Project Development Officer

Strategy and Development · London, London, City of
Department Strategy and Development
Employment Type Full time

Reports to:                                  Director of Business Development

Responsible for (personnel):    N/A

Start date:                                    ASAP

Term:                                            Permanent, full time

Based in:                                      London, N1 (Currently working from home due to COVID-19)

Salary:                                          £28,000-£30,000, depending on experience, plus 5% pension contribution and private health insurance

Application deadline:                7th March 2021

About DMI

Development Media International (DMI) creates evidence-based behaviour change campaigns to improve health and save lives. We deliver at scale to maximise impact and cost-effectiveness. We are the first organisation to scientifically demonstrate that mass media can increase life-saving behaviours. In 2018 DMI published the results of its 5-year, £7m randomised controlled trial (RCT) in West Africa which showed that 56% more children were taken for treatment for malaria, 73% more for diarrhoea and 39% more for pneumonia following exposure to our campaign. Modelling indicates that over 3000 lives were saved during the campaign and that our approach is one of the most cost-effective ways of saving children’s lives. We have subsequently undertaken a second RCT which showed that the modern contraceptive prevalence rate was 20% higher in areas exposed to DMI’s messaging compared to areas that were not.


DMI has two priorities: first, to continue to generate ground-breaking research, second, to take our proven strategies to scale, saving as many lives as possible and improving health. We work across a range of health issues, including child survival, reproductive health, nutrition, hygiene, and early childhood development. DMI works in close partnership with leading experts in health, including WHO, UNICEF and LSHTM and has been funded by some of the world’s most prestigious organisations including the Wellcome Trust, DFID, Comic Relief, the Global Innovation Fund, Unorthodox Philanthropy and the Mulago Foundation.

We are an innovative and rapidly growing organisation, working at the nexus between science and creativity. DMI has demonstrated that knowledge is not only a human right but is also the key to saving lives in a cost-effective way. Our intellectual rigour, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn from both our successes and mistakes, makes us distinct. Our ethos is non-hierarchical: all our staff are intellectually high-powered, and we have a “best idea wins” culture. By working at DMI you will have a genuine, measurable impact on improving lives in low-income countries.


DMI has a permanent presence in Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Tanzania and has recently expanded to Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia. Our headquarters overlooks the Regents Canal in Hoxton, London and provides the strategic direction for the whole organisation.


DMI is ranked as one of the most cost-effective non-profit organisations in the world by GiveWell and was the first organisation to receive the maximum rating from Impact Matters. It is also endorsed by the Centre for Effective Altruism, Giving What We Can and The Life You Can Save.


Find out more on our website.


Job description

DMI is looking for a talented individual to be our new Project Development Officer as a part of our Strategy and Development Team.


This is a permanent role at DMI, and your responsibilities will be two-fold. Firstly, to organise and develop our Knowledge Management function. This business-critical area is currently under-developed, especially with regards to our targeted institutional donors. The function entails identifying suitable business opportunities from a wide range of potential funders, organising and updating our pipeline of potential new work, creating and maintaining a digital library of past performances and capacity statements, and participating in income projections and income scenario-planning.  Secondly, to participate in securing funding for DMI’s projects, which entails supporting the wider team on proposal work, including drafting proposals and participating in project design.


We have enjoyed significant fundraising success over recent years, particularly from private foundations, securing more than $40m in new funding since 2017. This has enabled DMI to expand rapidly, both geographically and in terms of the themes of our campaigns. To continue this trend, we are aiming to raise an additional $20m by the end of 2022. This funding will allow us to consolidate our project portfolio in existing countries of operation and allow us to expand our work in West Africa.


More specifically, the Project Development Officer role will include the following responsibilities:


  1. Leading the Knowledge Management of DMI’s business development function, including:
    1. Identifying relevant funding opportunities from a range of governments, multilateral institutions, and trusts & foundation; and
    2. Organising and updating DMI’s pipeline of business opportunities, past performances, and capacity statements
  2. Participating in analysing funding opportunities
  3. Participating in income projections and income scenario-planning
  4. Supporting the wider business development function to secure funding for DMI’s work from a range of donors (governments, multilateral institutions and trusts & foundations). This will include contributing to the project design process and drafting proposals
  5. Contributing to DMI’s communication work (website, reports, etc)
  6. Other tasks as requested by DMI


Person specification

Required knowledge, skills and experience

  1. Knowledge of, and interest in, the international development sector
  2. Understanding of institutional funding (governments, multilateral institutions and trusts & foundations) to NGOs
  3. Good analytical skills, including strong numerical skills and familiarity with Excel
  4. Excellent writing skills, including for an external audience
  5. A degree in a relevant field, Bachelor or Masters, or equivalent experience
  6. Aptitude for, and a desire to learn new skills
  7. Enjoy working under time-pressure, with excellent time-management skills and remain good-humoured under pressure
  8. Permission to live and work in the UK


Desirable knowledge, skills and experience

  1. Previous, relevant, work or voluntary experience
  2. French (or Portuguese) language skills, including the ability to write in French
  3. Knowledge of the health sector in developing countries, esp. Africa
  4. Relevant field experience or longer stay in developing country/ies

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  • Location
    London, London, City of
  • Department
    Strategy and Development
  • Employment Type
    Full time