Senior Trust Funding Officer

Closing date

Employer: ISF Cambodia

Application close: 9th January 2021. Due to the urgency to fill this role, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to close this advert before the confirmed closing date when we are in receipt of sufficient applications.

Commences: As soon as possible

Contract Type: Full-time (following successful completion of a three-month probation period)

Remuneration: $1,700 per month (before tax), depending on experience + seniority payments and benefits

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Please note that due to Covid-19, candidates not living in Cambodia may be allowed to work remotely for a short period of time, if needed.


About ISF

ISF Cambodia (ISF) is a Cambodian based charity with over 15 years of experience using education and sport to change lives. Our aim is to make a fundamental and lasting change in the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children and their families in Cambodia.

Our Education Programme focuses on children living in Phnom Penh's poorest urban communities whose extreme poverty means they have never gone to school or have had to drop out. We provide them with quality education and healthcare whilst working closely with their communities to lift entire families out of poverty. Through our grassroots Football Programme, ISF works directly with 3,500 youth, promoting equality and providing opportunities to those marginalised by poverty, disability, HIV and gender.

Job Purpose

ISF is looking for a highly motivated individual who can fulfil the position of Senior Trust Funding Officer (STFO). The STFO sits within the Development Team and will contribute to achieving the team’s fundraising targets through securing and managing income from trusts and foundations.

The STFO will identify trusts and foundations and develop a pipeline of new funding opportunities. This role will also cultivate and consolidate robust relationships with trusts and foundations and will be responsible for drafting and submitting high-quality applications and reports. Although trusts and foundations with the ability to grant significant gifts of five figures are prioritised in the team’s fundraising plan, the STFO will also steward a portfolio of smaller trusts and foundations that grant donations of less than $10,000, but which cumulatively constitute significant income for ISF.

We are looking for an experienced individual with a strong track-record of successful applications to charitable trusts and foundations, and someone with the professionalism, energy, creativity and drive to seek out and make the most of funding opportunities.

The Development Team is a small and close-knit team, so you will need to be both self-sufficient and a team player. You will regularly collaborate with people across ISF, from social workers, to the finance team and operations, as well as our local and international partners. You will be an excellent communicator with a passion for ISF. You will be able to articulate the impact we seek to achieve in a way that is accessible, accurate and compelling in order to ensure that ISF is in the best position possible to keep supporting those most in need to build brighter futures.

Accountability and Relationships

  • Reports to the Development Manager
  • Works closely with the Grants and Fundraising Assistant and the Senior Development Officer
  • Part of the Development Team and wider ISF staff team


  • Conducting regular research to identify trusts and foundations whose funding priorities correspond to ISF’s mission in order to develop a pipeline of new funding opportunities that is aligned with the funding needs prioritised within the Development Team
  • Cultivating and consolidating robust relationships with trusts and foundations
  • Updating and monitoring key application and reporting processes, timescales and deadlines in the team’s workplan
  • Preparing and submitting high-quality proposals and budgets for specific funding opportunities
  • Preparing and submitting high-quality and accurate reports for trusts and foundations
  • Working closely with the project teams and the M&E officer to develop monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) frameworks
  • Updating relevant team and organisational databases and systems
  • Staying informed of developments and trends within the sector
  • Providing guidance on and ensuring compliance with donor and ISF rules, regulations, and guidelines
  • Proofing and editing communications and reports
  • Supporting the Development Team with ad-hoc fundraising functions and responsibilities, as requested

Skills and experience required

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a donor-facing role including proposal writing and reporting
  • Formal qualification or training in International Development or a related field
  • Native English speaker
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills with strong attention to detail and ability to tailor messaging to a variety of audiences
  • Successful track record in securing trust and foundation funding and major gifts
  • Successful track record in writing high quality funding proposals, applications and reports
  • Strong financial management skills to include budgeting, analysis and reporting
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating donor-funded projects
  • Excellent time management, administrative and organisational skills with the ability to plan workload, prioritise tasks, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing circumstances
  • Be self-motivated, solution-focused, outgoing, friendly and persuasive; able to impress and motivate ISF’s potential donors and partners


  • CRM (Salesforce) experience
  • Experience of working in Cambodia

Working hours: Monday to Friday, 7 hours a day plus ad hoc events as required


  • Remuneration $1,700 per month (before tax), depending on experience
  • Seniority payments
  • 18 days annual leave a year, plus mandated Cambodian public holidays
  • Health insurance with emergency evacuation
  • Training and professional development opportunities

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter describing how they meet the outlined criteria as well as two writing samples (not significantly edited by others) to

Successful applicants will be required to provide two references and relevant certificates and undertake a police background check in line with ISF’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.