Duty Station: United States (Washington DC
or New York preferred, Remote/Home Based will be
Team: Resource Mobilization
Line Manager: Senior Director, Resource
Grade Level: Specialist level 4, overall
Date Required: As soon as possible
Duration: One year with possibility to
date: 22 July 2022 at 23:59
Background About SEforALL
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is an international
organization working with leaders in government, the private sector
and civil society to drive further, faster action on Sustainable
Development Goal 7 (SDG7)—which calls for universal access to
sustainable energy by 2030—and the Paris Agreement, which calls for
reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate warming to well
below 2° Celsius. Achieving these goals requires a radical rethink
of the ways we produce, distribute and consume energy. SEforALL is
at the heart of this foundational shift, working to ensure no one
is left behind.
The then-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched
Sustainable Energy for All as a UN initiative in 2011. Now an
independent organization, we maintain close links with the UN,
including through a ten-year relationship agreement, partnerships
with UN agencies and with SEforALL's CEO acting as the UN
Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sustainable Energy
for All and as Co-Chair of UN-Energy. These roles include advising
the UN Secretary General and his staff on issues relating to
sustainable energy and the implementation of SDG7 and supporting
the coordination of sustainable energy issues in the United Nations
Aiming to achieve the ambitions of SDG7 in the context of the
Paris Agreement on climate change involves transformation at a
scale never undertaken before. Swift action is needed by leaders in
governments, companies, institutions, financiers, development
banks, unions, communities and civil society. As we progress
through the final decade (2020-2030) to achieve SDG7, SEforALL is
working to set the global agenda whilst supporting key countries
with policy development and implementation on the ground.
A charitable organization registered in Austria, Sustainable
Energy for All’s annual budget is approximately USD 10 million and
the organization is growing. Its donors include IKEA
Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies,
the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, ClimateWorks Foundation, the
Clean Cooling Collaborative, Good Energies Foundation, Shell
Foundation, Google, Enel and the governments of the United States,
UK, Austria, Iceland, Italy and Switzerland. We work with the
United Nations foundation as a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor in the
United States, and with UNOPS in Denmark as a fund manager.
Context and Objective of Assignment
Resource Mobilization is responsible for all aspects of securing
resources for the organization’s work from the donor community
including governments, multilateral agencies, philanthropies,
corporations and individuals. The programme identifies prospective
donors, advances funding conversations, writes proposals and
grants, manages negotiations with donors and oversees contracting,
and ensures relationship management with key donors and ambassadors
for the organization.
Purpose/Objective of the Role
The main objective of the role is to identify, engage, cultivate
and solicit a portfolio of funding prospects, with a strong focus
on foundations as well as individuals with capacity of multi-year
support in the range of at least USD 500,000 to 2+ million to
support SEforALL’s work.
Duties and Tasks for the Role
The main duties and tasks of the role include, but are not
- Manage a portfolio of circa 25-30 potential foundation and/or
high net worth prospects including identification and qualification
working with our prospect research lead based in Vienna; Engagement
and cultivation working with our programme leads as well as the
Senior Director, Resource Mobilization; and stewardship of the
prospect through the full cycle of funding and ensuring pipeline
- Work with colleagues across SEforALL to advance funding based
on donor interest, with a particular focus on energy access and
climate philanthropy but also exploring funding opportunities at
the nexus with women’s empowerment and health.
- Develop funding materials including slide decks, concept notes
and proposals that meet our quality standards and articulate
clearly SEforALL’s case for support.
- Conduct and support grant writing, negotiation, contracting and
project set-up for successful funding approaches and to see through
all steps to successful conclusion.
- Partner with our communications team to keep abreast of
SEforALL’s progress, key updates and messaging.
- Input and maintain clean, accurate prospect and donor data to
enable the Resource Mobilization team to efficiently fundraise and
report on outputs to volunteer and institutional leadership.
- Support Resource Mobilization team and programme leaders with
prospect research and meeting preparation/follow up including
drafting briefings and meeting notes.
- Support SEforALL’s inclusion in key platforms that can
facilitate philanthropic fundraising
- Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing in own work
area to bring about awareness and understanding, as well as utilise
SEforALL systems and process to share the knowledge. e.g.
- Other tasks and duties as may be required
Specific Competencies for the Role
- A Master’s degree in sustainable development, international
relations, business management, political science, international
economics, law, public administration, or a related field.
- Minimum ten years of relevant and progressively responsible
experience, preferably gained in an institutional fund-raising role
related to climate change and/or sustainable energy within the
public, non-profit or philanthropic sectors.
- A professional network of relationships in the philanthropic
donor community related to climate change, sustainable energy,
women’s empowerment and/or health, with a strong preference for
climate and energy networks in this mix.
- Demonstrated understanding of the mechanics and requirements of
effective institutional fundraising processes/systems, and of
effective donor management processes/systems.
- Excellent project management skills built in a resource
- Excellent relationship management built in a resource
- Proficiency in and understanding of the Salesforce CRM platform
with respect to managing prospect and fundraising pipelines.
- Excellent writing skills, including the ability to distil down
complex information and information written for technical audiences
and summarise this clearly for funders.
- Excellent command of MS Powerpoint and proficiency in the
preparation and presentation of slide decks.
- Demonstrated understanding of the ways on which non-profit
initiatives can generate change and progress, including the
concepts of theory of change.
- Ability to understand and present budgets, budget summaries and
funding projections clearly and concisely.
- Proven ability to perform clear analysis and research, and
present findings concisely.
- Excellent oral and written command of English.
General Competencies for the Role
- Innovation and Adaptability: Has expert skills and commitment
to search for and produce innovative and creative approaches to
activities. Is flexible to evolving circumstances, as well as
actively helps others in doing so
- Resilience and Emotional Intelligence: Has expert knowledge in
the concepts of resilience and emotional intelligence. Is able to
remain calm in challenging situations, to cope with setbacks, is
responsive to the emotions of others and maintains a very high
level of performance.
- Analytical and Strategic Thinking: Has an expert level of
analytical and strategic thinking skills. Gathers and processes
demanding information, develops innovative solutions and
contributes by presenting topics/approaches in cross functional
groups as well as decision making teams
- Collaboration and Partnership: Demonstrates expert initiative
and abilities to collaborate and form partnerships in own area of
responsibility, across teams and externally. Builds and maintains
effective relationships at all levels inside and outside the
organisation. Displays team-oriented attitude contributing to
creating a positive team spirit.
- Lead and Empower: Builds alignment and commitment and
demonstrates initiative and role model behaviour in working with
others. Takes responsibility for own work activities and personal
actions and carries out the commitments agreed upon. May supervise
volunteers and other junior staff members under their
- Political and diplomatic understanding: Has an expert level of
political and diplomatic understanding
- Communicating information: Has expert skills in communicating
information and uses the skills effectively in the own scope of
work and regularly in others’ work. Actively promotes improvement
of communication skills within the team.
- Research and Analytics: Has expert skills in research and
analytics. Promotes the use of data within the team and to
contribute to wider decision making.
- Project Management: Has expert skills in project management.
Plans and organises their own work using project management tools
in support of achieving the team’s objectives. Actively promotes
use of project management as a tool to enhance efficiency.
Sometimes manages own projects and programmes.
- Client Orientation / Striving for Excellence: Has expert skills
in client orientation and strives for excellence. Serves as a role
model and contributes to the development of a client orientated
attitude in their team. Ensures long-term relationships internally
and externally through developing suitable services.
Our Values - please refer to our core
values as defined here: https://www.seforall.org/who-we-are/staff/our-values"
Salary information: SEforALL has
adopted its own salary scales corresponding to the SEforALL grading
system. The minimum yearly salary for
this position is USD 90,575. The actual
salary offer will be determined within the scale depending on the
successful candidate’s qualification and experience, and applying
the principle of internal equity. In addition to the base salary,
SEforALL staff receive a benefits package that includes
contribution to pension, contribution to health insurance &
- SEforALL offers exciting high-impact assignments, a collegial
and creative work environment, and the opportunity for committed
professionals to thrive and grow within flat hierarchies and in the
pursuit of an inspiring mission.
- SEforALL provides competitive compensation packages at its
locations in Vienna, Washington DC and New York City, and
flexibility and result orientated modern workplace
- Qualified female candidates and candidates from developing
countries are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Applications received after the closing date will not be
- SEforALL reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level
below the advertised level of the post.
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