Philanthropy Advisor | WWF
Philanthropy Advisor

Posted on 30 July 2019

Location: Gland, Switzerland

WWF launched a new strategy that harnesses the strengths of the WWF network in a shared vision, focussing on six major goals - water, wildlife, the ocean, climate and energy, forests, and food – and three key drivers of environmental problems – markets, finance and governance.
In support of this strategy WWF undertook a redesign of its international secretariat that will further unite WWF offices and its near 6,400 staff around the world. This will help WWF to build stronger partnerships across the world with government, business, civil society and individuals. Together, we will deliver on WWF’s ambitious goals.
We are recruiting the role of Philanthropy Advisor for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our new ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.


WWF International in Gland, Switzerland

Work percentage:


Contract type:

Fixed-term contract of 1 year with a possibility to convert to an open ended contract

Mission of the Department :

To raise funds for the Secretariat, WWF’s conservation programme, and support collective fundraising efforts by the Network.

Major Functions:

  1. The Philanthropy Advisor will be accountable for managing specific grants, including the external and internal contracting process, donor reporting, concept and proposal developments – ensuring high quality and timely delivery of all donor products.
    • Manage a portfolio of major donors and foundations to generate major gifts towards the annual income targets.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Manage a portfolio of major donors and foundations in order to generate and maintain major gifts for  WWF’s global work and specific conservation projects.
  • Responsible for stewarding a portfolio of donors and foundations by: compiling and sending conservation news and updates when appropriate to donors, preparing donor reports with the contribution from conservation teams and Project Finance Unit, sending reports to donors, renewing gifts that come to an end, send thank you and acknowledgment letters to donors.
  • Responsible for managing those gifts/grants by ensuring: internal contracting for restricted gifts and sending of funds to the field in collaboration with the Project Finance Unit.  
2. In collaboration with the Director, Philanthropy and Relationship Managers:
  • Responsible for the planning and timely implementation of all grant management processes and development of products, including:
    • Coordinate with the field implementation offices to prepare clear answers to donors’ questions, reviewing and editing them as necessary and finalizing compelling documents donors.
    • Develop presentations or other communication material to illustrate project progress for donor meetings, for the relationship team to be prepared.
    • Responsible for the timely development of quality concepts and highly customized, compelling funding proposals to renew grants, scale up existing partnerships or developing new ones.
    • Track all products that need to be developed as part of his/her grants management portfolio.
    • Responsible for the quality and timely reporting of grants managed, working with the Relationship Manager, Fundraising Communication Manager, Project Finance Unit, and the field implementing offices - as needed.
    • Coordinate the internal contracting process with the Project Finance Unit.
    • Support Relationship manager in the external contracting process and coordinate with Project Finance Unit – as needed.


Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum undergraduate university degree; preferably in sciences, communication or public relations.
  • At least three years’ experience in grant management, communication or relationship management in the field of major donor or foundations fundraising.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of major gift fundraising requirements, processes and products.
Required Skills and Competencies:
  • Strong interpersonal and communicating skills in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent writing skills in French and English
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail;
  • Good knowledge of and passionate about environmental issues and conservation
  • High ethical standards of behavior, good judgment, respect for others, confidentiality
  • Energetic, proactive and capable of working independently as well as being an active member of the team;
  • Flexible and creative with an aptitude for solving problems; positive attitude.
  • Reliable, multitasking, working well on parallel and tight deadlines.
  • Diplomatic skills with sensitivity to political issues and good negotiation skills
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.
  • Demonstrates WWF behaviours in ways of working: strive for impact, listen deeply, collaborate openly and innovate fearlessly.

Working Relationships: 
Internal: Interacts regularly with Conservation Programmes, Relationship Managers, Fundraising Communication Manager, Project finance Unit, Management staff of WWF International and the WWF network.
External: Interacts with existing mid-size major donors, planned gift contributors and their advisors.

How to apply?

Please follow guidelines on our recruitment platform. We will not consider applications without a CV and Covering Letter.

Deadline for applications: by 14th August 2019.
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Work permit restrictions may apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

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