Short term Fundraising Consultant

Malawi Contract Allows remote

1. Background

GiveDirectly's mission is to reshape international giving - and millions of lives - by delivering unconditional, direct cash transfers to the poor. The Brookings Institution estimates that $80B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends $140B each year, much of which is spent on evidence-free interventions. We want to change that, establishing a benchmark as Vanguard did for the financial industry, which will challenge donors and NGOs to make the case that they can do more good for the poor with a dollar than the poor can do for themselves.

Since 2011, GiveDirectly has raised over $240M, delivered cash to more than 100,000 families, and has been widely celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies. The Guardian writes, “GiveDirectly...has sent shockwaves through the charity sector. While the New York Times Magazine adds, “The beautiful thing about GiveDirectly’s approach is that it lets people devise their own path out of poverty.” GiveDirectly’s leading role in the movement towards cash transfers has also been featured in outlets such as NPR, Foreign Affairs, and The Economist.

GiveDirectly Malawi is implementing a $5.5 million projected funded by USAID. Over the course of 2019-2020 we will deliver unconditional cash transfers to 11,000 households in Chiradzulu and Machinga districts.

2. Scope of the Position

The Fundraising Consultant is a short term position supporting the GiveDirectly Malawi Country Director and NY-based Partnerships team. The work can be completed remotely, although it is expected that the successful applicant will be based in Lilongwe or Blantyre.

The role of the consultant is to map the funding landscape in Malawi, to provide the Country Director and Partnerships team with direction and context as they begin to strategize regarding sustained funding for the Malawi office.

The consultant reports to the Country Director. The duration of the contract is 6 weeks (April - May 2019).

We anticipate the outputs outlined below to take ~12 days in total at a daily rate of $400 inclusive of all taxes. We have capped the budget available for the assignment at $5000.

3. Main Responsibilities & Tasks

  1. Scope of the assignment

    1. Assess the capacity and interest of bilateral, multilateral and private donors to fund unconditional cash transfers in Malawi

    2. Analyze potential suitable funding opportunities/grants

    3. Develop a prioritized list of funding opportunities with relevant deadlines and

      required skills/capabilities noted.

  2. Expected Deliverables

The fundraising consultant is expected to provide the following deliverables:

  1. Overview of funding landscape for Malawi by major bilateral, multilateral

    and private donors, including:

    1. Annual budgets for Malawi

    2. Distribution of funding across across various functional

      interventions (eg: nutrition, refugees, livelihoods, etc.)

    3. Specific geographic focus by district

    4. Timing of grants/call downs

    5. List of partners donors have traditionally funded with available

      information on size/type of grants

  2. Overview of existing cash transfer landscape in Malawi, including:

    1. Size of budgets (overall)

    2. Modality of payments (eg: vouchers, mobile money, SCOPE

      [WFP’s platform])

    3. Transfer sizes/total HH payments

    4. Conditionality, if applicable

  3. Prioritized list of suitable funding opportunities/grants, including:

    1. details on requirements and restrictions,

    2. target groups

    3. areas of interest

    4. names of relevant points of contact

    5. recommendations for next steps

4. Qualifications/Requirements a. Background

  1. Deep knowledge of the NGO sector and funding landscape in Malawi

  2. At least 5 years work experiences in fundraising and project development

  3. An ability to work independently

  4. Fluency in English and advanced communication skills

5. Application

a. To apply for this consultancy, please send the following documents genevieve.barrons@givedirectly.org before April 24:

  1. CV clearly addressing the requirements in the ToR

  2. Letter of intent with proposed methodology and availability

  3. 3 reference contacts from similar assignments