Associate, Fundraising & Partnerships

Published 1 June 2022
Location Amsterdam Netherlands, London, United Kingdom
Category Permanent  
Job Type Associate  


Deadline for application: 11 July 2022

WBCSD is the premier global, CEO-led community of over 200 of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature positive, and more equitable future.

We do this by engaging executives and sustainability leaders from business and elsewhere to share practical insights on the obstacles and opportunities we currently face in tackling the integrated climate, nature and inequality sustainability challenge; by co-developing “how-to” CEO-guides from these insights; by providing science-based target guidance including standards and protocols; and by developing tools and platforms to help leading businesses in sustainability drive integrated actions to tackle climate, nature and inequality challenges across sectors and geographical regions.

Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than USD $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. Since 1995, WBCSD has been uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.

Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability, united by our vision of creating a world in which 9+ billion people are living well, within planetary boundaries, by mid-century.

Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world by making more sustainable businesses more successful. Our vision is to create a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within planetary boundaries, by 2050.

The world faces three critical challenges: the climate emergency, nature loss and mounting inequality. The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated that these challenges are interconnected, and that our systems are ill-prepared for shocks. As global risks continue to build, business leaders are rallying behind a bold and urgent transformation agenda developed by WBCSD. Vision 2050: Time to Transform sets a shared vision of a world in which more than 9 billion people are able to live well, within planetary boundaries, by 2050. To achieve this vision, we need transformation at scale, and business needs to focus its actions on the areas through which it can best lead the systems transformations and drive transformative change in its sustainability planning and business strategies.

Job Overview


The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is currently recruiting an Associate to support the Partnerships & Fundraising team in order to expand the impact of our work.  The Associate will be report to the Director of Partnerships and will be responsible for performing research and analysis on funders, managing data repositories, developing reports, leading projects, arranging meetings and providing administrative duties.  The position is full-time and will be based in the Netherlands or the United Kingdom.

Overview of Position

While the majority of WBCSD funding comes from member fees, an important part of our funding comes from grants. This enables WBCSD to expand the impact of our sustainability work beyond our members and to contribute to systems change across our program areas.

The Fundraising and Partnerships Associate will report to the Director of Partnerships and will collaborate with the Finance, IT and to some extent the program teams.  Key responsibilities will be to perform focused research on key funders, funder segments and manage a data repository of funder information.  The Associate will help determine our priority funders to target for funding across our programs based on a set of funder criteria which serves as the basis for evaluation.  The Associate will advise on strategies to approach funders and will be responsible for arranging meetings with them to discuss WBCSD work.

The Associate will be a member of the Grants Management team which oversees grant funding policies, tools and processes.  As part of this team, the Associate will be responsible for the tracking of existing and prospective grants, developing reports for the Director and for communicating the outcomes of quarterly meetings.

The management of data is an important part of the Associate role.  WBCSD stores funder data in a database (currently Salesforce) that needs to be continually managed and updated with new information.  The Associate will be responsible for keeping this information as up to date as possible and to create reports from the database for the Director. The Associate will have access to WBCSD systems and have the opportunity to make recommendations to improve those systems.

Approximately 25% of the Associate’s time will be spend on administrative duties.  These include setting up meetings between funders and program leads, following up on actions, creating PowerPoint slides for meetings and a range of other tasks to support the Director.

This role will be a unique opportunity to be exposed to a broad segment of the sustainability sector and to engage internally and externally with key actors.  WBCSD works across business, non-profit organizations, government and multi-stakeholder alliances to lead or contribute to work that has global impact.  The Associate will gain an understanding of the non-profit landscape as well as WBCSD’s programmatic areas. S/he will have broad exposure to key funders across our program segments that includes private foundations, corporate foundations, bi-lateral funders (i.e. USAID, UK AID..) and multi-lateral funders (i.e. World Bank, United Nations..).

Responsibilities and duties 

The key responsibilities of the Associate include the following:

  • Understand WBCSD strategies, programs and priority projects for new funding
  • Research top funders across funding segments (private & public) for all WBCSD programs
  • Understand donor strategies and programs in order to align with WBCSD program needs
  • Ranking of funders across an established set of criteria
  • Proposed key strategies and messaging to pursue priority funders
  • Management of funder data repository with regular updates
  • Tracking and reporting: Development of quarterly reports and dashboards on grant funding with breakdowns by program and funder
  • Contribution to achievement of WBCSD grant funding objectives (financial, qualitative)
  • Support of Grant Coordination Committee and other priority projects
  • Systems support: Work with Salesforce CRM to input data, provide reports, structure and optimize system (with support from IT team)
  • Data management: Capturing and structuring of data for easy consumption
  • Work in MS Excel: Data, graphics
  • Administration (~25%): Arranging internal and external meetings, managing calendars, managing files, other administrative support

Skills & Attributes

The following skills are required for the position:

  • Communications: Strong communication skills. Fluency in English (written and oral).  Emails, written narrative, calls
  • Analytical skills: The ability to analyze and report on of multiple types of data (financial, qualitative) and information on funding organizations and partners
  • Research: Ability to perform research across a number of platforms and identify key information (i.e. funder strategies, programs, financials, contact information..)
  • Ability to structure and communicate data and information clearly
  • Technology: Proficient with technology including Microsoft applications (Excel, PowerPoint) Salesforce/CRM tools, database structuring and reporting, team collaboration tools, admin systems of partners.
  • Organizational/time management: Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and track, report and update on progress
  • A passion for the mission and work of the World Business Council of Sustainable Development

The following attributes are desired:

  • Good judgement
  • Positive attitude
  • Detail and quality oriented
  • Taking the initiative to lead tasks and projects
  • Systems view: Understanding of key change components as part of an overall system
  • Experience in and knowledge of the nonprofit sector

WBCSD is a purpose driven, forward-thinking, and action-oriented organization, characterized by diversity of gender, nationalities, and work experiences.


WBCSD offers a competitive, modern, and flexible working arrangement:

  • Geneva-based organization with offices in Amsterdam, London, New Delhi, New York City and Singapore
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • State-of-the-art facilities and ICT-enabled working tools
  • Flex-time and part-time possibilities
  • Dynamic working atmosphere
  • Open culture encouraging interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions
  • International relocation support

Please also note that WBCSD will only respond to candidates selected for the interview process.