Major Gifts Intern - Medecins Sans Frontieres

Hours: 35 hours per week

Reports to: Major Gifts Manager, MSF Ireland

Location: Baggot Street, Dublin

Salary: €11.90 per hour (35-hour week)

Duration: Nine-month fixed term

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a leading international independent humanitarian aid organisation dedicated to providing expert medical relief to vulnerable populations at times of conflict or disaster. Working on more than 70 countries worldwide, MSF provides both life-saving emergency relief and longer-term assistance to make basic healthcare services available to the most vulnerable or excluded communities. 

The MSF Ireland office contributes operationally to the MSF movement through the following:

  • Providing financial support to MSF operations through private fundraising

  • Representing MSF to key stakeholders and decision makers in the Irish humanitarian and political sector

  • Supporting operational human resource needs through the recruitment of Irish field workers

As part of the fundraising team, the Major Gifts function manages relationships with major donors, corporates and trusts, in addition to promoting legacy giving.This internship is a great opportunity to be part of an experienced fundraising team and gain insights into relationship fundraising, the work of MSF and current topics in the humanitarian sector. During your internship with MSF you will have access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities. Most importantly, as a member of the fundraising team, your work will contribute to the achievement of MSF’s objectives in Ireland, and support MSF’s work around the world.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Administration of the Major Gifts Programme

  • Assist with the administrative management of MSF Ireland’s major gifts programme to ensure its smooth and efficient running

  • Take responsibility for the prompt and appropriate acknowledgement of major gifts received at MSF, asking for advice when needed.

  • Under the guidance of the Major Gifts Manager, support the process of gathering and analysing information about current and prospective donors, including corporate and trusts, in line with data protection regulation

  • Support the process of sending mailings to our donors, including event invitations, emergency appeals and other annual mailings

  • Assist with the planning and delivery of the MSF events programme, including the administration of MG-specific events in Dublin and around the country.

  • Assist with the maintenance of a spreadsheet with deadlines to ensure donors receive reports and other correspondence, as required.

 Content Production

  • Assist with the writing and editing of documents for donors, presenting complex ideas and adapting written style to meet donors’ needs/specific audiences


  • Abide at all times by Irish and international codes of best practice in fundraising.

  • Support the fundraising team with the handling telephone calls from donors and assisting with fundraising projects or campaigns, as and when required.

  • To maintain commitment to the aims and values of MSF through proactive involvement in and attendance at ongoing MSF Ireland and wider movement operational activities

Please note that this list is indicative of the key responsibilities of this role but is by no means exhaustive. MSF is an emergency organisation and a ‘Can do’ attitude and flexibility to take on other related tasks is essential. This role description does not form part of the contract of employment.

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and expertise


  • Strong organisational skills, reliable and self-motivated with the ability to work independently

  • Fluency in written and spoken English with excellent communication skills

  • Accuracy and attention to detail

  • Computer literate and confident in using Microsoft Office programmes

  • Strong desire to learn about the fundraising sector

  • Commitment to the aims and values of MSF

  • Flexible team member ready to adapt to the needs of the wider team.


  • Some experience of working in an office environment, maintaining effective administrative systems and procedures

  • Work or volunteer experience in fundraising, marketing and/or event management

  • Experience using a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database

  • Knowledge and understanding of Irish charity fundraising market in general and in particular of humanitarian and development charity fundraising


Full details and how to apply can be found on our website at
Deadline for applications: 5pm, 29 March 2019. Interviews will be held during week commencing April 8, 2019.

Closing Date for Applications
March 29, 2019