What we do
The Foundation for the International Committee of the Red Cross (FICRC) was established in 1931 as an independent Swiss Foundation on a simple idea: to help the ICRC continue its lifesaving work and enhance its capacity to develop and promote international humanitarian law in peacetime as in wartime.
Ninety years on, this mission has become more relevant than ever. The Foundation acts as an investor, a laboratory and an enabler for the ICRC so it can best respond to future humanitarian needs, with the required independence and flexibility. We want to accelerate humanitarian innovation to help deliver a more relevant and sustainable impact for victims of armed conflicts and violence.
The primary objective is to substantially grow the endowment of the Foundation by engaging UHNWI, companies, foundations and other private and public actors. We are looking for a select number of partners to scale up our activities and establish the Foundation as a key player in the humanitarian landscape.
Purpose of the position
The Philanthropy Manager leads the resource mobilization activities of the FICRC, including but not limited to German-speaking partners. She/he advises the Foundation’s Director on how to maximize philanthropic giving and partnerships with individuals, foundations and companies in German-speaking geographic regions and beyond. Furthermore, she/he contributes to the overall outreach strategy of the Foundation and aligns his/her work to the evolving priorities of the Foundation.
Main duties and responsibilities (1/2)
Outreach and Representation
- Develops and leads the implementation of the resource mobilisation plan of action for companies, UHNWI and foundations for his/her portfolio, including but not limited to the German-speaking prospects and partners of the Foundation.
- Manages individual relationships for his/her portfolio through regular interactions and updates and provides suggestions of other initiatives tailored to their interest to potentially increase their engagement.
- In partnership with the Event and Research Manager, identifies and evaluates the potential of new partners and subsequently recommends and implements an effective outreach plan to connect with them and present the mission of the FICRC.
- Identifies and represents the FICRC at relevant events and other networking opportunities.
- Upon guidance from the FICRC leadership, contributes to the sound management of the Leadership Advisory Council, ensuring proper stewardship of the German-speaking members and others as needed.
- Prepares and facilitates one to one meetings, calls and presentations to ensure meaningful interactions with potential partners or their representatives (lawyers, fiduciary, etc.).
Administration and Reporting
- Produces relevant content (proposals, reports, PowerPoint Presentations, etc.) for his/her portfolio, including the proof reading and editing.
- Responds to inquiries from internal and external interlocutors in a timely manner and within the set deadlines.
- Ensures that partners are thanked and stewarded properly by liaising with the Foundation’s leadership.
- Commissions ethical and other forms of screenings for potential new partners and entities of interest.
- Proposes and manages the annual budget for his/her agreed plan of action.
Main duties and responsibilities (2/2)
- Captures and keeps track of the most relevant data and information on his/her partners in the FICRC database.
- Proactively shares his/her analysis of the philanthropic trends internally to inform the Foundation’s strategy and offering and reports any relevant outcomes or information to the Foundation’s leadership.
- Involves the Foundation’s governance in his/her activities as needed.
- Takes on projects that are not in his/her job description upon request by the Foundation’s Director and adapts priorities in accordance with the evolution of the Foundation’s priorities.
- University degree or advanced certification in business or management, marketing or fundraising.
- Fluent in English & German is mandatory. Intermediate French or any other language an asset.
- Computer proficiency.
- 10 – 12 years professional experience in fundraising or similar (public relations, business, etc.), with a proven capacity of managing high level private contacts/major donors.
- Experience in public communication and/or marketing.
- Solid understanding of fundraising principles.
- Location: Geneva
- Type of contract: Long-term assignment
- Grade: C1
- Activity rate: 100%
- Estimated start date: 01.09.2022
- Application deadline: Sunday, the 27th of March 2022
The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.