Position Identification

Position Title: Community Fundraiser

Organisation: Islamic Relief South Africa

Location: KZN, South Africa

Reports to: Regional Fundraising Manager

Line Management Responsibilities: None

Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) is an independently registered NGO affiliated to Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), the world’s largest, independent Muslim humanitarian organisation. Islamic Relief’s mission is to help the poor and those in need regardless of race, colour, political affiliation, gender or belief to live sustainable, self-reliant lives within safe and caring communities.

Purpose of Department

To develop and implement strategies to increase the funding income of Islamic Relief through a range of fundraising initiatives and through acquisition and retention of donors, volunteers and supporters.

Purpose of Position

This role is to ensure that Islamic Relief’s message is disseminated broadly amongst our targeted donor communities in the region, to create awareness of IRSA fundraising campaigns and support community activities to raise donations for specified causes.

Key Interfaces

  • Reports to Regional Fundraising Manager
  • Works closely with Events and Challenges Officers, Junior Fundraisers, Donor Care Officer and the wider Fund Development team.

Scope and Authority :

  • Recruit, co-ordinate and supervise volunteers and volunteer groups within the assigned region/area
  • Take a volunteer-led approach in ensuring the effective delivery of fundraising activities and events locally
  • Actively recruit, account manage and develop a growing number of prospects interested in developing into Islamic Relief committed supporters.
  • Working across all teams to ensure the adequate management of existing community fundraising prospects to ensure Islamic Relief is developing a strong base of holistic support from the new and existing groups.
  • To ensure that fundraising activity is implemented and managed locally to deliver budgets, targets and income in line with regional plans and strategies.
  • Recruit and work with individuals within the community who actively fundraise for Islamic Relief.

Key Accountabilities

The job holder is accountable for fulfilling his or her roles and responsibilities in line with Islamic values and principles of fairness, humanity, honesty, respect and fair treatment of his/her colleagues and staff. The following are the main responsibilities that the role holder will be accountable for:

Plan and deliver fundraising initiatives at the local level

  • Manage mosque and community relations
  • Organizing Jummah or Taraweeh collections for campaigns.
  • Distribute material for specific campaigns at mosques and other gatherings
    (Ramadan, Qurbani, Emergencies)
  • Set up fundraisers at mosques and in the community to raise funds and
  • Meet fundraising targets and ensure return on investment is met with individuals
    and/or networks we partner with
  • Provide fundraising support to stakeholders working with Islamic Relief
  • Respond to fundraising and other enquiries in relation to regional activities
  • Promote Islamic Relief messaging, campaigns, activities and appeals

Organise and coordinate fundraising and promotional events in the region.

  • Ensuring that local fundraising events, activities and collections etc (including outreach collections) run effectively and are well planned, marketed and supported
  • Assist in the coordination and implementation of national events when required.
  • Attend, promote & raise funds for Islamic Relief at any event organised by third
  • Draw up and implement regional plans
  • Draw up and implement regional annual/ campaign/activity plans with line managers according to
    agreed objectives and budgets
  • Coordinate plans with other key personnel and volunteers.
  • Develop strong volunteer networks nationally
  • Build a regional volunteer team by recruiting, training and managing members
  • Lead the regional volunteer team in planning and executing community events
  • Ensure all volunteers working with Islamic Relief are properly registered, inducted, trained and
  • Lead volunteer team in executing larger IR events, challenges and tours
  • Assist with any fundraising activities taking place in the region
  • Attend and network at local and IR events to build relationships, recruit for new volunteers
  • Maintain and update a volunteer database for your area of work.
  • Fulfil administrative duties in relation to responsibilities.
  • Maintain an organised and accessible filing and documentation system.
  • Fulfil all obligations with regard to the processing of donations.
  • Ensure relevant reports are completed within agreed time frames
  • Attend events & meetings and ensure actions are followed up
  • To participate in events & meetings requested by the line manager and others associated with
    the work above
  • To ensure that decisions from any meetings or discussions are followed up
  • Ensure Communication procedures are established and adhered to
  • Respond to local enquiries from supporters and institutions about IR’s work.
  • Liaise with management as required.
  • Communicate performance with line manager.
  • To ensure regular reporting on activities, campaigns and produce an end of year report.
  • General Duties of Islamic Relief Staff Member
  • Contribute to the effective and efficient running of Islamic Relief as appropriate
  • Participate, as appropriate, in Staff forums and Meetings
  • Adhere to Islamic Relief’s Policies and Procedures
  • Represent Islamic Relief to the wider community as appropriate
  • Treat all colleagues, volunteers and members of the public with dignity and work within and adhere
    to Islamic Relief’s equal opportunities statement and polices.
  • Ensure professionalism and credibility at all times
  • Any other tasks deemed appropriate by manager within the scope of the role

Educational Qualification:

  • Tertiary qualification/s in relevant & related discipline
  • Some voluntary or professional fundraising experience

Skills & Knowledge Required

It is essential that the post holder shows a good understanding and empathy with the Islamic Values and principles as well as commitment to IRSA’s vision and mission.


  • Current driving licence
  • Significant voluntary or professional fundraising experience
  • Delivery of outcomes through others – peers, volunteers or staff – in a professional or voluntary context


  • Understanding of the motivational and management needs of volunteers
  • Working understanding of the legal requirements affecting community based fundraising
  • Broad understanding of fundraising techniques and the specific value, role and techniques utilised within Community Fundraising activity
  • Able to work outside an office environment and manage remote relationships
  • Budgeting and use of KPIs to monitor and manage financial performance
  • Elements of fundraising feasibility assessment required to make informed decisions on ideas/concepts
  • Use of Microsoft Office, data bases and internet to deliver business goals
  • Understanding of equalities and diversity and how it affects this role, the organisation and volunteers/supporters.


  • Well developed interpersonal skills, able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing as well as build relationships with people of all backgrounds, levels and settings including business, social and educational
  • Able to motivate others, mentor and coach them in goal delivery
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills with ability to engage and inspire a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate plans in a cycle of continuous improvement
  • Ability to manage and resolve conflict
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and conflicting demands, delegate, organise and plan time effectively
  • Initiative – ability to formulate own ideas and action plans. Implementing own initiatives and those of others to achieve organisational objectives.
  • Resilient and solution focussed – able to deal positively with setbacks, identify and implement solutions to difficulties
  • Entrepreneurial and creative – able to identity and seize opportunities, based on insight and rational assessment.
  • Work to established and develop systems for tracking and monitoring progress of events and projects.
  • Work flexibly to support section priorities and to maximise opportunities
  • Able to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Use information technology systems and packages within a work environment that will assist with this role.


  • Willingness to be flexible about hours and location of work in order to accommodate events, functions and work activity. The role requires travel throughout region, late nights and overnight stays.

Key Islamic Relief Qualities Required

  • It is essential that the post holder shows a good understanding and sympathy with Islamic values and principles as well as commitment to IR’s vision and mission as per below:

 Our actions in tackling poverty are marked by excellence in our operations and conduct which are deserving of the people we serve.

 In responding to poverty and suffering our efforts are driven by sincerity to God and the need to fulfil our obligations to humanity

 Our work is founded on enabling people and institutions to fulfil the rights of the poor and vulnerable. We work to empower the dispossessed towards realising their God-given human potential and developing their capabilities and resources.

 We believe the protection and well-being of every life is of paramount importance and we shall join with other humanitarian actors to act as one in responding to suffering brought on by disasters, poverty and injustice.

 We uphold our duty of custodianship over the earth, its resources and the trust people place in us as humanitarian and development practitioners to be transparent and accountable.

Closing date: COB 25 th February 2022

Please forward a copy of the completed application form (available on the website), 1 page motivational letter and your CV along with a certified copy of your ID to [email protected]before the 25th March 2022. .

Dearest applicant, kindly consider the following:

If the requirements of the application as above, is not met, we will consider the application as incomplete and this will therefore not be accepted.

Please note that if you do not hear from us by 11 th March 2022, consider your application unsuccessful.

Over and above operational requirements Islamic Relief South Africa will take into account the country’s and organisational employment equity imperatives.

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