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  • Organization: ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Location: Geneva | Switzerland
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Human Resources
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-22

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PROGRAMME OFFICER - Resource Mobilization Europe

Geneva (Switzerland) | Switzerland

What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Information on the position

The EUROPE unit covers the funding relationships with the Governments, National Societies and Private Partners of 19 countries: Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Malta and Holy See. In 2018, this represents a volume of over CHF 350 million. From these 19 Governments, ten are part of the DSG and are managed by the Head of Unit and Country Managers (CM). The other nine non-DSG countries are managed on a daily basis by the two Programme Officers (PO) of the Europe unit. This Programme Officer position covers the following countries:

Cyprus, Greece, Holy See, Malta, Portugal

Reports to (role)

  • Regional Head of Resource Mobilization, Europe


The Resource Mobilization Officer provides regular support to Country Managers by:

  • Ensuring the administrative follow-up of each contribution from registration to reporting and filing;
  • Preparing funding proposals and partnership agreements and contributing to appeals;
  • Creating and updating existing fundraising databases, inclusive of data entry and analysis.

In addition, s/he manages the overall funding relationships with the donors for her/his assigned (non-DSG) countries and acts as an interface between the ICRC and these donors, facilitating institutional and operational contacts and ensuring the necessary follow-up. S/he contributes to raising funds needed for the overall financing of the ICRC in line with the ICRC Funding Strategy 2019-2022.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

Support of the Head of Unit and Country Managers in the management of donors covered by the unit

Together with the other Programme Officer:

  • Prepare supplementary information for the visits to/and from donors (briefing files).
  • Participate in the overall reflection and strategy building of the Unit, as well as in the analysis of the funding situation, donors funding mechanisms and stakeholder mapping.

Relationship management

  • Ensure the daily management of the funding relationship with Governments, National Societies and Private Partners for assigned countries.
  • Establish a regular contact and strengthen the relationship with REM counterparts in assigned countries, e.g. participating in regular meetings/visits.
  • Promote ICRC funding needs on the basis of appeals and updates. Provide regular and ad-hoc financial forecasts, funding proposals, as well as updated information on operations funded by donors.
  • (Where required for reasons of protocol, representation for the assigned countries will be by the Head of Unit, supported by the Resource Mobilization Officer.)

    Contributions management

  • Ensure the administrative follow-up of each contribution from registration to reporting and filing.
  • Prepare Partnership Agreements with National Societies on base of the PFR and following the Country Managers and Delegation directives.
  • Prepare funding proposals, appeals and reporting documents (in coordination with REM_REP)
  • Create and update existing fundraising databases including data entry and analysis.

People management responsibilities


Certifications / Education required

  • University degree
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English and French.
    Other relevant languages an asset.
  • Computer proficiency

Professional Experience required

  • Strong technical writing skills, preferably with prior experience as a communication professional, writer, grant writer or researcher
  • Proven experience in donor relations
  • Proven experience in analysing and synthesising large amounts of information
  • 5 to 9 years professional experience
  • 2 years ICRC or humanitarian organization experience, an asset

Main Skills and profile

  • Good knowledge  and understanding of ICRC and its administrative procedures
  • Good oral and technical writing skills, including ability to analyse and synthetize.
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to set priorities and follow objectives.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Capacity to work under pressure with a large number of interlocutors.
  • Flexibility, good humour and strong sense of team spirit / team player.
  • A broad interest in and exposure to operations and wider institutional programming as well as a general interest in and familiarity with humanitarian issues.
  • An ability to understand basic accounting and budget procedures.
  • Internal and external networking and "negotiating" skills.
  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Able to work under pressure individually and in a team environment

Additional information

  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Type of contract: CDMax
  • Type of position: Rotation Requested
  • Length of assigment: 2 years
  • Activity rate: Flexible 80%
  • Estimated start date: ASAP
  • Application deadline: 22.04.2019
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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