African Refugee Resource Development Officer - Tel Aviv

The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 by refugees and Israeli citizens to assist, support, and empower refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. The ARDC seeks to ensure access to basic social services, and to facilitate refugee and asylum seeker integration, self-sufficiency and ownership in matters affecting their lives. The ARDC advocates for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and for a humane and fair Israeli asylum policy.

The ARDC was founded in 2004 by Yohannes Bayu, a refugee from Ethiopia. He arrived in Israel in 1997 and was granted a refugee status in 2002 following a three-week hunger strike and legal action against the Ministry of Interior. Yohannes was motivated by his own difficult experience as an asylum seeker in Israel to help others in his position, and founded the ARDC from his living room.

The ARDC has developed much in its six years life. It started as a community-led project, working on advocacy and humanitarian assistance. In 2007 immigration numbers rocketed and the ARDC opened a number of shelters to accommodate newcomers. At its peak, there were 10 shelters open, housing over 1000 refugees funded by the communities.
Today, ARDC has three major projects:
  1. The Refugee Education Centre (REC) – providing language courses, vocational training and higher education to refugees
  2. The Community Therapeutic Services (CTS) – providing trauma counseling for refugees suffering from a variety of psychological disorders and psychological evaluation for legal cases
  3. The Asylum Application Assistance (AAA) – providing legal support for refugees, including assistance with Refugee Status Determination applications and relocation to third countries
Specific Duties:
  • Newsletter
  • Revamping the existing newsletter template
  • Meeting with staff members to compile recent updates on each project
  • Compiling photographs relevant to each project
  • Drafting newsletter content in consultation and with final approval of the Resource Development Coordinator 
  • Emailing newsletter to contact list
  • Website, Blog, and Facebook
  • Identifying noteworthy updates (news, ARDC mention, project achievements, refugee interest stories, staff/intern blogs, etc.)
  • Drafting updates in consultation and with final approval of the Resource Development Coordinator
  • Marketing fundraising campaigns and calls for support
  • Innovating ways to improve website/blog/Facebook content
  • Fundraising and grant writing
  • Researching best practices in nonprofit fundraising
  • Researching and scouting for additional funding opportunities
  • Helping to develop a database of available funding opportunities
  • Attending events and activities of different projects to understand their work
  • Assisting in development of fundraising campaigns and calls for support
  • Assisting in coordination of fundraising events (i.e. Refugee Seder)
  • Compiling materials for and drafting grant proposals, interim and final reports in collaboration with and under supervision of the Resource Development Coordinator 
  • Supporting the Resource Development Coordinator in donor cultivation by tracking relationships with current and prospective donors, setting up donor meetings, planning thank you letters and follow-up notes
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities:
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn 
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • Initiative
  • Dedication to completing assigned tasks
  • Strong sense of accountability 
  • Experience in grant writing, fundraising, communications, and/or administrative management preferred – not required
This position answers directly to the Resource Development Coordinator.

A 3 months commitment is required, with strong preference for 6 months.

Working Hours:
This position requires 30 hours per week. During busy seasons working hours may be extended to 40. Please keep in mind that Israeli working week is Sunday to Thursday.

This is a volunteer position, which means that there is no remuneration. Also, we cannot provide you with a living stipend, food or other resources during your stay. However, traveling cost incurred for work will be compensated.

How to apply:
Please fill in the application form and send with your CV to the email on the form.