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Volunteer role: Fundraising Strategy Advisor

Type of role:Business, management and IT
Location:Yangon, Myanmar
Application Closing Date:31 Oct 2020
Interview date:TBA
Start date:ASAP

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

The Fundraising Strategy Advisor will work as part of Civil Society and Media Project (CSM) II project, with one of local partner organization, Pace on Peaceful Pluralism (PoPP) to provide independent advice and technical support in developing and/or executing strategic, operational plans and proposal in order to meet defined fundraising targets, objectives, and aspirations. The Fundraising Strategy Advisor will be based in Yangon, work closely with programme teams, provide technical support and trainings to partner organizations.

The Volunteer contract duration is 3 months (possible to be extended to 6 months) and to begin ASAP. The position is a full-time volunteer role.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Essential criteria (must have to be able to carry out the role successfully)

• Ability to work independently
• Socially and culturally sensitive, good listener, non-judgmental and open to new information, interested in listening to different points of view, ability to process the information they hear in multi stakeholder groups

• Have experience in developing fundraising strategies and funding proposal

• S/he must be a strong salesperson, possessing the ability to negotiate, build and maintain relations and inspire others.
• S/he must also have a keen understanding of a varied fundraising techniques
• Exceptional problem solving and decision making skills are imperative, as is the ability to think analytically.
• Strong group facilitation skills
• Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision
• Good oral and written communication skills in English

Desirable Criteria: (skills that could be an advantage in the role)
• Successful professional track record in the raising of funds for an organization of similar scope
• Proven knowledge and understanding of volunteering systems in developing countries
• Previous volunteer management experience
• Bsc in marketing/social sciences
• Minimum of three years in a similar role

Right to work in Myanmar is required.

Equal Opportunities

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.

We have zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy.


As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.


VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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VSO has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. We expect all our employees/volunteers to ensure we protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm and abide by our safeguarding policy (PDF).

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