The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) works with media and civil society to promote democratic values, peace building, and good governance in conflict-affected and fragile states. Since our founding during the Balkans conflict in 1991, IWPR has helped civic activists, human rights defenders, women’s rights advocates, and independent journalists make their voices heard and drive positive change in MENA, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. We currently work in nearly 30 countries to build local capacities, strengthen civil society and media organisations, and empower civic actors to remove barriers to free expression and to promote citizen engagement and public dialogue.
As Development Assistant you will support the Development team in pursuing programme and unrestricted income from US and European government donors as well as individuals, trusts and foundations. This will include general administrative support for the Development team alongside wider support and discrete project management responsibilities.
With an interest in development and knowledge of the voluntary sector, you will have excellent organisational skills and be confident in your ability to work across a range of internal and external audiences. You will have excellent relationship building skills with a strong commitment to supporting delivery of the highest level of donor engagement and care. This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to step up in terms of responsibility and broader experience and to be part of a friendly and supportive team, with a strong focus on collaboration and working towards a shared goal.
• Support the Development team to submit timely proposals through support to the capture and proposal process and submission to the relevant donor portals;
• Contribute to the overall development of the team including the communications and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) functions;
• Produce supporting materials for funding proposals, including corporate capability statements and past performance references;
• Provide administrative support to the Development team, including maintaining updated information on electronic databases and supporting the Global Director of Development on private donor lists;
• Identify and track New Business offerings that are consistent with IWPR’s core competencies and strategic priorities. Gather and synthesise analysis of information about donors, partners and competitors;
• Conduct research into potential donors including trusts and foundations, and support the development of trust proposals;
• Maintain fundraising databases, ensuring they are up to date as information is collected;
• Assist the MEL function with impact and results reporting as needed by the Development team;
• Assist in the planning and delivery of any fundraising/donor events.
• Contribute to the processes, planning and systems to enable Development to be most effective including proposal planning;
• Represent IWPR to external audiences;
Required education, knowledge, experience and technical skills:
• Degree level education in a relevant field (or equivalent) and membership of the Institute of Fundraising or similar body is desirable.
• A minimum of one year of related experience in an international NGO or comparative setting is essential, together with working knowledge of US, UK and/or EU donor agencies and their requirements in the proposal setting and experience of fundraising databases for input and reports.
• A track record of securing income from trusts, statutory and private funders would be beneficial, as would experience of developing engaging funding proposals with senior programmes and finance staff.
• Intermediate proficiency on MS office packages; Word, Excel and Powerpoint
• IWPR is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire, engage and develop strong relationships and partnerships
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate a vision and plans to a range of audiences
• A strong results-focused and team player committed to deliver shared goals
• Effective problem-solving skills and ability to prioritise under pressure
• The ability to work opportunistically and creatively in response to funding opportunities
• Ability to adapt and be flexible
• Excellent project planning and organisational skills with the ability to deliver results in fundraising through teams
• Good appreciation of health and safety in the workplace, data protection principles and equal opportunities
Deadline for applications: 20th October 2021