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International Agency for Research on Cancer

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IARC is the cancer agency of the WHO with the mandate to conduct research for cancer prevention and to foster international collaborations to that end. IARC has an outstanding reputation for both its research and leadership role internationally and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.

IARC activities are partly funded by the regular budget paid by its Participating States and partly from extra-budgetary funds. The latter funds, referred to as voluntary contributions, are necessary to run a significant number of projects. These funds are mobilized mainly through competitive grants and increasingly through direct funding. Currently, IARC receives approximately one third of its funding from these external resources and its major funders include the European Commission, the US National Institutes of Health, the World Cancer Research Fund International, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and both charitable and governmental sources in France, including the French National Cancer institute.

To accelerate its Resource Mobilization efforts, IARC is looking for an experienced consultant with expertise in the international domain to help enlarge its portfolio of strategic donors, and more importantly, to raise external funds to enable IARC to fulfil its mandate as described in the recently approved IARC Medium-Term Strategy 2016-2020 (

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Director of IARC and in close collaboration with the Director of Administration and Finance and the Resource Mobilization and Grant Office.

Description of duties:
The objective of the role is to match IARC projects with potential donors and to attract additional funds to the Agency. Keeping in mind this singular objective, the selected consultant will be expected to:

1.Develop the Agency's twelve-month resource mobilization action plan:
a.Become familiar with the scientific programme of IARC, as set out in the Medium-Term Strategy, its flagship programmes and projects.
b.Assemble exhaustive funder intelligence performing scope matching with funder´s mandates and objectives.
c.From funder intelligence, discussions with internal and external key stakeholders, and own pre-existing network, identify potential funders for IARC outside IARC's traditional network of partners.
d.On the basis of the above, develop a twelve-month action plan to prioritize target projects.

2.Develop marketing materials in collaboration with the IARC Communications Group and concerned research units.

3.Develop new donor partnerships and mobilize funds based on the action plan:
a.Contact funders with targeted pitches; arrange face-to-face meetings with potential donors.
b.Establish contact repository and resource mobilization log.
c.Develop a mechanism for tracking and follow up on short and long term opportunities which can be sustained within the Agencyafter the consultancy.
d.Alert IARC management as and when opportunities for resource mobilization arise.

4.Expertise transfer:
a.Work closely with IARC colleagues responsible for resource mobilization in the relevant projects, programmes and in the Section of Support to Research (SSR).
b.Provide on the job training to relevant colleagues.
c.Run one general fundraising workshop at the agency.

Education:  Degree in relevant field including international development, public health, social sciences, political science, or communications.

Skills:  Solid understanding of public health issues and priorities, preferably in the area of non-communicable diseases, particularly cancer.
Honed inter-personal working skills.

Experience:  Demonstrable track-record of success in international fundraising, partnership building, advocacy or resource mobilization with proven track record of successful fundraising campaigns.

Established relationships with major donors in the area of health would be an advantage.

Languages:  Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Additional languages would be an asset.

Additional Information:  The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) based in Lyon, France is seeking proposals from experienced consultants to accelerate its resource mobilization efforts. All applications should include the following:
1. Proposed methodology for reaching the objectives listed;
2. Curriculum Vitae with indication of achievements in similar projects;
3. Consultancy fees for the proposed services.

Occasional visits to the Agency will be required throughout the consultancy period.


IARC is the cancer agency of the WHO with the mandate to conduct research for cancer prevention and to foster international collaborations to that end. IARC has an outstanding reputation for both its research and leadership role…

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  • 150 cours Albert Thomas, Lyon, V 69008, France

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