Senior Fundraising Officer

Geneva, Switzerland
[Closing date: 23 October 2016]


Start date: January 2017
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, hepatitis C and antimicrobial resistance.

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 seven new treatments for neglected patients for malaria, sleeping sickness, visceral leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, pediatric HIV 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 individuals. To ensure the greatest possible independence, DNDi constantly strives 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 is a key part of this strategy.


Purpose of the position

Contributing to the financial sustainability of the organization, the Senior Fundraising Officer will support the development and implementation of the global fundraising strategy, by secure funding from private and public sources. The incumbent will work in collaboration with the Head of External Relations 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 secured €415 million.

The Senior Fundraising Officer is a full time position and is a member of the Fundraising team, which is part of the Department of Communication, Advocacy, and Fundraising. She / he reports directly to the Head of External Relations. The Senior Fundraising Officer will write scientific & medical fundraising proposals with the support of the R&D team, prepare donor reports, contribute toward prospecting activities, and manage relationships with existing donors.


Specific Job Responsibilities

Secure funding

  • Write and coordinate the production of persuasive fundraising proposals, budgets, activity plans for institutional or government donors and private donors such as large foundations
  • Keep informed and act upon potential funding opportunities within the medical research, science and global health landscapes, development sectors and new alternative funding mechanism for global health
  • Prospect potential donors
  • Develop specific action plans and budget for assigned donors
  • Develop and execute fundraising advocacy strategies & activities targeting current donors to renew and upgrade donor’s commitment or new donors
  • Negotiate financial investment agreements with donors


Steward donors

  • Write and coordinate the production and submission of elaborate 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 staff & volunteers
  • 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


Administrative tasks

  • Maintain assigned donor contact list in donor database
  • Provide internal DNDi staff with donor briefing updates
  • Participate in the development of the annual fundraising action plan
  • Represent the global fundraising department at assigned monthly disease meetings
  • Work collaboratively with staff in the fundraising, legal, finance and research and development departments as well as the leadership of the organization


Skills Required

  • Minimal educational requirements: Master’s degree in development, public health, global health, business administration or related field or equivalent work experience could be considered.
  • 3 years of professional experience in proposal/report writing and grants administration of multi-year contributions with government donors or large foundations
  • Ability & experience in asking donors for financial support at the primary gift level (+€1 million)
  • Understanding of the field of neglected diseases
  • Understanding of drug development or the medical field
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, whilst simultaneously managing multiple projects and assignments
  • Superior writing and editing skills in English
  • Superior English oral skill to articulate the case for support on neglected diseases
  • Other language such as German, French or Spanish a plus
  • Proficiency with MS Office package (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Ability to work independently and in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to undertake travel up to 5% of work time


To apply

Please apply with the following two documents: a letter explaining why you are applying for this post, and your CV/resume to DNDi.

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until October 23rd, 2016.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.