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Program Design Officer (Switzerland)

  • Gland, Switzerland
  • Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018

For more than 50 years, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has been a leader in African conservation and sustainable development. AWF is seeking a part-time Program Design Officer for its European office in Gland, Switzerland to ensure that AWF produces high-quality project proposals that speak to AWF’s priorities and meet with donor expectations and needs. Additional responsibilities are to support efforts to profile AWF programs with European donors, analyze donor profiles and trends, arrange meetings and logistics for AWF technical staff and senior management to connect with European donors, and ensure AWF knowledge management systems are up-to-date with contact details, project information, and documentation relating to European donors.

This position will be on a 60% time and will report to the Program Design (PD) Director, Europe.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Proposal Design

I. Identify opportunities announced by German, UK, Nordic and French donors (and back-stop on EU)

  • Notify AWF Director of opportunities.
  • Indicate relevance to AWF strategy.
  • Identify key contacts within the government agencies related to the opportunities.
  • Arrange meetings for AWF staff with key contacts.


  • At least 10 new opportunities identified by end FY19.
  • At least 3 meetings relating to specific opportunities arranged by end FY19.

II. Write concepts and proposals

  • Liaise with PD Director, Senior Director and technical teams to prepare initial scope for proposals/concepts.
  • Coordinate PD Design process.
  • Facilitate technical and budget teams to provide timely inputs into design.
  • Compile technical narrative and budget submission ensuring donor requirements are met.
  • Prepare submissions for sign-off and final submission.


  • At least 8 concepts and 5 full proposals worth at least 10 million.
AWF Presence in Europe

I. Prepare briefings and materials for AWF presence at European events.

  • London IWT Conference, October 9-12.
  • Congo Basin Forest Partnership meeting, Brussels, November 29-30.
  • Global Landscapes Forum, Bonn, December.
  • European Development Days, Brussels, June.
  • 2 additional events possible throughout the year.

II. Arrange meetings for AWF staff.

  • Prepare briefing notes.
  • Prepare logistics.
  • Book appointments.
  • Prepare notes.
  • Enter contact details, notes, and other relevant data in Salesforce/Box.
  • Follow up communications and actions.


  • At least 20 meetings arranged by end FY19.
  • At least 5 events organized.
  • Professional briefings aligned with AWF messaging/priorities and donor interests/programs.
European Donor Intelligence

I. Donor Mapping/Donor Profiles

  • Update European donor profiles annually.
  • Discuss with PD Director Europe to determine how AWF can optimally position programs.
  • Update donor information on Box. 


  • Updated donor profiles.


  • Postgraduate (M.Sc degree) qualifications in conservation, conservation biology social sciences/policy and/or natural resource management or economics.
  • 8+ years in proposal design/fundraising for NGO sector, ideally conservation-related.
  • Extremely strong writing skills in both French and English with the ability to write project proposals, briefing notes, and popular pieces.
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently as needed.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Fluent in French and English.

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