Volunteer Advocate: Donor Development - Kuala Lumpur

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Position Title : Volunteer Advocate: Donor Development - Kuala Lumpur

Team : Development Department

Reports to : Associate Director of Development

About Asylum Access

Asylum Access is a leading refugee human rights organization headquartered in Oakland, CA with substantial operations in three countries plus partnerships in additional countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Asylum Access is the only global organization working to make human rights a reality for refugees in first countries of refuge. Our unique combination of five integrated strategies provides grassroots assistance and changes the legal landscape for refugees and their host communities. By helping refugees assert their rights, we are putting power back into their hands. Our work transforms the traditional approach of endless humanitarian handouts to a sustainable solution that gives refugees the tools to provide for themselves and make choices about their own lives.

Asylum Access envisions a world where refugees are seen as people with rights, not just people with needs. Asylum Access believes that by empowering refugees to assert their human rights, we can create effective, lasting solutions for refugees around the world.

Position Description

Fundraising, whether through grassroots supporters, major donors, grants or corporate gifts will always be a vital asset for the ultimate success and implementation of a nonprofit’s mission. Our Development Department is responsible for increasing the financial resources of Asylum Access to support and empower our staff, programs, and advocacy around the world. Among other special projects, work will involve bringing refugees' stories and situations to light in a compelling manner for audiences in the US and Europe, in particular donors and prospective donors. Additionally, our Development Department serves as a bridge between our refugee clients and advocates on the ground, and the myriad people and organizations around the world who want to help, but don't know how.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Duties may include but not limited to:

  • Building a rapport with clients and telling the compelling stories needed to raise awareness and enlist support among donors and funders.

  • Effectively perform specific aspects of grant writing and development.

  • Coordinating with internal sources to cultivate donor strategy and management.

  • Conducting research and identifying funding opportunities and new program areas to match organizational priorities and goals

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to balance multiple deadlines and diverse projects

  • Fluency in both English and Malay

  • Ability to take initiative; self-motivated

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent persuasive communication skills

  • Ability to write professionally and concisely to a variety of audiences

  • Experience and/or interest in building grassroots support for a human rights cause

Required Qualifications

  • Fluent in English

  • Experience in grant writing and reporting

  • Strong writing skills

  • Extensive experience using SalesForce CRM

  • Interest in international human rights and/or refugee rights and/or related topics

  • Ability to work with diverse individuals and groups. Candidate should be culturally sensitive

  • Basic working knowledge of Gmail, Google Drive, Ms Office and related tools (Docs, Sheets, etc.)

Hours and Location of Work

This position will require 40 hours per week of work for a minimum commitment of 6 months. This position is based out of our office in Kuala Lumpur and will report remotely to our Associate Director of Development. Ideally, the candidate will start in August 2018 but start and end dates are negotiable.


This is a full-time, unpaid volunteership.

Application Instructions

Send your resume and cover letter to apply@asylumaccess.org. In your cover letter, please describe your reasons for applying, relevant qualifications, and how you learned about the position. Additionally, we request that you provide a 3-5 page writing sample.

Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants in need of accommodation during the interview can contact HR at apply@asylumaccess.org.

Asylum Access is an equal opportunity employer.

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