Center for Civilians
in Conflict (CIVIC) is an international non-profit organization
with working to improve protection of civilians caught in conflict
zones. CIVIC envisions a world in which no civilian is harmed in
conflict. We support communities affected by conflict in their
quest for protection and strengthen the resolve and capacity of
armed actors to prevent and respond to civilian harm. While global
attention is often focused on the plight of refugees fleeing
conflict, CIVIC works to protect those caught in active warzones
but unable to escape. These populations often include the most
vulnerable groups like the elderly, the sick or disabled and those
lacking the resources to flee. CIVIC believes Civilians are not
“collateral damage” and civilian harm is not an unavoidable
consequence of conflict — civilian harm can and must be
Working to strengthen community-based self-protection
strategies, while sensitising officials and militaries and
facilitating dialogue between affected populations and armed
actors, CIVIC’s unique approach is producing pragmatic solutions
and changing mindsets. High-level officials have begun using our
words to describe the need for civilian protection in armed
conflict. CIVIC’s thought leadership on civilian protection is
furthermore supported by rigorous research, advocacy, and policy
work. We measure success in the short-term by the improved
well-being of civilians caught in a conflict and in the long-term
by shifts in how parties to conflict conduct themselves, with
increased effort to avoid civilian harm.
CIVIC counts on a diverse and growing funding portfolio to
implement its programming, including restricted and unrestricted
funds from government, multilateral, foundation and private
donors. These include, among others, Open Society
Foundations, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Swedish Postcode Lottery and
the governments of Sweden, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland and the
Netherlands. CIVIC expects to raise around $16M this year to
continue its vital work.
CIVIC seeks an experienced and self-starting development
professional to help forge new and grow existing partnerships in
the foundation space. The Foundation Partnership Manager will focus
on an assigned portfolio of donor institutions, supporting the
Development Director in her external engagement while managing
day-to-day donor relations and complex application processes with a
high degree of independence.
The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of
partnerships with foundations, especially those investing in the
development, humanitarian, conflict or human rights space. We are
ideally looking for someone with experience across a broad spectrum
from small private/family foundations to large institutional
foundations, preferably including funders in North America, Europe
and/or other markets. Candidates should be intimately familiar with
the technical intricacies of institutional bidding and grant-making
processes and have a successful fundraising track record.
The Partnerships Manager (Foundations) works as part of a
high-performing team of development professionals with specialist
expertise across the government, multilateral, foundation and
private philanthropy space. They will also collaborate closely with
CIVIC colleagues across numerous geographies, time-zones and
Scope of the job
As a vital member of the Development team, the Partnerships
- Leads on day-to-day engagement with a set of assigned
foundation donors, in close consultation with the Development
- Initiates, cultivates, manages, and stewards relationships with
foundation funders, expanding an existing portfolio with the goal
of increasing revenue from the foundation sector.
- Together with the Director, develops and implements engagement
strategies for foundation donors, based on thorough research and
analysis of target institutions and their decision-making
structures, as well as of broader political, economic and funding
- Identifies new funding opportunities and initiates/leads
necessary bid approval discussions with all internal
- Coordinates complex proposal and donor reporting processes,
ensuring seamless collaboration with relevant program and finance
- Negotiates and facilitates funding arrangements and grant
- Works with all relevant teams to communicate donor requirements
and expected standards; ensure grant compliance and adequate donor
servicing; and where necessary, propose reforms and (co-)develop
solutions to bring CIVIC (and development team) standards and
practices in line with, often stringent donor expectations.
- Maintains thorough and well-organized records of all relevant
donor intel and grant data, using agreed systems and tech
- Fully participates in a wide range of strategic, operational
and management discussions and processes, contributing to
organization-wide efforts to maximize efficiency, transparency and
Donor Engagement and Business Development
- Helps to raise and grow income from a set of foundation donors
(as well as pooled donor funds, where appropriate).
- Cultivates foundation donor relationships to build trust-based
long-term relationships and unlock new grants and core
- Works with other team members to systematically expand
strategic donor communications.
- Prepares for and coordinates donor events and meetings.
Proposal Development (40%)
- Coordinates and produces top-quality proposals, managing
complex internal communications across teams and ensuring the end
result consistently meets deadlines, donor expectations and the
highest competitive standards.
- Implements grant policies and processes, including approvals to
pursue opportunities, submits proposals, and requests program or
Internal Communication (20%)
- Has the ability to build strong relationships across all teams
and departments, taking time to learn about colleague’s priorities
and constraints, and facilitate fruitful collaborations.
- Collaborates and works in unison with two Government
Partnerships Managers and an Individual Giving Manager to ensure
concise messaging and no duplication of effort.
- Effectively communicates to raise organization-wide awareness
of development objectives, donor requirements and the team’s
current and future priorities.
- Applies skill and diplomacy to prevent or resolve internal
conflicts, miscommunications or frustration.
Prospect Research and Data Management (10%)
- Researches, identifies and reviews suitable grant opportunities
and requests for proposals (RFPs) and advises the Development
Director and relevant program teams on whether to pursue or
- Compiles and shares comprehensive donor intelligence for the
assigned donor portfolio.
- Maintains accurate records and regularly updates relevant donor
data, using Salesforce and other agreed platforms.
- 5+ years experience and record of success in non-profit
fundraising, preferably in the field of conflict prevention,
international affairs, development or human rights.
- Significant knowledge and expertise in institutional donor
engagement in the foundations space.
- Background or interest in human rights, development,
international security, conflict resolution and/or
- Master's degree preferred.
- Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
- Deep experience in proposal development, grant management and
donor servicing in the public sector space.
- Personal maturity and an ability to establish and maintain
cooperative working relationships with internal and external
interlocutors, maintaining a calm, reassuring, and objective
attitude at all times.
- Experience working in international or highly diverse,
multi-cultural contexts and across time zones.
- Excellent time management and an ability to handle tight
deadlines and deliver complex tasks under pressure, while
maintaining mental flexibility and showing exceptional attention to
- Technological proficiency, including in the Microsoft Office
Suite/Google Applications. Experience with Salesforce and/or
Raisers Edge a clear benefit.
- Understanding and use of donor/prospect research databases,
search engines, and systems.
Location: Washington D.C., New York or The
Hague, but could consider Brussels for exceptional candidates
(hybrid work options)
Salary: Up to $76k-$93k for USA; up to
€58k- €75k for The Hague or Brussels depending on experience.
Reports to: Development Director
Contract Type: Permanent Employment
CIVIC seeks to recruit, develop, and retain the most
talented people from a diverse candidate pool in the belief that
employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving our
goals. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse
backgrounds and experiences.
How to apply
Please send a letter of application no more than one page
outlining your motivation for the job and when you would be able to
start with your CV/resume maximum two pages in English and in
strict confidence by email only to Ruth Gardner at email@example.com.
Please ensure that they are sent as pdf documents with the
titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV” Please put
“CIVIC – Foundation Partnerships Manager” in the email subject
line. Also please let us know where you saw the post
The deadline for applications is Sunday 23rd of
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diversity, and inclusion. In recruiting candidates, we seek
candidates with the proven skills required, irrespective of race,
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