Fundraising and Donor Relations Specialist

Work must be performed in or near Texcoco, Méx., Mexico
Published 17 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Application Deadline
July 1, 2024
Master's Degree Required


CIMMYT is a cutting edge, non-profit, international organization dedicated to solving tomorrow's problems today. It is entrusted with fostering improved quantity, quality, and dependability of production systems and basic cereals such as maize, wheat, triticale, sorghum, millets, and associated crops through applied agricultural science, particularly in the Global South, through building strong partnerships. This combination enhances the livelihood trajectories and resilience of millions of resource-poor farmers, while working towards a more productive, inclusive, and resilient agrifood system within planetary boundaries.

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CIMMYT is looking for a dynamic and results-oriented Fundraising and Donor Relations Specialist to work in the Resource Mobilization Team of CIMMYT’s Donor and Fundraising Support Unit (DFS).

The location of this position will be Texcoco, México.


  • Actively contributes to DFS annual planning activities, implementation, and review in her or his areas of responsibility.
  • Supports designated CIMMYT Program Directors, Program Managers, and senior scientists by strengthening their fundraising endeavors, ensuring successful fundraising outcomes.
  • Actively assists designated Programs in their fundraising efforts by attending regular Program fundraising meetings, advising on fundraising best practice, and providing editorial support to funding proposals.
  • Participates in the design and management of annual fundraising plans to advance the ambitions of designated Programs.
  • Contributes to the provision of fundraising services and tools (e.g., funding opportunities) to designated Programs which includes tailored support in the pursuit of specific bilateral and CGIAR pool-funded options.
  • Collaborates closely with other Fundraising, Grants Management, Sub-Grants Management, and Project Management colleagues based in DFS.
  • Assists in the development of material necessary for Resource Mobilization Management Committee (RMMC) meetings.
  • Interacts with Communications colleagues in the creation of various donor facing products (e.g., briefs to support donor visits).
  • Delivers professional stewardship to current and lapsed donors with the objective of attracting follow-on grants.
  • Maintains and inputs relevant records, and advises on donor priorities/exclusions, donor interactions, bids by other grantees, and donor contact information into the DFS databases.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Required qualifications, skills, and attitudes:

  • Master’s degree in communication, International Development, Business Administration, or similar field
  • Experience in Project Management.
  • Experience in a multi-project work environment for more than 5 years, part of that in an international context.
  • Documented experience in donor intelligence and fundraising; demonstrated capacity in both supporting and leading on successful fundraising opportunities.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with CIMMYT counterparts at all levels (e.g., Communications Unit, Programs) focusing on successful outcomes, and advancing CIMMYT's fundraising ambitions.
  • Demonstrates resourcefulness, initiative, and ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development; responds positively to feedback; implements improvement tactics.
  • Promotes a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in DFS by demonstrating leadership in their domain and seeking continuous improvement in their activities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, other foreign languages are a plus.  
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively, respectfully, and inclusively in a diverse, multicultural, multidisciplinary work environment.
  • The successful candidate must exhibit the following competencies: Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, Client Orientation, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Proactive mindset, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.


The position is for an initial fixed term of three (3) years, after which further employment is subject to performance and the continued availability of funds. CIMMYT’s internationally competitive salary and benefits include housing allowance, car, comprehensive health and life insurance, assistance for children’s education, paid vacation, annual home travel airfare, contribution to a retirement plan, and generous assistance with relocation shipment.


Candidates must apply online for IRS24126_ Fundraising and Donor Relations Specialist.

Screening and follow up of applications will begin on July 8th, 2024.

Applications must include a CV with contact details (telephone and email address) of 3 work-related references along with the confirmation that Recruitment can contact them) and a cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

This position will remain open until filled.

CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply. 

CIMMYT is a cutting edge, non-profit, international organization dedicated to solving tomorrow's problems today. It is entrusted with fostering improved quantity, quality, and dependability of production systems and basic cereals such…


Texcoco, State of Mexico, Mexico

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