Resource Mobilization Coordinator

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has an opening in its Geneva offices for a





Starting date:  1 January 2020

Closing date for applications:  15 September 2019

Duration of contract:  initial contract of 5 years

Candidates for this position require a church endorsement



The Department for Theology, Mission and Justice (DTMJ) is primarily responsible for programs and themes geared towards supporting the presence and witness of the member churches (MCs) of the Lutheran World Federation – a Communion of Churches (LWF) globally and locally.  DTMJ also houses the advocacy unit of the LWF.

DTMJ develops theological reflection that articulates the understanding of being Lutheran churches in communion. It discerns and addresses issues that represent theological challenges to the churches today and require global reflection. It supports, equips and strengthens LWF MCs in holistic mission.

DTMJ programs are related to Theological Studies, Church in Mission and Action for Justice and cover a wide area of themes.

The main purpose of this position is to support LWF mission and strategy in developing and securing funding for DTMJ programs through donors’ relation management, grants management and reporting.

The incumbent overviews all funding needs and donors’ requirements for DTMJ programs. S-he provides orientation, guidance and support on funding issues to DTMJ programs staff, for programs that are locally implemented, in coordination with World Service colleagues. It requires a certain level of agility and a capacity to innovate and create synergies between funders and implementers.


Required Qualifications

  • University degree in fundraising or related degree combined with relevant job experience.
  • Training on government /institutional grant management.
  • Fluent English and one other LWF language required.  Other LWF languages desirable.
  • Advanced user in office suite, database and Content Management System.

Additional Study and Experience

  • Proven track record of successfully fundraising large projects/programs and managing partners and donors’ relations.
  • Minimum 3-year international experience in the area of fundraising with global donors, preferably within faith-based/ecumenical organizations.
  •  Proven ability to work and report with various project frameworks including UN, EU and back donors.
  • Experience in training others in fundraising methods.

LWF Core Skills

  • Achieving results – level high
  • Accountability – level high
  • Working effectively with others – level high
  • Analytical thinking – level high
  • Initiative – level confirmed
  • Leadership – level confirmed

Required Skills

  • Resources management / fundraising including technical proposal writing – level high
  • Communication / Networking / Promotion – level high
  • Facilitation / Negotiation – level high
  • Innovation – level confirmed
  • Project management – level confirmed

Position Environment and Dimensions

Internally, mainly interacts with the DTMJ and World Service program staff, PMER and finance staff, with communication team, and with other resources mobilization officers in the Departments for World Service and Income Development Office of the Department for Planning and Coordination, as well as with LWF regional secretaries and other relevant staff.

Externally, interacts and cooperates with member churches, donors and related agencies, ecumenical organizations, UN, INGOs, government agencies, and any other LWF stakeholders on DTMJ themes and programs.

Extensive travel of more than 20 days per year.

Main Duties

Resource Mobilization

Responsible for the development and implementation of the DTMJ Resource Mobilization plan.

Works closely with program staff to keep abreast of program content and awareness of program funding needs.

Develops, writes, coordinates requirements and submits quality proposal/s on time, in collaboration with the concerned staff.

Develops relationships with various donors, national or international, public or private, institutional or individual, member churches or ecumenical organizations.

Ensures that the approved grants are compliant with visibility and communications requirements of donors and in line with the LWF strategy, core commitments, ethical standards, and policies.

Manages and monitors the approved grants portfolio of DTMJ as per the contractual agreements with Donors.

Engages with donor relationship management specific to DTMJ programmatic funding.

Supports the development and implementation of CO fundraising strategy.

Expertise, Support, Learning and Development

Leads DTMJ staff on strategic engagement with key funding partners and development of potential fundraising networks.

Supports the stewardship of resources in the CO in order to make best use of the available funding.

Researches and monitors strategically the fundraising trends, activities and practices. Identifies trends and priorities with existing and potential donors.

Active member of the cross-departmental Staff Working Team on Resource Mobilization.

Contributes actively to sustainable knowledge management and continuous improvement.

Communication and Promotion

As the DTMJ Resource Mobilization focal point, represents LWF and networks with related organizations and key institutional and international donors to promote DTMJ programs.

Explores new funding opportunities in-country, internationally and in Switzerland.

Ensures a good visibility and updated information flow within LWF for his-her area of responsibility.

Ensures the information on DTMJ program funding is available at all times.

Special Duties

As may be assigned by the supervisor.

Major Challenges

In addition to being a new position developed in a context of restructuring, the challenge is to contribute to the smooth functioning of the Action for Justice as it brings together experiences from MCs and from World Service programs.


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