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Fundraising Officer

We are looking for a dynamic Fundraising Officer with commitment to grasp and respond to the variety of strategic fundraising goals and challenges of BirdLife.

Application deadline
Sunday, 18 December 2022, midnight CET

Brussels, Belgium

Part time
18h45 per week

1 year fixed term

1750 EUR per month, plus benefits

BirdLife Europe and Central Asia is the European and Central Asian Division of BirdLife International, and is one of the six regional offices of BirdLife International, a global Partnership of autonomous, national non-governmental conservation organisations, with a large grassroots membership in more than 110 countries and territories

BirdLife’s mission is to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, by working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

BirdLife has an international team of permanent staff covering conservation and science, policy and advocacy, capacity building, fundraising, communication, finance and administration supporting the 41 BirdLife Partners (and 3 affiliates) in Europe and Central Asia.

We are looking for a dynamic Fundraising Officer with commitment and capacity to grasp and respond to the variety of strategic fundraising goals and challenges of BirdLife in Europe and Central Asia.


To support the BirdLife fundraising operations to mobilize grants for key strategic objectives, support monitoring and reporting of projects, support the administrative tasks related to fundraising and facilitate capacity-building efforts for our national Partners.


This is a part-time position to provide support to the BirdLife Europe and Central Asia Fundraising Manager, in particular the administrative and budgetary aspects of funding proposals, reporting, grant management, and support to partners through the Fundraising Working Group.

  1. Support BirdLife Europe in the stewardship of existing partnerships, especially multilateral donors and trusts and foundations.
  2. Support the development of funding proposals for BirdLife Europe and together with European and Central Asian BirdLife Partners. Proposals are developed in close liaison with relevant BirdLife Divisions, Programme Teams and Partners.
  3. Help develop BirdLife’s Partners fundraising capacity, identifying suitable funding initiatives, calls for proposals and training. Facilitate the Europe and Central Asia Fundraising Working Group.
  4. Oversee that BirdLife Europe and Central Asia funders’ requirements for reporting are met in a timely fashion and assist project managers in this area.
  5. Represent, as needed, the work of BirdLife at both internal and external events.
  6. Participate in the BirdLife Development coordination team, ensure reporting and updating of information on BirdLife’s donor management tool (Raisers Edge).
  7. Participate in the day-to-day work of the organisation – such as reporting, attending team meetings, contributing to publications and taking a flexible approach to general administrative and support tasks.
  8. Contribute to the definition of BirdLife Europe annual fundraising action plans, outlining measurable objectives and reviewing the success and achievements against agreed targets.


Essential Qualifications                                
1Good general education – Relevant University Degree
Experience & Knowledge
2Demonstrable knowledge and experience in writing grants to EU, and/or similar multilateral or bilateral institutional donors  and Trusts & Foundations preferably for environmental non-profit organisations
3Proven record of successful applications for substantial funding from multilateral/bilateral donors,(EU and similar), Trusts & Foundations preferably with a nature conservation, science and policy focus
4Demonstrable ability to develop relationships with EU, institutional donors, Trusts & Foundations
5Experience of researching EU etc, Trusts & Foundations funding opportunities.
6Good knowledge of PCM, logframe and other project design frameworks
7Desirable: working with environmental and nature conservation NGOs
8Desirable: good understanding of nature conservation issues, in particular in Europe and Central Asia
Skills & Abilities
9Excellent written and communications skills with the ability to produce technical and policy nature conservation grant applications
10Good interpersonal and networking skills
11Good team working skills, in particular in international/multicultural teams
12Excellent communication and presentation skills required to build relationships with potential donors
13High standard of computer literacy (Microsoft Office package, social media and other communications tools, Raisers Edge or other database/CRM system)
14Ability to understand and generate budgets
15Fast learner and open to new challenges
16Fluent in English
17Additional languages (in particular French, German, Russian, Serbo-Croat)
Approach to work
18Accuracy and precision, attention to details
19Independence: demonstrable ability to create, prioritise and follow work plans with minimum supervision.
20Flexibility and adaptability: ability to deal with multiple assignments and deadlines, working under pressure, responsiveness to requests, follow-up of decisions
21Openness: capacity to integrate new ideas and approaches
22Ability and willingness to travel for work
23Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as required
Personal disposition
24Commitment to nature conservation
25Strong self-motivation and curiosity
26Problem-solving attitude
27Creativity both in thinking and in executing tasks
28An individual with the dedication and vision to continue meeting the ongoing challenges of developing and maintaining a successful partnership with institutional donors


Duration: as per Belgian law, 1-year contract, with possibility to be renewed to open-end contract.

Working hours: 18h45 part-time

Location: Brussels-based, with flexible office and home-based arrangement and possibility for occasional remote work

Salary: 1750EUR/month and benefits

BirdLife values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture, a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We aim to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We will consider putting into place appropriate reasonable adjustments for candidates who may have a disability.


Please submit a max. 2-pages full CV and a max. 1 page cover letter (all in English) setting out your reasons for applying for the post and outlining the qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills that you feel you can bring to the role to: [email protected]

Please include in the email subject: Application for Fundraising Officer

Closing date: 18 December 2022 at midnight CET. Please consider that applications received after the closing date will be automatically discarded.


Shortlisting is based on CV and cover letter. Successful candidates will be asked to attend face to face or online interviews and perform an additional test.

Please note that due to the large number of expected applications only successful candidates will be contacted.

Interview days: Monday 16 January 2023.

Preferred start day: 15 February 2023.