 days/week, with potential to expand hours.

Salary: £35,750 per annum pro rata (ORG operates a contributory pension scheme with an employer’s contribution of 6%).

Duration: 1-year contract offered initially with the expectation of extension, subject to meeting agreed fundraising targets.

How to Apply: Please send a covering letter (1 page max.) and CV (2 page max) to [email protected] by 18.00 on Wednesday 24th April 2019. Please put "Fundraising Manager" in the subject box of your email.

Interviews: Interviews are planned for 24th or 25th April 2019 in London.

Eligibility: Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK in order to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


About Oxford Research Group (ORG)

Oxford Research Group (ORG) is an independent peace, security and conflict resolution NGO that has been active and influential since the early 1980s. Since 2006 we have been based in London. In 2019 we have a staff of eleven and a similar number of consultants and fellows.

ORG’s mission is to promote approaches to defence, development and foreign policies that are inclusive, accountable, sustainable and effective. We thus work to transform the way that people and policy-makers think about security, shifting to long-term, strategic measures to sustain peace. We call this breaking out of the cycle of conflict.

Our work is rigorous, realistic, and evidence-based. It is rooted in the four pillars of research, advocacy, capacity-building and dialogue. The main focus of our work is the UK, NATO, the UN and countries where British foreign and security policies are most closely intertwined with violent conflicts, not least the Middle East and North Africa.

This is an exciting time to join ORG. In 2018 we doubled our income, launched a new web presence and strengthened our impact; in 2019 we will be implementing a new strategic plan to help break the global cycle of violent conflict.

Role Description

ORG is seeking an experienced and dynamic fundraiser to join its team in London. Working closely with ORG’s Senior Management Group, the post-holder will lead in refining and implementing ORG’s fundraising strategy and campaigns with a primary focus on raising and sustaining unrestricted revenues, including through targeted proposals, special events, campaigns and personal outreach. They will build and maintain strong relationships with ORG’s individual, institutional and corporate donors as well as with media, patrons and others to promote ORG’s objectives, work and research.

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations and working with Trustees, Chief Executive, Programme Directors, Senior Communications Officer and Fundraising Assistant, the External Relations Manager will have responsibility for:

Developing and implementing strategy

  • Working with senior managers to develop ORG’s fundraising strategy to maximise income from individual donors, charitable trusts, philanthropic institutions and statutory donors. 
  • Working with the Senior Communications Officer to set strategic direction for ORG’s communications and marketing outputs, ensuring that they support its fundraising objectives.
  • Leading on writing and updating ORG’s case for support in line with the organisational strategy.
  • Leading on the production of promotional literature and annual impact reports. 
  • Devising, designing and implementing fundraising campaigns, including via email- newsletter, social media and other online. 

Relationship-building and Donor Stewardship

  • Identifying and building relationships with individuals, institutions, private sector and charitable trustees likely to become donors to ORG.
  • Building relationships with ORG’s Sustainers (regular major donor) network and Patrons, and regularly communicating to them the scope and impact of its work. 
  • Reporting to ORG’s unrestricted donors on use of their funds and ORG’s future priorities. 
  • Building relationships with the media to maximise ORG’s profile and research uptake. 
  • Organising occasional special events, regional outreach meetings, etc. 

People and Systems Management

  • Line managing the Senior Communications Officer and Fundraising and Communications Assistant, developing an inclusive team culture. 
  • Taking responsibility for the optimisation and use of ORG’s relationship management software and its correct use by other staff members. 

Person Specification








Education and qualifications


A degree in Politics, International Relations, Peace/War Studies, Development Studies or similar.




At least three years of experience of charitable fundraising, including at a managerial level.



Experience of developing and implementing integrated fundraising and communications or marketing strategies.



Experience in use of fundraising and relationships management databases, preferably eTapestry.



Experience of proactive engagement with the media in a public relations, marketing or journalistic context.



Experience of organising fundraising and networking events.



Experience of successful fundraising from corporate givers.



Knowledge of the current status of charitable giving, social innovation and investment, and philanthropy in the UK and, preferably Europe and the US.



Knowledge of digital and traditional marketing tools, techniques and strategies.



Understanding of the peace and security NGO sector in the UK and current issues/debates in foreign, defence and development policy.


Skills and Abilities

An adept networker with a demonstrable track record of mobilising funds for charities.



Ability to work in a team and independently, taking initiative and responsibility for own workload.



Excellent writing and editing skills/excellent written and oral communication, fluent in English at the level of a native speaker.



Ability to multi-task and respond flexibly to a quickly changing workload.


Other Requirements

Commitment to ORG’s Vision, Mission and Objectives.