13 May 2022

Advancement Officer at Amref International University (AMIU)

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Job Description

Amref International University (AMIU) was established in 2017 as a Premier Pan African University of health sciences fully owned by Amref health Africa. AMIU is founded on the experience and intellect of Amref Health Africa, which is reputed with over 60 years of quality and innovative public and community health interventions in over 30 countries in Africa. With this work, the need to train health workers in communities was evident and the response was short tenure training courses by the Amref Training Centre (AITC) and later the Directorate of Capacity Building (DCB), the predecessor of AMIU. These Amref training programmes run for over 40 years have produced alumni spread throughout the world who have created the name recognition, reputation and brand that Amref is today. It was then evident that there was a need to train people who would occupy higher levels thus influence health policy, regulation and legislation. The University was thus established.


The primary purpose of this position is to increase the University’s capacity to fulfil its educational mission through strategic donor relations and partnerships that result in new funds and sources of funds. The Advancement Officer is accountable to the Vice Chancellor for executing fundraising strategy and overseeing alumni relations. The primary accountability of this position is to implement fundraising strategies to raise funds from individuals, the private and voluntary/non-profit sectors. Primary responsibilities include prospect identification, evaluation, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual donors. This role works closely with the Amref Health Africa Partnerships, Fundraising and Communications offices to establish funding relationships and secure resources that support the school’s mission and long-term strategic goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain a very good working knowledge of AmIU activities, priorities, and needs in both teaching, research, and student success.
  • Propose fundraising strategies to the Vice Chancellor for priority prospects that may include corporations, foundations, individuals, and alumni.
  • Plan, develop, and evaluate a strategy for an effective Annual Fund program in coordination with the Alumni and Vice Chancellor office.
  • The identification of prospects from among alumni, corporations, foundations, and other individuals; the evaluation and prioritization of prospects; clearance to approach prospects, where necessary; and the engagement of prospects in the mission and programs of AmIU.
  • The development of committed donor relationships among cultivated prospects; administration of donor agreements and pledges as necessary and documentation of same.
  • The development and execution of donor stewardship plans.
  • Elicit the voluntary commitment of members of AmIU faculty, staff, students, and alumni in assisting with fundraising activities.
  • Create fundraising materials suitable for presentation to prospective donors, including obtaining technical content from staff and faculty as necessary and ensuring materials are complementary to AmIU visual identity and brand.
  • Propose, recommend, and/or advise on project or program ideas that are both tailored to the specific interests of corporations, foundations, individuals, and associations and to AmIU mission.
  • Recommend and manage agreed stewardship plans and appropriate recognition of gifts for select major donors.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Administration, Public Relations, Marketing, Communication or related field;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Administration, Public Relations, Communication or related field.


  • Over five (5) years’ relevant experience with over five (5) years in a management role.
  • Proven experience with fundraising and partnership management.
  • Understanding of university fundraising
  • Familiarity with fundraising in the higher education sector and university administration

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundraising principles and practices, including campaign experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement fundraising principles to raise significant funds from
  • individuals, corporations, and foundations and to steward and recognize donors.
  • Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office Skills, including Excel.
  • Demonstrated Alumni Relations experience or equivalent.
  • Excellent communications skills in writing, presentations, and conversation.

Personal Attributes

  • Team oriented with ability to build and lead teams
  • Ability to drive a culture of commitment, innovation and engagement
  • Commitment to the University’s mission and ethos
  • Possess vision, energy and passion
  • Personal commitment to diversity and equality.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

Method of Application

Submit your CV, copies of relevant documents and Application to  [email protected]
Use the title of the position as the subject of the email

Closing Date : 31 May. 2022


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