Grant Writer


Grant Writer


The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organisation was founded in November 1980, and currently has ten regional offices and a presence in over 45 countries. JRS undertakes services at local, national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office (IO) in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being of refugees and displaced people, while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs.

The main services provided are in the field of education, emergency assistance, and psychosocial support and livelihood activities. Currently, more than 724,000 individuals are direct beneficiaries of JRS projects.


The JRS International Office in Rome is the head office of the Jesuit Refugee Service. It leads the organisational strategy and provides support and guidance in the areas of programmes, finance, advocacy, communications, fundraising and human resources to 10 regional offices in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. In addition, JRS International Office coordinates and works closely with JRS USA Office, which also engages in fundraising and donor relations.

Revenues: US $51.49 million of which US $12.46 million was from private sources in 2015.

The Grant Writer will report to the JRS Director of Fundraising and Development (F&D) and will be an integral member of the Fundraising and Development Department which leads the organization’s global efforts in the acquisition of financial resources through competitive solicitations, from existing and prospective major donors, private trusts, donor-advised funds, foundations, corporations, religious congregations and individual donors. The Grant Writer serves as the lead writer on a number of strategic prime bids and will contribute to other proposals, as necessary. Additionally, s/he will take the lead on drafting and/or updating various Fundraising and Development documents and reports.

Rome, Italy

Report to
Director of Fundraising and Development


Duties and Responsibilities

1. Grant writing and reporting

• In collaboration with Programmes and the Fundraising and Development team, write and submit grant applications to existing and new funders.

• Identify appropriate projects in coordination with international and regional staff to be submitted to private donors within the scope of the portfolio.

• In consultation with Programmes, ensure a collaborative development of the proposal design to ensure cohesiveness of approach, based on technical evidence, research, and to capture JRS’s global best practices.

• Support other writings and documentation projects of the Department. This may include writing project summaries and other documentation and dissemination projects as may be required.

2. Foundations, corporations, private trusts and religious congregations

• In close collaboration with the Fundraising and Development Director and the Grant Manager, support the implementation of fundraising strategies and activities in relation to the portfolio of donors.

• Support the F&D Director in maintaining and strengthening existing relationships with foundations, corporations, private trusts and religious congregations to ensure that funding is sustained and increased.

• Work with the F&D Director in the search and identification of new donor prospects.

• Assist the F&D Director in promoting and monitoring the implementation of the fundraising strategy across all JRS regions.

3. Capacity Building

• Work closely with the F&D team to research and identify new tools and platforms that increase the team’s capacity to fulfil tasks.

• Liaise with regional teams to build capacity relating to private sector fundraising on an on-going basis.

4. Communications Content

• Collaborate with communications staff to make sure content produced and published is engaging and topical for supporters and communications tools (website, social media etc.) are optimally used on an on-going basis.

• Work closely with advocacy staff to make sure relevant advocacy messages are integrated into fundraising communication tools.


Education and experience

• University degree in communications, marketing, international relations, development, or a related field.

• Minimum of three years’ experience in a fundraising or marketing capacity.

• Technical expertise in one or more focus areas of JRS’s program portfolio (education, emergency assistance, healthcare, livelihood activities and social services) is an advantage but not essential.

• A successful track record of generating and raising income from foundations and other grant making bodies is desirable; equivalent success in a related field is acceptable.

• Ability to adapt and be flexible with changing requirements; ability to work under pressure and beyond standard hours when needed to meet submission deadlines.

• Ability to comfortably and professionally interact with individuals at all levels of the organization.

• Ability to exercise good judgement, take initiative, and make recommendations in solving problems.

• Understanding of and commitment to humanitarian relief work and international development.

• Ability to work with specialized fundraising systems and donor management is an advantage.

• Strong analytical, strategic-thinking and planning skills.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Communications Skills

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English is essential; a professional working knowledge of French, Italian, German and/or Spanish is highly desirable.

• Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, with the ability to articulate clearly and persuasively JRS’s messages to a wide range of audiences including funders, prospective funders,  staff, volunteers and board members.

• Excellent prospect research skills and knowledge of funding sources is desirable.

• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multi-cultural/international and high energy professional environment.

Core values

• Commitment to JRS mission, vision and values, and the ability to convey with enthusiasm JRS’s role in accompanying and serving forcibly displaced people and in advocating for their right to protection and a life in dignity.

• High integrity, honesty and confidentiality; ability to deal tactfully and discreetly with situations, people and information.

• Acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core value.  Willingness to work in flexible, sub-optimal and multi-cultural environments.


The job may require travel to JRS locations and participation in specific events around the world.



Contract is for two years, renewable with a probation period of 6 months. The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos to offer effective and professional services and at the same time express solidarity with the people served. The salary is calculated with the use of a post-adjustment multiplier and takes into account years of relevant experience and degree of responsibility of the role. Details will be discussed with short-listed candidates.

Non-European Union nationals must be in possession of an Italian work visa and right of abode in Italy. Applicants will not be considered unless they meet this requirement.

All applicants are requested to submit the following documents through the form below.

1) Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English including three (3) professional references with their contact information, phone and email address.

2) A cover letter describing the candidate's desire and motivation to work for JRS and how her/his qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position.


Deadline for applications: 31 October 2016

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: JRS - Jesuit Refugee Service
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication
    • Development Cooperation
    • International Relations
  • Closing Date: 2016-10-31

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