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Development Assistant (REMOTE, PART-TIME VOLUNTEER)

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Practical Education Network



Practical Education Network (PEN) is accepting applications for a highly motivated person to remotely join our Ghana-based team from their home in the US. This is a part-time volunteer positionthat can be converted to a paid full-time position, upon successful achievement of fundraising targets. The selected personnel will work from their own home, on US hours, and liaise with the PEN team regularly through Slack, Trello, and Zoom. Start and end date to be arranged, based on candidate’s availability.

The Development Assistant will help launch PEN's fundraising efforts in the US, identifying key partners with whom to collaborate to impact STEM education in West Africa, and they will research best practices to inform development of a fundraising strategy and identify top prospects. They will work closely with PEN’s Mission Engagement Assistant and CEO to develop and deploy a framework for engaging donors in the mission. They will have been successful if a strong foundation has been laid for ongoing fundraising efforts in the US. The applicant should have prior experience in successful fundraising and research, and they should be passionate about improving STEM education opportunities.

COVID-19 has created heightened global awareness of our fragility, and it is widening the gap in access to quality education. It is a challenging time in America, but we are optimistic that through the year 2020’s revealing of our common humanity, a group of US-based champions can emerge and rally around ensuring that the most vulnerable students in West Africa will have their future protected, through quality STEM education.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create a fundraising strategy that outlines specific methods and cycles to follow
  • Use funding databases (such as Foundation Directory Online, Guidestar, funding-opportunities.org) to identify relevant funders
  • Identify at least 30 organizations and 70 individuals who are actively supporting similar organizations to PEN
  • Build digital tools that enable data-driven decision-making in engaging donors
  • Collaborate with PEN’s Mission Engagement Assistant to develop a pipeline of donor organizations, which converts to a portfolio of at least 3 organizations and 20 individuals (mid-major gifts) by the end of
  • Leverage SEO & Google Analytics to re-design PEN’s website and other digital platforms to best engage US-based supporters
  • Support the completion of PEN’s registration as a US nonprofit (with 501(c)3 status).
  • Additional duties, which may arise as needs evolve.



  • Strong experience in successful fundraising and research
  • Strong experience in using CRM’s, organizing and analyzing data in Excel
  • Ability to build data dashboards and generate automated reports
  • Evidence of excellent people skills that can be harnessed while working remotely, a high level of work ethic, a strong sense of empathy and humility
  • Minimum Educational Qualifications: currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree


  • Experience with SEO and Google Analytics
  • Familiarity with the US fundraising ecosystem
  • Personal connection to PEN’s mission, through STEM, Africa, or both.
  • Ideal Educational Qualifications: Master’s degree in philanthropy

Interested parties should send their resume, cover letter, and a sample research/data-based project they’ve conducted to PEN’s Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation Manager (desmond@practicaleducationnetwork.com).

DEADLINE: 30 th July, 2020

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About Practical Education Network


A560 Nmati Abonase St, Tse Addo, Accra, Greater Accra -, GH

Mission Statement

Bringing STEM classrooms to life in West Africa, leveraging low-cost, locally-available resources. PEN takes a human capital building approach, training teachers to adopt practical pedagogies within the context of national curricular standards.


"Chew and pour, pass and forget" is the phrase Ghanaian students use to describe their schooling - they memorize facts, spit them out on the exams, and move on with their lives. Their education fails to engage them, build skills, and connect facts to local realities. Sustainable development is directly dependent on the availability of a technical workforce who can engage meaningfully in problem-solving, and that is best cultivated through experiential K-12 STEM education.

PEN’s vision is to see practical education become the new normal mode of teaching and learning in STEM classrooms across West Africa. We take a human-capital building approach, empowering teachers to be change agents. PEN’s content leverages low-cost, locally-available materials and aligns them to national curricular standards.

Over the last 4 years, PEN has trained 3,000+ Ghanaian teachers, 100 local-level trainers, and more than half a million students in this experiential approach. Our approach has been measured to enable significant gains in student attitudes and learning outcomes. PEN collaborated with the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum arm to revise the national primary school science curriculum in 2019, infusing hands-on content directly into the framework. PEN’s partners include MIT, Ashesi University, ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Ghana (Deepwater) Ltd, Ghana Association of Science Teachers (GAST) and others.

Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Business Development
  • Market Research / Analysis
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising




  • Must be at least 18
  • 10-20 hours per week

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