Senior fundraising and partnership advisor

Country: Denmark
Organization: Danish Red Cross
Closing date: 3 Mar 2024

The IFRC Psychosocial Centre is looking for a fundraising and partnership advisor to join our international team in Copenhagen at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (PS Centre). The role is key to our organizational development, and we have chosen to re-advertise to make sure we find the right candidate.

As our senior fundraising and partnership advisor, you will work closely with a direct colleague on the fundraising portfolio, and in cooperation with the Communications team, the Management Team, and the Director of the Centre. You’ll play a key role in the PS Centre’s fundraising efforts and partnership building with current and new donors, and other strategic partners. A particular focus will be on institutional donors and private foundations, in addition to the International Red Cross Red Crescent network and other humanitarian stakeholders.

The annual turnover of the PS Centre is 2,5 million Euro with funding from National Societies, of which Danish Red Cross is the largest contributor, institutional donors (including DG Sante, Horizon Europe, USAID and UN donors) as well as private foundations. Our ambition is to expand our current funding base to increase our support for Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies across the world.

As a specialized Centre of Excellence, we support the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement comprising of 192 National Societies in promoting and enabling the mental health and psychosocial well-being of beneficiaries, staff and volunteers. We achieve this through 1) providing technical support, including trainings, assessments, support in conflict, disasters and other emergencies and long-term capacity building, 2) generating and sharing new knowledge, tools and approaches on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and 3) communication and advocacy efforts with relevant stakeholders.

The PS Centre consists of an international team of 25 full time staff with complementary technical, strategic, and managerial functions. Our day-to-day work is full of purpose, challenging, busy, and injected with humour and a positive spirit. We achieve most of our goals by working closely together and we highly value our collaborative working environment.

The position is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and some travel is expected.

Key tasks and responsibilities

  • Operationalise and contribute to the PS Centre’s fundraising plan, and identify potential donors and partners, and opportunities for new collaborations and projects, including with institutional donors (e.g., DG Sante, ECHO, UN, Donor Govts), bilateral donors and embassies, NGOs and research institutions, and private foundations.
  • Lead and coordinate fundraising initiatives and proposals in collaboration with other members of the team, as well as drafting narrative proposals and budgets.
  • Coordinate funding efforts related to partnerships with National Societies, including with a focus on emergency funding and ensure that all relevant agreements are in place.
  • Maintain existing donor relations and partnerships.
  • Liaise closely with relevant partners, including at the IFRC Secretariat in Geneva and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement as well as relevant external partners.

Experience and skills

  • Relevant university degree (social sciences, psychology, global health, development studies or similar)
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with fundraising and institutional donors (EU/ECHO, Danida, Donor Govts, UN) and private donors
  • Proven track-record with development, coordination, and writing (in English) of highly competitive fundraising concept notes and proposals.
  • Demonstrated skills in project cycle and financial management
  • Experience in working with Theory of Change approaches
  • Proven ability to build and manage strong partnerships with many different actors
  • Work experience from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and/or other humanitarian organizations is preffered
  • Experience of working with mental health and psychosocial support is an added advantage
  • Excellent skills in written and oral English; knowledge of Arabic, French, is an added value

Personal Profile

  • A structured, independent, and proactive approach to tasks
  • Excellent communication, coordination as well as networking and facilitation skills
  • Motivated, dedicated self-starter
  • Ability to meet deadlines, timely attention to detail, multi-task, and to work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to communicate persuasively and precisely in writing (in English)
  • Flair for budgets, and Microsoft Excel sheets or similar software programmes
  • Strong team-player skills and ability to work independently
  • Experience in working with people with different cultural backgrounds
  • Eager to contribute to a positive working environment

About the PS Centre

The IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (PS Centre) works under the framework of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) and supports National Societies in promoting and enabling the mental health and psychosocial well-being of beneficiaries, staff and volunteers. The PS Centre is hosted by Danish Red Cross.

In addition, the PS Centre collaborates with external research institutions and stakeholders in the field of MHPSS. Since 2016, the PS Centre has been co-chairing the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, which consists of more than 67 member organizations, and fosters a unique collaboration between NGOs, UN, International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, International Agencies, and academics, promoting best practices and coordination in MHPSS in emergencies.

Employment Conditions

Danish Red Cross is the legal employer, and the position is a local contract based in Copenhagen. The assignment will commence on 1. April 2024**,** or as soon as possible.

Salary level and benefits will be in accordance with the Danish Red Cross’ Collective Bargain Agreement. The position is classified for salary between DKK 42.300 -49.000 per month incl. pension, and according to qualifications and experience.

How to apply

Hiring managers name: Nana Wiedemann, Director of IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support.

For more information, kindly get in touch with PS Centre fundraising and partnership advisor, Mark Daniel Latona:

Application and CV in English are only accepted through the link: Red Cross – Senior fundraising and partnership advisor ( Only applications with a letter of motivation and a CV will be accepted.

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