Development Officer

Central London
14 Feb 2013
14 Mar 2013
Development Officer
Contract Type
Full Time


Job Title: Development Officer (Full-time)                         

Reporting to: Deputy Director / Director

Salary: £25-£30K

Closing Date: 14 March 2013 (Interviews to begin 15 March 2013)

DPI – Democratic Progress Institute is seeking a Development Officer to work closely with the Deputy Director and Director as well as the Board and staff in its London-based 8 person office, to build its donor base. This is an opportunity to play a key role in a small, busy and innovative NGO based in central London.

The successful candidate will have at least two years’ experience of fundraising and development, with an emphasis on grants and trusts fundraising. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying and pursuing diverse funding streams; writing applications, report backs and progress letters to meet existing and future funders’ guidelines; monitoring the implementation of projects to ensure funders’ guidelines are met; liaising with funders and other stakeholders; and ensuring that proposals for new projects meet existing and/ or future funders’ guidelines.

Attention to detail and good administrative and research skills will be among your strengths.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Finance Officer and will report to the Deputy Director and Director. 

Responsibilities include:

     Investigating Funding Opportunities

  • Primary responsibility with support from the Director, Deputy Director and Finance Officer, for implementing annual and long-term fundraising activities, such  as researching grant opportunities, using international  directories and reaching out to CSR programmes
  • Identifying new funding opportunities and ensuring key team members and networks are utilized for funding
  • Corresponding with potential funders to gather information, guidelines etc

Maintenance and Strengthening of Relationships with Core Funding Sources

  • Grant writing and reporting in line with donor specified requirements, ensuring deadlines for new applications and reporting backs are met
  • Communicating the work of DPI to existing and prospective supporters
  • Coordinate meetings and meeting with existing and potential funders and assemble all background information in preparation for meetings
  • Maintaining close collaboration with other staff to ensure sound project management
  • Overseeing specific donors/communication history and ensuring that notes and information are fed back into the organization using the database and staff meetings etc
  • Maintain records in donor database, Salesforce
  • Supporting the Finance Officer in management of Grants
  • Ensuring DPI staff including the Director are kept aware of their obligations and opportunities in relation to fundraising

 Person Specification

The person should have an interest in the work of DPI and have a strong desire to contribute to the development of the organization as a whole. S/he should be self-motivated and able to work on their own initiative in co-ordination with other staff. S/he will have a track record of attention to detail and meeting deadlines with ease.

 Essential skills/knowledge

  • Experience of managing 1-2 year grant cycles from beginning to end, with a focus on governmental, intergovernmental and private-trust funding
  • Exceptional organizational and administrative skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including evidence of structured thinking and the ability to inspire confidence & enthusiasm in others
  • Self-starter with the ability to initiate projects and see them through to successful completion
  • Familiarity with current foundation, trust and governmental fundraising landscape and the challenges for NGOs
  • Ability to work independently, but also as part of a small team, on different projects
  • Computer literate in MS Office, email, and advanced internet research
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Ability to be administratively and secretarially self-sufficient
  • Strong interest in getting to understand the work of DPI
  • Track record of delivering concrete results that exceed expectations

Desired skills/knowledge

•        Experience of event organization and running

•        Knowledge of the political situation in the areas of DPI’s current programmes

•        An interest in peacebuilding, conflict resolution and transitional justice

•        A sound and current knowledge of funding streams via the UK, EU and UN

•        Knowledge of Salesforce CRM database; Mac and other operating systems

Conditions of Service:

  • Office hours are 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday
  • Annual leave is 21 working days (pro rata) plus UK bank holidays
  • Salary: £25,000-30,000 depending on qualifications and experience, pro rata
  • There will be a six months probationary period and a confidentiality clause in the contract of employment

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a 1 page cover letter, CV a short (1-2 page) writing sample to  with the subject line “Development Officer Application”.

Equal Opportunities Policy:

DPI aims to develop and maintain employment policies which ensure that no one is unfairly discriminated against, whether directly or indirectly, on any grounds including race, ethnic origin, culture, gender, sexuality, disability, age or religion. These policies will apply in relation to all those involved in the work of the organisation including paid staff, trainees, consultants, interns, volunteers, those offering services on a pro bono basis and trustees.


Applications are welcomed from disabled applicants. If you have a disability, you are advised to contact us if you need help completing the application process or if any adjustments need to be made in advance to facilitate your full participation in the selection stage and/ or thereafter.

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