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Global Development Specialist (Major Donors)

Based in a location with a running Impact Hub ideally.

Global Development Specialist (Major Donors)




Full-time (1 FTE) with a flexible working schedule. Undetermined period contract; 3 months probationary period.


Based in a location with a running Impact Hub ideally.

Impact Hub is looking for a Global Development Specialist (Major Donors) to join the world’s largest network supporting impact-driven entrepreneurs and social innovators. This position is open to all qualified applicants who are based anywhere an Impact Hub is located, although candidates living in cities and capitals that host large donors and development aid funders will be at an advantage.


Everyone has ideas to make the world a better place. Impact Hub is the place to make them happen. Impact Hub opened its doors to the world in 2005 with this simple yet contagious declaration, written in large red characters on the top floor of an East London warehouse. Few imagined that this would be the first of what has now become the world’s largest network of spaces and communities dedicated to social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

With 110+ centres in 65+ countries supporting more than 24,000 individuals annually through a combined global and local team of over 1400 Makers (staff), Impact Hub has created a collaborative ecosystem that inspires, connects and enables those who want to build a more sustainable and inclusive world.

Today, Impact Hub is a key world-player, and its partners include the EU, the OECD, several UN agencies, GIZ and BMZ, the DOEN Foundation, IKEA, WWF, Metabolic, Adidas and many more national and international actors committed to building a more just and sustainable world, one that works for people and planet alike.

Impact Hub is about people who see and do things differently. We invite you to join us! As part of this rapid evolution, we are now looking for an exceptional individual with significant experience raising funds from large public or private donors and a clear desire to join our team as Global Development Specialist. The successful candidate will become a cornerstone of our fundraising ambition. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to join our global team and expand our range of competences, ensuring we grow a solid pipeline of partners and secure large scale grants to support our work and impact Hubs worldwide.

Job Description

Help achieve our Ambition 2030 Strategy and Roadmap by:
● Developing and delivering a fundraising strategy with a particular focus on any of the following: grant-giving trusts and foundations; international development donors (e.g. GIZ, UK FCDO, USAID); public institutions and multilateral donors (OECD, EBRD, ADB, IDB, UN, etc,) primarily in Europe, Africa and/or the Americas.
● Converting programmatic ideas and concept notes into marketable and fundable programmes of work in collaboration / co-designed with Impact Hub Makers and external partners located across the Impact Hub network;
● Maintaining regular contact with Impact Hub Makers to understand and assess development plans, programmes and support needs, providing feedback, challenge and support as necessary.

Support IHC’s Fundraising and Programme Development efforts by:
● Keeping abreast of sectoral developments, identifying and actively pursuing new opportunities and growing Impact Hub Company’s programmatic income;
● Supporting the Global Development Director and any other members of the Development Team to develop proposals, presentations and meetings with representatives of external organisations, to negotiate contracts, to submit funding bids, tenders, and service level agreements;
● Ensuring programs are designed in a way that is both reflective of the needs of local Impact Hubs and in line with the requirements of funders and partners;
● Devising, developing and continuously improving systems, protocols and programme development processes, while performing necessary administrative duties requiring oversight, attention to detail and analysis.

Support Management processes and Strategic Planning by:
● Working with the Management Team to realise the synergy between Impact Hub’s various areas of work and resources required through external partnerships and fundraising;
● Working with the Communications team in the production of fundraising and supporter development materials, including producing and updating presentations;
● Coordinating with the Impact Management Lead appropriate standards and methodologies to ensure maximisation of impact and relevant measurements in all programmes.

Team engagement and general administration:
● Attend regular global team meetings and participate in relevant strategy workshops or network gatherings when requested;
● Update and maintain organisational systems and processes with accurate and up-to-date data;
● Actively engage and collaborate with the Impact Hub network stakeholders.

Candidate Profile
▪ You have at least 4 years relevant experience raising funds from private or public donors, and have led the submission of successful proposals worth €1m or more (essential);
▪ You have a very good understanding of and direct experience of working in the international social enterprise/social innovation sector (essential);
▪ You have at least 2 years of experience working for an international network and are familiar with the dynamics of networked organisations (desirable);
▪ You are fluent – both written and spoken – in English and in another major language (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, etc.) (essential);
▪ You are a natural networker and can demonstrate the ability to build and maintain relationships with donors, including establishing entire new leads;
▪ You are comfortable interacting with several stakeholders and able to both be self-directed and to work collaboratively within multidisciplinary and distributed teams across all levels of the organisation;
▪ You are open-minded, self-reliant, and excited about being part of a diverse, fast-paced, international environment;
▪ You are able to demonstrate key components of the Impact Hub approach: global mindset, entrepreneurship, collaboration, innovation, and exceptional execution ability.

Job Specification

Title: Global Development Specialist (Major Donors)
Legal Form: Independent Contractor if outside of Austria; employment, if based in Austria; if in Europe, VAT registration required.
Reporting to: Global Development Director
Engagement: Full-time (1 FTE) with a flexible working schedule.
Contract length: undetermined period contract; 3 months probationary period.
Team engagement: Member of the Global Development Team dispersed across the globe, although the majority of the global team is based in European timezones; Direct coordination with Impact Hubs across the globe as well as exciting partners.
Location: Based in a location with a running Impact Hub ideally.
Remuneration: Between €2,500 and €3,500 Euros (total cost to company as an independent contractor) commensurate with past experience, and subject to Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) based on country of residence, seniority and experience at 1 FTE.
Paid holidays: 25 days of paid time off annually and the local public holidays.
Allowances and other contributions: coverage of travel costs and allowance according to company policy, full coverage of costs to attend requested internal/external workshops, conferences, and events; 30 EUR monthly allowance for use of own equipment; membership and workplace at Impact Hub; other expenses (i.e., phone, etc.) on a needs basis; access to all company systems for work and communication.

Application Process

▪ Please send your application here including:
o CV or Resume.
o Cover letter outlining your experience and motivation.

▪ Deadline for application: 8 October 2023
▪ If you are not able to upload the files in the application form, please send them by email to [email protected]
▪ Only the selected candidates will be contacted for the interview phase in the recruitment process
▪ Upon initial screening, additional interviews will be conducted with selected applicants on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
▪ In case of any questions, please email [email protected] with the subject “Global Development Specialist (Major Donors)”

We welcome people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and experiences. Impact Hub is an equal-opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender identity or expression. Research has shown that some applicants from more marginalised or vulnerable groups do not apply if they do not meet 100% of the criteria while those from better off, educated backgrounds apply even if they only meet 60% of the criteria. If you are in doubt but feel this job is a fit for you and in line with your own learning goals, please apply! All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

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