Donor Relations Associate

Proximity Finance

Proximity Finance

Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Posted on Monday, May 13, 2024

Your Mission

You are a talented writer with previous experience in project management, research and ideally fundraising or business development. You understand the deepening crisis unfolding in Myanmar, and are eager to support small farm families and rural communities. You will play an essential role in supporting our fundraising and donor relations strategy to secure the funds Proximity Designs needs to fulfill our mission.

You are ideally already based in Myanmar, or willing to relocate to Myanmar.

Once You’re Here, You Will:

Internal Systems Building

  • Maintain and augment Proximity’s existing fundraising systems, to track fundraising commitments against annual targets and manage leads across fundraising stages.

  • Generate development performance reports on a quarterly basis to share with the Senior Leadership team and Board of Directors.

Donor Prospecting

  • Understand Proximity Designs’ mission, values and strategy, to identify key donor audiences and qualify the right funding opportunities.

  • Review, refine and manage our institutional contact list.

  • Research trends, news and events relevant to Proximity Designs’ industry, to identify and pursue emerging funding opportunities.

Storytelling, Grant Writing and Proposal Submission

  • Work closely with the Director of Development to develop compelling written and visual content targeting various donor audiences.

  • Personally write proposals and donor reports, sharing writing responsibility with the Director of Development.

  • Project manage major submissions, ensuring the team is working against a defined timeline and assigned tasks.

Communications and Donor Relationship Management

  • Serve as the relationship manager for selected donors, sharing programme updates, progress against milestones and customer stories from the field throughout the year.

  • Bring Proximity Designs’ updates and stories to life virtually, to deepen donors’ connection and commitment to our mission and organization.

  • Maintain a communications calendar to steward donors towards renewal, and prospects towards making a first grant.


  • Passion to help Myanmar’s small farm families grow more food and earn better incomes during this time of crisis.

  • Strong writing skills (in English) to draft pitch emails, short concept notes and comprehensive donor reports.

  • Ability to explain complex ideas effectively and in a compelling and succinct manner to internal and external audiences at various levels.

  • Project management skills to ensure complex donor reports and applications are submitted completely, and on schedule.

  • Experience with building stronger relationships with clients, customers or partners.

Added Bonus

  • 1-2 years of fundraising, sales or business development experience.

  • Burmese language skills.

  • Knowledge of agricultural development, poverty reduction or climate change.

  • Experience working with data analytics tools such as power BI.

In return…

You’ll earn a competitive salary, with medical benefits, and incredible opportunities to develop your career. You can expect an annual impact bonus, an amazing office with the forward-thinking people and world-class training opportunities through Proximity School.

You’ll get to see more of the world, with the potential for international travel to conferences and events to keep your skills sharp.

And, ultimately, you’ll have the opportunity to change lives in Myanmar for the better, while doing groundbreaking work.

About Proximity

Proximity Designs is tackling globally important issues at the nexus of climate change, deep poverty, food insecurity, inequality and political conflict. We do this by helping hundreds of thousands of rural people care for their soils, grow more food, earn better incomes and build resilience against climate change. We address a critical government and market failure, by designing and delivering products and services needed to make farming families more productive, profitable and environmentally sustainable. We offer our low-income customers a suite of innovative and affordable farm solutions such as micro-irrigation systems, bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides, soil health testing kits, on-call crop protection services and farm loans.

Over the past 20 years, we’ve generated USD 782 million in additional income for 1.2 million poor farming households across rural Myanmar. With this income increase, farmers can invest in their future: education for their children, more nutritious food, better healthcare and investments in their farms or other village enterprises.

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining us, please click Apply to submit your application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis without regards to race, sex, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status, and therefore interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.