Position Identification

Position Title:  Community Fundraiser
Organisation:  Islamic Relief South Africa
Location:   KZN, South Africa
Reports to:   HOD – Fund Development

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 on a grassroots level
in the region and create awareness and as a result, instigate and support community
activities to raise money 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

  • Maintain existing donor relationships and partnerships with a focus on an
    allocated area within the region
  • Explore and develop new relationships and partnerships with the goal of widening
    the community outreach and increasing the number of new donors to Islamic
  • Manage the stakeholder relationships by holding regular meetings, providing
    feedback on donations and exploring what Islamic Relief can offer them
  • Manage mosque and community relation
  • 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
  • Utilise personal social media platforms to 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
  • Leverage with relationships held to sell tickets in region ensuring their success
  • 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.
  • Anticipate and overcome potential problems.
  • 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 grass roots
    community events
  • Ensure all volunteers working with Islamic Relief are properly registered, inducted,
    trained and developed.
  • Lead regional volunteer team in executing larger IR events, challenges and tours
  • Assist with any fundraising activities taking place in the region
  • Lead volunteer team to promote and obtain attendance at or with all IR
    fundraising events and initiatives
  • Attend and network at local and IR events to build relationships, recruit for new
  • 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 taking and 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

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/Skills:

  • 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
  • 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 5th March 2021

Please forward a copy of the completed application form (Download form), 1 page motivational letter and your CV along with a certified copy of your ID to [email protected] before the 5th March 2021.

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 consider your application as unsuccessful if you are not contacted within a month after the closing date.

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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