Passionate about international humanitarian assistance and/or logistics? The Humanitarian Logistics Association is looking for a volunteer Fundraising Director/Trustee to join our board, and help us grow. The charity is in the process of dynamic change in order to assist its 2,700 plus international members make a difference to disaster (preparedness and response) via best practice humanitarian logistics. The HLA supports the professionalization of the sector by facilitating training and education, global networking, research, knowledge management and events.

The charity is run mainly by volunteers and this role would be unpaid, although reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. Each of the key volunteers works remotely, meeting periodically as a Board (usually by Zoom online meeting). Developing a sustainable fundraising strategy is key to enabling HLA to meet and exceed its goals: growth, value to members and impact. Our work prioritises support to local stakeholders engaged in the logistics of responding to humanitarian crises around the world. Ultimately you will be contributing to the positive changes HLA seeks to support the sector.

The role involves bringing a new perspective to our fundraising; ensuring it is of the highest standard and priority. The individual will assist the board to see the bigger picture and support the HLA team.

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Be committed to the humanitarian imperative and the aims and objectives of the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) as found on its website:
  • Act as a Trustee of the HLA and work with other Trustees in discharging the fiduciary responsibilities of a director of the charitable company.
  • Take the lead on developing a fundraising strategy and work plan.
  • Increase funds raised from grant-making trusts, private foundations and statutory donors active in the humanitarian sector.
  • Manage relationships with key donors.
  • Supervise other volunteers in developing and implementing the fundraising work plan.
  • Oversee fundraising activities and ensure these are carried out in a legal, honest and accountable manner.
  • Strategically assess where fundraising fits into the overall strategy and work with the HLA team to ensure effective income-generation is achieved.
  • Contribute knowledge of fundraising tools, techniques and strategies.
  • Encourage an entrepreneurial fundraising culture and assess the cost-benefit of each planned type of fundraising.
  • Carry out fundraising risk assessments, especially when considering new or ambitious fundraising strategies.
  • Undertake research to identify potential funders/donors and review/analyse existing research.
  • Network and act as an active champion of HLA to solicit support.

 Person specification

Skills and Abilities – Essential:

  • Good level of fundraising/income-generation knowledge and track record of writing successful funding bids to trusts and foundations.
  • An understanding of the international humanitarian aid system and donors.
  • A good understanding of the UK charity sector, governance, Charity Commission, relevant legislations and statutory requirements.
  • Excellent networking skills, influencing and communication skills.
  • An ability to work at the strategic level helping to steer the charity.


  • Knowledge and experience of using digital social media.
  • Experience in marketing and communications practices.
  • A good understanding of the Code of Fundraising Practice.
  • Experience of diverse fundraising practices – corporate and philanthropic giving, and trusts and foundations.
  • Copywriting skills and ability to communicate jargon-free information in a clear and accessible way.
  • Experience of delivering fundraisingcampaigns.
  • Project management skills to enable delivery against multiple projects at any one time.
  • Excellent team player, with flexibility and ability to work well under pressure.
  • The ability to work with different cultures.

Other information

  • The period of appointment is expected to be a minimum of three years.
  • The role is unpaid, although legitimate travelling expenses may be claimed.
  • The role requires up to 5 hours per week.
  • Trustees normally meet at least four times a year via Skype or conference call.

Why Become a Trustee?

As a small charity the HLA recognises the great work, time and commitment of our board members. This position is an opportunity to:

  • Give back to a charity that is dedicated to creating positive impact in the area of humanitarian logistics for disaster preparedness and response.
  • Enhance your CV and open doors to new career paths.
  • Make a difference to those in need.
  • Learn about the management and strategy side of charities.
  • Utilise your experience and skills within the voluntary sector.
  • Work with an interesting team from diverse backgrounds.

To apply, email HLA outlining the reasons for your interest in the position, attaching a CV, to

Closing date: 30 August 2019.