Nobel peace laureate requires a fund-raiser

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 July, 2005, 12:00am

Nobel peace laureate Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is looking for a fund-raiser with a background in humanitarian work to join its Hong Kong office.

MSF, which relies heavily on private donations, was awarded the 1999 Nobel peace prize in recognition of its medical work in war zones.

'Although this job is about obtaining increased donations from our donors, MSF also likes to share information about its work,' said Dick van der Tak, MSF's executive director.

As a result, the new recruit will help raise awareness about MSF's work and the plight of those it helps.

'You will prepare talks, draft letters and write brochures, so we also hope that you will have very good writing skills, both in Chinese and English,' Mr van der Tak said.

Candidates with a background in non-governmental organisations, fund-raising or marketing are particularly in demand.

'We are interested in people who show an interest in humanitarian affairs and show motivation for helping out people all over the world,' Mr van der Tak added.

An understanding of world affairs is key and applicants should be able to identify the world's current hot spots.

They should also be creative, customer-oriented and flexible. The successful applicant will also be a good team player.

As far as training is concerned, 'if people want to improve [their] fund-raising and marketing skills, we can fund them', Mr van der Tak said.