Philanthropy and Special Events Assistant

Philanthropy and Special Events Assistant

Pratham UK is an equal opportunities employer that actively promotes diversity and

strongly encourages applications from within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities

and under-represented groups.


About Pratham

Pratham is an incredible organisation. It is one of the largest education NGOs in India but

not well known outside India. In the words of Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee, “Pratham’s

impact on the lives of millions of kids has been tremendous; it is quite simply an

exceptional, best-in-class organisation that has managed to scale across India.” We have

won many prizes, including the Kravis Prize, the Skoll Award, the WISE Prize and the LUI Che

Woo Prize; most recently, our CEO in India won the Yidan Prize for Education, the world’s

most prestigious education prize.

We conduct high-quality, low-cost and replicable interventions to address gaps in the

education system. Our best-known programme, Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL), teaches

basic literacy and numeracy in as little as 30 days for £14 per student. We offer this in

10,000 villages in 21 states in India. The World Bank has recognised this model as an

important method to make up for lost learning due to the pandemic. Pre-pandemic we

reached 500,000 children in India each year with fundraised income and a further 5,000,000

children through partnerships with state governments.

We also offer an Early Childhood Development programme focusing on school readiness.

Our Second Chance programme supports women back to school to complete their class ten

exams, the gateway into the formal economy. Our vocational training programme is

exceptional and has helped 100,000 young people into the formal economy in 10 years. We

were at the forefront of non-profit EdTech before the pandemic and it is now central to

many of our programmes. Through our arms-length partner, the ASER Centre we run the

ASER survey, one of the largest annual educational surveys in the world that has moved the

educational policy debate in India from inputs to learning outcomes.

The Pratham Education Foundation raises around $20m in India each year. Pratham USA

raises an additional $25m, predominantly from major donors. In the UK, we have historically

raised around £500k a year, largely from a high-end gala, in 2021/2 we raised £1.2m, we will

be close to £1.5 in 2022/3 and are well-placed for significant future growth.


Pratham UK

Pratham UK is a purely fundraising organisation with all programmes managed by our Indian

colleagues however, we work closely with them and they are always ready to join donor

calls etc. We are beginning to integrate further with Pratham USA and can draw on their

resources and support including a much larger comms, events and IT teams. Our trustee

board, which is incredibly well-connected, has big ambitions for the organisation, and we

are now building out the UK fundraising team.


The Role

Events are central to how Pratham UK raises money to support children to learn in India.

Each autumn we host a high-end gala. Last year’s gala at the Dorchester Hotel raised almost

£650k, with other philanthropy raising a further £200k. We have a calendar of smaller

events throughout the year that are used as opportunities to engage prospective supporters

and thank our existing supporters.

To deliver our fundraising targets and implement the best possible fundraising practices in

our philanthropy and special events team, we need a dynamic and organised assistant to

join our team and support us in planning and executing these events and supporting our

wider philanthropy team needs. The successful candidate will have strong communication

and interpersonal skills, and be able to work effectively in an international environment.

This role may suit a fundraiser or an events person early in their career or anyone else who

is keen to start a career in the charity events sector.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the team in delivering a variety of events ranging from 20 to 400 guests
  • Coordinate the events and philanthropy administrative tasks for the team such as guest

management, volunteer coordination, production of promotional and fundraising materials,

set up and tear down of events, writing minutes of various meetings, drafting and sending

invitations and thank you letters, etc.

  • Ensure supplier and supporter documentation, including donor database, is kept accurate

and up to date

  • Prepare donor data for large scale communications, financial processes and importing to

database, ensuring high quality and accurate data

  • Support the team with admin tasks related to mid-level and major donor giving programmes

(Pratham Patrons and Young Professionals)

  • Work closely with all Pratham UK team members and the events team at Pratham USA


Required Skills

  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Passion for learning
  • A self-starter, proactive, with drive and commitment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office


How to apply

To apply please send your CV and if you wish a short note highlighting key skills and why you

want to work for Pratham UK to jo[email protected] by 1st March 2023.


If you wish to speak to the hiring manager Tijana Milosevic, Head of Philanthropy and

Special Events, then please email [email protected] to arrange a time. Tijana is

available for email and phone communication until 19th February and only for email

communication from 19th February until 1st March.


Interviews will be held on 6th and 7th March.