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Philanthropy Manager

Requisition ID:  18692
Region:  Europe (HQ)
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

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, they contribute to the overall outreach strategy of the Foundation and align their work to the evolving priorities of the Foundation. 

Main duties and responsibilities (1/2)

Outreach and Representation

  • Develop and lead the implementation of the resource mobilization plan of action for companies, UHNWI and foundations for their portfolio, including but not limited to the German-speaking prospects and partners of the Foundation.
  • Manage individual relationships for their portfolio through regular interactions and update and provide suggestions of other initiatives tailored to their interest to potentially increase their engagement. 
  • In partnership with the Event and Research Manager, identify and evaluate the potential of new partners and subsequently recommend and implement an effective outreach plan to connect with them and present the mission of the FICRC. 
  • Identify and represent the FICRC at relevant events and other networking opportunities. 
  • Upon guidance from the FICRC leadership, contribute to the sound management of the Leadership Advisory Council, ensuring proper stewardship of the German-speaking members and others as needed. 
  • Prepare and facilitate one to one meetings, calls and presentations to ensure meaningful interactions with potential partners or their representatives (lawyers, fiduciary, etc.).


Administration and Reporting

  • Produce relevant content (proposals, reports, PowerPoint Presentations, etc.) for their portfolio, including the proof reading and editing. 
  • Respond to inquiries from internal and external interlocutors in a timely manner and within the set deadlines. 
  • Ensure that partners are thanked and stewarded properly by liaising with the Foundation's leadership. 
  • Commission ethical and other forms of screenings for potential new partners and entities of interest. 
  • Propose and manage the annual budget for their agreed plan of action. 

Main duties and responsibilities (2/2)



  • Capture and keep track of the most relevant data and information on their partners in the FICRC database. 
  • Proactively share their analysis of the philanthropic trends internally to inform the Foundation's strategy and offering and report any relevant outcomes or information to the Foundation's leadership. 
  • Involve the Foundation's governance in their activities as needed. 
  • Take on projects that are not in their job description upon request by the Foundation's Director and adapt priorities in accordance with the evolution of the Foundation's priorities.

Education required


  • 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.

Experience required


  • 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.

Additional information


  • Location: Geneva
  • Type of contract: Long-term assignment  
  • Grade: C1
  • Activity rate: 100% 
  • Estimated start date: 01.10.2022
  • Application deadline: Sunday, the 10th of July 2022


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