Advert: Fundraiser

The XXXII International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly (GA) will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 6 to 15 August 2024, in person and online. For the first time in the more than 100-year history of the IAU, this meeting will take place on the African continent, a unique opportunity to bring astronomy in Africa to the forefront of communities both in South Africa and globally. The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) is the host of the event, supported by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the African Astronomical Society (AfAS), working with the National Organising Committee.

To support us in this journey, we’re recruiting a fundraiser for a fixed-term of one year to stimulate interest and investment into astronomy for the African continent, using the IAU GA 2024 as a focal point to showcase the incredible diversity, expertise and talent of African astronomy. We’re looking for a proactive and experienced fundraiser who brings demonstrable experience of high-value fundraising and relationship management coupled with excellent communication and writing skills, the ability to deal comfortably with stakeholders at all levels and a solid understanding of the nonprofit sector in South Africa. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a pan-African organisation with global stakeholders and make a significant contribution to the future of astronomy in Africa for current and future generations.

Location: Cape Town

Availability: as soon as possible

All applications should be submitted electronically. Interested persons who meet the requirements should email their detailed Curriculum Vitae with a letter of motivation and the names and contact details of at least 3 referees to the head of the AfAS Secretariat, Charles Takalana ( The selection process will begin after 31st March 2024. For any queries about this position, please contact the AfAS Secretariat or the Chair of the NOC, Kevin Govender (

Correspondence will be conducted with short-listed candidates only.

The filling of this role will be in line with the AfAS Employment Equity goals.