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Volunteer Head of Development

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FarmSahel is committed to accelerate farming in Africa with a vision to creating a sustainable agricultural system by providing rural farmers, especially women farmers with agricultural equipment, supplies, and training to allow them to grow their own food supplies without dependence on developed countries.

Position Description:

FarmSahel seeks a volunteer Head of Development who will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing FarmSahel’s fundraising including managing the annual fund, major gifts, and special events. The volunteer Head of Development works closely with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees in all fundraising endeavors.

Reports to: Executive Director

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • 3 years’ minimum experience in professional fundraising

  • Thorough knowledge of capital fundraising techniques, corporate and foundation relations, and planned giving

  • Extensive experience in face-to-face solicitation

  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm

  • Excellent presentation skills; demonstrated ability to make successful presentations to individuals and/or groups at all levels of an organization

  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills​

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develop, execute, and manage the FarmSahel’s annual fundraising plan, including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donor base

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees to accomplish the fundraising goals

  • Develop and implement strategies for major donors

  • Help build a planned giving program

  • Solicit contributions and develop potential new donors while representing the institution effectively

  • Maintain compliance with all FarmSahel policies and procedures

This is a volunteer unpaid position. Potential for part-time depending on candidate's success in raising funds. FarmSahel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates should email a resume, cover letter outlining how your skills and experiences meet the qualifications for the position, to Madjalia Seynou, Executive Director at mseynou@farmsahel.org.

Please include the subject line Volunteer Head of Development on the email. Applications without the requested information will not be considered.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower rural women farmers in Burkina Faso by providing essential equipment and training for agricultural independence.


FarmSahel collects used farm machinery donated by farmers in the United States and ships them to rural farmers in Africa, trains them in ecologically safe farming best practices. Farmsahel has developed a training model for agricultural education that encourages partnerships with US farmers to share their knowledge with our rural farmers. At Farmsahel we believe that farmer sponsorship has the power to drive change that ripples throughout farmers's lives, their families and their communities.



We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Business Development & Sales Management
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Community Outreach
  • Resource Development / Management





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