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Development Fellow

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Company Name
Women LEAD (view profile)
Location Kathmandu, Nepal
Date Posted March 18, 2017
Category Fundraising
Job Type Full Time
Duration 12+ months
Closing date for applications 4/14/2017
Experience Required 1+ year


The Women LEAD Fellowship in Nepal is a unique opportunity for talented professionals and recent graduates to gain in-depth international field experience. We’re seeking a driven and organized professional to implement our fundraising strategy and mobilize resources around our cause. If you are self-motivated, passionate about women’s empowerment, and want to work in an impact-driven and fast-paced nonprofit, apply today!

Women LEAD is a leadership and professional development organization that equips young women and girls with the tools and skills they need to create change in their communities. Our vision is of a better world where women leaders co-create the future. Through our intensive, year-long LEAD Course, we work with 30 diverse, high-potential female students in their final year of high school and provide them with hands-on learning and a deep dive into leadership. Since 2011, we have empowered more than 2,000 female high school students with the skills, support and opportunities needed to become leaders in their schools, communities, and nation.

- The Fellow will receive a monthly living stipend which will cover basic living expenses such as rent, meals and incidentals, local transportation, and other costs incurred during the fellowship.
- Visa fees and return flights are covered by Women LEAD (value est. $3,000).


The Development Fellow will work closely with the Executive Director and a cross-cultural team to develop and deliver our fundraising strategy at a critical time of organizational growth. The Fellow will explain and promote the importance and impact of WLEAD work for a variety of audiences. S/he will fulfill an important role as WLEAD pursues grants and other funding sources, and provide essential research to develop a grant prospecting and application strategy.

S/he must be a talented and versatile writer, adept at explaining and promoting the importance of our work for a variety of audiences. S/he will bring their own strengths to the position and must be resourceful and take ownership of their work. An eagerness to learn and advance on the job is essential, as is an ability to adapt in a dynamic environment and excel in new challenges. S/he should have a strong interest in developing his or her own initiatives within the organization.

Include but are not limited to the following (with flexibility to implement other projects of value and interest):

- Research and identify potential donors, including corporations, INGOs, foundations and governments; collect information into a regularly updated development calendar.
- Write and edit grant proposals (LOIs, cover letters, full grant proposals) using and improving upon existing grant templates. Ensure grants budgets align with institutional budgets and forecasts.
- Monitor and coordinate grant administration, interim and end-of-grant reporting, and oversee compliance with approved budgets, contract terms, and legal or regulatory requirements.

- Develop a strong understanding of Women LEAD programs and approach to effectively represent Women LEAD at meetings with donors.
- Oversee the maintenance of the donor database and prospect information. Proactively manage all deadlines and ensure key dates and interactions are tracked using Salesforce.
- Manage and generate all donor communications, including creating or improving materials needed for donor solicitations
- Work closely with the Communications Team to run the annual crowd-funding campaign and in the planning, implementation and evaluation of an annual integrated marketing and communications plan and calendar, for example, WLEAD’s monthly electronic newsletter.
- Coordinate Women LEAD’s protocol for thanking donors, including donor acknowledgements across giving platforms, generating tax receipts and improving upon organizational procedures for donor stewardship.

- Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to implement the 2017 fundraising strategy and develop a strategy for 2018-2020.
- Identify and develop successful local funding strategies and actors, including local corporate sponsorship opportunities and individuals, and build relationships with prospective institutional donors in Nepal.
- Report on annual fundraising progress, patterns, challenges, etc.
- Track trends in philanthropy and institutional giving that may impact approaches to fundraising.
- Work on our Salesforce infrastructure to improve donation tracking, donor touch-points and updates and reporting mechanisms.

- A passion for empowering young women to lead change and participate meaningfully in their country and future.
- At least two years of development experience with proven success in meeting fundraising targets and securing institutional funding.
- Excellent English language skills and a demonstrated ability to write and present effectively to a range of audiences.
- Proven ability to be flexible, independently manage time, balance and prioritize simultaneous assignments and meet tight deadlines with limited supervision.
- Exceptional editing and proofreading skills, and strong attention to detail.
- Self-motivated with a desire to learn in a cross-cultural context and take initiative.
- Experience in building and maintaining strong relationships with external partners. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact professionally with diverse stakeholders.
- A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required, and advanced degree is desirable.
- One-year minimum commitment to living and working in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- Preferred: Nepali language, international work experience and Salesforce


This is a full-time position with a minimum duration of twelve months. For immediate consideration, send the following documents to Please use “Development Fellow - Last Name, First Name” as the subject of your email.

- Cover letter detailing your interest in the position, highlighting relevant experiences and skills;
- Current resume or CV;
- At least two writing samples (successful grant proposals preferred).

Only complete applications will be reviewed. The application deadline is Friday, April 14st, but early submission is strongly encouraged, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.

Women LEAD is an equal opportunity organization—individuals from all ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, genders and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply. Come work with us to achieve our vision of women and girls in key leadership positions alongside men!
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