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Job location: Berlin, Germany

Job grade: Head of Department

Working time: 100% / five days per week

Starting date: as soon as possible

SOS MEDITERRANEE Deutschland e. V. (SOS MED Germany) is employing a Head of Fundraising to implement strong core fundraising infrastructure and expand our funding base.

SOS MEDITERRANEE (SOS MED) is a rapidly growing network of humanitarian civil society associations. Currently it consists of three European associations in Germany, France and Italy. The network’s principal objectives are to save the lives of people in distress at the Mediterranean Sea, to protect and assist those who have been saved and to testify about the realities and the many faces of flight and migration.

In March 2016, SOS MED started operating its rescue ship Aquarius in the Mediterranean. The Aquarius is a 77-meter-long former fishery protection vessel, which has been adapted for search and rescue operations. Our ship has been the only civil society vessel operating without a break in the central Mediterranean since March 2016. SOS MED has partnered with established NGOs such as Médecins du Monde and Médecins Sans Frontières who provide medical care and psychological assistance aboard the Aquarius. In 2016 alone, SOS MED rescued over 7,000 people from distress at sea and provided care for another 4,000 who were taken on board from other ships.

SOS MED Germany is a charitable organization by German law and 99% of its funding comes from donations. Together with the Online Communications & Press Manager, the Head of Fundraising plays a key role in highlighting the activities of SOS MED to build a compelling public presence for SOS MED in Germany. The ideal candidate for this position will have several years of proven experience in fundraising and/or communications management, a willingness to learn and a passion for working side by side with young and motivated people to effectively tackle complex political and humanitarian challenges.

 Position in the organisation:

  • Reports to the General Director of SOS MED Germany
  • Supervises a Fundraising Manager and a Fundraising Intern
  • Collaborates with SOS MED Germany team members and counterparts from other European sections within the SOS MED network
  • Liaises with donors, members of the German SOS MED association as well as suppliers of goods and services

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing, implementing and reporting on the fundraising strategy of SOS MED Germany
  • Overseeing day-to-day aspects of SOS MED Germany’s fundraising infrastructure, including database management, donor processing and monitoring, donor communications and reporting
  • Managing a Fundraising Manager who set up the fundraising capacities since the creation of SOS MED Germany
  • Managing an intern supporting the fundraising work
  • Working with the General Director to write compelling and successful grant proposals
  • Researching and developing relationships with new donors in line with the strategy as well as managing the engagement of SOS MED Germany’s donor base through newsletters and events
  • Supporting colleagues and volunteers with their fundraising events or initiatives, encouraging solid planning, good practices and accountability
  • Supporting SOS MED Germany’s broader external communications, supporting the maintenance and development of website and social media contents as needed
  • Coordinating with SOS MED offices in other countries on strategy, messaging and monitoring of linked campaigns
  • Overseeing the development of fundraising materials in coordination with team members
  • Delivering regular reports on campaigns and other fundraising outputs as well as ad-hoc reports when requested

Profile requirements:

  • Genuine commitment to SOS MED’s core objectives
  • University degree in relevant field and/or a several years of relevant working experience in fundraising and/or communications
  • Demonstrable knowledge and skills in donor management and/or communications
  • Familiarity with the German donor market
  • Familiarity with grant proposal writing
  • Outstanding time management and organisational skills with a keen attention to detail and the ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Proven leadership experience, with the skills to recruit, train, mentor and motivate interns from various backgrounds
  • Excellent judgment, strong diplomatic skills and a high level of intercultural awareness political sensitivity
  • Fluent or native German speaker with proficient level of English; able to synthesise complex material with written and verbal skills in German and English; knowledge of additional languages an asset
  • A valid work permit for the EU


You are invited to apply either in German or in English. Please send your CV and cover letter (both in PDF format) no later than 6 July 2017 via email to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! and be sure to put “Application Fundraiser” as the subject of your email. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.