London, Greater London
£28,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Job description: Grants & Development Officer

Reports to: Membership Engagement Manager (MEM)

Salary: £26,500 rising to £28,000 upon successful completion of probation period.

Location: We will strongly prefer candidates who can be based in our East London HQ

Contract: Permanent with 6 months’ probation

Humanists International is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Grants & Development Officer to join our Growth & Development team.

Since 2017 Humanists International has been running a Growth & Development Plan with the main goal of supporting our 170+ Members and Associates around the world. The tasks attached to the G&D Plan are various and diverse, therefore this position is suited to someone who is creative, flexible and with a wide set of skills. 

This year we are increasing the number and amount of funding we make available through grants: Therefore we require a Grants and Development Officer to help us implement a robust process for administration and monitoring and development.

The successful applicant will join a small, dedicated and hardworking team based mainly in London and will work under the management of our Membership Engagement Manager. The successful applicant will contribute to Humanists International’s G&D Plan via the following tasks:

  • Management of the grants scheme - open of the application process, evaluation of the applications, award of grants, monitor and report of the projects.

  • Identifying new fund development opportunities and apply for grants with Governments and other national and international grant making bodies.

  • Support the MEM in events management (General Assembly, Café Humaniste, training and fundraising events, etc.)

  • Provide support and advice to our Members, Associates and Individual Supporters.

  • Support the MEM in the creation of social media content (posts, info-graphics, videos, etc.) 

  • Keep an updated and detailed database of contacts.

  • Providing reports, stats and other updates to the MEM, the CEO and the Board.

  • Attending and speaking at public events and conferences.

  • Any other reasonable duties as requested.

Person specification:


  • Excellent general IT skills (Google Drive, Google Sheets, Gmail, Wordpress etc.)

  • Grant management skills. Basic understanding of budgeting and financial reporting would be an asset.

  • Experience in the charity fundraising sector writing winning, technical and high-quality grant proposals, working with key institutional and government donors and identifying partnerships and funding leads.

  • Work or voluntary experience in any NGO or charity, especially if at the international level.

  • Demonstrated ability to convey messages and to build strong relationships with members and stakeholders.

  • Excellent writing skills and an excellent command of English. Other languages (especially Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Hindi or French) would be an asset.

  • Masters degree in International Development, Project Management, Human Rights, Philosophy, Political Science or any other related field. Or a Bachelor's degree with significant experience.

  • Experience of dealing with members and supporters.

  • Ability to synthesise complex information and communicate it effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

  • Excellent analytical skills.

  • Excellent time management skills. Well-organised, efficient and able to work independently.


  • Experience or knowledge of the following programs would be an asset:

    • Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator or similar

    • Adobe Premiere or similar

    • CiViCRM or any other Customer Relationship Management software

  • Activism in a local or national humanist organization

  • Experience or knowledge of humanism, and the role of humanist organisations. 

  • Excellent understanding of, and sympathy with, the philosophy and policies of Humanists International.

  • A good knowledge of other international NGOs and their role and scope.

  • A clear and convincing communicator.

Completed application forms should be submitted by 10am on Monday 9th March 2020. Successful shortlisted candidates will be notified by Wednesday 11th March 2020. Interviews are currently scheduled to take place in our East London HQ on Wednesday 18th March 2020. 


Background information: Humanists International and its Growth & Development Plan

Humanists International is the global representative body of the humanist movement, uniting a diversity of non-religious organisations and individuals. Founded in Amsterdam in 1952, our vision is a world in which human rights are respected and everyone is able to live a life of dignity. We work to build and represent the global Humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes Humanist values worldwide.

Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, Humanists International is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) with 170+ Members and Associates worldwide. Our network is composed by local, national and international humanist organisations that share the same values contained in the Amsterdam Declaration, the official statement defining modern humanism:

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Refreshed on: 02 March 2020
Closed date: 09 March 2020
Tags: Fundraising, Intl Development

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