Fundraising Coordinator

Geneva, Switzerland

[Closing date: 15 April 2015]

Established in 2003 Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization that develops new, improved, and affordable medicines for deadly neglected diseases that afflict millions of the world’s poorest people. DNDi focuses on discovering and developing treatments for sleeping sickness (human African trypanosomiasis), Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, filarial infections, malaria, and pediatric HIV.

DNDi’s objective is to deliver 11 to 13 new treatments to patients suffering from neglected diseases by 2018, ensure equitable access to these treatments, and build a robust pipeline of new drug candidates. DNDi has already developed six new treatments for neglected patients for malaria, sleeping sickness, visceral leishmaniasis, and Chagas disease, with several new drug candidates in the R&D pipeline including two for sleeping sickness and one for Chagas disease in clinical trials.

DNDi accomplishes its work through collaborative partnerships with public sector research institutions, particularly in disease-endemic countries, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academia, non-governmental organizations, and governments worldwide. It also works to strengthen research capacity in disease-endemic countries and to advocate for increased public responsibility for neglected disease R&D.

DNDi is supported by a wide range of public and private funders, including Médecins Sand Frontières as a founding partner; governments including the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Norway, Brazil, the US and Spain; private philanthropic organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and a handful of foundations and individual private donors. To ensure the greatest possible independence, DNDi seeks to diversify its funding sources, maintain a balance of public and private support, and ensure that no single donor contributes more than 25% of DNDi’s budget.  The development of a successful public and private fundraising strategy in Latin America is a key part of this strategy.

Purpose of the position
Contributing to the financial sustainability of the organization, the Fundraising Coordinator will support the development and implementation of the fundraising strategy in Geneva, by secure funding from private and public sources. The incumbent will work in collaboration with the Head of Fundraising to meet the financial goals set by the organization.  The worldwide funding goal for DNDi is to secure €400 million by 2018. To date, DNDi raised €350 million to support R&D projects.

Position Objective
The Fundraising Coordinator is a full time position and is a member of the Fundraising team, which is part of the Department of Communication, Advocacy, and Fundraising. He/she reports directly to the Head of Fundraising. The Fundraising Coordinator will write scientific & medical fundraising proposals, prepare donor reports, contribute toward prospecting activities, and manage relationships with existing donors (support to contract negotiation, on-going communications with donors and reporting).

Specific Job Responsibilities

In conjunction with the Executive Team, the Head of Fundraising, the Project Managers, and the Financial Controller, the primary responsibilities of this position are to:

Manage relationships with existing donors

• Write and coordinate the production and submission of donor reports as per donor requirements, including drafting narratives and financial summaries
• Write and prepare documents such as presentations and collateral material for donor-related events or meetings
• Update donors on DNDi activities by organising donor visits to project or region, information discrimination, presentations and ad hoc reports

Conduct prospecting activities
• Write and coordinate the production of persuasive fundraising proposals for prospective public and private donors – including core funding proposals or specific project funding – so that proposals are submitted on time and respond to donor requirements
• Keep informed about potential funding opportunities within the health research and development sector
• Conduct prospect research to establish and maintain prospect donor profiles and adjust prospecting activities
• Develop and execute fundraising advocacy activities

Maintain fundraising management tools
• Timely updating of contact, prospects and donor database
• Provide updates on fundraising activities on a regular basis
• Maintenance and implementation, with other members of the Fundraising team, of the funding calendar of activities to secure new donors’ commitments and meet donor reporting requirements

Skills Required
• Minimal educational requirements: Master’s degree in development, public health, global health, business administration or related field. Equivalent work experience could be considered.
• 3 years of professional experience in proposal/report writing and administration of grants (e.g. UK DFID, NL-DGIS, NO-Norad, EU etc.)
• Ability & experience in asking donors for financial support at the primary gift level (€1 million and above)
• Understanding of the field of neglected diseases
• Ability to work under tight deadlines, whilst simultaneously managing multiple projects and assignments
• Ability to understand and review financial data and reports
• Superior writing and editing skills in English
• Superior English oral skill to articulate the case to support neglected diseases.
• High level of proficiency with MS Office package (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
• Ability to work independently and in a multi-cultural environment
• Ability to undertake travel up to 10% of work time
To apply
Please send via email the following two documents: (1) a letter explaining why you are applying for this post, and (2) your CV/resume to DNDi:
Please indicate in the subject line of your email: FR Coordinator

Accepting applications until:  April 15, 2015

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.