Fundraising Officer

Geneva, Switzerland

[Closing date: 1 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.

In Latin America, the DNDi team is going through an important growth period in terms of R&D projects and fundraising. Since its inception in 2010, DNDi Latin America made important strides in securing funding from endemic emerging economies, notably from the Ministry of Health in Brazil via the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ), the Government of Colombia, secured funding from the private sector in Latin America and received the Carlos Slim Award from Mexico.

Purpose of the position
Contributing for the sustainability of the Latin American Office, the Fundraising Officer will support the development and implementation of fundraising strategies in the key countries in the region (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico) from public sources. In collaboration with the Regional Fundraising Manager, the incumbent will develop strategies to meet the financial objectives of the region set by the organization.

The worldwide, DNDi’s funding goal is aims to secure €400 million by 2018, of which €350million are already secured. Latin America’s funding goal is to raise a total of a minimum of €5M toward the worldwide goal.

Position Objective
The Fundraising Officer is a member of the Fundraising Latin America Team (LATAM) team, which is part of the Advocacy, Communications and Fundraising worldwide Department. He/she reports directly to the Regional Fundraising Manager. The Fundraising Officer will write fundraising proposals, prepare donor reports, contribute toward prospecting activities, manage relationships with existing donors (support contract negotiation, on-going communications with donors and reporting) and update fundraising database.

Overall objectives of the job:

  • Support and consolidate a Fundraising strategy in the key countries of the region initially focusing on Brazil & Argentina and in the rest of the key countries.
  • Monitoring funding needs and financial gaps specific to Latin America and design relevant fundraising strategies to reach them.
  • Participate actively to developing DNDi´s global fundraising strategy, interacting with fundraising teams in Geneva and other regional offices.
  • Maintain a good understanding of the organization’s mission, vision, R&D projects and financial needs.
  • Participate in meetings as required.

Manage relationships with existing donor:

  • Write proposals, donor reports and respond to donor and prospective donor information requests  with the support of the Finance, Communications, Legal and Research & Development Departments in Rio and in Geneva)
  • Coordinate the production and submission of scientifically based donor reports as per donor requirements, including drafting narratives and financial summaries.
  • Prepare documents including presentations and papers for donor related events.
  • Update donors on DNDi through donor visits, mailings, presentations and ad hoc scientific reports.
  • Represent DNDi at institutional events or at donor meetings.

Conduct prospecting activities

  • Identify new potential public funding mechanisms and prospect donors in the region initially focusing on Brazil & Argentina and in the rest of the key countries.
  •  Keep informed about coming proposals within the health research and development sector
  • Conduct prospect research to establish and maintain prospect donor profiles and adjust prospecting activities
  • Coordinate the production of persuasive fundraising proposals for prospect public and private donors – including core funding proposals or specific project funding – so that proposals are submitted on time and respond to donor requirements

Maintain fundraising management tools

  • Timely updating of contact, prospects and donor database
  • Input into DNDi monthly reports and presentations
  • 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

The Fundraising officer reports to the Fundraising Manager and works closely with the global Fundraising  team in Geneva and New York along with the  Latin America Executive Director.


  • Graduated in International Relations,  Political Science, Marketing, administration or related field
  • Extensive professional experience in fundraising
  • Experience in marketing or communications
  • Languages: fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish
  • Computer: MS Office tools
  • Knowledge of public health sector

Competencies / Skills

  • Sensitivity and commitment to the mission and vision of DNDi
  • Strong writing skills
  • Regional understanding of the fundraising landscape
  • Results oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Takes initiative
  • Available to travel
  • Team spirit
  • Ability to work independently and in a multi-cultural environment

Working Terms and Conditions

The Fundraising Officer will be based in Rio de Janeiro and will therefore attend all team and coordination meetings on a regular basis.
Workplace: DNDi Latin America’s office in Jardim Botânico – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Time employment: 100% (full-time position)
Type of contract: Indeterminate contract (with a 3 month probation period)

To apply
Motivated and qualified candidates are highly encouraged to send their CV along with a motivation letter to

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.