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Job Title: Senior Development Officer or Development Manager (depending on experience)

Reporting to: Chief Executive

The Role: The post-holder will take the lead role in raising funds for Oxford Research Group, a registered charity, with a primary focus on unrestricted income, trusts, foundations and individual givers.

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

Hours: Part-time contract: 3 or 4 days/week.

Salary: £30,000 to £35,750 per annum pro rata depending on experience (ORG operates a contributory pension scheme with an employer’s contribution of 6%).

Duration: 1-year contract offered initially with the expectation of extension, subject to meeting agreed fundraising targets.

How to Apply: Please send a short covering letter (1 page max.), CV (2 page max, including 2 referees) to [email protected] by 5pm on Monday 23rd July 2018. Please put "ORG Development" in the subject box of your email.

Interviews: Interviews are planned for Tuesday 31st July 2018 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 mid-2018 we have a staff of ten plus two part-time paid interns, three pro bono and several paid consultants.

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, and to a lesser extent 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.


Role Description

ORG is seeking an experienced and dynamic fundraiser to join its team in London. Working closely with ORG’s Senior Management Group, the post-holder will lead in refining and implementing ORG’s fundraising strategy and campaigns with a primary focus on raising and sustaining funds from trusts, foundations and individual donors, including through solicited proposals, special events, campaigns and personal outreach. The post-holder will also provide support (0.5 to 1 day/week) to programmes and project staff in developing fundable project proposals and shaping them to fit donor requirements.

Reporting to the ORG Chief Executive and working with Trustees, Programme Directors, Finance Manager and Communications Officer, the Development Officer will have responsibility for:

Developing a Fundraising Strategy

  • Working with Programme Directors to refine ORG’s fundraising strategy to maximise income from individual donors, charitable trusts, philanthropic institutions and statutory donors.

Identifying and approaching new potential individual and institutional donors

  • Networking with individuals, institutions and charitable trustees likely to become donors to, or Sustainers (regular donors) of, ORG’s work.
  • Leading on writing funding applications to trusts and foundations.
  • Achieving ambitious targets of new donors in terms of total income and sustainability of income.

Mobilising ORG’s existing supporter networks

  • Liaising with ORG’s Sustainers network and Patrons, 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 unrestricted donors.

Planning and organising fundraising events, to include:

  • Occasional special events, film screenings, etc.
  • Fundraising aspects of report and publication launch events.
  • Occasional regional outreach meetings (e.g. Bristol, Oxford).

Designing and producing campaign and promotional literature

Working with the Directors, Communications Officer and external designers to:

  • Devise, design and implement fundraising campaigns, including via email-newsletter and online.
  • Produce promotional literature and an annual impact report.

Relationship Management, Financial Monitoring and Tracking

  • Taking responsibility for the set-up, optimisation and use of ORG relationship management software and its correct use by other staff members.
  • Compiling monthly records of unrestricted income forecast and received.
  • Maintaining up-to-date secure records of ORG’s donors and their engagement.

Leading on the fundraising activity of the Remote Warfare Programme

  • Identifying potential funding partners.
  • Writing programme fundraising materials and bid proposals.
  • Shaping the programme’s fundraising strategy.
  • Supporting the programme team to write project proposals and concept notes, including use of logical frameworks (logframes) and monitoring and evaluation tools.

Supporting funding bids by other programmes

  • Communicating opportunities for funding bids to programme staff.
  • Providing other assistance as required and funded.

Person Specification





Education and


A degree in Politics, International Relations, Peace/War Studies, Development Studies or similar.




At least three years of experience of charitable fundraising, including at a managerial level for Manager role.


Experience of identifying and writing applications and reporting to charitable foundations and trusts.


Experience in use of Fundraising and Relationships Management tools, preferably eTapestry or Raiser’s Edge.


Experience of developing and leading on organisational fundraising plans or strategies.

Essential (Manager)
Desirable (Senior Officer)

Experience of successful statutory grant-writing.

Essential (Manager)
Desirable (Senior Officer)


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


Knowledge of charitable trusts and philanthropic networks in the UK.


Understanding of logical framework methodologies, results frameworks and theories of change, and appropriate monitoring, evaluation and learning tools.

Essential (Manager)
Desirable (Senior Officer)

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


Skills and Abilities

An adept networker with a demonstrable track record of mobilising funds for innovative projects and/or charities.


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.