Operations & Philanthropy Development Manager

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed

Website ZGFZambia Zambian Governance Foundation

The Zambian Governance Foundation for Civil Society’s mandate is to strengthen local communities and civil society capacities to unlock and utilize available and untapped resources for sustainable development. ZGF has a strong belief that local communities have the power and resourcefulness to shape their own development without relying on external aid. To achieve this, ZGF has been providing access to grants, capacity development and other resources to local CSOs and CBOs across Zambia, using a non-thematic approach, and working with communities to nurture community philanthropy. ZGF now wishes to recruit an Operations and Philanthropy Manager position. As an active member of the #ShiftThePower movement (https://shiftthepower.org/animated-manifesto-for-change/) ZGF believes that an alternative model to the traditional aid system is possible. It advocates for a paradigm shift and civil society’s appreciation for the resources Zambia and the African continent has to offer for local development. If you are passionate about driving positive change, ready to learn and take on new tasks as a result of organisational learning, initiative-taking, and ready to work in a multi-disciplinary team with ability to interact effectively with local communities, civil society organisations and new development actors, ZGF would like to meet with you.

Job summary

Contribute to developing ZGF’s medium and long-term growth and sustainability strategies

Manage all ZGF operations and provide technical leadership

Scan the environment for trends and new developments in the field of philanthropy and facilitate research

Engage relevant actors to promote, expand and build the field of philanthropy and influence them to invest in sustainable local civil society and community initiatives

Nurture existing and grow new relationships with the corporate sector and diaspora

Identify and manage projects that stimulate innovation within the field

Facilitate the development of new service innovations

Promote information sharing and learning amongst ZGF’s stakeholder community

Develop and manage volunteer and intern scheme


Master’s degree in NGO management, business administration, project management, economics, public policy / administration, gender studies, knowledge management, sociology, communications or equivalent

A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience

Strong belief in the #ShiftThePower ethos

Good understanding of the workings of non-profit and corporate sector entities as well as their interrelationships

Solid experience in managing complex programmes and building networks and alliances

Conversant with current civil society financing trends and in-depth knowledge of current civil society issues

Good understanding of the field of philanthropy and African philanthropy in particular

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