OXFAM SOUTH AFRICA: Institutional Funding Manager – Filled

About Oxfam South Africa (OZA)

Oxfam LogoOxfam South Africa is a new, independent organisation whose mandate begins but extends beyond South Africa. Oxfam has been engaged with social justice in South for more than 50 years, a legacy which OZA consolidates and deepens. OZA has developed an ambitious Strategic plan aimed at advancing social justice in South Africa and beyond, with a focus on addressing the systemic roots of poverty and inequality.

Oxfam, one of the leading global development organisations, is driven by a vision of a just world without poverty and mobilises the power of people to achieve that vision. Oxfam is a diverse confederation of 17 strongly interconnected national affiliates working in over 90 countries, either directly, or with partners to enable transformational change, using a unique combination of long-term development, campaigning and humanitarian programmes.

The Oxfam Confederation is currently undergoing a period of transformational change which envisions a future where we are a more interdependent network, driven more by knowledge, organised for more simplicity internally and more globally balanced. Oxfam strives to have affiliates in southern countries that are autonomous, can raise their own funds, run their own programs, make their own alliances with local people’s movements, and lobby their own governments and businesses. OZA is the first African organisation that will become a full affiliate of the Oxfam Confederation.

Oxfam South Africa attaches great importance to an efficient and effective delivery of program and in diversifying its donor base. OZA aims to grow to a medium-sized organisation in the next 3-5 years and to have greater engagement with stakeholders in South Africa, including individuals, corporates and institutional donors. 

Purpose of the Team

  • Raise funds for Oxfam South Africa programs, ensuring quality and consistency in relations with donor institutions and supporting the program teams in the planning and management of its income.
  • Seek new sources of institutional funding, support and lead the design of proposals in accordance with donor requirements and coordinate the accountability process.
  • Manage the portfolio of OZA institutional donor contacts and contracts. 

Purpose of the Role

  • To lead, manage and implement Oxfam South Africa’s Institutional Fundraising Strategy.
  • Raise institutional donor funds for Oxfam South Africa.
  • Develop and implement the institutional fundraising portfolio for South Africa (National, Continental and International) in coordination with the Oxfam affiliates network.
  • Manage financing for sustainability of the program in South Africa:
    • Coordinate relations with the funding units of Oxfam affiliates and maintain up-to-date information on new donor opportunities and relevant calls for tenders for the country.
    • Lead the local institutional fundraising process in South Africa.
    • Support program personnel in the formulation, preparation and/or review of proposals and subsequent reports.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Strategic Leadership
  • Develop, manage and increase OZA’s institutional funding portfolio and income at the national and international levels in coordination with the program staff and other Oxfam affiliate fundraising units.
  • Research and compilation of information on internal and external financing sources at the country level.
  • Lead and support frequent internal and external negotiations with institutional donors.
  • Analyze information on the work, as well as the context in which the programs are developed in order to maximize opportunities for financing the programs.
  • Maintain regular contact with internal players at various affiliate levels at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Contributing in ensuring that Oxfam South Africa’s program work is of good quality.
  1. Fundraising
  • Lead the creation and implementation of an innovative and ambitious Institutional fundraising strategy with clearly articulated targets.
  • Raise and meet ambitious fund-raising targets for the organization through institutional donors.
  • Ensure OZA develops strong and dynamic relations with institutional donors
  • Develop and implement effective systems and processes for fundraising and donor relations.
  • Coordinate with other departments for effective implementation of donor commitments and timely reporting.
  • Act at all times in the best interests of Oxfam while continually promoting the vision and mission within all sections of the community, as well as the media and at appropriate events.
  • Record all donor data and activities on the Oxfam South Africa database.
  • Any other tasks within the scope of the role as agreed.
  1. Management
  • Responsible for supporting the program teams in developing, implementing and following up on the financing strategy in close collaboration with marketing and fundraising staff.
  • Facilitate appropriate administration and quality control of the institutional donor fund portfolio.
  • Lead and formulate, in coordination with the program staff, the preparation and presentation of proposals; control the quality of reports to donors in coordination with the program and finance/administration staff.
  • Support the program teams in the management and renewal of the portfolio of possible sources of financing.
  • Responsible for effective management of institutional donor relations.
  • Train the relevant country staff in fundraising and contract management to maximize OZA’s overall capacity for institutional fundraising. 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • Minimum 5 years of experience in Institutional fundraising experience (e.g. EU, multilateral agencies, Trusts, Foundations and the South Africa Government).


  • Excellent report and proposal writing skills.
  • In-depth Knowledge of Institutional Funding developments and trends in South Africa, the Southern Africa region and internationally.
  • Ability to represent Oxfam with donors, external stakeholders and
  • Knowledge and professional experience in institutional fundraising and project formulation.
  • Excellent communication skills – oral and written.
  • Skill in research, analyses and projections.
  • Skill in preparing narrative financial and budget reports.
  • Skill in working effectively to achieve fundraising targets.
  • Knowledge of NGOs with emphasis on gender and development programs.
  • Skill in understanding and obtaining information and managing information.
  • Skill in transmitting knowledge to others about correct process procedures.
  • Excellent time management and ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Knowledge of and skill in working with program and financing contract management systems.
  • MS Office computer skills (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Electronic database experience.
  • Ability to multitask and meet
  • Fluent knowledge of English – written and spoken.
  • An understanding of the role Oxfam plays within the NGO sector and the South African political environment and how this can be leveraged with institutional donors.
  • Proven ability to work across the organization to create and deliver against strategic plans and set targets.
  • Proven ability to build internal and external relationships which deliver on organizational and departmental goals.
  • Strategic thinking, entrepreneurial flair, forward thinking, innovative and dynamism with a problem-solving approach and ability to fully employ these attributes within own area of responsibility.
  • Strong commitment to Oxfam’s mission and values.
  • Flexible approach to working hours – ability and willingness to work evening and weekends when necessary.
  • Available for travel both locally and internationally.
  • Valid passport.

How to Apply

All applications must be addressed to KM Global Consulting and sent directly to oxfam@kmglobalconsult.com stating OXFAM-IFM-RSA in the subject line.