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Vacancy: Fundraising officer

Published on: 29/04/2019

IRC's Strategic Partnerships department is looking for an experienced Fundraising Officer. Deadline for application: 20 May 2019. 

The Strategic Partnerships department has an important task in translating and implementing IRC’s acquisition strategies into a pro-active business development plan, identifying and pursuing concrete opportunities for partnerships and elaboration of funding proposals for institutional, programme and project funding.

Main task

The Fundraising Officer’s role within Strategic Partnerships (SP) will be to undertake detailed research on previous and new supporters, maintain up-to-date records on policies, calls for proposals and provide briefings to colleagues in advance of meetings. Ensuring deadlines are met, procedures followed and general administration are also part of the tasks.

Main responsibilities

  • Collect and file standard documents for proposal development and keep these up to date (e.g. staff CVs, project descriptions, IRC registration documents);
  • Assist in project evaluations of finished projects (both internal and external) and enable sharing of lessons learned with the appropriate teams in the organisation;
  • Organise and keep updated all other business development relevant databases, and ensure accessibility of the information at any time;
  • Assist in planning meetings and taking minutes as required;
  • Maintain the donor database - making sure records are up to date and new prospects are entered;
  • Keep IRC’s reporting system up to date;
  • Assist in critically reviewing contracts and terms of reference (ToR) from donors and partners and creating new ones from templates as required;
  • Collate supporting documents for proposal responses;
  • Assist staff in SP with the administration, planning and organisation of activities and meetings internally in IRC and with external parties;
  • Research prospective funding opportunities and prepare overviews to inform management’s decision-making;
  • Monitor calls for proposals from potential donors and inform staff members of relevant existing or upcoming opportunities;
  • Provide hands-on support to the development and implementation of any fundraising activities and events.

Essential requirements

  • Professional qualification at HBO-level with at least three years work experience;
  • Professional experience in an area relevant for the job;
  • Enthusiasm for working in the international development sector, affinity with proposal development processes and keen to learn about donor requirements, preferably with international donors like the EU, the UN, the World Bank, USAID, DFID, international foundations etc.;
  • Good understanding and interest in financial-administrative processes, preferably linked to a project life-cycle;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to assist in negotiations with donors, clients and local partners to provide effective support to project teams which are often located abroad;
  • Work in a well-organised and well-structured manner with accuracy and with eye for detail, combined with good organisational and time management skills;
  • Entrepreneurial attitude and ability to work independently when needed but also collectively within a team;
  • Resilient and good-humoured;
  • A self-starter with drive and ambition to progress;
  • Good computer skills with some practical experience in making budgets in Excel;
  • Fluent in English, verbally and in writing, and preferably fluent Dutch.

Desirable Requirements

  • Intercultural sensitivity and affinity with the international development sector
  • Overseas work experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • Written and verbal fluency in French

Details of the position

The role of Fundraising Officer is embedded in the function group Support Officer, with a salary depending on qualifications and experience, in IRC salary scale 12 as stated in the IRC CAO. Part of our competitive benefits package are a 13th month and 35 leave days based on a full-time working week of 40 hours. IRC welcomes applicants of any nationality. The post will require obtaining a working permit for the Netherlands (granted automatically for EU citizens), and being physically based in the Netherlands.

Interested candidates are kindly requested to respond with a motivation letter explaining their interest in the position, and curriculum vitae latest by 9 am Monday 20th May 2019, to IRC to the attention of Ms. Coline van der Ven, via email: or by mail to P.O. Box 82327, 2508 EH, The Hague, the Netherlands.

Job interviews will be scheduled for the week of 27 May 2019. For additional information please visit contact Ms. Bryony Stentiford, on tel. +31 (0)70 304 4000.

About IRC

IRC is an international think-and-do tank that works with governments, NGOs, entrepreneurs and people around the world to find long-term solutions to the global crisis in water, sanitation and hygiene services. At the heart of its mission is the aim to move from short-term interventions to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

IRC implements long-term programmes in a number of selected countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and implements a wide variety of smaller projects in multiple countries. IRC is an internationally operating organisation with offices in The Hague (NL), Ghana, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Ethiopia and the USA.

In support to achieving our mission, IRC aims to attract and maintain a highly performing international team of professionals working from different parts of the world.