Fundraising and Institute Advancement Officer (equivalent to Chief Development Officer)

Ref: 4931

ICTP - The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

Trieste, Italy

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Role Managed by:

Rachel Hogan

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 207 340 6210

f: +44 (0) 207 340 6201


Primary Practice Group: Philanthropy, Engagement and Advocacy

Salary & Benefits: UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

Closing Date: 25/01/2021

Formal Interview Date: tbc

Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

Appointment of Fundraising and Institute Advancement Officer (equivalent to Chief Development Officer)

The International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) is a world-leading research and education centre. ICTP combines excellence in the physical and mathematical sciences with capacity building and support for scientists, particular those from developing countries, and global exchanges via conferences, dialogue and degree programmes.  Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP is located in Trieste, Italy and is funded by the Italian government, UNESCO and IAEA. Over the past 50 years, ICTP has hosted over 130,000 scientific visits from about 188 countries around the world. ICTP is a vibrant and inspiring academic community where the next generation of scientists rub shoulders with cutting-edge researchers.

Over the past ten years ICTP's commitment and contribution to world-class research have been reinforced through new initiatives in quantitative life sciences, high performance computing, renewable energies, and quantum technology. It has also launched programmes to advance women in science. ICTP has increased its presence in the developing world with the opening of four partner institutes in Brazil, China, Mexico and Rwanda. 

ICTP has nurtured philanthropic relationships with supporters over a number of years; donors include the Simons Foundation and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. Fundraising and engagement activity is run from Trieste with transnational giving conducted via the King Baudouin Foundation. Following the appointment of a new Director, string theorist Atish Dabholkar, the institution desires to enhance its fundraising, supporter and alumni activities, and now seeks to identify the individual to lead this programme.

This is a pioneering opportunity within the global higher education advancement sector. This role has the potential for a high degree of impact for ICTP. The successful candidate will demonstrate an exceptional track record in fundraising leadership, with expertise in major gift fundraising and building effective long-term philanthropic relationships. You will be passionate about the values and mission of ICTP and well attuned to working across different cultures. You will relish building an advancement infrastructure and philanthropic culture to fulfil the ambitions of the institution.

For further details, including a job description and person specification, please visit quoting reference 4931. For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Rachel Hogan on

Applications will close (midnight, Paris time) on Monday 25th January 2021

Primary Location: Trieste, Italy

Duration of contract: Fixed term contract, extendable


A written examination may be used in the evaluation of candidates.

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