International Fundraising Coordinator

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International Fundraising Coordinator

Job description

Location: Any MSF office

Contract: 3 years mandate, renewable – max 6 years

Full-time position

Reporting to: Deputy to the Secretary General

Starting date: September 2021

Deadline to apply: 27 May 2021


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 23 sections, 25 associations and other offices together, providing political oversight, coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, as well as implementing international projects and initiatives as requested. MSF International also provides administrative support to the MSF Access Campaign. Within MSF International, the International Office (IO) is the Secretariat of MSF International Board and is under the direct management of the Secretary General.


MSF operational independence is enabled by our financial independence; 98 per cent of our funding comes from private sources, most of it donated by engaged individuals giving small amounts. In 2020 MSF had a private income of 1,818 million euros raised across 34 fundraising markets.

In line with its governance, MSF’s fundraising structure is highly decentralised, and the fundraising objectives and strategies implemented in the different MSF fundraising markets are developed and decided by the national fundraising teams. A Global Private Fundraising Framework (GPS), collaboratively developed, provides strategic guidance to MSF sections/offices and defines the main strategic fundraising priorities. Currently MSF is running the GPS 2.0 covering the period of 2020-2023.

In order to ensure good intersectional coordination, strategy setting and timely decision-making on international issues, MSF works with international functional platforms. The International Fundraising Coordinator (IFrC) is the chair of the Fundraising platform (DirFund), representing the national fundraising teams. The DirFund is composed by 5 elected fundraising directors from different countries and leads the process of development and implementation of the GPS.


The IFrC:

  • Reports to the Deputy to the Secretary General;
  • Leads the IO fundraising team consisting of three people in various locations;
  • Is the Chair of the DirFund platform;
  • Facilitates the links between fundraisers and other key related MSF platforms and groups (Finance Directors, Directors of Communication, Directors of Operations, Funding units, Executive Committee, International Board…);
  • Works very closely with the International Finance Coordinator and the International Communications Coordinator;
  • Is part of the International Office (IO) management team and actively contributes to and implements the IO international multiyear plan.


The overall purpose of this position is to be a focal point and to play a coordination role among MSF sections and branch offices on fundraising related issues, ensuring that MSF maintains an international, strategic, long-term approach to the generation of income to support its operational ambitions. This position is empowered by the MSF fundraisers in order to help them meet their needs and achieve their fundraising goals. It is first and foremost a coordinating position that chairs the DirFund and plays an important role in influencing MSF’s fundraising vision for the future.


Development and implementation of the MSF Global Fundraising Strategic Framework

Coordinate the development, and drive and monitor the implementation of the GPS; the IFrC together with the DirFund Platform will:

  • Keep abreast of sector and market trends and transmit them to the relevant internal actors;
  • Coordinate the plan to run a highly participatory process for the development and implementation of the multiyear global strategic framework;
  • Monitor the implementation of the MSF global private fundraising strategic framework and propose corrective measures if need be;
  • Provide support in assessing the fundraising potential of new markets with no MSF institutional presence;
  • Provide support and advice on fundraising investments in existing sections;
  • Play a proactive coordination role regarding fundraising during emergencies;
  • Explore new fundraising opportunities for MSF, contribute to and coordinate international fundraising initiatives such as global corporate deals, international campaigns, etc.

Coordination of and among platforms on fundraising issues

  • Organize, facilitate and follow-up DirFund meetings, including the collective definition of agendas and ensuring production and distribution of minutes in a timely fashion;
  • Organize and facilitate the annual International Fundraising Meeting with fundraising directors from all MSF sections and branch offices;
  • Facilitate fundraising communication within the MSF network and promote fundraising issues according to the priorities of the DirFund and in response to requests from MSF Executive Committee (ExCom), International Board (IB) and other international platforms to ensure that issues/concerns/decisions/recommendations relating to fundraising are followed through on by appropriate platforms and groups;
  • Provide support and advice to the ExCom and the IB on fundraising related issues, using DirFund input when necessary;
  • Work closely with the International Communication Coordinator to ensure strong links and synergies between communication and fundraising initiatives at an international level;
  • Work closely with the International Finance Coordinator to ensure strong links and synergies between financial and fundraising initiatives at an international level;
  • Collaborate with the Finance Directors platform and other relevant stakeholders to develop stronger mechanisms to support restricted income fundraising;
  • Represent MSF at the International Fundraising Leadership Forum and other fundraising bodies in the INGO sector maintaining strong connections to peers and fundraising leaders.

Lead the IO fundraising team

  • Lead, motivate and manage the IO fundraising team consisting of three people according to the priorities established at the International Multiyear Plan and the values and expected behaviour defined by the team;
  • Identify the international resources required to implement the international fundraising priorities and propose the most effective structure to cover those;
  • Is responsible for the budgets for all activities of the IO fundraising team and the IO fundraising planning and budgeting processes.

Forecasting and monitoring results

  • Oversee and actively participate in the process of private income projections consolidation and forecasting review, particularly the activities linked to the MSF Resource Sharing Agreement (RSA) monitoring;
  • Ensure that MSF maintains relevant and consistent benchmarking tools at international level that give an overview of MSF fundraising performance and standards across sections/offices for informed decision making and cross-sectional learning and development;
  • Ensure MSF’s participation in the benchmarking projects managed by the International Fundraising Leadership Forum such as the “Peer Review” and disseminate the insights gained internally in MSF;
  • Coordinate the monitoring process of restricted income during periods of emergency fundraising;
  • Coordinate the regular monitoring of the evolution of new fundraising entities and their performance against initial business plans.

Fundraising capacity building

  • Oversee the international Capacity Building programme ensuring that it serves to fulfil the objectives and priorities established in the global private fundraising strategic framework and the actual sections/offices fundraising needs;
  • Facilitate the identification of synergies between sections and efficiencies of resources in the area of fundraising;
  • Proactively encourage sharing of information and experience for the purpose of learning, reducing duplication and achieving best practice;
  • Provide ad-hoc support and guidance on strategic fundraising issues as required from specific sections/offices;
  • Facilitate fundraising networking both internal, across the MSF global fundraising community and external, connecting MSF fundraisers with their peers in other organisations.

Development of common fundraising frameworks

  • Propose and develop common frameworks to ensure consistency on the principles and ethical standards of MSF fundraising activities, in areas such as gift acceptance policies, use of the MSF trademark, use of earmarked funds, accountability to donors, etc.

Job requirements

  • Genuine interest in, strong understanding of, and commitment to the humanitarian principles and challenges of MSF;
  • University degree or equivalent;
  • Extensive fundraising experience required*;
  • Experience in team building and management;
  • In-depth knowledge of fundraising techniques and channels both in the area of mass fundraising and one-to-one;
  • Extensive knowledge of the international fundraising environment and demonstrated experience in developing and implementing fundraising strategies;
  • Strong chairing and facilitation skills and ability to question and create positive tension between members of a platform;
  • Ability to track multiple projects at one time and to prioritize appropriately ongoing versus immediate needs;
  • Maturity, with excellent interpersonal and consensus-building skills;
  • Ability to work within deadlines while maintaining flexibility, tact and perseverance;
  • Dynamic, self-driven, enthusiastic, autonomous, problem solving, team member;
  • Excellent communication skills including fluent written and spoken English;
  • Regular travel will be required.

*Strong preference for fundraising experience with MSF. Candidates without MSF background but with extensive experience in a similar position in the INGO sector and willing to apply a strong principled approach to fundraising will also be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

At MSF, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.