Fundraising and Development Officer

from Article 19
Closing date: 24 Nov 2019


The job holder will be expected to contribute to consolidate the financial sustainability of the organisation by developing and writing grant proposals to governments, multi-lateral organisations and foundations, identifying opportunities for the organisation to diversify its funding streams and increase its income capacity. A strong grounding in the requirements of European Commission and other government proposal writing is essential.

Reporting to the Head of Fundraising and Development, the Fundraiser will assemble and submit grant requests, maintain a centralised and commonly used knowledge management/sharing system on key fundraising information, conduct prospect research, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines. The Fundraiser will undertake a supporting role to proposals developed by regional offices and programs- participating in coordination meetings, providing advice for drafting the narrative and budget, developing specific sections as required and ensuring overall quality of the proposal and compliance with the donor’s evaluation criteria- while leading on cross-programmatic, global proposals and those for core funding.


Proactive and timely identification and submission of fundraising opportunities:

  • Contribute to an organisational fundraising strategy for grant-based income to support the overall strategic aims and objectives of the organisation.
  • Based on the strategy, identify fundraising targets through prospect research and recommend potential funding opportunities.
  • Work closely with fundraising and programme staff in regional offices to support the development of regionally-developed fundraising proposals in keeping with the overall strategy. Develop and manage a bid writing project plan, agreeing contributions submitted by different staff and allocating appropriate deadlines for completion.
  • Lead on the development and production of grant proposals in the International Office and for target regional offices, persuasively communicating the organisation’s mission and programmes to potential funders.
  • Review and understand all bid documents to ensure the donor requirements are reflected in the bid, and ensure the bid is informed by a detailed understanding of the evaluation criteria.
  • Coordinate with relevant staff all application activities, including planning, writing, document gathering, communications and final submissions.
  • Work with programmes and finance staff to develop accurate budget information for all proposal applications, including monitoring compliance with our full cost recovery policy.
  • Manage final submissions, ensuring that all required paperwork is fully compliant with applications requirements and is submitted in a timely manner.
  • Follow up on all application submissions and gather feedback so as to continuously improve the effectiveness of fundraising operations.
  • Ensure prompt acknowledgement of grants awarded or gifts to the organisation.

Keep fundraising systems and procedures updated and fully functioning:

  • Contribute tribute to improve, maintain and manage organisational fundraising databases, such as the projects in the pipeline (PIPs) and the Global Donor Data Matrix, which will eventually translate into the new CRM system, to ensure all contacts and submissions are fully documented for reference purposes.
  • Maintain a calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports.
  • Contribute and facilitate fundraising cross-organisational working group meetings to coordinate and share information between ARTICLE 19 offices and programs.
  • Compile information and contribute to develop communication material for internal and external purposes: fundraising performance reports (annual), newsletters, etc and input into consultations and discussions for the fundraising cross-organisational working group.



Knowledge and Skills:

  • Educated to degree standard.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of funding application processes and contracts management, funding streams and cycles, particularly for European Commission and donor governments such as the United States, Sweden, the UK, Norway and the Netherlands.
  • Ability to communicate (both written and orally) in a clear and compelling way.
  • Ability to collate and synthesise large quantities of information.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, building relationships across the organisation and with external stakeholders.
  • Ability to motivate and drive others to deliver.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Self-motivated and exceptionally well organised.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
  • Good written, verbal, and presentation skills in at least one of our key languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French Russian or Arabic.


  • Experience securing funds from private foundations, government and multi-lateral funding sources (e.g. the European Commission.
  • Demonstrable experience in proposal writing and development.
  • Experience of networking and relationship building with a wide range of donors.

Other requirements:

  • Must have the right to work in the UK.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural work environment and commitment to equal opportunities and non-discrimination.
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of ARTICLE 19 and a human-rights-based approach.
  • Ability to work harmoniously and effectively as part of an International remote team.
  • Willingness and availability for occasional overseas travel, and evening and weekend work.


  • Experience of working in one of the regions where ARTICLE 19 is based.
  • Knowledge of human rights and/or key freedom of expression issues, international human rights law and awareness of mechanisms for the protection of human rights.

Application deadline is 24th November 2019.

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