Fundraising Capacity Building Facilitator

Contract: permanent – 100% 

Starting date: March 2017

Location: MSF Office in Europe - to be discussed

Deadline for applications: 22 January 2017 


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, as well as implements international projects and initiatives as requested.


Fundraising is a highly technical specialized business and successful fundraising programmes require knowledgeable and professional staff that cannot be quickly trained. At the same time, there is a clear lack of skilled fundraisers in many markets. Demand outstrips supply: more specialised fundraising roles are being created in organisations at all levels from assistants up, and in many occasions, there aren’t enough skilled professionals to fill them. And this is not solely an issue in new fundraising markets.

In this context, MSF wants to develop a formal fundraising skill-sharing program with mechanisms to encourage experience and knowledge transfer. Given MSF’s decentralised fundraising structure, the fundraising capacity building model will be based on skill-sharing between fundraisers in different countries, as opposite to a central support team.

The Fundraising Capacity Building Facilitator is a newly created position to support the definition and lead the implementation and coordination of the new MSF’s fundraising capacity building model.


The Fundraising Capacity Building Facilitator is part of the Fundraising team of MSF International. He/she reports to International Fundraising Coordinator and works closely with key staff in all sections and offices of MSF.         


The Fundraising Capacity Building Facilitator coordinates the management of fundraising knowledge within the organization in order to ensure that MSF’s fundraising principles and standards, knowledge and best practices are widely shared, understood and utilised by fundraisers across the movement in order to fulfil MSF’s fundraising ambitions as defined in the Global Private Fundraising Strategic Framework.


  • Design and manage fundraising trainings and best practice sharing tools as included in the new fundraising capacity building program.
  •  Promote a culture of best practice sharing and knowledge transfer between fundraisers internationally.
  • Establish effective planning of training opportunities, materials, workshop content, schedules and attendance.
  • In collaboration with the WG sponsors, lead the development and execution of skills training and best practice sharing workshops or clinics on specialized areas of fundraising.
  • Ensure that all WGs maintain regular activity according to their annual plans and provide support as required.
  • Produce or coordinate the production of international training and induction fundraising tools and material.
  • Prepare briefings and/or presentations when needed.
  • Assess skill sharing effectiveness and summarize evaluation reports determining the impact of trainings on fundraisers skills
  • Identify best practices and skilled fundraisers along the movement and develop tools to facilitate liaison between knowledge needs and assets.
  • Conduct organization wide needs assessment and identify skills or knowledge gaps that need to be addressed.


Skills and experience

  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, or related field. Additional certification in capacity building and knowledge management will be considered as an asset.
  • At least 5 years of experience in leading fundraising positions in non-profit organizations.
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience including leading other managers.
  • Demonstrated time management, project management and organizational skills, with the ability to meet deadlines and produce quality results.
  • Ability to work in network and capacity to work effectively in a multicultural environment


  • Commitment to MSF Principles
  • Cross-cultural Awareness
  • Strategic Vision
  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Planning and Organising
  • Initiative and Innovation
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Networking and Building Relationships

Starting date: March 2017

Contract: 100%, Permanent contract

Location: MSF office in Europe - to be discussed

Deadline for applications: 22 January 2017

Please submit all applications only by email to: stating "Int’l Fundraising Capacity Building Facilitator” in the title.

Please submit only one file containing your CV and cover letter and name the file with your last name only.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.