POSITION FILLED: HURIDOCS seeking Fundraising and Communications Officer: Job description and requirements

Please note that the opening is now closed and applications are no longer accepted.

HURIDOCS is seeking an outgoing, self-starting, experienced Fundraising and Communications Officer to join our diverse global team. In addition to having an excellent fundraising record, candidates should be passionate about human rights and have a working knowledge of current information and technology challenges facing the sector.

Title: Fundraising and Communications Officer

Employment type: 80-100%

Salary and benefits: Competitive for a human rights NGO (salary scale depending on location and experience), plus contribution to health insurance and pension plan.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Location: The HURIDOCS office is in Geneva, Switzerland, but we are open to exceptional candidates that have experience working remotely.

Start date: As soon as possible

Duties and Responsibilities

The Fundraising and Communications Officer at HURIDOCS is a senior staff member and member of the management team. The primary responsibilities are:

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of the HURIDOCS fundraising and communications strategies and workplans
  • Managing and developing relationships with current donors
  • Developing relationships with new donors, securing new funds
  • Grant writing and grant reporting, coordination with project staff on donor relations, proposal, and reporting
  • Develop messaging and visual identity, supervise consistent usage
  • Management of the editorial calendar for all communications channels, including website, newsletter and social media; copywriting and editing
  • Producing fundraising and communications print materials
  • Conducting fundraising and outreach missions, including presenting and networking at events and conferences
  • Supporting the Executive Director to develop and maintain HURIDOCS’ organizational strategy

Skills and Competencies

The position requires strong organizational and networking skills, the ability to work on various tasks simultaneously and take initiative. Candidates should have:

  • Minimum of 3 years fundraising and/or communications experience with a track record of success
  • Experience working with human rights donors, foundations and governments. Experience working with individual and corporate donors is a plus
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills in English. Other languages, in particular French, are desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills, capable of working both independently and collaborating with a remote team


  • Committed to human rights and social justice
  • Interest in technology and information management
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment
  • Willingness to travel internationally
  • BA in development, human rights, business, computer science or related field. Master’s degree is an asset

Your application and CV should be sent to jobs@huridocs.org by Sunday 19 February 2017 24:00 CET latest. If you have any specific questions about this vacancy you may contact Friedhelm Weinberg at friedhelm@huridocs.org.

Online interviews with the short-listed candidates will take place in the week of 27 February 2017.

Please note that the opening is now closed and applications are no longer accepted.

About us

Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems (HURIDOCS) is an international NGO consisting of 18 staff working from Ecuador, Germany, Kenya, Spain, Sweden, USA, and its headquarter is in Geneva, Switzerland. Since its establishment in 1982, the focus has been to provide advice and assistance to human rights organisations in developing best practices for their documentation work, as well as providing digital solutions for the management and analysis of their human rights information.

We believe in the power of information, and that reliable and valuable information is based on relevant, accurate and timely data. The collection and management of such information is central for the human rights organisations to advocate more effectively for their causes. To support human rights organisations in this work, we draw on knowledge and expertise from diverse fields such as technology, human rights advocacy, information science, library science, communication and human rights law.

At this point in time we have 50+ partners in different regions of the world, such as Africa, Asia, Asia-Pacific, former Soviet Union, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa and North America and we expect the number of partners to grow in the coming years.

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