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Philanthropy Advisor


  • Organization: Medair
  • Location: Eu
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
  • Closing Date:


Medair Global Support Office (GSO) based in Zurich, 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.

Role Overview

The Philanthropy Advisor works in collaboration with the Swiss German Office team and the Philanthropy Team, supporting Medair’s mission by raising funds with foundations and governmental organisations in German-speaking Switzerland. Increasing the organisation’s visibility within Philanthropy in Switzerland.

Project Overview

Responsible for a portfolio of foundations, communes and cantons that contribute significantly to the annual fundraising target and growth. Acquire new donors by networking, researching and building relationships.

Our Culture

Key Activity Areas

Fundraising with Foundations and Governmental organizations

  • Manage a portfolio of organizations, identify potential projects and submit proposals and reports in a timely manner as per solicitation plan.
  • Acquire new organizations (Cantons, municipalities and foundations).
  • Maintain personal contact with representatives of foundations and board members and build positive and sustainable relationships.
  • Write appropriate project proposals, reports and ad hoc documents including translation from English into German and coordinate internally with International Programs, Finance and the field locations to gather necessary information.
  • Create communication material such as writing project summaries, letters and presentations.


Medair Visibility

  • Increase brand awareness and seek opportunities to position Medair within targeted audiences.
  • Networking.



  • Contribute to the Philanthropy approach, tactics and initiatives in collaboration with the Philanthropy team to foster innovation and best practices.
  • Monitor institutional philanthropy trends.
  • Plan, track and analyse personal targets and results.


Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Contribute to the spiritual life of your team in our Christian faith-based setting.
  • Encouraged to join 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.
  • International Relations, Business Development and/or Sales, Communication, Account Management.
  • Excellent knowledge of German, Swiss German and English (Speaking & Writing). Good level of French.

Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

What is the ROC and why is it required?


  • Demonstrable professional success in the area of fundraising, sales or communication.
  • Experience and understanding of project management.
  • Overseas experience in a humanitarian/development setting.
  • 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 match
  • Strategic thinking.
  • Good networking skills.
  • Advanced used of MS Office.
  • Ability to use the Customer Relationship management software.
  • Understanding of International and humanitarian contexts.
  • Experience in business development.
  • Goal, output and performance-oriented type of person.
  • Perseverance and long-term perspective.
  • Persistence and people-oriented.
  • Self-driven and proactive.
  • 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.