External Relations Manager

Geneva, Switzerland | External Relations Team | Full-time


Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) is a leading product development partnership (PDP) in the field of antimalarial drug research and development. Its mission is to reduce the burden of malaria in disease-endemic countries by discovering, developing and delivering new, effective and affordable antimalarial drugs.

Over the past 20 years, MMV has worked with an extensive network of donors, private and public sector partners, experts and clinical centres in endemic countries to develop an outstanding portfolio of antimalarial projects. Our portfolio is financed through funding support coming from government agencies, private and corporate foundations, international organizations, corporations and private individuals.

We are currently seeking an External Relations Manager to join our team for a three year period. The ER Manager will manage MMV’s fundraising and stewardship efforts with governments, foundations, global corporate and major individual/private donors. He/she will be responsible for designing, developing and implementing donor-centered activities including prospect research, donor identification and donor stewardship. Responsibilities also include coordinating the production of grant reports with the internal team, following-up on pledge commitments and ensuring donor recognition and ongoing engagement.

The External Relations Manager will:

  • Manage relationships with existing and potential donors through effective stewardship and advocacy activities in order to maintain and enhance relationships. Where necessary work with the internal advocacy team in the development of event-based opportunities. This will include regular face-to-face engagement with donors and associated groups.
  • Identify risks to funding relationships and develop mitigation strategies to address them.
  • Implement the department’s strategy to raise funds, including the coordination of grant proposals, reporting, budgeting and activity plan development in coordination with internal stakeholders.
  • Seek new funding opportunities as part of the wider department efforts to expand the donor base for MMV and contribute to the closure of any future funding gaps.
  • Manage the required inter-departmental relationships with internal stakeholders (i.e. Finance and R&D) ensuring seamless internal processes.
  • Track and reconcile donor funds and correspondence and provide reports on donors to management. Use the Cost Allocation Tool in the management of all grants within your portfolio.
  • Identify strategic opportunities for new or expanded collaborations that actively promote MMV (including events, meetings and corporate initiatives) and work with the internal communication team to develop any necessary communication materials to support the activity.
  • Throughout all donor engagement activities, cultivate and promote MMV’s reputation to the benefit of the malaria eradication agenda, the wider Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) value proposition and the overall impact on the global health environment.

Education and experience:

  • Masters degree in business, economics, global or public health or international development required
  • Minimum of 5 years of combined experience in fundraising and relationship management
  • Experience of working in global health or R&D is desired 
  • A proven track record in the management of complex projects and processes
  • Knowledge of governmental, foundation, corporate funding, individual and private donors required 

Technical skills required: 

  • Strong research skills essential
  • Fluency in English with an additional language; excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to master complex issues and convey information clearly

Behavioural skills required: 

  • Exhibit demonstrated management leadership capabilities as well as strong collaboration and presentation skills with a commitment to the collective output of a team.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and cross-functional matrix structure.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously
  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including board members and donors
  • Able to manage deadlines and competing priorities in a dynamic work environment

Start date: 1st June 2020

Interested applicants should submit their CV and motivation letter by the 18th of February 2020.

Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from submitting applications.