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Chief, Resource Mobilization

Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Dec 3, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking
Environment, International
Employment Type
Full Time
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The incumbent will establish and lead the Resource Mobilization function of the GEO Secretariat, which includes the financing of the Secretariat Trust Fund to its optimum level and soliciting large-scale investment in the GEO Work Programme.

Establish and maintain the resourcing of the GEO Trust Fund (+CH5 million annual budget) and generate investments in the GEO Work Program by targeting:

  • Government contributions and major donors: Identify, cultivate, and steward a portfolio of major donors with capacity to make major annual or multi-year contributions.
  • Individual donors: Solicit, efficiently manage, optimize, and scale individual donations.
  • Foundations: Research, write and prepare grant applications and funder reports.

 Develop and manage the communications mechanisms and procedures to support effective resource management. Oversee fundraising communication strategy, including seasonal campaigns major donor communications plan, digital tactic, etc.

Develop creative and impactful content, annual appeals, matching gift opportunities and other giving vehicles and reports that connect donors with the work of GEO.

Establish and maintain effective collaboration, partner closely with the Director of the Secretariat to leverage time effectively with major donors. Foster team culture across the entire organization.


Advanced university degree in Business Management or Social Sciences, communications, marketing, public relations or related field. Background in climate or sustainable finance strongly preferred.

At least 10 years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience leading and working with mid to high-net-worth donors across a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experience. Proven experience in managing a non-profit fundraising portfolio of at least US$3 million per year. Experience in effectively engaging and leading senior staff and Board members in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities. Ability to simultaneously manage and effectively prioritize a large number of fundraising activities. Experience working cross-functionally to meet grant proposal submission and reporting requirements.

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