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For individuals looking forward to working with DPI, see our careers and volunteer pages.

All employment opportunities will be posted on our website, and we offer various internships on a rolling basis throughout the year.

For private institutions and other organisations, please contact us for more information about how you can get involved with our work at: info@democraticprogress.org.

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Careers

Title: Development And Funding Officer
Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
Salary: Up to £31,000 (depending on experience)
Location: London
Contract : Full Time , Permanent

Unique opportunity to get involved in a conflict resolution and peace building organisation based in central London with responsibility for working to ensure that income meets the organisation’s needs, and in support of achieving the strategic objectives through the development and management of fundraising and donor relations.
DPI aims to foster an environment of sharing information, ideas, knowledge and concerns for furthering of democratic solutions and outcomes. Our work supports the development of a pluralistic political arena capable of generating consensus and ownership over work on key issues at political and local levels.
We provide expertise and practical frameworks to encourage stronger public debate and involvement in promoting peace and democracy building internationally with a special focus on Turkey. DPI aims to contribute to the establishment of a structured public dialogue on peace and democratic advancement, as well as to create and expand platforms for discussions on peace and democracy building. We seek to encourage an environment of inclusive, frank, structured discussions where different parties are able to openly share knowledge, concerns and suggestions for democracy building on many levels. DPI’s objective is to identify common priorities and develop innovative approaches to the process of finding democratic solutions. DPI’s work also supports stronger collaboration between academics, civil society and policy-makers. Comparative studies of relevant situations are seen as an effective tool for ensuring that mistakes are not repeated or perpetuated; and comparative analysis of models of peace and democracy building is central to our work.
Job Description Summary

The Development and Funding Officer plays a key role at DPI, working to ensure that income meets the organisation’s needs, and in support of achieving the strategic objectives through the development and management of fundraising and donor relations.
The Development and Funding Officer is responsible for identifying and pursuing diverse funding streams; writing applications, reporting back 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 Funding Officer works closely with the Finance Officer to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting to donors.
The Development and Funding Officer collaborates with Project Officers with regards to expenditure across budget lines to ensure compliance with grant contracts and grants periods. The Development and Funding Officer assists the Finance Manager with audit preparations of accounts at the end of the financial year and ensures the timely drafting of the Trustee report.
The Development and Funding Officer works closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the Finance Manager and COO in the preparation and presentation of the annual organisational budget.
Key Responsibilities
Fundraising and Grants Administration

• Leads the development and delivery of short, medium and long-term fundraising strategies for DPI
• Identifies and nurtures the successful implementation of appropriate grant funding and contracting
• Researches and assesses DPI’s eligibility in line with DPI strategy and donor criteria
• Produces and submits grants proposals, expressions of interest and donor reports
• Oversees compliance with funding requirement to ensure that deadlines and criteria for donor reporting are met, including financial reporting in close collaboration with the Finance Manager
Donor Relations

• Manages and develops external relationships as a representative of DPI, attending meetings and public events where necessary
• Follows up with potential donors to open up new funding opportunities
• Conducts regular updates with current donors to maintain and strengthen relationships
• Prepares and oversees the dissemination of external materials such as the Quarterly Update and Trustee Report to all relevant contacts
• Prepares background information ahead of DPI meetings with donors and prospective donors
• Oversees donor communication history, ensuring that notes and information are logged and shared accordingly
Project Development and Monitoring and Evaluation

• Leads process and system improvements/developments to ensure that all DPI material shared externally is of good quality, in line with the strategy and structure of the organisation
• Reviews all programme activities in line with the external environment and donor requirements to ensure sustainability and identify growth opportunities
• Assists the COO and Programmes team to develop organisational work plan to ensure that all activities and research comply with grant applications and donor obligation
• Develops M&E and risk assessment frameworks to carry out monitoring and evaluation of activities to measure outcomes and the impact in relation to our strategic aims, and acting to make improvements if required
• Establishes close working relationships and develop efficient systems with key individuals in the programmes, research and finance functions, to access knowledge and information needed for funding propositions and reporting
• Maintains close collaboration with DPI staff to ensure sound project management, including by ensuring regular M&E meetings with programmes team are conducted to ensure that donor requirements and output standards are met
Financial Management

• Helps to develop and implement the organisation’s financial planning, budgeting and reporting processes along with the Finance Manager and Deputy Director
• Collaborates with Project Officers with regards to the allocation of expenditure across budget lines and donors, to ensure compliance with grant contracts.
• Assists the Finance Manager in their work on audit preparations of accounts at the end of the financial year, and ensures the timely drafting of the Trustee report
• Works closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the Finance Manager and COO in the preparation and presentation of the annual organisational budget.
• Ensures that the Chief Executive Officer, and all members of staff, are kept aware of their obligations and opportunities in relation to donors
Administrative Tasks

• Maintains an accurate record of donor information
• Ensures an effective and clean S-drive structure for files relating to grants and fundraising, including financial reports
Person Specification
Essential
• The ideal candidate will have strong experience in grant administration, ideally with a focus on governmental and intergovernmental funding
Strong numerical skills and some budgeting experience
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including evidence of structured thinking and the ability to inspire confidence and enthusiasm in others
• Self-starter with the ability to initiate projects and see them through to successful completion
• Ability to work independently, but also as part of a small team, on different projects
• Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines
• Strong time management and organisational skills, ability to prioritise, pay attention to detail and attend to multiple assignments
• The flexibility, creativity, judgment and humour needed to work effectively in cross cultural settings
• Good interpersonal abilities for networking and interaction with high level stakeholders at DPI events
• Fluency in English
• Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), plus Outlook
• Ability to manage working relationships remotely

Desirable

• Experience or interest in trust and government fundraising in relation to human rights, peace building and conflict resolution or similar fields
• Knowledge of the political situation in the areas of DPI’s current programmes
• An interest in peacebuilding, conflict resolution and transitional justice
• A sound and current knowledge of funding streams via the UK, EU and UN or similar

Application Procedure:
Please ensure your CV comments on experience in each of the following areas: Fundraising and Grants Administration, Donor Relations, Project Development and M&E, Financial Management, Administrative Tasks.

Please send a CV outlining your relevant experience  to

Akinola Williams: awilliams@democraticprogress.org

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with the final deadline set as the 13th November.
Equal Opportunities

DPI maintains employment policies which ensure that no one is unfairly discriminated against, whether directly or indirectly, on any grounds including race, ethnic origin, culture, gender, sexuality, disability, age or religion. These policies will apply in relation to all those involved in the work of the organisation including paid staff, trainees, consultants, interns, volunteers, those offering services on a pro bono basis and trustees.
DPI is committed to Equal Opportunities and Cultural Diversity. Unfortunately, we believe that we will be unsuccessful in obtaining a work permit for these posts. For this reason you should only apply if you already have the right to work within the United Kingdom. This includes citizens of the European Union. Please refer to http://www.workpermits.gov.uk/ for more information about work permit eligibility.

Title: Programme Officer
Reporting to: Head of Turkey Programme
Salary: 1000 Euros per month (depending on experience)
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1.5 years (with the possibility of extension and/or change to full time role)

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is an independent non-governmental organisation established to work on conflict resolution and democratic advancement. DPI aims to promote peace and democracy building through strengthened public dialogue and engagement. Please refer to the website for more information: https://www.democraticprogress.org/

Job description
The Democratic Progress Institute is seeking a highly motivated, well-organised and proactive individual to join the DPI team. DPI offers an opportunity to get involved in an NGO addressing conflict resolution and peacebuilding in the non-profit sector. The Programme Officer role is based in Turkey and works with the Head of Turkey Programme with project activity organisation and other project related work.

The Programme Officer’s main duties include:

• Acting as a proactive ‘trouble-shooter’ in providing administrative, logistical and research assistance to DPI. Responsibilities broadly include minute-taking, travel arrangements, and technical support.
• Communicating with DPI’s stakeholders and coordinating briefings and small-scale research.
• Assisting the Head of Turkey Programme with providing briefs from meetings.
• Managing event preparation when hosted in Turkey and abroad (including reserving tickets, arranging accommodation and transportation etc.)
• Arranging meetings for DPI, both internally within the organisation and externally with institutions and stakeholders.
• Recording feedback received on DPI activities/assessments etc. from stakeholders
• Travelling with the Head of Turkey Programme or with Programmes team where necessary.
• Taking minutes at internal and external meetings and ensuring implementation of agreed action points.
• Carrying out initial short translations for activities.
• Communicating with Turkey based translator for activity feedback forms.
• Facilitating all areas of DPI’s day-to-day work in Turkey.
• Organising and maintaining DPI’s filing system in Turkey office, including registering and archiving materials and photographs.

In carrying out these tasks, the Programme Officer maintains high levels of professionalism. Impeccable written and oral English and Turkish grammar required.

Qualification and personal specification

• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (Communications, Journalism, International Relations, Political Science, Law, English, ect.)
• Highly organised
• Ability to take initiative and prioritise tasks, excellent time-management, problem-prevention, and problem-solving skills
• Strong editing skills including spelling, grammar and fluency in English and Turkish
• Knowledge of new technologies for communications
• Excellent/proven research skills
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
• Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail
• Willingness to travel where necessary for short periods of time
• Interest in human rights, conflict resolution or democracy building

Please send a CV outlining your relevant experience and a cover letter to Akinola Williams [awilliams@democraticprogress.org] with Esra Elmas in cc [eelmas@democraticprogress.org]

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
DPI maintains employment policies which ensure that no one is unfairly discriminated against, whether directly or indirectly, on any grounds including race, ethnic origin, culture, gender, sexuality, disability, age or religion. These policies will apply in relation to all those involved in the work of the organisation including paid staff, trainees, consultants, interns, volunteers, those offering services on a pro bono basis and trustees.

Note: Due to the volume of applications we receive, DPI is unfortunately unable to respond to all applicants individually. Only candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

 

Volunteering Opportunities

We offer a number of opportunities throughout the year to join our London-based team as volunteers.

Our volunteering programme is an exciting opportunity to get first-hand insights into the workings of an NGO addressing peace-building and conflict resolution, and to develop your skills and gain valuable work experience at the start of your professional career.

Our different volunteers work closely with our staff on one of the following teams:

Programmes Team, Legal Research Team, Operations Team, or the Finance & Fundraising Team.

We provide our volunteers with a small daily stipend for lunch, and continuously look for ways to offer valuable experiences such as professional networking opportunities and career development guidance. You might even get the opportunity to travel with our permanent staff.

We accept applications on a rolling basis and will contact successful applicants when openings arise. Please follow the links to find out more about each volunteering opportunity.

For any further information, please contact: info@democraticprogress.org – with subject line “Volunteer Intern”.

Legal Research Volunteer position.

Voluntary position, based at our office in Clerkenwell, London
Full-time or part-time (3-4 days per week for a minimum of three months)
Closing date and interviews: recruitment on rolling basis
Suitable for: Legal researchers or Lawyers qualified in any jurisdiction (there is no minimum PQE requirement) with expertise in international human rights and humanitarian law
Fluency in English is essential. Fluency in Turkish and/or French would be highly desirable

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is seeking to appoint several legal volunteers with an interest in our work relating to conflict resolution. We are offering a number of internships to outstanding candidates. Admission to our internship program is on a rolling-basis, lasting at least three months, and is unpaid. The successful candidates will be current or recent postgraduates or at post-doctoral level.

Volunteers recruited to DPI’s International Law Department will assist with all areas of its work, in particular, current projects relating to the implementation of ECtHR judgments in Turkey and legal analysis on matters related to international humanitarian law. Other work could include legal research, monitoring and analysis of human rights issues, documentation/organisation of legal materials, analysis of ECtHR judgments, preparing and drafting communications to United Nations bodies, contributing to casework, preparing papers for submission to the Human Dimension of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, editing reports, and providing general support to the legal team. In return, we will provide experience of and insight into the world of international human rights litigation and exposure to legal research at the forefront of conflict-resolution and peace-building.

The suitable candidate will be available ideally full time (Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 17.30) but other arrangements can be made. You will have the opportunity to assist with the general work of the legal department for a period of three to six months, with a particular focus on our legal case-work and on the implementation of ECtHR judgments in Turkey. Candidates are expected to have excellent verbal and written English skills, a strong visual eye, good attention to detail and strong organisational skills. Working well either alone or as part of a team, you will have experience of working with a diverse range of people.

Those interested should send a CV and Cover Letter stating your interests and experience. Submission of a 2 to 3 page writing sample on any area of interest to the applicant is highly recommended. The candidates will be selected on the basis of their experience and suitability for the role. Please also state your availability and how many days you are available per week (minimum requirement of 3 days).

Please send your application to Saniye Karakas: skarakas@democraticprogress.org 

 

Operations Volunteer

Next open position: as soon as possible Position Details
Voluntary position, based at our office in Bloomsbury, London
Full-time or part-time (ideally 3-5 days per week for 3-6 months)
Suitable for: Candidates interested in management and operations related work experience
Fluency in English is essential

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is seeking to appoint a volunteer to join our Operations Team. The volunteer position would ideally be full-time and last for 3 to 6 months. The role is unpaid with a small daily stipend for lunch expenses.

The operations volunteer position will involve working closely with the Operations Support Officer on various tasks that are essential to the effective running of a small but busy NGO. Through this experience, the volunteer would gain valuable insights and knowledge relating to management and operations in the non-profit sector.

The operations Volunteers' main duties will be to:
Implement decisions taken by management related to operational systems such as IT and Communications
Recommend and implement changes in office practice procedures or practices
Assist with HR management
Assist in developing and implementing in-house staff development/training
Assist with the publication of reports
Assist in developing and implementing tools for impact measurement of the organisation when required, assist programme team with small research tasks and logistics 

The position requires excellent written English skills and a strong ability to carry out administrative duties. We would also value a strong eye for detail, good organisational skills and well-developed IT skills. Working well either alone or as part of a team, you will ideally have experience of – or interest in – working with a diverse range of people. It is important that the successful candidate is self-motivated and able to work successfully independently and with minimal supervision.

The suitable candidate will ideally be available full time (Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 17:30) but other arrangements can be made. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their interest, experience and suitability for the role.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven interest in and knowledge of DPI’s areas of focus; namely conflict resolution and democratic advancement (including but not limited to the MENA region).

Please send an email with the subject line ‘Operations Volunteer along with your CV, a covering letter stating your interests, experience and availability, and a writing sample of no longer than 1,000 words to:

info@democraticprogress.org

Telephone: (0) 207 405 3835

Unfortunately, we can only offer volunteer positions to UK/EU citizens and those who have the right to the work in the UK. 

 

Programmes Volunteer

Next available volunteering role: August/September 2019
The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is seeking to welcome volunteers to work within the Institute’s Programmes Team. Key areas of focus include conflict resolution and democratic transition processes in Turkey and Syria. Each volunteer will have the opportunity to work closely with – and learn from – the Programme Manager and other team members in planning and implementing DPI project activities, which include roundtable meetings in the region and international comparative study visits, as well as conducting project related research in the Institute’s main areas of interest, which include governance and constitutional reform; DDR and SSR; gender and conflict; the role of the media in conflict resolution and democratic reform process; and transitional justice among others.

DPI seeks candidates with a strong interest in international relations, conflict resolution and democracy building. These volunteer placements begin on a rolling basis and typically last three to six months, are unpaid, and preferably full time. A daily stipend is provided for lunch expenses. The successful candidates are likely to be current or recent postgraduates or at post-doctoral level.

About the Democratic Progress Institute
DPI aims to create an atmosphere whereby different parties share knowledge, ideas, concerns and suggestions surrounding the development of a democratic solution in regions facing conflict. Our work focuses on a combination of research and practical approaches to broaden bases for wider public involvement by providing platforms for discussion in the form of roundtable meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences.

DPI’s work incorporates research and discussions on range of strategic and relevant topics including constitutional reform; preparing for constitutional changes in conflicting and post conflict societies; freedom of expression and association; cultural and language rights, political participation and representation; women’s role in resolving conflict; access to justice; transitional justice and truth and reconciliation commissions.

DPI aims to create an atmosphere whereby the different parties to conflicts are able to meet with experts both on the ground and abroad, to draw on comparative studies, as well as analyse and compare various mechanisms used to achieve positive results in similar cases. The work supports the development of a pluralistic political arena capable of generating consensus and ownership over work on key issues surrounding a democratic solution at both the political and the local level. Our aims are as follows:

To contribute to broaden bases and providing new platforms for discussion on establishing a structured public dialogue on
peace and democracy building.
To provide opportunities, in which different parties are able to draw on comparative studies, analyse and compare various
mechanisms used to achieve positive results in similar cases.
To create an atmosphere whereby different parties share knowledge, ideas, concerns, suggestions and challenges facing the
development of a democratic solution in Turkey and the wider region.
To support, and to strengthen collaboration between academics, civil society and policy-makers.
To identify common priorities and develop innovative approaches to participate in and influence democracy-building.

Candidate Profile Project Skills:
The successful candidates may be invited to attend external conferences and DPI activities both in Turkey and elsewhere, and to write briefs and take detailed notes on behalf of the Institute, therefore touch-typing/transcribing experience is valued. Projects involve a high level of external communication with the diverse stakeholders engaged with DPI’s work, therefore excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

Much of this role will involve administrative assistance to the Programme Manager, including drafting correspondence and filing documentation. Administrative and organisational skills are key, and an enthusiasm for carrying out practical tasks in addition to research or activity related work is necessary in this role. These may include budget preparation, completion of expense reports, logistical planning and assistance.

The successful candidate will be invited to carry out in-depth desk research on behalf of DPI, which will feed into the Institute’s activities. This may include detailed research projects relating to the Institute’s main areas of work, high level briefs, and shorter, ad-hoc research tasks. Excellent research, writing and proofreading skills are highly valued. Many research papers worked on by interns are published on the Institute’s website and used as a resource for programme activities and meetings.

DPI’s Programmes Team operates within a fast paced environment, often planning and implementing ambitious projects to tight deadlines and within high pressured contexts on the ground. It is important that the successful candidate is self-motivated and able to work successfully independently and with minimal supervision.

IT skills are essential (Word, Adobe, PowerPoint) and project management experience is welcome.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven interest in and knowledge of DPI’s areas of focus; namely conflict resolution and democratic advancement (including but not limited to the MENA region).

Please send an email with the subject line ‘Programmes Volunteer’ along with your CV, a covering letter stating your interests, experience and availability, and a writing sample of no longer than 1,000 words to:

info@democraticprogress.org

Telephone: (0) 207 405 3835

Unfortunately, we can only offer volunteer positions to UK/EU citizens and those who have the right to the work in the UK.