Fundraising Coordinator

Geneva, Switzerland

[Closing date: 1 October 2015]


Location: Geneva, Switzerland                             

Status: Full-time position

Start date: November 2015

Requirements: Must have a valid work permit for Switzerland



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, pediatric HIV, mycetoma and hepatitis C.

DNDi’s objective is to deliver 16 to 18 new treatments to patients suffering from neglected diseases by 2023, 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.

DNDi accomplishes its work through a collaborative partnerships approach 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, Japan, 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 €650 million by 2023.  To date, DNDi has raised €365 million.

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.


Specific Job Responsibilities:

Conduct prospecting activities

  • Write and coordinate the production of persuasive fundraising proposals for public and private donors
  • Keep informed about potential funding opportunities within the health research and development sector
  • Conduct prospect research
  • Develop and execute fundraising advocacy strategies & activities targeting specific donors


Manage relationships with existing donors

  • Write and coordinate the production and submission of donor reports
  • Write and design donor presentations and fundraising material for donor-related events or meetings
  • Update donors on DNDi activities
  • Prepare briefing profiles on donors for meetings
  • Coordinate donor meetings and DNDi staff involved with stewarding donors
  • Organize donor field visits  or presentations and ad hoc reports
  • Follow-up on donor payments & draft acknowledgment letters


Fundraising Coordination

  • Maintain donor contact list in donor database
  • Provide donor updates on a regular basis
  • Participate in the development of the annual fundraising action plan
  • Develop specific action plan for assigned donors
  • Attend monthly meetings and represent the Global Fundraising Department at an assigned “disease”


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 grants  administration (e.g. DE-BMBF / KfW, UK-DFID, EU etc.)
  • Ability & experience in asking donors for financial support at the primary gift level (+€1 million)
  • 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.
  • 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: a letter explaining why you are applying for this post, your CV/resume to DNDi:

Accepting applications until October 1st, 2015

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.