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Italy: Foundations and Major Donors Officer

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Jesuit Refugee Service
Country: Italy
Closing date: 02 Jul 2017


The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organisation was founded in 1980 and currently has a presence in over 45 countries. JRS undertakes services at local, national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office (IO) in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being of refugees and displaced people, while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs.
The main services provided are in the field of education, emergency assistance, and psychosocial support and livelihood activities. Currently, more than 724,000 individuals are direct beneficiaries of JRS projects.


The JRS International Office in Rome is the head office of the Jesuit Refugee Service. It leads the organisational strategy and provides support and guidance in the areas of programmes, finance, advocacy, communications, fundraising and human resources to 10 regional offices worldwide. In addition, JRS International Office coordinates and works closely with JRS USA Office, which also engages in fundraising and donor relations.
To expand its fundraising efforts, JRS is now hiring a Foundations and Major Donors Officer.
The Foundations and Major Donors Officer will report to the International Director of Philanthropy and Development and will be an integral member of the Philanthropy and Development Department which leads the organization’s global efforts in the acquisition of financial resources through competitive solicitations, from existing and prospective public funders, major donors, private trusts and foundations, corporations, religious congregations and individual donors. The Foundations and Major Donors Officer will mainly be responsible for raising funds from and stewarding private foundations and major donors/philanthropists in Europe, Africa and Asia and to drive the foundations and major donors strategy there.

Rome, Italy

Report to
Philanthropy and Development Director

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enhance and drive the Foundations and Major Donors strategy.
  • Manage Foundation and Major Donor accounts to maintain and enhance existing relationships.
  • Research and develop new Foundation and Major Donor relationships, identify their requirements and verify potential compatibility with JRS’s operations.
  • In coordination with international and regional Programmes Departments, identify appropriate projects to be submitted to Foundations and Major Donors.
  • Write tailored proposals to Foundations and Major Donors, adhering to deadlines and ensuring that support is appropriately acknowledged and recognised.
  • Support other writings and documentation projects of the Department. This may include writing project summaries and other documentation and dissemination projects.
  • Develop an appropriate reporting structure so that updates and reports are sent on funded projects in a timely manner.
  • Ensure up-to-date records are held on the database and network folders.
  • Liaise with the Finance Department to develop budgets and ensure the monthly reconciliation of all income from Foundations and Major Donors under your control.
  • Assist the Department Director in promoting and implementing the fundraising strategy across all JRS regions.
  • Work closely with the Philanthropy and Development team to research and identify new tools and platforms that increase the team’s capacity to fulfil tasks.
  • Liaise with regional teams to build capacity relating to private sector fundraising.
  • Collaborate with the Advocacy and Communications team to make sure content produced is engaging for supporters and integrates relevant advocacy messages, and that communications tools are optimally used.


Required Education and Experience

  • University degree in communications, marketing, international relations, fundraising, or a related field.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in a fundraising or marketing capacity.
  • Technical expertise in one or more focus areas of JRS’s programme portfolio (education, emergency assistance, healthcare, livelihood activities and social services) would be appreciated but not essential.
  • A successful track record of raising income from foundations and major donors is desirable; equivalent success in a related field is acceptable.

Required Skills

  • Outstanding writing skills.
  • Mother tongue level written and verbal English is essential; a professional working knowledge of French, Italian, German or Spanish is highly desirable.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to persuasively articulate JRS’s messages and impact to external audiences.
  • Excellent prospect research skills and knowledge of funding sources is desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multi-cultural/international and high energy professional environment.
  • Strong analytical, strategic-thinking and planning skills.
  • Strong ability to adapt and be flexible with changing requirements.
  • Ability to work under pressure and beyond standard hours when needed to meet submission deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, take initiative, and make recommendations in solving problems.
  • Understanding of and commitment to humanitarian relief work and international development.
  • Ability to work with specialized fundraising systems and donor management is an advantage.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and Access.

Required Core Values

  • Commitment to JRS’s mission, vision and values, and the ability to convey with enthusiasm JRS’s role in accompanying and serving forcibly displaced people and in advocating for their right to protection and a life in dignity.
  • High integrity, honesty and confidentiality; ability to deal tactfully and discreetly with situations, people and information.
  • Acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core value. Willingness to work in flexible, sub-optimal and multi-cultural environments.


The job requires occasional travel to JRS locations and participation to specific events around the world.


Contract is for one year, renewable, with a probation period of 3 months. The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos to offer effective and professional services and at the same time express solidarity with the people served. The salary is calculated with the use of a post-adjustment multiplier and takes into account years of relevant experience and degree of responsibility of the role. Details will be discussed with short-listed candidates.

How to apply:

All applicants are requested to submit the following documents through this link.

1) Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English including three (3) professional references with their contact information, phone and email address.

2) A cover letter describing the candidate's desire and motivation to work for JRS and how her/his qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position.

Deadline: 2 July 2017.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.