Closing Date: Tuesday 27th of July 2021
Organization MSF
Employment Type Internship
Province Gauteng
Town/City Johannesburg
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We are looking for a proactive and analytical individual with a commitment to confidentiality and high ethical standards. The Philanthropy Research Intern will have the ability to synthesize and translate his/her research into practical suggestions/actions to the Philanthropy team fundraising goals.


Include but not limited to:

  • Identify and qualify new prospects by researching and analysing individuals, foundations, and corporations for their potential interest in MSF.
  • Research and write due diligence reports on new prospects to ensure that new donations are in line with MSF SA’s gift acceptance policy.
  • Conduct prospective donor research, including identifying active mid-level donors for potential upgrade through active data mining and ranking.
  • Rate donors (lapsed or mid-level) and prospects in terms of inclination and capacity to give.
  • Participate in team meetings on prospect review, cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Contribute to and maintain the report tracking system for major donors and prospects including the recording of meetings, outcomes, next steps and follow up strategy.
  • Write confidential research profiles on individual, corporate and foundation donors/prospects for meetings and strategic planning,
  • Assist with preparation of background briefing notes for staff in preparation for donor/prospect meetings.


  • Relevant tertiary qualification in:
  1. Marketing,
  2. Business Administration,
  3. Data Sciences
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to understand basic financial information from a variety of sources.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet, e-mail and database management
  • Demonstrate proficiency in research methodologies
  • An understanding and keen interest in philanthropy and the development of African philanthropy space would be an added advantage
  • Skilful in drafting and editing research and briefing materials.


  • Detail-orientated, deadline-driven and self-directed.
  • Team-player with an ability to work under pressure.
  • A natural curiosity about people is key, as in an interest in research
  • Confidence to show initiative (especially in identifying new sources of information and analysis of that information).
  • Tact, diplomacy, sound judgment and demonstrated commitment to professional ethics and safeguarding donor confidentiality at all times.
  • A positive mental attitude, persistence and desire to learn.
  • Identify with the values upheld by MSF.


How to Apply

Apply Online for the MSF: Philanthropy Research Internship 2021


NB. If you do not hear from us within 14 days, please consider your application unsuccessful.


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