Development Associate

  • Added Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2019

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Job Title: Development Associate

Reports to: Director of Development

Location: London, UK

Contract: 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Grade: £27,186 - £28,505 (B1 - B3)


Internews works to ensure access to trusted, quality news and information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives. We envision a world where everyone can communicate freely with anyone, anywhere, and exchange the news and information they need to shape their communities and the world.

For 35 years and in more than 100 countries, we have worked with our local partners to build hundreds of sustainable organizations, strengthened the capacity of thousands of media professionals, human rights activists, and information entrepreneurs, and reached millions of people with quality, local information, improving lives and building lasting change. On issues ranging from health and the environment to conflict and governance, Internews has developed approaches that harness the power of media and information to create positive change.

Internews is a charity operating internationally, with administrative centres in California, Washington DC, and London, as well as regional hubs in Bangkok and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, Internews currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.


The Development Associate will provide business critical operational, logistical and editorial support to the rest of the development team whilst also managing regularly assigned personal projects.


  • Support and sustain the development of the funding opportunities pipeline
  • Provides support and guidance to project managers in the development of extensions to existing projects and development of new project proposals
  • Conducts research and develops written materials for fundraising efforts as required
  • Prepares briefing material on new donors/stakeholders
  • Manages stakeholder contact information/database
  • Operational responsibility for keeping up to date organisational performance records
  • Maintains the departmental archive
  • Identify peer organisations and strategic partners across the UK, EU and countries in which Internews operates
  • Help build relationships with partner organisations and networks
  • Ensure that Internews is represented at relevant meetings, conferences and other for networking events
  • Assist in managing an annual calendar of relevant sector and networking events
  • Responsible for administrative packaging of fundraising proposals/tenders
  • Compile a weekly digest of competitive/open fundraising opportunities
  • Conduct research / identify institutional donors and match funders
  • Track donor interactions/relationships, contracts, proposal success rates etc.

· Conducts research as required for new mechanisms, priorities, initiatives and/or background information on public sector donors.

· Works with Global Development, Program and Technical teams to identify specific new opportunities with public sector donors through monitoring websites on-line, as well as through subscription services.

· Evaluates whether opportunities found fit within Internews’ mission and vision, and then summarizes and distributes likely opportunities from donors.

· Focusing on prioritized opportunities, develops and maintains an internal business development tracker of solicitations, as well as due dates for upcoming proposals and concept

· Takes the lead in generating content/text for requests for information for competitive bids, working with other team members and the Director of Development to finalize.

· Assists with proposals and concept notes to public sector donors, including conducting basic desk research, document formatting, and development of situation analysis, capacity statements, past performance references, and formatting of CVs/resumes/short bio-graphics.

· Develops timelines for concept note and proposal submissions and reviews donor guidelines to ensure full compliance with all donor requirements.

· Develops outlines/writing guides for technical and program staff and other BD managers as required.

· Coordinates kick-off and/or design meetings for proposals as required.

· Working closely with program and technical staff members and his/her supervisor, writes, reviews, and edits smaller concept notes, proposals and pitches for submission to European public sector donors in line with Internews’ annual development strategy.

· Working with the Director of Business Development, prepares presentation materials – including Powerpoint presentations and briefing papers for donor or partner pitches, or internal audiences, as required.

· Collaborates closely with the Communications department and with the Director of Development, maximises Internews’ relationships with key donors, as well as Internews’ overall image externally.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each necessary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required.


  • Relevant University Degree or reasonably equivalent professional experience (at least 3 years)
  • At least 2-3-year experience working as part of a fundraising team
  • Knowledge and understanding of international development/media and governance issues
  • Experience of European public sector donors, especially EC and DFID
  • Proven ability to conduct and author academic standard research
  • Experience of working effectively under pressure, demonstrating a calm, confident and flexible approach to work
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience of undertaking a range of tasks and prioritizing to meet deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience of creating and maintaining databases and filing systems
  • Committed team player; flexible and adaptable to varying work demands
  • Fluent spoken and written English


  • Additional international language skills, particularly French and German, would be highly appreciated
  • Work experience in other international development NGOs or similar organisations
  • Experience of Salesforce

The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, all the tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the job holder a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position.

To Apply: Please submit a CV along with a cover letter

Expected office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:30pm. As an International NGO, the need to accommodate the needs of colleagues working in different time zones is required and to this end, Internews Europe adopts flexible working policies and staff can be expected to work outside of normal working hours as the need arises.This position is being offered and hired by Internews Europe. Benefits will be consistent with Internews Europe's offerings. Additional information can be found on our Internews Benefits page.

Recruitment Timeline:

Closing date: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Interviews: W/C Monday 28 January 2019

This vacancy is archived.

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