Mercy Corps

Senior Corporate and Foundation Partnerships Officer

Mercy Corps

Job Description

Location: Edinburgh Salary: circa £31,000, depending on the level of experience + Benefits Position Status Full-time, Permanent Closing Date: 15 March 2021 Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.

Applications will be considered with CV and cover letter.


Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.

Mercy Corps Europe (MCE) has grown rapidly in terms of volume of activity and complexity. With offices in Edinburgh, London and The Hague, we now attract over £120m in income, and employ around 100 domestic and expatriate field team members. The breadth and impact of our programmes makes Mercy Corps a unique and truly rewarding place to work. Our teams are proud of what we achieve in the field and we are always looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment.


The Senior Corporate and Foundation Partnerships Officer will support the Corporate and Foundations Senior Manager to raise funds from corporate, trust and foundation partners, managing a portfolio of clients and providing a high standard of relationship management and stewardship so that partners are motivated to continue to support Mercy Corps’ work. They will support the growth and development of their portfolio, identifying and cultivating new prospects, as well as supporting cross-team initiatives aiming to enhance and deepen partnership relationships.


Portfolio Management

  • Lead on the management of a set portfolio of partners, formulating and implementing strategies for stewardship to deepen and strengthen relationships to significantly increase giving levels and alignment with Mercy Corps’ priorities.
  • Develop and submit, in close collaboration with the CFT assistant and Mercy Corps programmes and finance teams, timely reports for Corporate and Foundation donors, tailoring reports by area of support and donor type
  • Support relevant teams to understand and adhere to each partners’ individual funding requirements and ensure that reporting is high quality and timely.
  • Support the update and delivery of the Emergency response plan for MCE corporate and foundation donors.
  • Ensure all records are maintained on Rasiers Edge/NXT and relevant drives.
  • Support cross-team initiatives that aim to enhance and deepen partner relationships, including employee engagement, campaigns and events.
Business Development

  • Lead on the identification of new prospects and formulate strategies to build relationships to support income growth and donor diversification in alignment with Mercy Corps’ programmatic priorities.
  • Develop compelling proposals and presentations, providing the perspective of the donor and ensuring proposals conform to donor templates and requirements.
  • Act as an internal expert on the philanthropic landscape within the UK and Europe.
  • Support the process of due diligence on all current and potential corporate, trusts and foundation donors, in accordance with Mercy Corps' due diligence process.
  • Work closely with global, regional and HQ teams to remain up to date of MC priorities and global impact, coordinate on relationship development and leverage opportunities.

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding International Relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the Design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.


  • Demonstrated experience in Corporate and/or Trust and Foundations Fundraising with proven experience in partnership development and a successful track record of securing grants from corporations, charitable trusts and foundations.
  • Experience working in the international development/humanitarian sector.
  • Excellent writing skills and experience of proposal development and report writing for a corporate, trust and foundations audience.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to present the organisation and discuss opportunities for collaboration with a diverse range of actors.
  • IT literate with good knowledge of Microsoft Office and databases.
  • Experience of using/managing relationship databases ideally Raiser's Edge would be advantageous.
Success Factors

  • Professional and motivated, able to work independently and lead on outreach.
  • Able to build and maintain effective internal and external relationships.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Systematic, with a strong eye for detail.
  • Strong team worker and communicator.
  • Proactive and solutions-oriented attitude.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

The position is based in Edinburgh and might involve occasional travel.

Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate Child Abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect Local Laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

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