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Fundraising Officer

Association for the Prevention of Torture
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Last Date: August 26, 2011
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Fundraising Officer

The APT is an independent Geneva-based non-governmental human rights organisation working worldwide for the prevention of torture. See for further information. The APT is seeking a Fundraising Officer to work in the Development and Outreach Unit, to develop APTís fundraising work, particularly in Switzerland.

Location: Geneva (Switzerland)

Starting date for the position: September - October 2011

Background on the APT

The APT is the leading international non governmental organisation specialising in the prevention of torture and other forms of abuse. For the last thirty-four years, the APT has successfully developed and promoted new international treaties and guidelines to prevent torture. Since the entry into force of an international prevention treaty in 2006, the APT has increased its operations in all regions of the world to support the practical implementation of relevant standards and mechanisms to prevent torture.

APTís Funding

The APT is funded mostly by European government agencies, as well as philanthropic foundations. APTís operations and budgets have considerably expanded over the last few years, with current running costs of CHF 3 millions. APTís current fundraising strategy consists in widening the donor base and diversifying sources of funding. A central part of this strategy is to expand Swiss interest in the APT and develop new funding opportunities in Switzerland, including in the German speaking part of the country. These targets include the philanthropic sector (private foundations), Cantons, Towns, individuals, and the private sector (corporate giving). The APT is currently designing a new communication strategy, which is expected to have a positive impact on APTís fundraising work. Therefore, the APT is currently seeking a Fundraising Officer to work on this strategy of diversification and widening of the APT donor base.

Job Description

1. Undertake a comprehensive survey of Swiss and Europe-based Foundations involved in grant making for human rights work, including in the German speaking part of Switzerland. Make contacts with these prospective donor Foundations and introduce APT projects to donors, in close coordination with relevant APT staff members.

2. Undertake a comprehensive survey of Swiss Cantons and Towns able to provide financial support to human rights work, particularly in the German speaking part of Switzerland. Make contacts with these prospective donors and introduce APT projects to donors, in close coordination with relevant APT staff members.

3. Undertake a comprehensive survey of Swiss companies involved in philanthropy and corporate giving. These companies must be involved in a business compatible with APTís torture prevention mandate, and have an interest in investing in human rights projects. Make contacts with these prospective donors and introduce them to APT projects, in close coordination with relevant APT staff members.

4. In cooperation with APTís Institutional Development Officer and in the context of APTís ongoing definition of a communication strategy, contribute ideas and initiatives to the design and implementation of specific fundraising strategies on APT members, and individual sponsorship (private donations).

5. Support regular APT fundraising work, including the collection and consolidation of information for narrative and financial reports, development of new proposals and drafting, background research on performance indicators and impact assessment, as well as any other related tasks.

Qualifications Required

1. Excellent fluency in written and spoken German, as well as French and/or English.
2. Knowledge of the economic and political context of Switzerland.
3. Knowledge of the Swiss philanthropy sector is a plus.
4. University degree.
5. Prior experience in fundraising is a plus.
6. Proven sense of initiative and dynamism.
7. Prior experience with Non Governmental Organisations, and particularly the human rights sector, is a plus.

Duration and Conditions

One year with possibility of extension. This is a part time position. Working hours are negotiable. Monthly salary in line with Geneva average NGO rates.

Procedure for Applying

Applicants should submit the following documentation before Friday 26 August: a cover letter stating the reasons for applying to the position and CV in English or French, short writing sample in German and the contact details of two references.

Applications should be emailed to, quoting the following reference: Fundraising Officer.


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