Fundraising and Programme Officer


Conservation Lower Zambezi
Year Round
Job Overview

Job Title: Fundraising and Programme Officer

Location: CLZ Base Camp, Lower Zambezi, Zambia

Available From: 1st January 2020 

Background: Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) is a Zambian non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the local wildlife and natural resources of the Lower Zambezi for the present and future generations of Zambia. The organization works in collaboration with Zambia’s wildlife authority – the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) and the local community and is centred around three main pillars of support: Wildlife Protection, Environmental Education and Community Engagement.

Funding Context: CLZ benefits from the support of several of the Lower Zambezi Safari Operators whose annual contribution covers approximately 15% of the core operating costs of the organisation. In order to consolidate and expand CLZ’s existing programmes, the balance of the funding is generated by larger institutional grants (e.g. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, US INL, Elephant Crisis Fund, Lion Recovery Fund, Tusk, European Union etc).

Programme Context: Environmental Education Programme – CLZ provides environmental education to schoolchildren living in communities surrounding the Lower Zambezi National Park, reaching over 3,500 learners every year. Annually, CLZ hosts six school visits of four teachers and 24 students, hosts 24 teachers for a teacher training and conducts outreach to over 65 schools in its project areas. Community Engagement Programme – In places where humans and wildlife coexist, providing support to the community forms a key component to wildlife protection. CLZ assists in the Chiawa Game Management Area with Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) incidents through HWC patrols, chilli farming and fences, monitoring HWC incidents, supporting alternative livelihood programmes, building elephant-safe granary stores and constructing hippo fences. Annually, CLZ also organizes an Anti-Snare Campaign, Living with Elephants Workshop, and hosts a Community Sports Day. 

Job Description: CLZ is looking to recruit a full time Fundraising and Programme Officer who will focus on and be responsible for our existing support base and expanding our network further into potential new areas of support. In addition, they will play a role in supervising the Environmental Education and Community Engagement projects alongside the project managers for these activities.

The role will include but not be limited to the following tasks:

1. Pro-active Fundraising: 

  • Pro-actively seek/investigate potential donor organisations who may be approached for project grants;
  • Be fully conversant with all CLZ projects in order to prepare grant applications to final draft stage – for submission to General Manager;
  • Manage relationships with current and future donors, providing timely narrative and financial reports and claims if applicable as well as being fully compliant with all donor agreements and regulations;
  • Work with General Manager to organise and co-ordinate events to support local fundraising streams. Assist with annual fundraisers and other major events;
  • Assist with training management colleagues in grant writing skills.

2. Raising awareness – through public presence, advertising and networking:

  • Support the General Manager in developing and designing marketing materials for use in promotion of projects, events and activities;
  • Support the General Manager in managing and coordinating interactions with local and international media.

3. Financial Management:

  • Assist the Finance and Projects Manager to check through monthly cashbooks and accounts;
  • Prepare monthly grant expenditure reports to match organisation accounting system and ensure all checks and balances are in place.

4. Community Engagement Project:

  • Train, mentor and support the Community Manager and Basecamp Manager to ensure monthly activities are in place using reports and work programs submitted by the Community Manager;
  • Assist with strategic planning for new community engagement projects including income generating activities for local women’s groups and new methods of HWC mitigation;
  • Continue to capacity build within the Community Engagement Programme. 

5. Environmental Education Project:

  • Build capacity and support the management of the EE Project by the Education Manager to ensure that reports are being sent in a timely manner and of acceptable quality;
  • Assist with planning of EE activities and curriculum development;
  • Support EE and Basecamp Managers in the management and running of the CLZ Scholarship programme.

Candidate Profile – The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of a Bachelors’ degree in environmental education, conservation, social science or related field;
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in NGO fundraising (including proposal writing and financial grant management);
  • Experience of financial management and reporting;
  • Experience or awareness of conservation, rural development, environmental education, community based natural resource management and living (preferably in Zambia) and working in developing countries;
  • Ability to live in a remote camp environment;
  • The candidate must be able to demonstrate: 
    • Strong proficiency in written and spoken English 
    • Strong management and organisational skills
    • Strong proficiency of Microsoft Office Packages
    • A proactive approach to problem solving 
    • Leadership skills and characteristics 
    • The ability to function effectively as part of a team
    • The ability to work with minimal supervision

Interested applicants should submit a CV of not more than 4 pages, a 1-page cover letter and 3 contactable references to [email protected] by 1st December 2019. Apply with the subject line: Fundraising and Programme Officer Application. 

Due to the anticipated volume of applicants, CLZ will not be able to respond to unsuccessful candidates.