African Grantmakers’ Network (AGN) Coordinator

Responsibility: Coordinate the African Grantmakers’ Network

Reports to: AGN Steering Committee

Liaises with: Member-organizations of AGN

Location: The coordinator will preferably be based within one of the AGN member organizations, but other locations may be considered.

Specific Responsibilities

Working under the supervision of the Chairperson and Co-Chairperson of the steering committee of the AGN, the consultant will provide dynamic coordination of the network. Specifically, he/she will:

  • Efficiently manage and coordinate the core activities of the AGN, which include research and publications on philanthropy in Africa, advocacy for an enabling policy environment, peer learning and exchanges, workshops and convenings, and other membership services.
  • Take initiative in developing and implementing innovative ideas and plans to enlarge and sustain the network.
  • Develop and implement plans for raising the visibility of the AGN as well as building broad support for it.
  • Prepare reports and serve as rapporteur at steering committee meetings.
  • Work with the steering committee to build and strengthen collaborations between the AGN on one hand and philanthropy networks, forums and organizations elsewhere in the world on the other.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Degree and at least 5 years of experience in philanthropy, outreach, and network building.
  • Proven experience of managing membership organizations and networks.
  • Good understanding of international development work
  • Proven ability to function independently, take initiative and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, with prompt follow-through, careful attention to detail and an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other fundraising tools.
  • Strong public-speaking skills, fluency in English and French (oral and written), and excellent knowledge of communication and advocacy strategies.
  • Sound judgment and commitment to AGN’s core values of collaboration, accountability and efficiency.

Background on the African Grantmakers’ Network


The Africa Grantmakers’ Network (AGN) was established in July 2009 in Accra, Ghana, as a collective of African grantmaking institutions. The main goals of the AGN are to:Serve as a platform for peer learning and good practice to enhance good standards and practices.

  1. Amplify local voices in development discourse and African perspectives in global platforms.
  2. Reinforce the tradition of African philanthropy.
  3. Advocate for long-term and sustainable support, including investments and endowments for African philanthropic institutions.Serve as a reference point for Africans in the Diaspora and affirmation of the identity of African philanthropic institutions.
  4. Cultivate productive relations with other civil society formations in Africa and increase networking for effective advocacy around the aid agenda and the legal environment, including the tax regime.
  5. Conduct pertinent research and capacity building to advance the field of African philanthropy.


How to Apply

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to [email protected]. No phone calls or recruiters please. Deadline for applications: July 30, 2010.

The African Grantmakers Network is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and individuals from Africa are encouraged to apply.

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