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Senior Business Development Manager

SPARK is growing and looking for a Senior Business Development Manager who can facilitate that growth. Do you like kick-starting programs which are impactful in creating jobs for youth? Do you like to work together with the SPARK team and local partners on co-designing new interventions? Do you like talking to philanthropies and corporate foundations to match their wishes with SPARK’s unique selling points? Then SPARK is looking for you!

SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship, so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their conflict-affected society into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing not- for-profit development organization with 100+ staff members, which supports young entrepreneurs to start or grow their own businesses. SPARK provides displaced youth and women with access to higher education in fragile areas. SPARK specifically focuses its intervention on localization through building the capacities of local partners and stakeholders, green entrepreneurship, digitalization, and women entrepreneurship.


As Senior Business Development Manager, you will travel regularly and participate in networking events to represent SPARK and connect with your expanding network. As such, you will be:

  • Building a pipeline of prospective Philanthropic and Corporate Foundation partners, leveraging your insights, research, and network;
  • Generate opportunities for philanthropy conversations and access to corporate funding (through special and prospect events and bilateral meetings);
  • Drafting and developing grant proposals for charitable grant-making organisations, in collaboration with the Design & Acquisition team to achieve annual targets;
  • Work with our communication team to ensure SPARK events, publications, and networking opportunities are used to the fullest and are aligned to this new audience;
  • Lead and organize special initiatives for the main account and prospects and contribute to event support for this group.
  • Travels abroad can be expected for this position.
  • Demonstrated experience working with charitable grant-making organisations or with grantee organisations;
  • A record of achievement that demonstrates successful fund development, and client relationship skills and experience; preference for previous philanthropy and corporate funding experience;
  • Experience in successfully fundraising at least six-figure sums;
  • You preferably bring along an extensive network that helps to further grow and expand SPARK’s partnerships;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Additional languages (such as French or Arabic) are an asset;
  • Ability to present your work persuasively and appropriately to diverse audiences;
  • Good inter-cultural communication and social (networking) skills;
  • You have an active approach, are eager to network and willing to go ‘the extra mile’ to get the job done;
  • Based and allowed to work in a European country.
Job Benefits
  • A full-time position within a one-year contract with the possibility of extension;
  • Rewarding work that helps youth in fragile and conflict-affected states to study, work, and grow their own businesses;
  • Opportunity to drive a new revenue stream with high-growth potential;
  • A dynamic, international team;
  • Competitive remuneration package, depending on skills and experience, with results-based performance bonus.
Apply for the job

HVFC is responsible for the recruitment. Interested and qualified candidates are invited to send a motivation letter and resume (including salary expectations and three references) in English via this platform before 22 July 2022, midnight (Central European time).

We encourage applicants to respond as soon as possible as all applications will be processed and evaluated on a rolling basis and the position may be filled sooner than the closing date. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

At SPARK, we embrace diversity in thoughts, opinions, and backgrounds. We’re open-minded and committed to creating a work environment of mutual respect. That’s why your gender, age, religious beliefs, race, sexual orientation, skin color, or any other difference in your background doesn’t influence our hiring decision.

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Date posted
29 Jun 2022
Valid through
22 Jul 2022
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