Job opportunities with the British Asian Trust

We are looking for three Senior Programme Fundraising Managers to join us during a dynamic and exciting period of growth, as we champion the use of social finance products to drive positive change across South Asia.


Establishing scalable, sustainable funding is key to the British Asian Trust’s mission to tackle poverty and inequality in South Asia. We have seen substantial growth in recent years, increasing income from £1m to £20m+ since 2016 and significantly growing restricted income from trusts, foundations and statutory donors. We have recently launched a $50m anti-trafficking fund and $17m impact bond.

The British Asian Trust believes that traditional approaches to development and philanthropy won’t solve the critical problems we are looking to address. Intelligent programme funding is a core area of investment that is already performing well and has great potential for growth.

We are seeking highly motivated fundraisers, with relevant bid writing skills that can be deftly applied to a range of funding contexts, to lead this growth and secure sustainable funding opportunities.

Team overview

The programme fundraising team works across broad thematic areas including anti-trafficking, mental health, livelihoods, conservation and social finance. They work collaboratively across the wider organisation, actively seeking new funding opportunities and potential for growth to tackle broad issues across these themes.

Each of these three positions has its nuances and intricacies, outlined below. They are all new roles – you will be joining the programme fundraising team in an exciting period of growth.

You will ensure excellent stewardship and partnership working with existing funders, and will support new business opportunities with a variety of institutional, trusts and foundations (including corporate foundations) and statutory funders.

Who we're looking for

We are seeking dynamic, adaptable fundraisers who can proactively drive a funding pipeline while nimbly responding to new opportunities.

These positions don’t hold line management responsibility; they are externally focused, hands-on fundraising roles, and we’re looking for candidates who love this front-facing activity.

If you’re a senior fundraiser with proven expertise in trusts and foundations, statutory or institutional fundraising, already operating at similar scope and scale, we’d love to hear from you.

Circa £50,000 depending on experience

Location flexible, with some travel to London required

Lead on identifying and securing new 6-7 figure grants from institutional donors for BAT's Anti-Trafficking Fund and other programme priorities.

  • A largely new business focused position, managing a small existing portfolio with a view to further developing pipeline opportunities and working closely with the programmes team.
  • Responsible for strategy of approach and identification of new funding opportunities with institutional and foundation funders (including corporate foundations).
  • You’ll be a strong networker with an ability to bring a broader partnership/relationship management focus to the role to secure long term and significant support for anti-trafficking programmes.

Circa £50,000 depending on experience

Location flexible, with some travel to London required

Maintain and develop a portfolio of high value institutional donors (currently includes USAID and FCDO) in order to grow BAT's programmes in South Asia.

  • This is a core role, focused on leading key relationships with USAID and FCDO. The British Asian Trust are the lead for a consortia and this role will be responsible for managing that USAID grant ($3m to kick off a $20m+ outcomes fund) while also managing relationships with the other consortia partners and funders.
  • A highly complex but hugely exciting position, suited to an experienced institutional fundraiser. This position is linked largely to our social finance work and requires complex grant management expertise.
  • Institutional funding is recognised as a key growth area for the British Asian Trust. Applicants will need a strong understanding of different opportunities within this space.

Circa £50,000 depending on experience

Location flexible, with some travel to London required

Lead on identifying and securing new 6-7 figure grants from trusts and foundation donors to meet programme fundraising targets.

  • This role is responsible for funding opportunities that lie outside of institutional/anti-trafficking remits and has responsibility for an existing portfolio of funders. It has a broader remit covering the remaining thematic areas for BAT and is focused on 6-figure+ relationships.
  • This is an exciting area of development for the organisation, working with corporate foundations who are in-country across broad issues including child labour, conservation, mental health and livelihoods.
  • You’ll have a remit which covers trusts and foundations opportunities both in the UK and overseas, working closely with programmes teams and country directors to establish priority funding areas.

How to apply

Please contact Naomi Carruthers at QuarterFive Fundraising Recruitment, or fill out the form with your CV below.


Closing date 15 November 2021

First interviews week commencing 22 November 2021

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