International Donor Development Specialist

  • Location: Worldwide
  • Salary: £50,000
  • Closing date: 30/10/2022


Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the International Donor Development Specialist in London, UK or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide.

Job Description:

Role Purpose:

Save the Children has launched its ambitious 2022-2024 strategic plan with the aim of significantly increasing unrestricted funds. Engaging, inspiring, and retaining our supporters and increasing their value over time has been identified as one of our pillars of growth. Therefore, it is a priority for our Members to recruit an experienced and passionate individual to the Save the Children International Fundraising team.

The Global Marketing and Fundraising Hub (GMFH) supports members in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. A number of the team members work remotely and the location of this job is flexible. The role will involve virtual work with member teams and, on occasion, travel to support donor development in new markets as well as more established fundraising markets, subject to covid travel restrictions.

The purpose of this role is to drive our existing plans in supporter retention and development across the Save the Children movement in order to increase long-term unrestricted income.

The International Donor Development Specialist will:

  • Lead on developing a strong network across Members to drive a significant increase in sustainable unrestricted income through improvements and optimisation in retention programs across all channels, with a particular focus on regular giving income
  • Take responsibility for identifying the critical insights and then influence Members to maximise opportunities to increase the value over a supporter’s lifetime
  • Create collaborative ways of working and initiatives with the SCI fundraising team to ensure that effective retention strategies are developed, embedded and integrated across our digital and acquisition channels.
  • Play a critical role on our humanitarian fundraising work, specifically contributing to the Individual Giving and Humanitarian cluster working groups to develop conversion and second gift strategies from this donor cohort.
  • Develop a global mid-value strategy and work closely with members to ensure they are implementing these programs to drive donor revenue and value.

As part of the GMFH team within Save the Children International you will be motivated by influencing, training and working alongside our colleagues around the world. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal job description and be able to vary work hours accordingly.



  • Experience in leading on the development of strategies for effective donor development and value maximization in complex international organisations with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience of representing an international team and organisation to senior staff at national/international levels to influence their fundraising programmes and priorities
  • Substantial proven experience influencing supporter retention and development activities with a demonstrable record of success in reducing attrition and growing value. Experience in doing this in multiple markets is an advantage
  • Experience developing and implementing supporter journeys across multiple channels
  • Experience in developing organisational strategies and plans and measuring effectiveness
  • Excellent skills across mail, telephone and digital essential
  • Demonstrable understanding or experience of working within a team with knowledge management and skill sharing responsibilities equivalent in scale and focus to this role in multiple countries including more mature as well as start-ups in emerging markets
  • Capacity to build and maintain excellent relations and to work effectively in a multicultural and multi-ethnic environment respecting diversity
  • Experience of working in a support role to a diverse range of fundraising markets
  • Strong personal organisational and self-management skills with an ability to lead and work in teams and motivate others
  • Ability to think critically, objectively, analytically and strategically, solve problems quickly and show initiative
  • An assertive and persuasive negotiator
  • Ability to articulate the work of Save the Children with passion
  • A self-starter using initiative to see opportunities to achieve objectives in this role
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong IT skills particularly in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
  • Fluent in English with excellent writing and speaking mandatory, additional language skills such as Spanish would be an asset
  • Willing and able to travel to support members directly or to relevant events as required.

We can offer circa £50,000 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in London or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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About Save the Children

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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