Chatham House

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Proposal Writer

Proposal Writer

Research Partnerships
21 Hours per week for a 6 month period. Remote working a possibility
£40,000 pro rata
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Chatham House is looking for a creative, articulate and experienced proposal writer to support fundraising for new research projects and major discretionary and capital gifts.


This role will support the work of the Research Partnerships Team during a period of maternity leave. This is an excellent opportunity to join a small dynamic team, focused on increasing the quality and impact of our proposals which fund our work.


We can offer flexibility in this role. You can be based at Chatham House or work remotely, providing you can attend regular coordination meetings. We can agree set working days with the understanding that sometimes you will work flexibly to meet tight deadlines.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.


You will be responsible for the quality assurance for our internal funding proposals and where possible, driving up quality. You will act as an expert adviser to the organisation, providing guidance and support to improve and strengthen our funding bids. You will do this by:


  • Quality-checking proposals drafted by Chatham House’s research departments prior to submission for strength of project design and adherence to funder requirements, editing text, re-formatting and suggesting improvements and modifications where needed.
  • Highlighting issues or potential problems with draft proposals, resolving them personally or flagging them with the relevant research department as needed.
  • Providing technical knowledge of submission processes and proposal content for specialised bids including the development of project log-frames and applications to the UK Research Councils, EC Horizon 2020 scheme and similar funding sources.
  • Preparing targeted proposals for specific capital gifts or discretionary funds, working directly with the institute’s Director.
  • Collaborating and drafting proposals for large-scale, cross-institutional projects with mentorship from the Deputy Director.


You will have a broad knowledge of contemporary international affairs with a consistent track record of producing informative and persuasive written proposals for policy-focused research projects.


  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent grasp of written English
  • Previous experience of fundraising from private foundations, major donors and statutory sources and a deep understanding of how to tailor proposals to different audiences
  • The capacity and willingness to work with multiple teams simultaneously
  • Capable of working independently to deliver tasks to a high standard within set deadlines

Desirable Skills and Experience


  • A relevant academic degree in Politics, International Relations, Economics or similar
  • The ability to compile and check detailed project budgets
  • Past fundraising experience for a similar organisation