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Principal Specialist (Philanthropy), Resource Mobilization

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jul 22, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Grant Administration, Government Relations and Advocacy, Program Administration and Management
Environment, International, Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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Duty Station: United States (Washington DC or New York preferred, Remote/Home Based will be considered)) 

Team: Resource Mobilization

Line Manager: Senior Director, Resource Mobilization

Grade Level: Specialist level 4, overall level 7

Date Required: As soon as possible

Duration: One year with possibility to extend

Closing date: 22 July 2022 at 23:59 CET


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 system.  

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 limited to:

  • 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 development.
  • 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. Salesforce.
  • 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 mobilization setting
  • Excellent relationship management built in a resource mobilization setting
  • 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 responsibility.
  • 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.

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Salary informationSEforALL 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 & homeworking allowance.

Additional Considerations

  • 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 arrangements.
  • Qualified female candidates and candidates from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • SEforALL reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.


Your data will not be passed on to third parties outside SEforALL. We will only use your data to the extent necessary for the purposes of selecting personnel in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations.

 We will only disclose your personal information if we are required to do so by a court´s or administrative authority´s decision. In such a case, we will inform you as soon as possible of such an order so that you can take legal action against it if necessary. Please email to if you require updates to your information in accordance with Art. 5 lit. d of the GDPR 


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