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We're hiring! FVR Academy Development Officer opportunity

Are you an experienced fundraiser and communicator with a passion for sustainable smallholder agriculture who can help us take our successful Farmers’ Voice Radio initiative to the next level? If so, we would love to hear from you!


Part-time (2 days/14 hours per week), home-based, flexible working hours

£30,000 pa pro rata

6-month contract (parental leave cover) with possibility of extension


This is an exciting time to be joining the Lorna Young Foundation as Farmers’ Voice Radio (FVR) Academy Development Officer. This vital role will help to consolidate the successes of our recently launched FVR Academy and contribute to its growth and future sustainability.


In this role you will harness your knowledge of fundraising and donor management with trusts, foundations, and corporates, as well as your skills in communications and marketing, to secure new sources of funding and sponsorship for the FVR Academy model and to promote it to new partners and users. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in the delivery of online training and coaching of participants from around the world and to undertake monitoring and evaluation of learning outcomes so that more smallholder farmers in developing countries can benefit from our impactful support.


Five years ago, our team made the bold decision to ‘open source’ our Farmers’ Voice Radio methodology to enable the model to spread and scale. This approach has been well received and led to the creation of the innovative FVR Academy, which since its launch last year has supported staff from over 20 organisations in 11 countries to design and deliver participatory radio programming that is raising the voices and transforming the lives of thousands of smallholder farmers across Africa.


We welcome applications from candidates with a solid fundraising and communications background, established networks and strong organisational skills, who want to use their experience to make a real difference to the lives of smallholder farmers in developing countries. We are a values-based, passionate and committed small charity and offer a friendly, supportive working environment.


This post is initially fixed-term to cover a period of parental leave but may be extended if the fundraising ambition is achieved and the post-holder demonstrates the ability and enthusiasm to work with the team on implementation of the future Farmers’ Voice Radio strategy, currently in development.


We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. Our recruitment procedures ensure that people are selected on their relevant merits, experience, skills and abilities. Successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.


To apply, please download and read the job description below.

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If you feel you are a good match for what we're looking for, please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than two sides of A4 setting out how you meet the criteria to Ian Agnew, Chair of Trustees, at farmersvoiceradio@lyf.org.uk, by noon on Monday 29th May 2023. Interviews will be held week commencing 5th June 2023.

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