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

Ref: 7332

ICTP - The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

Trieste, Italy

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Role coordinated by:

Ellen Carter

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 3928 7362


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive, in line with UN guidance

Closing Date: 24/06/2024

Formal Interview Date: End of July 2024

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), a celebration of six decades of groundbreaking contributions to scientific research and education worldwide.

The 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, particularly 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. It is home to 187 researchers from 44 countries, including 80 postgraduate students housed across the city. Over the past 60 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.

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, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, and the Arab Fund for Economics and Social Development. Fundraising and engagement activity is run from Trieste with transnational giving conducted via the King Baudouin Foundation. The institution desires to enhance its fundraising, supporter and alumni activities, and now seeks to identify the individual to lead this programme building upon the work and expansion of our donor base that we have achieved over the last few years.

This is a pioneering opportunity within the global higher education advancement sector. This role has the potential for a high degree of impact on 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.

ICTP is the Category I Institute of UNESCO, therefore, the selected candidate with have the employment contract with UNESCO.

Candidates must apply via UNESCO's online application system which will be accessible via the UNESCO Intranet web page dedicated to Job Opportunities at:

For further details, including a job description and person specification, please visit quoting reference 7332. For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Ellen Carter on

Applications will close at 23.59 CEST on Monday 24th June.

Primary Location: Trieste, Italy

Duration of contract: Fixed term contract, extendable

Salary and benefits: Competitive, in line with UN guidance

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

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