Switzerland: Private Sector Fundraising and Partnerships Manager

Organization: Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 02 Oct 2016

Position Private Sector Fundraising and Partnerships Manager

Start date and duration
Staff position on an initial two-year contract with possibility of long-term extension

Full/part time
80 -100%

Geneva, Switzerland

Closing date for applications
2 October 2016


Historically funded by governments and public entities, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) is now seeking to expand its partnership with the private sector and to acquire the support of private donors (private foundations, corporations and High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI)) with the ultimate goal of expanding its operations through partnerships with corporations and research institutes.

The GICHD is opening a new position of Private Sector Fundraising and Partnerships Manager to lead and coordinate the implementation of the Public-Private Partnership programme strategy. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional to shape and make a difference in the expansion and diversification of the funding base and multilateral partnerships of an organisation with an international reach.

The purpose of the Private Sector Partnerships and Donations Manager is to develop relationships that further the understanding of the Centre’s cause, increase its visibility and create a lasting engagement with the private and philanthropic sectors. The main focus will be on approaching potential partners; identifying entry points to donors, seeking partnerships as well as raising funds in Switzerland and abroad. He/she will work in close collaboration with the Operations and Communications teams.


  • Further develop and implement the GICHD private sector fundraising and partnerships strategy.
  • Identify, approach, negotiate and secure long-term partnerships possibilities in line with GICHD’s private sector fundraising and partnerships strategy.
  • Draft accurate and timely information on GICHD’s programmes and activities, in conformity with the organisation’s needs and priorities as well as its communication strategy.
  • Draft and ensure submission of project proposals and regular and timely reports to identified donors, corporations, foundations and HNWIs.
  • Identify internal projects to be financed or partnered and tailor selected portfolios for fundraising (“cases for support”).
  • Measure and monitor progress of the fundraising efforts; ensure that the GICHD is meeting its contractual obligations with private donors and partners.
  • Collaborate with the Communications team in the adaptation and development of activities, communication channels and tools to support the fundraising efforts and increase awareness.
  • Develop resource documents for meetings, mailings and reports to donors and partners about the difference their contributions make.
  • Represent GICHD in meetings with (prospective) private partners to promote an accurate understanding of the Centre’s role, work and impact. Be active and visible among the relevant philanthropic circles.
  • Manage the annual expenditure budget for private sector fundraising operations; supervise and monitor expenditures/budget and income recording and reporting.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of a new contacts database/CRM system.

Profile requirements
Essential requirements

  • At least 5 years relevant work experience in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Advocacy or similar.
  • Substantial experience in private sector fundraising with corporates, HNWI or foundations in/for a not-for- profit organisation or a marketing/fundraising consultancy firm in Switzerland.
  • Proven experience in successfully managing major corporate or HNWI accounts and good knowledge of the Swiss fundraising environment.
  • Well documented professional experience in preparing funding proposals and reports, writing narratives, budgets and commitments for private donors.
  • Proven experience in preparing and implementing Private Sector Fund Raising (PSFR) plans.
  • Excellent analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to exercise good judgement.
  • Strong communication, presentation and public relations skills (both verbal and written.Interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with persons of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent language skills (spoken and written) in English and French. Fluent in (Swiss) German.
  • Interest in the domain of mine action and the wider human security and development context.
  • Willingness to travel and to work irregular hours.

    Desirable requirements

  • University degree in business/marketing, public relations, fundraising, social sciences or other relevant subject.

  • Experience in developing and reporting against log-frames.

  • Experience in an international non-governmental organization in the humanitarian or development field.

How to apply:


Please apply through the GICHD Job Application Portal.

Your application must be presented in English and include a detailed CV, a letter of motivation , your earliest date of availability and any other material that you wish to present in support of your application

The GICHD implements a Gender and Diversity policy and is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are encouraged from women and men, individuals with a disability or special needs, who meet the above profile requirements.

About us

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) is an expert organisation working to reduce the impact of mines, cluster munitions and other explosive hazards, in close partnership with mine action organisations and other human security actors. We support the ultimate goals of mine action: saving lives, returning land to productive use and promoting development. Based at the Maison de la paix in Geneva, the GICHD employs around 55 staff members from over 15 different nations. This makes the GICHD a unique and international centre of mine action expertise and knowledge.

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