Together We Learn is a small organisation that works to support children in Ethiopia to access quality education. We have been working closely with our Ethiopian partner organisation, based in Amhara and Oromia, for over 20 years to achieve this. The UK team is a small, close-knit team that supports the fundraising, international communications, and project delivery of the Ethiopian team.
Our Student Sponsorship programme creates international links to enable students from low-income households in Ethiopia to access school, and to improve their quality of life. The UK Sponsorship Coordinator acts as the international link between the Ethiopian Sponsorship team and sponsors, reviewing annual updates, responding to queries, and tracking schedules and data to ensure activities are delivered and reported on schedule.
This role would be suited to someone looking for part-time work in a small, dedicated charity team, where you can see how your work is having an impact. It would be a good fit for someone looking to enter the international development sector, or looking for a rewarding part-time role.
Together We Learn has been working to improve our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity. As part of this, we are actively seeking to improve the diversity of our team, as we recognise the value that expertise in the lived experience and first-hand knowledge of a country, its culture, and its contexts, has for our work. You can read about our intentions for our Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity work on our website. Therefore, we would really encourage applications from the Habesha (Ethiopian) diaspora and African diaspora candidates.
Together We Learn has an office in Finsbury Park, London. We facilitate hybrid working, so staff can do some work days at home if it is convenient for them, we also feel that shared days in the office help the sociability and productivity of our small team, so do encourage days in the office. We are open to understanding a candidate’s current situation, and what working arrangement is best for them, so would be willing to consider an arrangement that works for both parties.
How to Apply
To apply for the role please send your CV and a cover letter. The cover letter should include, the reason for your interest in the role, how you meet the person specification, or what skills you could bring to the role, and how the role fits in with your current situation.
Purpose of the role: The Sponsorship Coordinator works closely with the Ethiopian team to facilitate the communications and support the smooth delivery of our student sponsorship programme. They are responsible for reviewing and sending annual updates; liaising with the Ethiopian team to provide timely responses to sponsor queries; tracking delivery of key sponsorship activities; and assisting in the promotion of the programme to recruit new sponsors.
- Work closely with the Sponsorship Manager and Coordinators in Ethiopia to ensure the timely and effective delivery of the sponsorship programme;
- Maintain good relationships with sponsors through provision of annual updates and respond to enquiries in a prompt and friendly manner;
- Liaise with the Ethiopian team to produce annual updates, newsletters and other reports according to the schedule of activities;
- Ensure swift responses to new sponsors, collect information about new students from the Ethiopian team and ensure the compilation and delivery of high quality Welcome Packs to new sponsors;
- Maintain the Salesforce database with information regarding supporters, sponsorships and beneficiaries;
- Maintain trackers and other administration related to the programme, such as private school support and home improvement support;
- Monitor sponsorship finances, checking donations are being received and seeking to resolve any finance problems.
- Promote the sponsorship programme on occasion, through online initiatives or attending events;
- Safeguard the data relating to sponsors and beneficiaries in line with the organisation’s policies.
This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and may be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.
The lists below specify qualities and experience that we feel would be essential or desirable for this role. However, we would like candidates to apply regardless, if you can provide an explanation for why another skill, experience, or characteristic makes up for not meeting that criteria.
- Motivated, with a friendly, helpful attitude
- Excellent organisational and time management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work independently, manage own workload and meet deadlines
- Good attention to detail, producing work of a high quality
- Understand and share the organisation’s vision and mission
- Proficient with Microsoft packages, including Word, Excel and Publisher
- Experience in an administrative role
- Relevant degree
- Understanding of working in international development or children’s support services
- Experience of working or living in Ethiopia, or other developing countries, or a strong personal connection to Ethiopian or other African culture.