Fundraising and Development Officer

Department: Fundraising and Development Team

Responsible to: Head of Fundraising and Development

Key Relationships: Executive Director, Fundraising and Development Officer, Heads of Teams, Programme Officers from Regional offices and Thematic Programmes, Projects Team, Finance Team.    

Working hours: Full time hours (Mon-Fri)

Salary: Circa £41,000 per annum

Office Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Established in 1987, ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination. Our mission is to promote and defend the universal human rights of freedom of expression and information around the world, through international advocacy, legal analysis, and regional and national projects.


In the previous five years, one of the key achievements of ARTICLE 19 has been expanding and strengthening our international reach by consolidating our presence outside the UK, recruiting national or regional staff, and establishing strong and operationally autonomous national or regional offices. Being based in the countries and regions in which we work, we believe we have a better understanding of regional and national realities and local needs and thus have greater impact on freedom of expression developments. We are able to respond more swiftly to opportunities or crises. We are closer to our partners, and thus more capable to respond to their demands and strengthen interactions and capacities



Working closely with the Fundraising and Business Development Team, the Fundraising and Development Officer will be responsible for ensuring that ARTICLE 19’s national, regional and cross-programmatic bids have an increased chance of winning through consistently high quality, well-crafted/organised, well-written and visually engaging proposals, as well as contributing to implement new fundraising streams via direct and individual donations. We are looking for someone with exceptional coordinating, writing, editing and research skills as well as the commercial acumen required to provide appropriate support to fundraising teams across the organisation.

The post-holder will be responsible for writing and leading the development of bids for highly technical donors, including the European Commission, US government and other governmental funders; carrying out research as part of the Business Development Team; managing ARTICLE 19’s development database and donors’ online systems and support the implementation of new fundraising streams for the organisation.

The role will be based in ARTICLE 19's European office in Amsterdam, and the post-holder must have the right to work in The Netherlands.


Institutional Fundraising:

  • Remain aware of upcoming bid opportunities for key donors well in advance and identify new potential funders. 
  • Lead preparations for forecast tenders, including early intelligence gathering, opportunity assessment, pre-positioning and partner identification and facilitating well informed (bid) decisions.
  • Lead or contribute to internal improvement of bidding development processes, creating suitable tools and/or templates and providing capacity building to teams across the organisation.
  • Write tender responses (both technical and financial) and produce well-structured bids for complex and competitive bidding processes that mesh the different contributions from regional, programmatic and/or thematic teams in a coherent manner by working closely with them
  • Serve as proposal coordinator/bid manager for tenders developed by regional offices and programs worldwide for key donors– coordinate effective and timely inputs of proposal team members as well as provide quality assurance and final review before submission. 
  • Keep ARTICLE 19’s registration and details on the donors’ online systems – PADOR/OPSYS, SAMS Domestic, etc. - updated and fully functional, ready for submission.
  • Duly and timely answer any request for clarification from the above key donors after submission, or support regional and program teams to do so.
  • Compile and share feedback from key donors across the organisation to continue learning and improving.

Direct Fundraising:

  • Work closely with Communications Team and the Head of Fundraising and Development to implement a newly designed individual giving pilot project to diversify fundraising streams for the organisation, contributing to develop positioning statements about ARTICLE 19, managing contacts, recording individual giving’s, etc.

 Data Management:

  • Update ARTICLE 19’s projects in the pipeline database on a regular basis, with proposals in progress, submitted, won and lost.
  • Ensure donor and partners contacts and activity are accurately recorded on our database (CiviCRM) and used in line with relevant data protection regulations.
  • Reinvigorate, manage and promote use of ARTICLE 19’s staff intranet fundraising page (on Wiki).


Assist the Fundraising and Business Development Team in conducting both internal and external research that supports the production of high quality bids: 

  • Build a comprehensive knowledge base of the markets in which ARTICLE 19 operates.
  • Develop and update description of ARTICLE 19’s experience in general and specific themes in particular through “capacity statements” or case studies.


  • Undertake other duties commensurate with the role as may reasonably be assigned by the Head of Fundraising and Development.




  • Qualification (degree/post graduate) in international development, international business, human rights or related technical field of expertise.  
  • Approx. 4-5 years of work experience in new business development or institutional fundraising in an international non-profit or consultancy firm.
  • Fully understanding of funding mechanisms and procedures of complex and competitive donors such as European Commission, US Department of State and/or Netherlands, Canada and Dutch MFAs. 
  • Pro-active work approach, with an attention to detail, and able to support multiple demands and deadlines. 
  • Experience in information management systems and databases. 
  • Experience of networking and relationship building with a wide range of donors.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. 
  • Self-motivated and exceptionally well organised. 
  • Ability to work harmoniously and effectively as part of an International virtual team.  
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural work environment and commitment to equal opportunities and non-discrimination. 
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of ARTICLE 19 and a human-rights-based approach. 
  • Written and verbal communication skills in at least one of the following languages- French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch. 
  • Must have the right to work in The Netherlands.


  • Written and/or verbal communication in Dutch would be highly desirable.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in countries/regions where ARTICLE 19 work.
  • Experience in direct, online fundraising with individual donations.


Application deadline is 25th July 2021.