Child Life Line (“CLL”) is a not-for-profit Non-Governmental-Organisation (‘NGO’), registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission and based in Lagos, Nigeria. CLL was founded in 1994 with the aim of providing care and support to vulnerable and homeless children in Lagos.
CLL has a residential centre for boys at Ibeshe, Ikorodu, and a drop-in reception centre for homeless children at Gbagada which is open 5 days a week. At the residential centre, children are placed back in school or in vocational training, and at the drop-in centre, the children receive 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch), have the opportunity to rest, shower and wash their clothes, and receive counselling.
CLL seeks, as its primary goal, to safely reunite and reintegrate children with their families and with society through its program of transitional support. Where it is impossible to place the child back with its family immediately, CLL seeks to ensure that the child is protected and cared for, either at its own residential centre for boys or with another NGO within the UNICEF-sponsored Nigerian Child Protection Network, and is able to continue with its formal education or start vocational training, to enable the child to develop into a self-reliant, independent individual.
THE ROLE (JOB SUMMARY):
CLL has been developing in breadth and depth over the past few years and the capacity to support the organisation needs to increase. We are currently developing our fundraising systems and strategies and are looking for a competent and enthusiastic individual to help us ensure our long-term sustainability. The role of the FEO is an exciting opportunity to use your initiative and creativity to help us develop and improve our strategies, as well as sought-after skills in charity fundraising.
Reporting to the Program Manager (PM), the FEO is responsible for developing and delivering CLL’s fund-raising programme, including developing corporate partnerships, co-ordinating direct mail campaigns, organising fund-raising events and appeals, and sourcing grant income from trusts, foundations and other statutory bodies. In addition, the FEO is responsible for ensuring accurate and consistent data collection and reporting on the children that come to CLL for help and support and on any projects undertaken by CLL, as well as for the evaluation and analysis of the data collected in order to develop and support the organisation’s programs and policies and provide reports to donors and other relevant bodies.
The FEO works closely with the other members of the CLL leadership team, and is expected to work alongside his/her colleagues in supervising and educating the children that come to the drop-in centre on basic literacy, numeracy and life skills and provide such other support and carry out such other duties as the PM may require.
Key Responsibilities/ Work activities
- Help us develop exciting new creative community fundraising strategies through developing resources, working on publicity strategies and more.
- Work with the Program Manager to develop strategy for recruiting major donors and organising successful fundraising events, including receptions for major donors.
- Recruit new supporters and advocates, who represent CLL on a local level.
- Develop attractive resources to accompany our strategy, supporting CLL Executive members in fundraising.
- Research potential funding opportunities and make detailed applications to trust funds and potential donors; write and present proposals
- Establish clears systems and ensure regular applications are made.
- Explore new and alternative source of funding to meet our agreed fundraising targets.
- Manage Donor Relationships
- Manage relationships with existing donors, including providing regular progress reports of the children and project up-dates.
- Ensure up-to date and accurate records are kept of how donations have been applied, and ensure those records are easily accessible for donors.
- Research and approach trusts, government agencies and other bodies that could potentially make grants to the organisation.
- Manage the grant application process and ensure that reporting is tracked and meets donors’ expectations.
- Develop relationships with major donors, identify new potential major donors and nurture relationships.
- Marketing and PR tasks:
- Communicating with the public: online, via the media, through direct mail etc.
- Liaising with copywriter, printer etc to produce fundraising promotional material.
- Develop key performance indicators and lead the development, standardisation and deployment of tools that capture appropriate quantitative and qualitative data to be used in monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
- Update and maintain accurate and complete databases on children and CLL activities; provide monitoring and evaluation reports as required by CLL funding partners in respect of any project or program.
- Provide monthly reports, through the Program Manager, to the Executive Committee (EC) on all M& E activities during the month in review, and half yearly data analysis and evaluation reports.
- Provide feedback to the PM and EC on all strategies and activities, and contribute in-put and ideas to improve the effectiveness and the efficiency of CLL operations.
- work plans as appropriate.
- Facilitate documentation and reporting of assessments, program data, lessons learnt and best practices for internal and external sharing.
- Assist with supervision and provision of basic education to children accessing the CLL drop-in centre.
- Undertake any other duties assigned by the PM or the EC as necessary.