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Foundation Director, Foundation for the International Committee of the Red Cross

Requisition ID:  16601
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Open-ended contract


The Fondation en faveur du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (hereafter ‘the Foundation’ or FCIRC) is a charitable Swiss foundation domiciled in Geneva. It was established in 1931 with the support of the Swiss Confederation to preserve the capacity of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to fulfil its mission: acting as an independent, neutral, and impartial humanitarian actor and promoting international humanitarian law to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and other situations of violence.


In the face of new challenges, the new strategy of the Foundation aims to secure the future of independent, impartial humanitarian action. The challenge will be to significantly raise the capital of the Foundation – now an umbrella foundation hosting various dedicated funds – building a large endowment fund through a targeted, coordinated fundraising campaign.


In order to ensure the successful implementation of its new strategy and the management of day-to-day operations, the Foundation Board is looking for a Foundation Director.

Purpose of the position

As Foundation Director, you will work with the Foundation board, ICRC Presidency and Governance, and ICRC Resource Mobilisation Division to implement the new strategy and manage the Foundation’s day-to-day operations. The ambition over the next 10 years is to increase the FCICR’s capital from 25 million CHF today to a major endowment fund producing a substantial return for the ICRC. 


In the first six months, as Foundation Director, you will devise and deploy an implementation plan, including an endowment fundraising strategy. Working in close coordination with the Foundation Board, the ICRC Resource Mobilization Division and other stakeholders, you will draw from and add to existing ICRC and FCICR support relationships.


The strategic direction is set by the FCICR Board and ICRC Presidency, to whom you will report directly. You will also be accountable to ensure maximum synergies and coherence with other ICRC fundraising activities, and for this keep a dotted reporting line to the Deputy Head of the ICRC Resource Mobilisation Division. You will manage the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, prepare and follow up on the meetings of the Board, and together with the ICRC Finance Division ensure optimal management of the dedicated funds managed by the Foundation. 

Main responsibilities

The newly created position calls for someone who is able to lead this new philanthropic venture both strategically and operationally, focusing on the three main areas below:  


Driving strategy implementation (endowment fund):

In the first six months, you will refine the strategy and develop an implementation plan to multiply the value of the endowment over the next few years, guided by the principle of additionality to ICRC private fundraising efforts. 

You will develop the overall narrative, value proposition, and “sales pitch” with donor prospects and key people who may join a future Endowment Fundraising Committee. 

You will establish the appropriate management frameworks in line with the growth objectives, and identify the relevant outreach activities and networks, as well as the benchmarks and toolsets, to ensure the effective, efficient and successful implementation of the Foundation's strategy


Convening new partnerships

From the outset, review and audit the existing support for the Foundation and make recommendations for potential supporters and income. 

On this basis, identify personalities who could join a new Endowment Fundraising Committee across selected sectors to reach out to high-net-worth individuals. Establish and manage the Endowment Fundraising Committee.  

Support the Committee’s peer-to-peer fundraising via research and network mapping, identifying and suggesting key prospects to be approached, providing briefings, cultivation planning, proposal and report writing.

Mobilize members of the ICRC Assembly, ICRC Directorate and field staff, as well as the FCICR Endowment Fundraising Committee in support of building the endowment fund. 

Devise and implement stewardship activities in favour of key donors and the Endowment Fundraising Committee (e.g. events, field trips). 

Represent the Foundation in fora of interest across audiences and income streams.

Monitoring, accountability and management of the Foundation

(in close cooperation with relevant ICRC Departments)

Ensure the proper running of the Foundation: e.g. prepare and follow-up on Foundation Board meetings; oversee the management of the Foundation’s dedicated funds and the individual committees.

Manage relations with grantees, review and assess funding requests and articulate funding recommendations.

Ensure compliance with partner requirements and commitments such as ethical due diligence.

Closely monitor emerging trends in philanthropy, market opportunities and progress and provide the Foundation Board as well as other stakeholders with timely updates.

Ensure the best usage of operational, financial and administrative synergies with the relevant ICRC Departments.

Education and experience


Post-graduate degree in business administration, management, communications, marketing or equivalent 

At least 10 years of professional experience in the field of external relations and high-value resource mobilization in international contexts. Proven track record in fundraising and cultivating high-value partnerships.

Strategic thinker, with an ability to express ideas clearly and effectively prioritize activities.

Able to translate complex issues into attractive, actionable ideas and to deliver results under time pressure.

Willingness to travel as activities require.

Passion to work in a fast-paced, international working environment and shape the direction of the new philanthropic venture. 

Fluent in English and French. German and any other language is a strong asset.

Desired profile and skills


A demonstrated track record in leading, planning and positioning a working area in development, 

Able to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and providing counsel and guidance to top management and decision-makers.

Excellent communication and networking skills. Solid organizational skills, presentation and writing skills.

Strong team player, networker & negotiator who can build consensus and connect effectively across stakeholder groups.

Additional information


  • Location:                        Geneva
  • Type of contract:            Open-ended
  • Length of assignment:   2 years (extendable)
  • Activity rate:                   100%


Application Deadline:  Monday, 4 January 2021 


The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted. A written test may be used as a form of eligibility assessment.