Fundraising Consultant

from Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project
Closing date: 16 Nov 2019

The project

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a research project that records, publishes, and analyzes disaggregated data on political violence and protest. The data are used for a range of purposes, from academic research on dynamics of conflict to informing diplomatic policy, humanitarian services, and development work in conflict-affected contexts. The data are publicly available along with more information about the project at

The role

ACLED is recruiting a Fundraising Consultant. The Fundraising Consultant is a short-term expert who will support the development and execution of specific donor engagement strategies.

Building on an initial fundraising plan developed by ACLED to date, and together in consort with ACLED, s/he will develop a mapping of high priority donor prospects and funding instruments that are aligned to ACLED’s program strategy and priorities. Following agreement with ACLED focal points, s/he will determine primary entry points for engagement with selected donors and support ACLED to pursue them, making use of his/her extensive network of donor contacts.

Duration of the contract is 1-2 months starting in November 2019 during which the Consultant will serve up to 30 days total.

The Consultant will:

  • Identify highly relevant donors, including government agencies (especially foreign ministries), inter-governmental bodies (especially EuropeAid/DevCo), private foundations, and corporations who have funded similar projects and/or use ACLED data;
  • Prioritize potential funding opportunities, providing analysis on why they are likely to be interested in funding ACLED, focusing on donors which seem to hold the greatest potential for ACLED; providing recommendations for next steps in approaching these donors or, where a relationship already exists, next steps to develop the relationship and pursue concrete funding opportunities;
  • Ensure that all prospect development and donor management is delivered through a structured system that allows follow-up and evaluation.


  • Map high-potential donors for ACLED;
  • Design a fundraising strategy and a 6-month action plan, specifically outlining immediate high priority opportunities.
  • Provide documentation of communication with potential donors, including written correspondence, phone calls, meetings, etc.
  • Submit final report of completed assignment and an outline of future action for the following year.
  • Note: All final outputs are the property of ACLED.

Skills & Experience

ACLED is seeking applicants who have the following skills and experience, all of which are essential:

  • Postgraduate degree in nonprofit management/fundraising/development, business studies or a related field (or equivalent professional experience);
  • Must have a minimum of 10 years experience working in fundraising and development for international NGOs/nonprofits, especially for those that conduct research/data collection programming;
  • Must be able to demonstrate practical achievements in fundraising in concrete terms of awards won, specific relationships, etc.;
  • Must have past experience working with the EuropeAid (Devco) and bring solid understanding of EU funding mechanisms, processes, and administration;
  • Solid experience working with or securing grants from government agencies (especially foreign ministries), inter-governmental bodies, private foundations, corporations, and other international donors (especially existing network of contacts);
  • Must have strong organizational, diplomatic, and communications skills;
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure often with tight deadlines;
  • Excellent English (written and spoken).
How to apply:

To apply, please visit ACLED's career portal to submit a CV and a cover letter detailing qualifications and experience.

Further information on the project is available online at**. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible.**