Established in 2003 Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for Neglected Diseases.
The External Affairs Department includes three global teams: Policy Advocacy (promoting public leadership in public-interest R&D), Communications (positioning the organization and enhancing its visibility), and External Relations (mobilizing resources for the organization).
The External Relations team develops and implement the global fundraising strategy, by securing funding from private and public sources. The worldwide funding goal for DNDi is to secure €730 million by 2023. To date, DNDi raised more than €615.5 million.
Purpose of the position
Contributing to the financial sustainability of the organization, the External Relations Senior Manager will support the development and implementation of DNDi‘s fundraising strategy, by securing funding from existing donors as well as identifying, and developing new relationships to mobilize resources from a variety of funding sources, including public sources and private sources.
Specific job responsibilities
Creation of new funding opportunities Bring new ideas, new ways of working and new fundraising methods to allow the department to develop and implement new strategies to raise the funds needed for the new DNDi business plan (2021-2028) Acquire a strong understanding of DNDi‘s R&D portfolio and develop internal collaborations to align DNDi projects to funding opportunities from medical research, science, and global health funding sources Participate to research and donor mapping and develop briefing notes for DNDi staff and management on existing/potential donors, including political landscape and priorities, aid policies, contact points, and key timelines
Development of influential networks Develop and implement a strategy to position DNDi for fundraising success with key accounts and in key countries Build and cultivate networks of key opinion leaders and existing/potential donors
Securing of funding Lead, write, and coordinate the production of persuasive proposals, budgets, and activity plans Develop engagement plans for assigned donors Develop and execute fundraising advocacy strategies & activities targeting new and current donors Negotiate financial investment agreements with donors Lead/coordinate external meetings and/or presentations with DNDi staff involved
Donors stewardship Lead, write, and coordinate the production and submission of complex donor reports Ensure full compliance with donor requirements, including donor meetings, annual plans, donor narrative, and financial reporting Write and design donor presentations and External Affairs material for donor-related events or meetings, prepare ad hoc reports Update donors on DNDi activities, including providing presentations at donors’ events Lead/coordinate external meetings and/or presentations with DNDi staff involved with stewarding donors Organize donor field visits
Additional/ specific/ projects responsibilities Participate in the development of the annual External Relations action plan Ensure management, guidance, and support to External Relations assigned staff members Participate to the day to day organisation and development of the department (HR, tools including database, relationships with other departments,etc.) Represent the global External Relations department at internal meetings and input into DNDi bi-monthly reports and presentations.
Reporting line S/he reports to the Head of External Relations based in Geneva
Interactions Work collaboratively and transversally with staff in the External Affairs department (Communications and Advocacy), Legal, Finance, and R&D departments, at the headquarter and with regional offices Strengthens alignment with R&D and BD strategy
Skills and attributes Very strong ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines Very clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates strong judgment and problem solving competencies Very strong communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments
Very strong ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team Very well organized and structured Very strong analytical skills Very strong ability to lead project delivery Very strong ability to manage large size projects with budget management Strong strategic thinking and leadership abilities Very strong management, negotiation, and advocacy skills Very strong ability to exercise high degree of independence to support programme delivery and explore new areas of activities Very strong ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders Lead and motivate a team for optimum performance, supervising junior staff
Technical skills Fundraising skills a significant plus but candidate with diverse background are welcome Good knowledge of the global health environment preferred Excellent verbal and writing skills required Experience with private fundraising including High Net Worth Individuals and digital funding a plus
Experience Over 8 years in Senior role Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and matrix structure Experience of working in public and private sector is highly desirable
Education Advanced post graduate degree or graduate degree with equivalent in experience to reach Master level
Other requirements Passion for DNDi‘s mission (intellectual curiosity and willingness to learn about scientifically complex concepts, understanding of R&D and drug development, diseases, medical field & global health, product development partnership model, as well as for the philanthropic & not-for profit sector) Fluency in English with very good oral, writing, and editing skills Proficiency in additional languages desirable (French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic) Very good knowledge of Microsoft Suite
Other information Status: full time – permanent role For UK based contract: valid UK work permit required – Work from home For Swiss based contract: Work from DNDi Geneva office, work permit for Switzerland not required
To apply Please submit your application using the online form Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 31 July 2020 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted Application submission for this position may close early if we have enough suitable applicants