Prospect Researcher


Resource Development


Aga Khan University


Karachi, Pakistan


Reporting to the Senior Manager, Prospect Research and Portfolio Management, the Prospect Researcher is responsible for providing detailed research on past, current and prospective donors to determine capacity, philanthropic inclination, and affinity in support of the fundraising activities of the University; and for tracking prospect and donor activity towards fundraising targets. 


You will be responsible for:

  • undertaking pro-active research on individuals, corporations, foundations and trusts using a variety of resources: including news and media services, biographical information, financial databases, directories, online resources, specialized services, etc.;
  • verifying, analyzing and synthesizing accumulated information to assess personal and professional networks, financial capacity, philanthropic inclinations, and affinity to AKU and/or the work of the University;
  • preparing detailed research profiles, briefings and reports on current and prospective donors for fundraisers, senior leadership and other individuals in advance of fundraising meetings and events in order to obtain optimal outcomes;
  • analyzing, segmenting and preparing detailed reports drawing upon information held in the University’s database (Raiser’s Edge);
  • producing high quality briefings, prospect/ donor profiles, guest lists, and other reports in support of fundraising and advancement priorities;working with fundraising staff, University leadership, and faculty and volunteers to continuously identify new prospective donors for the University and to update existing information;
  • ensuring the up keeping of the database by continuously reviewing, updating and correcting information on individuals, corporations, foundations and trusts including their connections to AKU and externally, their giving potential, and propensity to donate to the University’s established priorities;
  • partnering  with fundraising staff by providing and receiving new information on donors and prospective donors, and by actively contributing to fundraising strategies for donor cultivation;
  • actively supporting the prospect management process by producing reports and analyzing fundraiser and donor cultivation activity and progress towards goals;
  • building relationships with colleagues across Resource Development and the wider University to maintain an awareness of their activities, goals and University priorities;
  • providing research and background information for other activities in support of fundraising and the work of Resource Development;
  • overseeing and managing research materials, resources, on-line services and subscriptions related to the work of prospect research and providing guest lists, event briefings and other reports as required.


You should have: 

  • a university degree;
  • interest in, and understanding of, higher education, philanthropy and fundraising;
  • at least two year’s prospect research or similar research experience;
  • ability to analyze and synthesize information and data from a wide variety of sources, and to present the resulting information to a range of audiences in a clear and accurate manner;
  • excellent written, verbal, analytical and problem solving skills;
  • flexibility and an ability to deliver work to tight deadlines;
  • experience of Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel;
  • excellent attention to detail;
  • ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion;
  • resourceful and independent, but comfortable working within the framework of an integrated fundraising program and team-oriented environment.

To Apply

​Please send your application and CV to human.resources@aku.edu and mark the subject line with the position applied for. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Applications should be submitted latest by January 31, 2019