ISHR is an independent, non-profit organization with offices in Geneva and New York. This internship offers a unique opportunity to view the United Nations human rights system at work. It provides hands-on experience working for an international non-governmental organization (NGO) as well as the opportunity to contribute to our work supporting human rights defenders, strengthening human rights systems, building and leading human rights coalitions, and responding to significant and systemic human rights concern. For more information, consult our website www.ishr.ch.
The Fundraising & Grants Officer fulfils primarily three related functions:
- Acting as a liaison between the fundraising, finance and programme functions to ensure that programme managers and staff are fully aware of earmarked grant conditions, programme deliverables and timelines, and available funds
- Support ISHR’s institutional fundraising notably by identifying new potential sources of funding, in close cooperation with fundraising and relevant programme colleagues.
Support the Fundraising team and the working group (WG) of PMEL on an adaptive management of programme, monitoring and evaluation tools.
- Undertake a survey of relevant contractual provisions, available budgets, project deliverables and timeframes in existing earmarked grants, based on existing ISHR grant tracking tools (smartsheet).
- Organise meetings with relevant programme, finance and fundraising colleagues whenever relevant to make sure that programme staff are aware of commitments to donors, deliverables, timelines and available budgets, so that changes can be notified or negotiated with donors if and when required in a timely manner
- Support fundraising staff in identifying and approaching new potential funders, including in the private sector in Switzerland, in coordination with the ISHR business and human rights programme staff
- Support ongoing fundraising tasks such as proposal development and donor reporting.
- Perform other tasks as may be required connected exclusively with the responsibilities herein or assigned by ISHR WG or Senior Management.
To be considered, applicants should:
- Advanced university degree or an equivalent amount of professional experience in the field of business administration, ideally in the non-profit sector.
- First experience with fundraising
- Attention to details.
- Be motivated, autonomous and a self-starter, and comfortable occasionally working with limited supervision.
- Be able to work as a member of an international and multicultural team and willing to participate in a variety of tasks, as required.
- Prior experience in the human rights or development NGO sector a plus.
- Have an excellent level of written and spoken English.
- Advanced to fluent French a plus.