Head of Private Fundraising and Engagement

at International Committee of the Red Cross
Published May 26, 2022
Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  



The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides protection and assistance to millions of people affected by armed conflict and violence across the world and works in some of the hardest to reach war torn places on earth. To ensure that vulnerable people receive the support they need, the ICRC raises more than a billion dollars annually from generous private individuals, governments, National Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies, foundations and corporations, to support its work.


People, governments and businesses of the Gulf region care deeply about the grave humanitarian consequences caused by conflict and violence and we are seeking an experienced networker and fundraiser from within the region to join our growing Resource Mobilization team.


This new Head of Private Fundraising and Engagement role requires a highly motivated individual with a proven track record of raising funds and growing income from within the Gulf and/or broader Middle East region. An expert in networking, influencing and negotiation and with demonstrable skills and experience in five star donor stewardship, innovative financing and Islamic Philanthropy, the Head of Private Fundraising and Engagement will work within a broader ICRC team and with the Red Crescent Societies of the region to increase income for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement including ICRC operations globally.




2-year contract with the possibility of extension



As soon as possible



University degree or equivalent experience in field(s) relevant to the role and / or wider work of the ICRC

Fluent in English and Arabic with French an asset

Excellent digital literacy (MS Office, CRMs, Business Intelligence Tools, Social Media, etc.)



12-15 years’ overall professional experience

At least 5 years successful experience in planning for strategy, securing and renewing major contributions from High-Net Worth Individuals, foundations, or corporations and / or individual giving campaigns, ideally in the GCC region;

Demonstrable experience in delivering growth across a regional income portfolio in a private sector engagement setting

In-depth knowledge of and familiarity with cultures, business and philanthropy practices in the GCC and the wider Middle East

Good understanding and ideally first-hand experience of current humanitarian issues and priorities

Basic knowledge of new financing models for resource mobilization such as crypto-philanthropy, debt swap and Islamic Social Finance

Knowledge of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

Relevant existing professional and personal networks across the GCC region



Outstanding interpersonal, negotiation and networking skills; experienced at connecting at all levels, explaining complex issues to others and presenting the ICRC, the Movement and its activities in an engaging and concise manner

Deep commitment to an inclusive and respectful way of working and approach to resource mobilization

Strong financial acumen, monitoring, analytical and reporting skills

Project management experience and / or qualification

Good understanding of current humanitarian issues and priorities

Collaborative approach, characterized by intentional inclusion, thoughtful action and decision-making, empathy, discretion and tact

Excellent verbal communication and writing skills in English and Arabic


How to apply


If you can demonstrate your success in this field and are interested to join a motivated, fun and high performing team that spans the Gulf Region and works closely with the ICRC Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland then we would love to hear from you. For further information and salary range please contact Donna Williams, Regional Head of Resource Mobilization at dwilliams@icrc.org. The position is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with some travel within the region.


“The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates”.


Please submit your Letter of Motivation and CV no later

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