Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer (Semillas) was the first women's fund established in the global South and remains the only fund of its kind in Mexico. Semillas trusts that local women's organizations in Mexico are able to identify their own needs and propose viable solutions. The role of Semillas is therefore to provide its grantees with the resources and support required to push forward these solutions and achieve social change. Semillas contributes to strengthening the women's movement in Mexico through three main social investment strategies: 1) Providing seed funding to grassroots organizations and leaders; 2) Facilitating training on issues such as human rights, leadership, institutional strengthening, and communications strategies; and 3) Linking partners working in different regions of the country in order to build alliances and enhance their impact.
By mobilizing resources for social change, the Development team plays a central part in achieving Semillas' mission. The Development Officer will work as part of the Development team alongside the Communications Officer and the Administrator of the individual donors' network, under the supervision of the Head of Development. The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for developing grant reports and proposals for a diverse group of national and international institutional donors such as foundations and development agencies, in addition to contributing to the development and strategic implementation of Semillas' fundraising plan.
This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain fundraising experience in support of a wide range of women's rights issues, such as sexual and reproductive rights, labor rights, economic empowerment, and land rights. To learn more about the organization, we invite applicants to visit our website: www.semillas.org.mx
Collaborate in the development of Semillas' fundraising plan
Research and identify new funding opportunities with national and international donors
Prepare letters of inquiry, concept notes and proposals for institutional donors, both in English and Spanish, with guidance from the Head of Development and the Executive Director
Monitoring of projects
Create and implement mechanisms for monitoring progress on a diverse portfolio of projects
Provide timely updates regarding Semillas' work to existing donors
Request and review inputs needed for reporting
Prepare reports for donors in both English and Spanish
Other Development tasks
Supervise interns and/or volunteers
Assist in the creation of the annual work plan as well as quarterly plans
Assist in the planning of fundraisers and other related events
Translate documents from Spanish to English and vice versa
Carry out various administrative tasks relevant to the position
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in the humanities or social sciences
At least four years of experience in the NGO sector, preferably in Mexico
At least two years of fundraising experience
Candidates with a master's degree in a relevant field and at least one year of fundraising experience with an NGO may also be considered.
Bilingual English/Spanish, with excellent writing skills in both languages
Strong analytical skills as well as attention to detail
Strong organizational skills and ability to work against deadlines and under pressure
Knowledge of gender and human rights issues, particularly in relation to the current political and social context of Mexico
Knowledge of fundraising strategies and the context of philanthropy in Mexico
Commitment to feminist values and to the mission of Semillas
Willingness to work as part of a team and independently
Proactive in proposing new ideas and seeking solutions to problems
This is a full-time position based in Mexico City. Willingness to occasionally travel within Mexico and internationally is required.
Semillas is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate for any reason, including age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status or socioeconomic situation.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be accepted through August 27th, 2014. Applicants should submit a CV in Spanish or English as well as a cover letter in English to Goizalde de Eguskiza via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The successful candidate will ideally start in October 2014.