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Call for applications – Fundraising consultant


TRIAL International is a non-governmental organization fighting impunity for international crimes and supporting victims in their quest for justice. The organization provides legal assistance, litigates cases, develops local capacity and pushes the human rights agenda forward. For its International Investigations and Litigation (IIL) program, TRIAL International is currently seeking a fundraising consultant.

TRIAL International launched its IIL program in 2011, in order to bring to justice those responsible of international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture, sexual violence and enforced disappearance) present in Switzerland or in other countries where the principle of universal jurisdiction is applicable. The IIL program also fights impunity for international crimes committed by companies and other economic actors, generally connected to conflict-related contexts.


Expected results and deliverables:

The overall objective of the consultant’s mission is to identify new prospects and support the development of new funding strategies allowing the program to diversify its income streams and establish a sustainable funding approach.

Following main outputs are expected :

  • New institutional fundraising prospects for the program are identified and assessed (both private and public funders). For the new potential donors retained, a strategy on how best to approach each of them is developed;
  • Alternatives to expand the program’s capacity and/or generate income and diversify the income streams of the program are identified and assessed including: partnerships with law firms, paid consultancy, delivery of legal trainings, or legal representation;
  • New strategies to raise unrestricted funds, including through online fundraising, individual donations from members, individual donors and high-net-worth individuals are developed.


Required qualifications 

  • Extended experience with institutional (governments and foundations) as well as with individual donors (major donors, members, etc.);
  • Solid knowledge of donors committed to support international justice, rule of law activities and strategic litigation activities;
  • Previous experience with fundraising for an NGO active in the field of human rights;
  • Strong knowledge of innovative fundraising strategies to diversify income streams;
  • Solution-oriented and able to adapt to small NGOs’ realities and constraints;
  • French or English mother tongue or proficiency, excellent command of the second working language;
  • Knowledge of the Swiss donor landscape desired.

Applicants must hold Swiss or EU/EFTA citizenship, or be in possession of a valid work permit for Switzerland. They must be registered as an independent consultant in their country of residence.


Conditions and application

  • Start date: 15 July 2021 or upon agreement
  • Estimated workload: approximately 25 working days over a 3-4 months period
  • Location: Geneva and remote

The application file must include the following documents: letter of expression of interest, a statement how you meet the specifications outlined above, a workplan proposition including how you plan to achieve goals and deliverables and what expected challenges you identify, a financial offer, proof of independent status, CV and at least two references of similar assignments.

Only complete applications will be considered, download the full call for applications for more details. If you wish to apply, please send us your application file to secretariat@trialinternational.org by 27 June 2021 midnight (CET), with the subject line “Application: Fundraising consultant”.

We are looking forward to receiving your application.

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