Cord is an international charity working with people in highly sensitive and oppressive contexts to transform dysfunctional relationships into those that create peaceful and inclusive societies. Our vision, inspired by the Christian faith, is of a world where all people live in the fullness of peace, have the freedom to flourish and live free from fear. We work towards this through employing and working with people of all faiths and none.

Cord’s strategy, Promoting the Power of Peaceful Relationships, builds on what it has learnt from its recent programme work, adapting to the new challenges and opportunities that are present in the world today.

Cord is looking for someone to support our institutional fundraising. Working with recently developed country strategies, your role will be to accelerate the process of identifying suitable donors and to adapt project concepts to be well targeted to donor priorities. It is envisaged that this role will lead on or support the submission of ten well targeted bids within the initial 12 month contract term.

This role would suit someone who has substantial experience engaging donors around project concepts and coordinating, leading and writing successful bids of $1m of above.


The ideal candidate will need to have:


  • Substantial knowledge of relevant donor priorities and strategies
  • Understanding of how to write engaging and convincing proposals
  • Substantial experience of bid development and of securing funding
  • Extensive experience of forging new relationships with donors and partners


Prior understanding of Cord’s operating contexts, programmatic themes and priority donors would be a distinct advantage:

  • Programme themes: social cohesion, freedom of religion/belief, prevention of gender based/sexual violence, land rights, support for civil society &/or human rights defenders
  • Operating contexts: South East Asia (Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam) and Africa (Burundi, Uganda, Ethiopia)
  • Priority donors: SDC, DRL, FCDO, Dutch MFA, EU, USAID, GIZ 

Full details about the role are in the recruitment pack .

To apply please complete our application form and send it to [email protected] by the closing date of Sunday 9th May 2021, at 23.59 GMT  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and interviews will be organised according to availability. As such, the application window may close prior to the date above if a suitable candidate is appointed.  

Cord is an equal opportunities employer