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The job title and specifications for this role were updated on 7 October 2022.

Location: Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Canary Wharf, London (United Kingdom)
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
San Francisco, CA (United States)
(hybrid office/home working offered, with relocation option offered to Frankfurt only)
Duration: Permanent
Salary: Competitive, plus benefits
Hours: 35 hours per week

About the role

Job Purpose: The International Funding Officer will directly support raising funds from foundations and corporations to support the annual operations and special projects of the IFRS Foundation. The position will focus on conducting research; writing grant proposals and communications for funders; and compiling reports for major funders, trustees and staff.

Team description: The fundraising and development team is a small team dedicated to raising critical operational and growth funding for the IFRS Foundation, with a particular focus on raising funds for the new ISSB. The team focuses on financial contributions coming from international foundations, corporations and other governmental and non-governmental agencies supporting adoption of IFRS standards in specific jurisdictions.

Reports to: Director of Development

Key responsibilities

Fundraising Research

Research will focus on the development of global sustainability issues and identifying/understanding the intersection of interests between the world’s capital markets and leading philanthropic organisations. Specific activities may include:

  • Maintaining an updated landscape radar of potential funders; identifying funder priorities across issues and geographies; ranking funders based on likelihood of funding the IFRS Foundation.
  • Profiling and presenting on specific funders, including their funding programs, past grantmaking, recent press coverage and connections to the IFRS Foundation and its peer organisations.
  • Work with project staff to ensure useful and relevant information is gathered across projects for the creation of compelling fundraising material.
  • Preparing briefings for staff and partners on issues related to sustainability, capital markets and philanthropy, and monitoring and elevating news stories relevant to these topics.

Grant Writing and Communications

Writing must be compelling and creative in describing the programs of the IFRS Foundation to funders, especially when describing the new International Sustainability Standards Board. Activities may include:

  • Writing grant proposals that incorporate both internal strategies and external research while meeting the needs of specific funders or the funding community as a whole.
  • Writing other communications meant to keep funders updated, engaged and involved, including web and email content, newsletters, acknowledgement letters and more.
  • Develop boilerplate materials with crisp and clear descriptions of current funding opportunities.
  • Developing documents, spreadsheets and slide presentations to support the grant application process.

Internal and External Reporting

Reporting must be both concise and comprehensive; often describing complex programmatic, organisational and financial information in a way that’s accessible to wide variety of audiences. Specific activities may include:

  • Writing grant reports that accurately describe the work of the IFRS Foundation and meet funder expectations/requirements for reporting.
  • Rigorously maintaining a calendar of funding-related deadlines and a tracking system for funding related KPIs and organisational deliverables; maintaining staff awareness of deadlines and deliverables in timely and efficient way.
  • Developing documents, spreadsheets and presentations relevant to the reporting process.
  • Support the completion of the Annual Report.
  • Work with project finance team to ensure useful and relevant material is gathered across projects for detailed and timely financial reporting to funders.

Skills and experience

  • Good understanding of business and financial issues.
  • Excellent communication and collaborative skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and sensitively as part of a team to achieve success.
  • Proactive manner, ability to use own initiative and willingness to accept responsibility.
  • Capable of working under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage a varied workload.
  • Proactive in seeking guidance when planning or prioritising complex or conflicting tasks.
  • Process-focused and methodical manner, with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with all levels of staff within the organisation.
  • Ability to be flexible, understanding that sometimes requirements can change.

Qualifications and experience


  • Looking for someone who is confident to do their own research, make sense of large information and share this with others.
  • Significant research experience.
  • Strong build relationships and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to deal with existing donors.
  • Someone who has an interest in reading the news and the ability to broaden fundraising perspective.
  • Good with networking.
  • Translate project and core income needs to good quality grant fundraising applications. 
  • Clear and concise communication style, including an eye for simple and effective visual design.
  • Strong copywriting and research skills to be able to write compelling applications.
  • Ability to articulate compelling and persuasive cases for funding and support.
  • A strong interest in sustainability, ESG and philanthropy.
  • Eagerness to work in a fast-developing field with ample opportunities; patience and professionalism in working with staff with alternate priorities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint).
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.


  • Experience working in an international environment.

To apply

Please send a detailed CV/résumé to Please include the following information or your application may not be considered:

  • covering email/letter detailing how you meet the specified role requirements and your salary expectations.

Closing date: 16 October 2022

Interviews are held via video conference as part of our standard international recruitment process.

Due to the number of responses we receive, we are unable to respond individually to each application. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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