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Fundraising and Partnerships Development Officer (Paid Internship)
About Us 

The IARS International Institute is one of the world’s leading user-led NGOs with an international mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society. We achieve our charitable aims by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice and by supporting young people and the community to shape decision making. We are recognised as a leader in creating new knowledge and forming public and expert opinion.

  • By empowering marginalised individuals of our society through accredited training, educational programmes, mentoring and one-to-one support

  • By acting as an international network of NGOs bringing together people and ideas to share best practice and engage in debates on current social problems

  • By carrying out action research and evaluation that is independent, credible, peer-reviewed, user-led, focused and current

  • By supporting individuals and grass roots organisations to carry out their own initiatives to shape decision-making and society, and by helping them to maximise their social impact

  • By being an authoritative, independent and evidence-based voice on current social policy matters.

The IARS International Institute is known for its user-led robust, independent, evidence-based approach to solving current social problems. We are acknowledged internationally for our expertise in justice, equality and youth. We have delivered projects in areas such as restorative justice, rehabilitation, human rights and inclusion, citizenship, public services and user-led research evaluation.


Fundraising and Partnerships Development Officer (Internship)

Job Title: Fundraising and Partnerships Development Officer

Contract type: 1 year fixed-term contract

Location: IARS Institute Office, Bermondsey, London

Salary: £21,546

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing Date: Sunday 5th December

Start Date: This role must be taken up by 31st January 2022

    • Fully-funded 1 year internship
    • 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays
    • Up to 5.5% pension contribution
    • Training bursary of up to £1000
The Role

We are looking for a Fundraising and Partnership Development Officer who will support with the research we put into grants, trusts and other funding bodies. We are looking for a flexible and highly motivated person with exceptional people skills who relishes the opportunity to support our work.

This post is funded by Jack Petchey Foundation as part of the Jack Petchey Internship Programme.

The role is split into three key areas (a) Fundraising (b) Programme and Partnership Development (c) Communications and Social Media,

The Fundraising and Partnership Development Officer will be line managed by the Fundraising and Partnership Development Manager and will work closely with office team.

Quote from another Jack Petchey intern

”My internship experience so far with both IARS and the Jack Petchey Foundation has been amazing! It has provided me with a great opportunity to start my career in the charity sector and have an impact at a small organisation”. By Sophia who is currently working with us.

Job Description

This is a paid internship and is funded by Jack Petchey Foundation as part of the Jack Petchey Internship Programme.

Key tasks:

1. Fundraising

  • Conduct research into grants, trusts and other funding bodies and create a timetable for fundraising applications
  • Be responsible for the accurate and up-to-date database records of grant-making trusts
  • Support the Fundraising and Partnerships Manager in updating a funding pipeline document and preparing quarterly reports for Board meetings
  • Assist the Fundraising and Partnership Manager in writing business cases to trusts, businesses and other organisations in order to secure funding
2. Programme and Partnership Development
  • Support the Programme Manager in developing new programme ideas
  • Conduct research into potential partners in the community and business sectors
  • Develop and maintain corporate stakeholder map & database; identifying relevant industries and organisations that align with IARS mission
  • Work with the Programme Manager and Fundraising and Partnerships Manager to develop tailored partnership proposals for prospective corporates, including volunteer events, and fundraising campaigns.
  • Help plan and organise fundraising events
3. Communications and Social Media
  • Assist in the promotion and administration of IARS’ events, conferences and training sessions
  • Work with corporate partners and IARS Communications Team to share success stories from programmes
  • Work with our social media officer to create posts, videos and other content for IARS including the recording of audio content and visual animations (training will be provided)
4. Other duties
  • Undertake all tasks respecting IARS Equality and Diversity Policy as well as its founding values
  • Attend and participate in internal IARS meetings including staff meetings
  • Work co-operatively with other IARS staff and Board members
  • Attend relevant training in order to fulfil the requirements of the job
  • Treat with confidentiality any information about IARS members, users, staff and research that could be deemed as personal, private or sensitive
  • Take part fully in the Jack Petchey Internship Programme and Mentoring Programme
  • As part of this role, you will be part of the Jack Petchey Internship Programme with 25 other interns from different youth organisations in London and Essex. This development programme will involve you attending at a launch conference, a six-month update workshop, six professional development workshops through the year and a celebration event at the end of the programme. You will receive an extra training bursary of £1,000 for approved training. You will also be matched with a mentor from another organisation to support you in your professional development. The Jack Petchey Internship Programme training and events will take place in person (subject to covid restrictions) in London and you will be expected to take full part in this programme alongside your role at IARS.

Person Specification: Fundraising and Partnerships Development Officer (Internship)



Knowledge & Experience IT literate with a good working knowledge of MS Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Experience of working as part of a team

Experience of using social media and creating content

Experience of being involved in large-scale events such as conferences





Skills & Abilities

Good written, oral and communication skills

Organised and able to prioritise tasks

High level of computer literacy

Good attention to detail

Good command of the English language







Empathy with the aims and objectives of IARS and its values

A strong personal commitment to equality

Self-motivated and willingness to learn

Commitment to IARS values





Application Process

There are two stages in the application process.

Stage 1:

Please send: (a) your CV (b) a covering letter addressing the Person Specification and (c) the IARS Diversity Form to Dr. Claire Bonham, IARS Director via director@iars.org.uk

The application deadline for this stage is Sunday 5th December 11.59pm.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. We regret not having the resources to respond to unsuccessful candidates.

Stage 2:

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a video interview in mid December and should be able to start working on the 31st January.
  • There will be a formal interview and a short test to understand your skills and experience



We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  


Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: director@iars.org.uk +44(0) 7833 224442  



Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.