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Lead Philanthropy

medair zurich office | Switzerland

  • Organization: Medair
  • Location: medair zurich office | Switzerland
  • Grade: FG I, Function Group 1, Contract Agent - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date:

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Lead Philanthropy

Switzerland Global Support Office

Role Overview

In collaboration with the Swiss German Office team, develop Medair’s presence in the German-speaking Switzerland by raising funds and increasing visibility.

Project Overview

Responsible for a portfolio of foundations that will contribute significantly to our annual fundraising targets. Acquire new foundations by networking, researching and building relationships.

Workplace & Conditions

Medair Zurich office, Switzerland.

Swiss or eligible EU citizens, or those with a valid work permit for Switzerland, can apply.

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

As soon as possible. Full time, open-ended contract.

Key Activity Areas

Fundraising with Foundations

  • Maintain personal contact with representatives of foundations and board members and build positive and sustainable relationships.
  • Manage a portfolio of foundations, identify potential projects and submit proposals and reports in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate internally with Programs, Finance and the field locations to establish appropriate project proposals and reports incl. translation from English into German.
  • Acquire new foundations by researching and networking to extend portfolio with additional foundations.
  • In collaboration with the Zurich team, create communication material such as writing project summaries, reports, letters, brochures and presentations.

Support and promote Medair fundraising events

  • In collaboration with Zurich team, support and promote Medair fundraising events to attract new people and/or consolidate existing relationships.


  • Increase brand awareness and seek proactively opportunities to position Medair within the targeted audiences.
  • Lead the development of annual budget and revenue forecasting for foundations in German-speaking Switzerland.
  • Monitor private funding trends and issues.
  • Contribute to fundraising and organisational strategy development.

Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.


  • Educated to degree level (Desirable: Project Management).
  • International Relations, Business Development and/or Sales, Communication, Account Management.
  • Excellent German language skills, particularly written.
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).
    • Desirable: Fluent in Swiss German and good French working knowledge.


  • Demonstrable professional success in the area of fundraising, sales or communication.
  • Experience and understanding of project management.
  • Overseas experience in a humanitarian/development setting.
  • Advanced user of MS Office. Experience in CRM / sales management software.
  • Excellent written communication skills incl. translation from English into German.
  • Ability to bring complex information in a simple way to the point without losing essential content.
  • Analytical skills and ability to identify potential of projects and audiences. Strategic thinking.
  • Networking skills
    • Desirable: Understanding of International and humanitarian context.
    • Desirable: Experience in business development
  • Goal, output and performance oriented.
  • Perseverance and long term perspective. Persistence and people-oriented.
  • Self-driven and intrinsic motivation. Collaborative team player.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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