Founded in 2010 by Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) is the first and only school of Afghan music, where talented Afghan children regardless of their gender, social circumstances and ethnic background are trained in a co-educational environment in Afghan traditional and Western classical music, while obtaining high quality academic general education. ANIM has a special focus on supporting the most disadvantaged members of Afghan society – orphans, street-working children, women, and girls and its student body represents a mosaic of ethnicities from all parts of Afghanistan.
ANIM’s international engagements since its inception have contributed to multiple successes in areas of support for its music programs, professional development, and providing a positive message from Afghanistan. ANIM’s orchestras and ensembles performed on the world stage in venues that include Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Royal Opera House of Oman, World Economic Forum in Davos, British Museum, Berwaldhallen Concert Hall, Gulbenkian Centre, Sydney Opera House, and on many prestigious music festivals and venues in Uzbekistan, Germany, Tanzania Argentina, Estonia, Poland, South Korea, Finland, Denmark, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and many, India, Sweden, UK, Slovakia, Azerbaijan and more.
For more than a decade, ANIM has been at the forefront of promoting human rights, protecting Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage, empowering women, and girls through music, facilitating intercultural dialog, and advocating for the rights of artists and musicians. The Return of Taliban on the 15 of August 2021 not only led to the destruction of the moral, ethical, social, and economic environment in which ANIM has been functioning for the last two decades, but also brought ANIM under existential threat and its people were in mortal peril. ANIM leadership and Friends of ANIM galvanized the support of the world community to rescue the school and its 273 community members and secure their safe passage to Portugal, where they have been offered group asylum by the government.
Afghanistan National Institute of Music is looking for an experienced Fundraising Officer to join its team. The successful applicant for the role of fundraiser will have excellent communication skills and a sense of initiative to identify fundraising opportunities, develop relationships with potential donors, and manage fundraising campaigns. The successful applicant, by writing proposals, coordinating events, building relationships with private and public institutions and promoting the mission of ANIM, will bring the entity closer to its financial goals.
Objectives and Responsibilities of the Role:
Promote awareness of the organization’s mission and work
Identify fundraising opportunities
Plan fundraising initiatives to help the organization meet financial goals
Form strong relationships with public and private sectors
Ensure the satisfaction of donors
Identify individuals, corporations, and foundations that are interested in supporting music education and musician diversity
Effectively convey the organization’s mission, vision, and programs to potential donors
Write grant applications and fundraising proposals
Strategize and successfully execute fundraising campaigns
Managing the financial aspects of grants, including budgeting, accounting, and reporting of expenses to ensure compliance.
Overseeing HR operations tasks, such as processing salaries and managing bureaucratic processes for onboarding/offboarding staff.
Skills and Requirements
At least three years of experience in fundraising, communication, and marketing with some knowledge and background in nonprofit management and fundraising
Bachelor’s degree in communications, business, public relations, or related field. Master’s degree in nonprofit management or related field preferred
Excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills
Ability to successfully balance priorities while managing multiple tasks and planning big events
Competence with donor management systems
Experience in writing grant proposals, press releases, and fundraising proposals
Confidence in public speaking
Advanced level of proficiency in English, both written and oral.
Excellent social skills, with a strong emphasis on being people-driven and child-driven, considering the nature of ANIM’s work.
Demonstrated interest in human rights, social causes, and cultural preservation.
Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV, along with a cover letter.
Please include “Fundraising Officer Application” in the subject line of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further evaluation and interviews.
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