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Fundraising Manager XXX

Graines de Paix is searching for a motivated and talented Fundraising Manager to take the lead on our fundraising efforts. The ideal candidate will have a strong fundraising track record, excellent networking abilities and an appetite to grow with our organization.

Please note: this job offer is in English only.

Graines de Paix Foundation

Graines de Paix is driven by the urgency to bring forward another type of education. It brings together the deeper learning needs of children and the need to preserve the world. It combines school fulfillment, violence prevention, well-being in class and societal peace. The organization develops and delivers teaching resources, national training programs and school interventions.

It also empowers communities to appreciate such education. They learn how to treat their girls fairly and to value them. It develops community training tools as well as radio/TV programs for the general public.

Established in 2005 in Geneva, it has become in 15 years a key leader in Quality education. It is an international NPO with ECOSOC status since 2012 and has strong endorsement by education authorities. It won the 2019 Smart Peace Prize (Leaders for Peace Foundation). The prize recognizes its major education transformation work for peace. These achievements have led it to become a foundation in late 2020.

Graines de Paix is active in Switzerland, France and West Africa. It receives funds from UNICEF, the Swiss Development Agency (SDC), the city of Geneva, various foundations and private donors. It has signed agreements with Tunisia, Lebanon and Senegal that deserve financing.

Key responsibilities

Fundraising is a core part of our model. It supports our core costs and enables us to develop innovative educational programs. Your role is to manage existing partnerships with funders and bring in new funders. We have ambitious plans to increase the current fundraising target of CHF 2 million.

  • You will report to the President and be an active member of the Management team.
  • Your mission will be to shape our fundraising and supporting activities.
  • You will join a dynamic team of experts in international program management and innovative pedagogy.

A dedicated team will provide you with support capacities.
Aspects of the role may evolve over time.

Specific responsibilities

Non-exhaustive list:

  • Work closely with the President, the Foundation Council and the Management team.
  • Develop our fundraising activities and communications strategy to grow our income.
  • Build a strong pipeline of new funders.
    These include trusts, foundations, corporate funders and private donors
  • Expand Graines de Paix’s philanthropy networks and relationships.
  • Strengthen relationships with funders for securing larger and longer-term support
  • Submit high-quality bids for funding and secure significant new funding
  • Write up cases for support, development plans and other fundraising documents.
  • Build strong internal relationships to ensure close ties with project delivery teams.
  • Create, develop and maintain an effective CRM system to manage donor relations.

On communications, your role is to:

  • define the annual communications plan
  • heighten recognition of Graines de Paix’s mission as a major and urgent cause to fund
  • manage, develop and optimize our website, e-shop, crowdfunding campaigns and social media
  • create all print & electronic materials for fundraising activities
  • organize our non-profit events, follow up our invitees and coordinate our Events volunteer team.

You will be supported here by our Digital communications Officer and our volunteer teams.

Personal skills

We are looking for a dynamic professional that is:

  • an ambitious self-starter with a solid and successful fundraising track record
  • looking to make a step up in responsibility
  • at ease working in close collaboration with colleagues and trustees.
  • strongly motivated to shape the fundraising function
  • committed to set up best practices
  • highly attentive to detail.

You share our passion for bringing about Full Quality Education

including :

  • education equity, success and fulfillment
  • violence and radicalization prevention
  • societal peace and respect for nature.

You believe in your ability to make a sustained positive impact in this quest.
You are keen to use and develop your network of philanthropy contacts.

    Professional skills and experience (5-10 years)

    1. Convincing experience of fundraising for NGOs
      covering both development and account management.
      Experience with institutional donors, foundations, corporates, HNW individuals.

    2. Experience in leading the funding cycle from beginning to completion, including:
    • conducting donor mapping and identifying new international and Swiss funders
    • producing persuasive and innovative funding applications
    • securing large multi-annual grants (> CHF 100,000), including for M&E projects
    • developing other forms of funding
    • stewarding, delivering and growing existing funder relationships
    • using and improving CRMs to record and track our funding actions and interactions.

    3. Strong management skills, including:

    • excellent organizational skills for managing employees, interns and volunteers
    • the ability to manage and prioritize a varied workload
    • empathetic relationship-management skills across diverse audiences and organizations
    • excellent oral and written communications and presentation skills in English & French
    • proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook contacts management.

    Terms & Conditions

    Contract duration

    Working hours


    Flexible working

    Start date



    Full time, 40 hours per week

    25 days p.a + 9 Geneva public holidays

    Open to flexible hours and remote working

    As soon as possible

    Graines de Paix office (Geneva*) and from home
    * Geneva center, a few meters from most bus stops and just by the Cornavin rail station.

    To apply

    Please send the following:

    • your CV and cover letter

    • recommendation letters
    • a specimen of one of your funding requests (Letter + CN).

    by e-mail only to:
    candidatures (at)*

    with the subject title :
    Application-Fundraising Manager – NAME First name.

    Closing date:
    January 25, 2021.


    * Before applying, please first read the following:

    - Preselection criteria
    - How to apply and submit
    - Responses to applications
    - Graines de Paix website contents
    - Our downloadable documents

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    Fundraising Manager (pdf)

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