Specialist, Trusts and Foundations

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is seeking to hire someone with knowledge in the trusts and foundations landscape to fill the position of Trusts and Foundations Specialist. Europe and the Middle East’s (EME) Resource and Development team is expanding its scope with this new role that will lead the research and acquisition of funds from trusts and foundations across the region. Working closely with the Leadership Giving Associate Director, and within the supportive environment of an experienced Resource and Development team, the role will involve research, relationship building and written applications to create a pipeline of funds from this new income stream. Being a new role and income stream for HFHI EME, the team member should be ambitious and ready to take on independent research with the ability to assess good strategic alignment with Habitat’s work.

This position may be based remotely in Slovakia or the UK and requires 10% travel.


*Conduct desk and phone research, with a special focus on trusts and foundations in Austria, Belgium, France and Switzerland, to identify and create a robust database of funders with potential to support Habitat’s global work
*Analyze alignment with Habitat’s work to prioritise opportunities with an assessment of potential funding size, thematic and geographic fit and other relevant details for each trust or foundation
*Proactively build relationships with staff members within these trusts and foundations, sharing Habitat’s mission and engaging interest in Habitat’s work
*Write applications to trusts and foundations where the funding interests match Habitat’s work
*Manage grants once funds are secured including reporting deadlines, communication with project implementation country teams and interactions with donor trust or foundation


*Bachelor’s degree in International Development, International Relations, European Studies, Social Sciences, Communications/Marketing, Business or other related fields
*At least 2-4 years of experience in trusts and foundations market
*Research skills
*Strong knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
*Strong written and verbal communication
*Fluency in English (written and verbal)
*Strong interest in international development and global development issues, practices and principles
*High ethical standards
*Excellent management and interpersonal skills
*Team-player, strong collaborative approach
*Active support of HFHI values and commitments:
– Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves.
– Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular.
– Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission.
– Safeguarding – HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.


*Working knowledge of French or German
*Experience with working in multi-national and cross-cultural setting
*Experience with fundraising, resource development, project management or account management