Development Officer for Individual Giving

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Switzerland
Organization: World Organisation Against Torture
Closing date: 19 Feb 2021

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is seeking to recruit a highly motivated, energetic and creative individual, with a commitment to human rights and strong networking and communication skills, to fill the new role of Development Officer for Individual Giving at the OMCT.

The position is a full-time position, eventually based in Geneva, Switzerland, but starting through telecommuting for the initial months due to Covid-19 restrictions currently in force. Part-time arrangments may be acceptable.


The OMCT is a leading international coalition of over 200 non-governmental organisations - the SOS-Torture Network - fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and all other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment around the world. The OMCT’s International Secretariat is based in Geneva with offices in Brussels and Tunis.

The OMCT is recruiting for a new position to develop and implement its fundraising from individuals and private sector entities. This position will be part of a small but dedicated Development and Donor Relations team with a friendly and supportive approach seeking to diversify and strengthen the OMCT’s donor base and long-term sustainability through new funding streams.


The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Director of Development, in close coordination with the Secretary General, the Operations, Communications, and Programmes teams, and will be in contact with OMCT staff in all offices and locations. The post is expected to coordinate and lead the OMCT’s efforts primarily to fundraise from individual and private sector donors, but also to explore other innovative models for income generation for the OMCT in Switzerland and globally.

Key responsibilities of the position include:

  • Consolidate and implement an organisation-wide strategy for raising funds from individual donors to enable the sustainable growth of the OMCT and its SOS-Torture Network worldwide;
  • Implement individual giving activities, including through a group of friends, special donor events, annual fund appeals, corporate donor platforms, sponsorships, and direct donor contact and cultivation;
  • Contribute to the creation of key fundraising tools and materials such as a case for support, annual fund appeals, planned giving, online fundraising and friendraising communications, etc.);
  • Coordinate and manage ‘back office’ capacities for use in fundraising activities (management of donor database, online fundraising capacities, etc.);
  • Develop a start-up strategy for major gifts prospects, and coordinate with the Secretary General and the Executive Committee Members and other friends for solicitation and cultivation of these prospects;
  • Coordinate development of new innovative fundraising initiatives, including online giving, organizing virtual events and (eventually) in-person fundraisers – all toward increasing and diversifying the OMCT’s friends, followers and supporters including younger activists;
  • Guide the development of compelling and creative presentations, communications and reports for individual donors and friends of the OMCT, and represent the OMCT in interfacing with Network Members, donors, service providers, and the broader public to ensure quality engagement;
  • Support and work seamlessly with the Development, Operations, Programmes and Communications teams on other relevant tasks or larger organisation-wide events and initiatives


  • University degree or other studies in the fields of fundraising, business administration, communications, project management, international affairs, or other related fields;
  • 5+years of professional experience with 2+ years of successful experience in fundraising from individuals, preferably in human rights, conflict-resolution, environment or humanitarian assistance organisations;
  • Excellent language skills, including superior writing, speaking and presentation skills in French (first) as well as in English, with the ability to write persuasively and to listen and inspire (fluency in German a strong plus).


  • High ethical standards and proven commitment to core human rights principles and the protection from torture including of those most vulnerable to abuse;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, friendly, positive attitude, valuing rigor and attention to detail, working autonomously, with initiative, curiosity and a spirit of innovation;
  • Strong communication and networking skills to engage diverse audiences for individual or corporate giving;
  • Understanding of funding environments, needs, and markets especially in Geneva and Switzerland a plus;
  • Knowledge and use of Donor Management Programmes and Powerpoint important, as well as other common IT and data management tools, and experience with design software a plus;
  • Willingness to travel (once safe to do so again) for fundraising or trainings to cultivate new and maintain existing donor relationships and cooperation.

How to apply:

OMCT is an equal opportunities employer.

Applications (in English or French) including a cover or motivation letter and a CV with at least two references should be addressed to OMCT International Secretariat with the subject “Development Officer for Individual Giving”, and sent by email to No phone calls please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Deadline for applications: February 19, 2021.

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