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Senior Fundraising Manager ($60,000 – $70,000 per year)

Peace Direct is dedicated to supporting local people to stop war and build lasting peace in some of the world’s most fragile countries. Led by local people, we tackle the causes of violence at the root, and rebuild lives after war has torn communities apart. We are dedicated to making peace a practical option, ensuring local people have the skills and resources to make it a reality.

We are a growing international organization headquartered in the United Kingdom, with an affiliated office in the United States, and we are seeking a dynamic Senior Fundraising Manager to join our small and growing office in Washington, DC. Building upon our strong reputation in the field of peacebuilding, we are now seeking to expand our individual donor program in the United States while supporting the overall growth of the organization in the U.S. Our reputation has already helped us to cement some very important partnerships with private foundations as well as an international ‘direct-to-consumer’ brand which is poised to boost our brand recognition and presence among potential donors in the United States.

Peace Direct aims to raise $500K per year within the next three years from the general public and high net worth donors. A successful candidate for this position is someone who has at least five years of experience, ideally with a focus on individual giving, and who is seeking an opportunity to build a fundraising operation in the U.S. office over the next few years. This position is the lead fundraising staff in the U.S. office, supported by a Development and Administrative Assistant and the Senior US Representative. The person in this role will work closely with the U.K. team, which guides Peace Direct’s global fundraising and communications strategy.

The main responsibilities of the Senior Fundraising Manager are to:

  • Collaborate with the Head of Fundraising in the U.K. to develop a comprehensive strategy for financial sustainability in the U.S., with a focus on increasing unrestricted funding from individuals (major, mid-level, and small dollar donors).
  • Co-steward the existing corporate partnership, ensuring that the organization takes full advantage of all brand development, audience building, and outreach opportunities afforded.
  • Deepen engagement with members of the U.S. Board of Directors to expand their fundraising efforts.
  • Prospect, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual major donors to bring in approximately $50,000 in contributions in the first year.
  • Create a digital outreach and solicitation program to engage US-based mid-level and small-dollar donors, achieving at least $25,000 in new gifts from these populations in the first year.
  • Engage the U.S. Senior Representative and the Chief Executive in donor stewardship and cultivation as needed to achieve U.S. fundraising goals.
  • Develop a strategy for using events and strategic public outreach to cultivate and steward individual donor relationships in the U.S.
  • Manage effective individual donor communications, gift acknowledgements, and ongoing cultivation to ensure retention and growth of the U.S. donor base.

Required Education, Skills and Qualifications

  • A commitment to Peace Direct’s mission and the overall work of peace building.
  • At least 5 years experience managing individual donor programs (including major gift, mid-level donors, and small-dollar donors), preferably for an international organization based in the U.S.
  • Experience building and managing a digital fundraising program.
  • Experience managing corporate partnerships where the corporate partner plays an active role in fundraising strategy and implementation.
  • Experience and ability to effectively engage board members in fundraising efforts
  • Knowledge of the U.S. funding landscape (both institutional and individual donors) for international development organizations.
  • Experience using Salesforce or other CRM software.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work iteratively and innovate in a start-up environment.
  • Comfort working with remote colleagues in a different time zone.
  • Ability to travel up to 25%, including some international travel.
  • Collaborative, team-oriented approach.

How to apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter that explains your interest in and qualifications for the position in response to this announcement, to [email protected]

Deadline: 14 December 2018

This is a full time, permanent position, based in Peace Direct’s office in Washington, D.C., located in a dynamic We Work shared workspace community.  Peace Direct is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.


Peacebuilding Fellowship

Who We Are

Peace Direct works with local people to stop violent conflict and build lasting peace.  We believe the best solutions to conflicts come from local people who are directly affected by the violence in their communities, and it should be local groups who lead efforts to build peace in their societies.  We work with local partners in conflict situations around the world (Burundi, DRC, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Sudan, Mali, Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Nigeria, Syria) to support, strengthen, and raise awareness of their work.  We also work with funders, policymakers, and others in the international peacebuilding community to improve practices and policies in ways that help support local peacebuilders. In addition, we also run, which includes information on more than 1,600 local peacebuilding groups around the world.

Peacebuilding Fellow

Through our Peacebuilding Fellowship program, young professionals work full-time for 6-12 months with our Washington, DC, office gaining experience and contributing to our work on a variety of advocacy, research, and outreach projects.  Fellows support ongoing programs and take leadership on specific projects from start to finish.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop expertise and be able to represent the work of Peace Direct and its partners.
  • Lead specific areas of research and advocacy to influence policy change in Washington and at the UN (i.e., Yemen, DRC, Mali, Syria, women and peacebuilding, youth and peacebuilding, sustaining peace).
  • Help host visits from our local peacebuilding partners to the US, including organizing and leading meetings with policymakers and practitioners in the peacebuilding community.
  • Organize and lead public events on behalf of Peace Direct, including promotion of our work and local peacebuilders and educational events on specific issues.
  • Attend key policy and peacebuilding events, representing Peace Direct’s work with colleague organizations and briefing staff in US and UK offices.
  • Support outreach and mapping with local peacebuilding groups in the US, including possible travel and event organizing in key states.
  • Draft and help disseminate monthly email newsletters, blogs, social media posts, and other communications.
  • Assist with data entry, information management, correspondence with Peace Direct supporters, and other office duties as needed.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree, or equivalent work experience, in peace and conflict, international development, human rights, community organizing, non-profit leadership or a related field.
  • At least two years experience within the peacebuilding or conflict resolution field, including academic, policy, or community-based work.
  • Experience with specific country or thematic issues/partners with which Peace Direct works.
  • Experience representing an organization and its mission to public constituencies.
  • A passion and commitment to Peace Direct’s mission of supporting local peacebuilders and improving practice and policy to better support them.
  • Independent initiative, ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and manage a workload without heavy supervision.
  • Professionalism and ability to represent an organization and its mission to various stakeholders.
  • Strong communications skills, including writing, speaking, and public outreach.
  • Experience planning and organizing events or projects from conception to completion.
  • Ability to work well with a team and willingness to take on new responsibilities.
  • Experience with Microsoft office programs, social media, and database or information management systems.


Fellows are full-time temporary employees of Peace Direct and receive a salary of $2000/month along with paid holiday and sick leave benefits.  Health care is not provided.

Additional Benefits

  • Opportunity to play a leadership role within a small and dynamic organization.
  • Networking opportunities with the international peacebuilding community;
  • Skills development in communications, outreach, and event organizing;
  • Gaining experience with country-specific issues of interest;
  • Exposure and potential connections to local peacebuilding groups around the world;
  • Professional reference and career advice from a seasoned Washington DC peace advocate;
  • The chance to make a real contribution to Peace Direct’s work to support local peacebuilders.
  • Peace Direct has a small office located in a shared work space with a wide range of information-sharing and networking opportunities with other socially oriented organizations.

How to Apply:  Please send a cover letter and resume expressing your interest and why you think you are a good match for the position, along with two references, to Christine at [email protected].  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Jobs at our London Office


Senior Programme Development Officer (£27,000 – £29,000)

We are looking for a dynamic Senior Programme Development Officer to help increase the impact of our work, by working within our Programme Development team to identify, apply and steward all our trust and foundation donors. This is an ideal role for someone with a passion for fundraising in international development who has been working in this field for a few years and is keen to progress to a more senior role.

We have a big ambition to change the way the international community responds to violent conflicts around the world, as well as to inspire the general public to support the work of local people on the ground who are working tirelessly to build peace. This is a very exciting time for Peace Direct, as we have been growing at a fast pace over the last few years and are likely to grow even more in the coming years. We are looking for someone who can hit the ground running and take over the management of our portfolio of trust and foundation donors (both in the UK and abroad).

The ideal candidate will have experience managing relationships (including applications and reporting) with trusts, foundations and/or institutions (including experience securing gifts of £100,000 – £500,000).  They will also have excellent research and communication skills and a high standard of written English. This role will work closely with our International Programmes team and our local partners to produce high standard applications and reports to new and existing donors. Given the breadth of our work, you will be fundraising for a range of projects in different contexts ensuring a huge variety of work. This is a demanding fundraising role, suitable for people who can manage multiple priorities and work to tight deadlines.

Finally, we are looking for someone who genuinely believes in our mission to stop violent conflict and build sustainable peace and who is excited by the prospect of joining a dynamic and growing international charity.

The deadline for applications is 5.30pm (UK time) on 20 December 2018. However, we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis so early applications are encouraged although all applications will be given due consideration. Only completed applications will be accepted and only applicants with the right to work in the UK will be considered.

If you are interested, please email a completed application form to [email protected]

Call for consultants: editor for report on inclusion and peacebuilding

Earlier this year Peace Direct, in partnership with Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative (IPTI) and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), held a series of online consultation on the topics of inclusion, peacebuilding, and civil society. Participants from around the world were invited to share how civil society addresses challenges and dilemmas related to delivering inclusive in their own contexts. Two reports based of the discussions were prepared for the participants.

Peace Direct is seeking a consultant to combine these two existing internal reports into one synthesis report for external dissemination. The public report will form part of Peace Direct’s ‘Local Voice for Peace’ series (examples of previous reports can be found here and here).

The consultant will act as editor and will:

  • Propose a structure/table of contents for the report
  • Review and consolidate the two reports (each around 20 pages), drawing on the best bits from each to weave into a synthesis report
  • Identify key themes and novel contributions of the report and share with the editorial group
  • Write any text that might be necessary for each chapter, either to ensure continuity between sections of text or to provide context, introductions and conclusions
  • Edit the overall document to high quality publication standards
  • A minimum of two feedback rounds are expected with the editorial group
  • While editing, flag any concerns and open questions and convey to editorial group.

The final publication is expected to be approx. 30 pages in length and follow a format similar to previous Local Voices for Peace reports. We are aiming for a publication date of early February. A final draft of the text must be completed by the end of December or early January.

To apply: Please contact Joel Gabri ([email protected]) with details of your experience, rates, and an estimation of the time you will need for the project. Because of the time sensitive nature of the project, applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. We will appoint as soon as possible. The consultant is not expected to work in the Peace Direct offices and meetings can take place either in person or via Skype/Zoom.