JOB OPPORTUNITY: Development Officer

Development Officer


The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is recruiting a Development Officer.

Closing date for receipt of applications:
Sunday 8th January 2017 (17.00 CET)


ILGA is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, an umbrella organisation of more than 1200 member organisations in all continents and articulated in six regions, i.e. Ilga-Oceania (Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and Pacific Islands), Ilga-Asia, Ilga-Europe, Ilga-LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean), Ilga North-America and PanAfrica Ilga. Established in 1978, ILGA enjoys consultative status at the UN ECOSOC Council, publishes an annual world report and a map on legislation criminalising or protecting people on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity or recognising their relationships, a Trans Legal Mapping Report, an ILGA-RIWI Global Survey on attitudes towards LGBTI, and several publications on LGBTI related advocacy at the UN.

ILGA’s vision is of a world where the human rights of all are respected and where everyone can live in equality and freedom; a world where global justice and equity are assured and established regardless of the people’s sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and bodily diversities.

ILGA’s mission is:

  • To act as a leading organisation and a global voice for the rights of those who face discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression and intersex.
  • To work towards achieving equality, freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people through advocacy, collaborative actions, and by educating and informing relevant international and regional institutions as well as governments, media and civil society.
  • To empower our members and other human rights organisations in promoting and protecting human rights, irrespective of people’s sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression and intersex and to facilitate cooperation and solidarity among ILGA regions and members.
  • To promote the diversity and strengths of LGBTI people around the world.

2.    Background

Having transferred its main office to Geneva from Brussels in April 2014, ILGA is now an association following article 60 and the following of the Swiss Civil Code, following a decision taken by the ILGA World Conference, and it about to register with the registre du commerce of Geneva. ILGA currently employs 7 people in its Geneva office and has a budget of 1,500,000 CHF, funded by: the Swedish International Development Agency, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation and the Arcus Foundation. Within the framework of its Regional Development Programme, the three global South regions of ILGA, i.e. PanAfrica ILGA, ILGA-Asia and ILGA-LAC, were able to open their respective offices in Johannesburg, Bangkok and Buenos Aires, and hire staff for them. ILGA therefore increasingly needs skilled and highly motivated people to join its dynamic and professional team and to respond to growing demands for expertise placed on ILGA.

3. The job

The post holder will be responsible for communication between ILGA and its institutional funders, particularly foundations and government bureaux and is the main grant writer at ILGA.

In the framework of the post, the person will report to the Finance Manager, and will be required to work closely with the Finance Manager and the Executive Director to ensure both the continued strengthening of existing funding relationships with donors and securing sustainable growth through new funding relationships. The development officer will be responsible for leading donor identification, prioritisation, engagement, negotiation and securing grants. They will also be responsible for ensuring the reporting requirements of donors, and monitoring & evaluation to achieve this are delivered in a timely and efficient manner, and in effective collaboration with colleagues.

Candidates should be strongly committed to working for human rights and equality, and have competencies and demonstrated experience in:

  • developing and implementing effective financial monitoring and reporting systems to ensure compliance with funding requirements
  • working with and implementing fundraising standards and policies
  • understanding governmental and private funding programmes and mechanisms, compliance with financial regulations applicable to individual grants and funder-tailored financial budgeting and reporting
  • managing funding received from private and public donors
  • responsible for coordinating and writing programmatic and financial reports and presenting these and other relevant materials to current and prospective donors
  • developing and implementing fundraising strategies and building sustainable relationships with donors
  • High level English: for technical grant and report writing, and verbal for donor communications
  • Additional language skills are an asset

Qualifications, experience and other requirements are:

  • Three to five years’ experience of successfully writing (and managing) five- and six-figure grants
  • Strong interpersonal skills, particularly relationship development
  • Ability to build trust, understanding and credibility for ILGA’s reputation with external partners
  • Excellent understanding of financial management for international projects
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing effective financial monitoring and reporting systems
  • Experience in translating internal financial and programmatic information into formats required or better understood by funding partners
  • Excellent organization, attention to detail and follow-through
  • Exceptional time management and prioritization skills, ability to multi-task.
  • Self-directed and motivated. Opportunity thinking, with an entrepreneurial drive to identify and secure sustainable new funding sources.
  • A solid understanding of organisational and programmatic budgeting, monitoring and reporting
  • A solid knowledge of governmental and private funding requirements
  • Excellent communication skills (writing and presentation), including a high standard of written and spoken English
  • Experience of staff management and project management
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team, and maintain excellent working relationships
  • Sensitivity to working in a multicultural and diverse environment and commitment to promoting respect for equality and diversity
  • Demonstrated capacity to adapt to rapidly changing environments
  • Experience of working at international level
  • Experience of working in an NGO (desirable)
  • Experience in organising events (desirable)

Gross salary:

The salary scale for the post of Development Officer is CHF 66,000 to CHF 72,000 (gross annual salary inclusive of holiday pay), depending on experience. Very effective performance could easily lead to a senior position within the first year. The organisation offers local transport benefits, luncheon vouchers and 25 days annual leave (20 days Swiss legal holidays and 5 additional days provided by ILGA). Relocation support to Geneva will be given.


Closing date for receipt of applications:
Sunday 8th January 2017 (17.00 CET)


ILGA is an equal opportunities employer.


ILGA has a policy and a strong commitment to equal opportunity. This policy applies both to ILGA’s implementation of its work programme, and its employment practices.

ILGA is committed to opposing direct and indirect discrimination on grounds of disability, ethnicity or national origin, colour, race, creed, gender, marital status, domestic circumstances, age, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex characteristics or any other grounds.

ILGA will do all within its power to apply the above policies in its day-to-day operations and in its employment practices.

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