Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF): Major Gifts Intern

Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

About Médecins Sans Frontières:

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) provides life-saving emergency relief and longer-term medical care to some of the most vulnerable and excluded communities around the world. As an independent medical humanitarian organisation, we deliver care based only on need, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, religion, or political affiliation.

MSF relies on donations from private individuals and organisations for most of its income. This private funding gives MSF the freedom to respond where the need is greatest and speaking out publicly when we witness acts of violence and unacceptable suffering, free from any political interference.

MSF has around 40,000 local and international staff working in over 70 countries, in some of the most challenging places in the world. Our medical humanitarian projects are supported by teams in 32 countries, including the UK and Ireland, spread across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Australasia.

At MSF UK/IE, we support our projects by building relationships with our supporters, increasing awareness of our work, raising funds, providing specialist medical expertise, catalysing change on medical humanitarian issues, and recruiting staff for field operations. MSF UK/IE personnel are dynamic, hard-working, enthusiastic, and committed to MSF’s values and aims.

Fundraising Department:

MSF Ireland has achieved significant growth in recent years, with private income increasing year-on-year through emergency appeals and other fundraising activities. MSF is set to build on this success, with a focus on the continuation and scaling up of existing fundraising activities such as emergency appeals,

recruitment and retention of regular donors, major gifts programme and a new mid-level donor programme.

The Dublin office is currently staffed with 15 full-time posts, with support from office volunteers and interns. The fundraising team currently consists of seven people, including Head of Fundraising, Major Gifts Manager, Individual Giving Manager, Data Analyst, Supporter Services Assistant, Digital Marketing Co-ordinator, and Digital Fundraising Intern.

The Major Gifts Manager manages relationships with major donors, corporates, and trusts, in addition to promoting legacy giving.

Major Gifts Intern:

This 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 the internship with MSF, you will have access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities. Most importantly, as a member of the fundraising team, the work will contribute to the achievement of MSF’s objectives in Ireland, and support MSF’s work around the world.


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.
  • Assist with donor phone, email and in person queries where necessary, ensuring all donors have an efficient and positive experience with MSF.
  • Support the process of sending mailings to our donors, including event invitations, emergency appeals and other annual mailings.
  • Support with the prompt and appropriate acknowledgement of major gifts received at MSF to ensure that donor’s contributions are processed, donors are thanked, and income receipts recorded in a timely manner.
  • Assist with the writing and editing of documents for donors, presenting complex ideas and adapting written style to meet donors’ needs/specific audience.
  • Assist with the maintenance of spreadsheets associated with Major Gifts, as required.
  • Assist with the planning and delivery of the MSF events programme, including the administration of events in Dublin and around the country.
  • Assist with the maintenance of fundraising supplies and materials for fundraising activities and events including internal filing systems and follow up after supporter events.
  • Support the process of gathering and analysing information about current and prospective donors, including corporate and trusts, in line with GDPR.
  • Assist with the processing of Tax Certs as required.
  • Assist with supporter services as required.
  • Assist with reporting under the guidance of the Manager.


  • Always abide by Irish and international codes of best practice in fundraising.
  • Work in a way that is consistent with MSF´s specific global fundraising policies and approaches, and according to our ethical guidelines.
  • 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.

Closing date for applications: 10th February 2023, 5pm GMT
Interviews: week commencing 20th February 2023

All applications to be made through: https://cezanneondemand.intervieweb.it/msfuk/jobs/major-gifts-intern-30163/en/

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Date Entered/Updated
25th Jan, 2023
Expiry Date
10th Feb, 2023