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Vacancy: Regional Fundraising and Grant Writing Advisor


Regional Fundraising and Grant Writing Advisor for leading international child rights organisation

You like managing resources. You are energetic, full of initiative and a self-starter, passionate about fundraising and donor cultivation. You are looking for a meaningful job that will make a lasting impact. This regional challenge is for you.

Position Start Date: 01 December 2020

Duration: 1year renewable

Location: the Regional Fundraising and Grant Writing Advisor will be based in Budapest, Hungary or Bucharest, Romania, or Athens, Greece with occasional travel in Central and Eastern Europe.

Applicant must be in possession of a valid work permit to work and reside in Hungary or Romania, or Greece.

General conditions: 1-year full-time contract with the possibility of extension. Salary and benefits will be based on local contract and local conditions.

Application deadline: 30 October 2020


Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss organisation for children's aid. Since 1960, Tdh has helped build a better future for vulnerable children and their communities, making an impact with innovative and sustainable solutions. Each year, we provide assistance to over four million children and members of their communities in around 40 countries through our health, protection and emergency relief programmes.

In Europe, Tdh intervenes directly or indirectly in 22 countries, relying on teams based in Budapest (where the regional hub is located), Albania, Greece, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine.

Job Description

Tdh in Europe has been reorganized in line with its new regionalization strategy which led to the development of a regional hub operated from Budapest and the establishment of an innovative programmatic approach.

The Regional Fundraising and Grant Writing Advisor will exercise a key fundraising role within the regional hub. This position is the lead in fundraising activities within the region and across the wider organization. S/he will lead and support the development of a culture of fundraising, while using their expertise to develop proposals and secure funding for Tdh.

Main responsibilities:

  • Lead and actively promote a fundraising culture in the region: develop and deliver internal communications in support of resource mobilization of Tdh programmes and operations in Europe;
  • Develop processes and systems to ensure that all fundraising focal points function coherently and contribute effectively to resource mobilization goals;
  • Develop fundraising proposals either through grant-writing directly, management of grant-writers (consultants) and/or team mobilization, including support in project design, negotiations with partner and budget construction;
  • Act as a technical advisor for collaborative proposal development;
  • Work with country and regional programme staff and regional managers to support and leverage their donor representation, donor cultivation, relationship building, and donor intelligence gathering;
  • Provide guidance, coaching and training to country programme staff on donor cultivation (building relationships), gathering donor intelligence, building visibility, and pre-positioning for funding opportunities;
  • Facilitate information management, collecting, disseminating, and centralizing fundraising information;
  • Act as a repository for donor intelligence, proposals, analytics, supporting documentation, and experiences from the region;
  • Collect and disseminate information, making representations and proposals more consistent;
  • Take an advisory and coordinating role in exploring additional avenues of fundraising such as corporate fundraising and private fundraising. Coordinate and liaise with the Director of Institutional Partnerships based in the HQ as well as Philanthropy Department;
  • Undertake special tasks in support of the resource mobilization strategy;
  • Play a coordinating role in grant management: follow up on reporting, update and manage the grants on the AidCoverage platform;
  • Provide support and advice on compliance with Donor requirements.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • University degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational institution in political science, international relations, business or public administration, marketing, law, economics, development or humanitarian studies or a related discipline; a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree;
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible and relevant experience, if possible in a context of resource mobilization, including in a supervisory capacity. Experience in planning and monitoring progress towards set goals and exposure to budget preparation;
  • A successful track record with institutional donors such as EU, Europe Aid, SDC, DFID, ECHO, UNICEF, other UN agencies;
  • Extensive experience in proposal writing and donor relationship management;
  • Experience of working in a highly collaborative environment with minimal direct supervision in a complex regional setting;
  • Ability to travel regionally;
  • Well-honed leadership skills, along with facilitation, networking and advocacy skills;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills;
  • A commitment to excellence, respect for donor rules & attention to detail;
  • Ability to uphold high standards and punctuality under pressure.

Language Skills:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. Fully proficient in writing and editing.
  • Competency in an eastern European language is a desirable asset but not a requirement.

To apply:

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit their CV, motivation letter to until 30 October 2020

Please include "Regional Fundraising and Grant Writing Advisor Application" and your full name in the subject line.

Please indicate your earliest possible start date in the cover letter.

Please include 3 professional references in the CV. One of the references must be from most recent supervisor. References will not be contacted until explicit consent is received from candidate.

Child Safeguarding policy:

To commit to respect Tdh Risk Management Policies including: Child Safeguarding Policy, Safety and Security Policy, Anti-Fraud/Corruption Policy and Whistle Blowing Policy.

Due to the high numbers of applications, Tdh is not in a position to respond to everyone individually. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview and test.

Please also note that the selected applicant will undergo the rigorous screening process prescribed by the internal regulations of Tdh.