London, Greater London
£33,257 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

ABOUT INTERNEWS

Internews empowers people worldwide with the trustworthy, high-quality news and information they need to make informed decisions, participate in their communities, and hold power to account. Our vision is to unleash human potential everywhere by turning on the bright light of information.

For more than 35 years, in more than 100 countries, Internews has worked to build healthy media and information environments where they are most needed. We have proudly launched hundreds of sustainable organizations, bolstered the skills of thousands of media professionals, activists, and citizens, and helped our partners reach millions of people with quality, local information.

Internews is a non-profit organisation operating internationally, with administrative centres in California, Washington DC, London and Paris as well as regional hubs in Bangkok, Kiev and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, Internews currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.

GENERAL FUNCTION:

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Officer will ensure the smooth running of Internews’ European institutional fundraising, ensuring timely submission of successful funding proposals and helping to secure annual fundraising targets. The Development Officer will continually work with programme staff around the world to jointly identify new fundraising opportunities, to coordinate proposal development processes and to support new programme concepts. The Development Officer works to increase funding in support of Internews’ mission by managing, writing and finalizing proposals and concept notes that are submitted to donors. He/she will track and review Institutional funding opportunities to determine strategy for application and lead cross-functional teams to design and write proposals, both from London and in the field. 

Working under the leadership of the Director of Development, he/she will contribute to a strategic approach to business development at Internews to ensure the organization raises over 15,000,000 GBP annually from public sector donors.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support achievement of annual fundraising targets;
  • Writes, reviews and edits proposals and concept notes to donors, including development of the technical approach, conducting basic desk research, document formatting, and the development of situation analysis, capacity statements, past performance references.
  • Develops timelines, writing guides and compliance matrixes for proposals and concept notes
  • Leads cross-functional teams to both design and write high quality proposals and concept notes for targeted donors.
  • Manages the kick-off and/or design meetings for assigned proposals as required.
  • Takes the lead in generating final text for donor solicitations, working with program and technical staff members and others to finalize proposals, through following a structured review process in line with Internews’ policies and guidelines.
  • Supports strong partnerships with other local and international partners through timely communications with regards to particularly opportunities.  Manage partner expectations during the proposal process.
  • Timely monitoring of calls for proposals from European bilateral and multilateral donors;
  • Contribute to efforts to deepen relationships with the European Union, DFID and other donors;
  • Lead the development of high quality and compliant proposals and tenders to institutional donors;
  • Support Internews country teams to develop and implement partner/donor engagement strategies;
  • Contribute to building the skills of programme teams to approach donors in the field;
  • Ensure consistent and smooth handover of new grants to contracting and programme teams;
  • Contributes to annual strategic planning

QUALIFICATIONS:

Essential

  • At least 3 years’ experience working with institutional donors for an international development organisation;
  • Demonstrable track record in identifying and securing significant, multi-year, multi-million, public funds from development donors in Europe;
  • Solid understanding of institutional donor funding trends and priorities;
  • Excellent project manager with the ability to lead and work collaboratively with different teams and technical leads;
  • Experience working with diverse and talented teams;
  • Experience of working in geographic regions in which Internews works;
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Computer literate with advanced abilities in Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Commitment to and understanding of Internews’ mission and values
  • Passion for the role of media and increased access to information in changing lives.
  • Relevant undergraduate University degree.
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Superior writing skills with demonstrated ability to translate complicated technical material into easy to read and compelling text. Ability to both edit others writing and accept feedback on written text with both grace and humor.
  • Extensive and demonstrated prior experience with successful proposal writing (at least two plus years), including leading proposal opportunities from start to finish
  • Proven organization skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to multi-task and prioritize within the context of a flexible and shifting workload.
  • Ability to handle sensitive donor information with the utmost discretion.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the demonstrated ability to maintain a sense of calm, and project a sense of humor in the face of strict deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a working group/team to achieve a high-quality proposal.
  • Must be able and willing to work well with a diverse range of colleagues to achieve ambitious fundraising targets. Proven ability to operate effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Outlook, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and internet research.

Desirable

  • An established international network with Internews’ target donors;
  • Relevant University Degree; candidates without higher education credentials will be expected to demonstrate additional/equivalent professional experience;
  • Prior experience working in the media development field.
  • Spanish, French, German or Swedish language skills a plus.

This position will be located in the United Kingdom and therefore a successful applicant must obtain the Right to Work in the UK in order to commence their employment

The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, all the tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the job holder a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position.

To Apply: Please submit a CV along with a cover letter.   

Expected office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:30pm. As an International NGO, the need to accommodate the needs of colleagues working in different time zones is required and to this end, Internews Europe adopts flexible working policies and staff can be expected to work outside of normal working hours as the need arises. This position is being offered and hired by Internews Europe. Benefits will be consistent with Internews Europe's offerings. Additional information can be found on our Internews Benefits page.

RECRUITMENT TIMELINE

Closing date for applications: 06 March 2020

Candidates must submit a succinct covering letter of no more than 2-pages explaining how they satisfy the requirements of the person speciation in addition to a CV highlighting relevant experience. The successful candidate will also be asked to provide three professional referees, one of whom must be from their most recent employer.

The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, all the tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the job holder a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position .

This position will be located in the United Kingdom and therefore a successful applicant must obtain the Right to Work in the UK in order to commence their employment

 

Posted on: 10 February 2020
Closed date: 06 March 2020
Tags: Fundraising, Intl Development