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Job Title: Fundraising and Communications Officer

Reporting to: Director of Finance and Operations

The Role: The post-holder will play a key role in raising unrestricted income for Oxford Research Group, a registered charity. They will also support our communications work, including social media.

Location: London (The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9DA)

Hours: 4 or 5 days/week, 30 to 37.5 hours/week.

Salary: £25,000 per annum pro rata (ORG operates a contributory pension scheme with an employer’s contribution of 6%).

Duration: 1-year contract offered initially with the expectation of extension.

How to Apply: Please send a covering letter (1 page max.) and CV (2 page max) to [email protected] by 12.00pm on Monday 27 May 2019. Please put "Fundraising Officer" in the subject box of your email.

Interviews: Interviews are planned for week of 04 June 2019 in London.

Eligibility: Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK in order to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


About Oxford Research Group (ORG)

Oxford Research Group (ORG) is an independent peace, security and conflict resolution NGO that has been active and influential since the early 1980s. Since 2006 we have been based in London. In 2019 we have a staff of eleven and a similar number of consultants and fellows.  

ORG’s mission is to promote approaches to defence, development and foreign policies that are inclusive, accountable, sustainable and effective. We thus work to transform the way that people and policy-makers think about security, shifting to long-term, strategic measures to sustain peace. We call this breaking out of the cycle of conflict.

Our work is rigorous, realistic, and evidence-based. It is rooted in the four pillars of research, advocacy, capacity-building and dialogue. The main focus of our work is the UK, NATO, the UN and countries where British foreign and security policies are most closely intertwined with violent conflicts, not least the Middle East and North Africa.

This is an exciting time to join ORG. In 2018 we doubled our income, launched a new web presence and strengthened our impact; in 2019 we will be implementing a new strategic plan to help break the global cycle of violent conflict.

ORG is seeking a committed and dynamic fundraiser to join its team in London. The post-holder will work primarily on unrestricted fundraising for ORG, with a focus on identifying and engaging trusts, foundations and individual givers in the UK and elsewhere. One or more days/week of the role may be used to support the fundraising of ORG’s programmes and restricted projects. The post-holder will also have the opportunity to support ORG’s communications outputs, including supporting events, publications and social media.

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations and working closely with the Chief Executive and Senior Communications Officer, the Fundraising and Communications Officer will:

Refine and implement fundraising strategy

  • Working with senior management to refine ORG’s fundraising strategy to maximise income from individual donors, charitable trusts, philanthropic institutions and statutory donors.
  • Developing ORG’s case for support in line with the organisational strategy.

Identify and engage with potential donors

  • Researching and identifying trusts, foundations and other donors that might support ORG’s work.
  • Writing funding applications to trusts and foundations.
  • Building relationships with ORG’s Sustainers (regular major donor) network, and regularly communicating to them the scope and impact of its work.
  • Reporting to ORG’s unrestricted donors on use of their funds and ORG’s future priorities.
  • Acknowledging and thanking all individual donors.

Database management

  • Supporting the set-up, optimisation and use of ORG relationship management software (eTapestry) and its correct use by other staff members.
  • Maintaining up-to-date secure records of ORG’s donors and their engagement.

Assist with communications and outreach

  • Devising and implementing fundraising campaigns, including via email-newsletter, social media and other online.
  • Assisting in the production of promotional literature and annual impact reports.
  • Assisting with organising occasional special events, regional outreach meetings, etc.
  • Supporting the Senior Communications Officer in delegated comms tasks, including updating of social media and ORG’s online presence.

Subject to available funding, the post-holder may also work with programme staff to:

Assist with restricted fundraising and project monitoring and development

  • Identifying and approaching potential donors, including trusts, research councils and statutory bodies.
  • Preparing concept notes and proposals for submission to potential donors.
  • Monitoring and evaluating project delivery and reporting to donors on progress.

Person Specification





Education and


A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject.




At least one year of professional experience in charitable fundraising, including identifying and writing applications to charitable trusts and foundations.


Experience in use of fundraising and relationships management databases, preferably eTapestry.


Experience in a communications or marketing role, including managing websites, social media networks and digital content.


Experience of organising fundraising and marketing/PR events.



Knowledge of the current status of charitable giving, social innovation and investment, and philanthropy in the UK and, preferably Europe and the US.


Understanding of the peace and security NGO sector in the UK and current issues/debates in foreign, defence and development policy.


Skills and Abilities

A track record of bringing in funds and maintaining positive relationships with donors.


Ability to work in a team and independently, taking initiative and responsibility for own workload.


Excellent writing and editing skills/excellent written and oral communication, fluent in English at the level of a native speaker.


Ability to multi-task and respond flexibly to a quickly changing workload.


Other Requirements

Commitment to ORG’s Vision, Mission and Objectives.