Development and Grants Officer

Title:                    Development and Grants Officer  

Reporting to:       Deputy Director

Location:              London, UK

Contract type:      Permanent contract 

Salary:                  £26,000 – £31,000 dependent on experience


Job Description Overview

The Development and Grants Officer plays a key role at DPI, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer to build the organisation’s donor base and diversify income streams, with an emphasis on governmental funding, as well as grants and trust fundraising. 

The Development and Grants Officer is responsible for identifying and pursuing diverse funding streams; writing applications, report backs and progress letters to meet existing and future funders’ guidelines; monitoring the implementation of projects to ensure funders’ guidelines are met; and liaising with funders and other stakeholders. The Development and Grants Officer works closely with the Finance Manager to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting to donors.  Candidates will be expected to have 2-3 years of relevant experience including working with EU grants.


Key Responsibilities

Fundraising Strategy Development

  • Leads the work on developing a short, medium and long-term fundraising strategy for DPI
  • Researches a wide range of funding opportunities, using international directories
  • Explores and reaches out to CSR schemes
  • Utilises DPI staff, Council of Experts and Board member networks for potential funding avenues
  • Corresponds with potential donors and funders and nurtures relationships over time

Grants Writing and Management

  • Assesses DPI’s eligibility and prepares funding proposals in line with donor criteria
  • Ensures that deadlines for applications are met
  • Ensures that deadlines and criteria for donor reporting are met, including financial reporting in close collaboration with the Finance Officer
  • Ensures that the Chief Executive Officer is kept aware of organizational obligations and opportunities in relation to fundraising
  • Supports the Finance Officer on financial reporting to donors

Donor Relationship Management

  • Maintains and strengthens relationships with existing and prospective donors
  • Prepares and disseminates Quarterly Updates or other updates to all donors, Board members, Council of Experts and key partners
  • Prepares and oversees the dissemination of Annual Reports, including the Trustee report
  • Prepares background information ahead of DPI meetings with donors and prospective donors
  • Attends meetings on behalf of DPI as appropriate and necessary
  • Oversees donor communication history, ensuring that notes and information are logged and shared with relevant staff

Administrative Tasks

  • Maintains an accurate record of donor relations on the donor Salesforce database
  • Ensures an effective and clean shared drive structure for files relating to grants and fundraising, including financial reports


The successful candidate will be IT proficient, have excellent communication, research and writing skills, and be able to work efficiently as part of a team as well as independently where necessary.  2-3 years of fundraising experience including with EU funding is essential and knowledge of the conflict resolution sector is preferable.

Please send a CV and cover letter  to  by 17.00 (UK time) Monday 10th of July. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted due to high volume of applications we receive.