Job Opportunity: Development Officer/ Fundraiser

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Job Opportunity: Development Officer/ Fundraiser

Friday, 11. October 2019


Initiatives of Change International is seeking a Development Officer/ Fundraiser to play the critical role of finding resources for our new International Trustbuilding Program. We are looking for someone with the relevant skills, but above all someone who is committed to IofC’s mission and values.

Based in Geneva with an office in London, Initiatives of Change International (IofCI) is a non-profit membership organization active in 44 countries, with a near century-long track record of spiritual formation and transformation, dialogue, peacebuilding and trustbuilding worldwide. Its tagline is “building trust across the world’s divides.” A priority of IofCI today is the design, development, funding and launch of an international Trustbuilding Program (TBP) marshaling the knowhow within the movement and offering it to affiliate national teams through a focused program to help them address critical divides in their respective societies. The program, co-created and conducted in partnership with the Fetzer Institute of Kalamazoo, Michigan, will be tested in collaboration with local teams in three pilot countries – Kenya, Canada, and France – in 2019-2020, and conducted in collaboration with local teams in 9-15 additional countries over the three years 2020-2023.

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Development Officer (DO)/ Fundraiser to work under contract with IofCI and play a pivotal catalytic role in helping IofCI prepare for the next generation of its work. This individual will be responsible for helping to devise and execute the fundraising strategy being developed to support the international TBP, with the added goal of laying the groundwork for long-term institutional sustainability. The DO will work closely with the Program Manager, the Executive Director, and the Program Steering Group to reach both these goals. The DO will play a major role in leading the transition from an essentially internally funded organization, to one that obtains substantial resources from the global philanthropic marketplace. Progress is already being made: $2 million has been secured to leverage the remaining $2.1 million needed to fulfill the TBP over the next four years. 

Long term, the DO is expected to help develop strategies for how IofCI can better serve its global network and further IofC’s work and standing in the world. The DO will cultivate long-term partnerships with foundations, corporations, individual donors, and government entities as appropriate. As IofC lacks a deep tradition of professional/institutional fundraising, the person in this position will be expected to work with IofCI staff to build a fundraising culture and the systems needed to support a successful fundraising program. This will entail training and supporting some IofCI staff and national affiliate teams in what is required to raise external funds successfully. The DO is expected to work with the broader network to develop protocols for collaboration and knowledge-sharing with national teams to avoid conflicts, and to develop leads in ways that benefit both the national teams and IofCI. If the DO does the job well and succeeds in building an institutional fundraising program, the job could become a full-time IofCI staff position with benefits and a future.

Work is both office and/ or home based / virtual depending where the candidate is based.

Please review the role description carefully and if you feel that you, or someone you know, would be a fit for the position then email us at!

All applications should be sent to by 05 November 2019.

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The Trustbuilding Program is aimed at addressing divisive issues at the international and national levels, on the premise that only those who have undergone the internal process of becoming trustworthy themselves can close gaps across the globe. The Program was launched by Initiatives of Change International in 2019 with projects in Kenya, Canada and France.