ActionAid: Head of Fundraising and Communications

Head of Fundraising and Communications


Full time

€60,000 - €70,000+ negotiable on experience

As part of the ActionAid International federation, we worked with almost 6 million people in 46 countries around the world in 2018.

This work, made possible because of the generous support by people in Ireland, helps ensure children, especially girls, realise their right to education and to a better future and it puts women at the centre and aims to ensure fair division of work, access to healthcare and to income.  

ActionAid Ireland is at the half-way point in our five-year strategy which places fundraising at its heart. It commits us to diversifying our channels and increasing unrestricted income. Currently Individual Giving accounts for 70+% of income with many long-term supporters. We are developing our digital offering and relationship fundraising streams including major donors and legacies.  Our Communications strategy is designed to support the delivery of our fundraising goals.

As Head of Fundraising and Communications you will work closely with the CEO and Board to lead the implementation of the organisation’s strategy and the subsequent development of operational plans.

With your team (4) you will have the opportunity to grow voluntary and unrestricted fundraising through a range of income streams.

ActionAid Ireland is a lead member of the federation, we need you to actively contribute to and engage with ActionAid fundraising leadership internationally, in particular developing regions.

If you are an experienced fundraiser with a track record devising and implementing fundraising strategies, particularly within individual giving it would be great to hear from you.

In return we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, flexible working arrangements in a progressive international development organisation, committed to improving women’s rights.

For more information please click through to the Job description.

Closing date 9am 23rd September 2019

1st round interviews will be held on Friday 4th October in Dublin 1, although there is flexibility

Salary €60,000 - €70,000+ negotiable on experience.

For an informal confidential conversation please contact Quinton Seemann at

Application is by CV and cover letter to

About ActionAid

ActionAid provides long term support to women and children in developing countries, so they can overcome the obstacles holding them back. Our approach is to empower local women to take control over their own lives. ActionAid Ireland was established in 1983 and is a member of ActionAid International, one of the world’s most respected development federations.

In 2018, ActionAid worked with almost 6 million people in 46 countries around the world, here is a video highlighting just some of this work:

ActionAid does things differently to many other international NGOs, our base is in the global south and we operate as a federation, meaning all ActionAid affiliates have equal input into how we create real and lasting change. We have developed innovative approaches that put communities at the front and centre. You can read more about how we are innovative in this article, written by a former trustee:

In times of disaster we promote the leadership of local women, who better to identify what is needed in an emergency and ensure that vulnerable people such as children, the elderly and pregnant women are not left out of the response.

From Ireland, we are also developing new and innovative ways of working. Our Irish Aid funded Women’s Rights programme in Kenya, Nepal and Ethiopia is using a behaviour change approach developed by University College London in an effort to end early girl marriage, prevent gender-based violence, gain land rights for women and help girls receive an education. This is the first time such an approach has been used in a development context.

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