Location: Open (London preferable)
Hours per week: 40hr full-time, with one hour per day for lunch
Location: Remote
Salary: £33,000 – £37,000 depending on experience
Deadline to apply: Rolling applications, final deadline 12 July 2023
Ideal start date: Mon 31 July 2023
Reporting to: Co-Director, Programmes & Organisational Development
Teams: Strategy & Fundraising
Key relationships: Co-Directors, Finance & Operations Manager, Communications Manager


About Makan

Makan is a Palestinian-led educational organisation that strengthens voices for Palestinian rights. We contribute to transforming the existing narrative on Palestine/Israel to one that upholds freedom, justice and equality for all. We do this by delivering educational programmes and training on Palestine & intersecting struggles, building useful resources and tools for Palestine advocates, and connecting people and organisations active on the issue to one another. In this way, we help to strengthen the Palestine movement in Britain and, by extension, the global movement pushing for freedom for Palestinians.

We envision a world where Palestinians are free from oppression, and are living in freedom, justice, equality, and dignity. We recognise that the freedom of Palestinians is intertwined with the freedom of oppressed peoples everywhere, and that we are therefore in collective struggle.

What you’ll do: As Makan’s Development Manager you will be fulfilling a key role for Makan, leading our fundraising efforts in Britain and internationally, using your excellent interpersonal and organisational planning skills to ensure annual fundraising targets and objectives are met.

This is a role with a meaning and purpose, for someone who is excited by Makan’s approach to transformative education and social change. You will be proactive, highly organised, with great attention to detail, and the confidence to share your ideas and work collaboratively with the whole Makan team.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Managing day to day of donor relationships, including organising regular email updates and annual meetings with major donors

  • Managing the administration of fundraising activities, including regularly updating donor databases

  • Working with Co-Directors and Finance & Operations Manager on annual income and expenditure forecasting

  • Working with Communications Manager to develop and implement a communications & engagement plan for different types of donors

  • Working closely with Makan co-founder to build and sustain relationships with new and existing major donors

  • Researching & identifying new donor prospects

  • Developing high quality proposals to apply for funding from institutional donors

  • Representing Makan & speak at public events

  • Working to diversify Makan’s streams of income, including by expanding membership programme to secure more monthly donors

  • Writing reports and updates for individual and institutional donors and for Makan’s Board

  • Working with the Communications Manager to grow Makan’s profile and visibility with key target audiences

  • Working with the Programmes team to understand and demonstrate Makan’s impact to donors

  • Traveling occasionally (including but not limited to North America, Europe, and the Arab world) to hold fundraising events, identify and cultivate relationships with new potential donors

  • Working with Trustees to ensure they are equipped to support Makan’s fundraising activities

  • Working as part of Makan’s Strategy Team and playing a central role in helping to develop programmatic strategy for the organisation.

  • Carrying out other associated duties that may arise in line with the remit of the position.

Wider Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the mission, ethos and values of Makan

  • Working collaboratively with others in all aspects of our work

  • Representing and being an ambassador for Makan, in connection with Makan’s programmes

  • Maintaining and enhancing skills through continuous professional development

  • Abiding by Makan’s organisational policies, codes of conduct and practices

  • Treating with confidentiality any personal, private or sensitive information about individuals, organisations and or staff and Makan data.


Essential Criteria: 

  • Demonstrable track record  of major donor fundraising and building income-generating partnerships

  • A strong communicator, with excellent written and spoken (face to face and video/phone) presentation skills who is able to build effective working relationships with a variety of prospective donors and organisations

  • Ability to flourish in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, handling multiple tasks and meeting deadlines, while working both independently and in a collaborative team environment

  • Initiative and proactive attitude to driving new fundraising initiatives

  • High level of resilience and the ability to handle rejection well

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work flexibly in a small team, building strong, trusting day-to-day relationships with colleagues

  • A strong sense of self-motivation, ambition, and determination to achieve ambitious targets

  • Experience managing CRMS / databases

  • Knowledge of the charity/non-profit sector – proactively staying up to date with relevant sector best practice

Advantageous criteria: 

  • Fluency in Arabic

  • Previous experience working on / studying the issue of Palestine

  • Experience presenting to small, medium and large audiences



Makan is committed to equitable opportunities, inclusion and diversity. We encourage openness around mental, health, hidden and visible barriers. We have built a supportive team that is committed to your well-being, progression and development. Our benefits include:

  • Working from home

  • Flexible hours

  • Access to well-being fund

  • Continual professional development opportunities

  • A supportive team of talented, knowledgeable and compassionate colleagues

  • Opportunities to participate in Makan’s workshop programme

How to apply 

At Makan we believe in giving you a choice on how to apply for the role and what medium to use. Please send a CV together with a written statement, a short video or an audio recording telling us:

  1. What makes you the right candidate for the role

  2. How you meet the essential criteria

  3. What excites you most about this role

Please submit your application together with two referees to [email protected] by 5pm on 26 July 2023 at the latest. We will be assessing applications and inviting suitable candidates for an interview on a rolling basis.

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