Development Assistant 

Manifesta 14 Prishtina
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Job Profile: Development Assistant
Location: Prishtina, Kosovo
Published: 01/11/2021
Type: Full time 

Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial, produces one of the world’s most  influential art events. Manifesta rethinks the relations between culture and society by  investigating and catalyzing positive social change in Europe through contemporary  culture in dialogue with the social sphere of a specific place. Since 1996, the  Manifesta biennial takes place in a different European city every two years.  

Manifesta 14 is scheduled to take place in Prishtina, Kosovo, from July 22 until  October 30, 2022.  

For the Development department, Manifesta 14 Prishtina is looking for a motivated  and experienced Development Assistant from Kosovo or Kosovar diaspora. The  Development Assistant will work at the Manifesta 14 offices in Prishtina, starting as  soon as possible, ultimately by 1 January 2022.  

Development Department 

Manifesta’s Development department focuses on acquiring funding for Manifesta 14  from public partners, national and international trusts and foundations, companies,  and individuals.  

Manifesta’s work is supported by a large community of funding bodies, NGOs,  corporate sponsors, and private donors. Manifesta receives a generous basic budget  from Host cities, but to execute its programme of site-specific commissions of  artworks and urban interventions, full run of public programmes and comprehensive  education and community engagement, additional support is needed for each edition  of the biennial.  

Primary Responsibilities  

The Development Assistant will support the fundraising work for Manifesta 14  Prishtina from public partners, national and international trusts and foundations,  companies, and individuals. The candidate will closely work with the Development  Coordinator in managing a wide range of partnerships, enabling Manifesta 14 with  financial or in-kind support. 


The Development Assistant supports the overall coordination and implementation of  Manifesta’s broad range of fundraising activities.  

  • Collect information from the Artistic and the Production departments, draft  project texts and draft budgets for grant applications. 
  • Assist in the preparation of materials for public and private funding partners  and development of tailor-made sponsoring packages. 
  • Prepare and work out fundraising proposals and presentations (Powerpoint).
  • Assist in assuring effective communication with all funders and partners of  Manifesta 14, including drafting texts for financial and narrative reports.
  • Co-represent Manifesta 14 to different stakeholders, including public partners,  trusts and foundations, NGOs, corporate sponsors, and individual donors.
  • Assist in the execution of supporter benefits including the preparation and  organisation of VIP events, and acknowledgements such as logo placement  across Manifesta 14 communication channels. 
  • Maintain regular and effective communication with the Development  Coordinator of Manifesta 14 and Head of Development (draft interim reports,  overviews, financial accounts). 
  • Maintain an efficient and accurate administration. 
  • Assist with organising activities and meetings for Manifesta's patrons, groups,  and relations, working closely with the Audience Development team.
  • Communicate effectively with the Manifesta team on all funding matters  including gathering information for reporting purposes. 
  • Support the preparations for the Manifesta 14 Opening Days and related  events for partners and funders. 
  • Update the relationship database. 


  • University education to master’s degree level, preferably in field of Cultural  Management or comparable experience. 
  • Minimum two years of professional experience in fundraising or similar work in  field of culture or civil society in Kosovo, the Western Balkans, EU, and /or  international context. 
  • Familiarity with funding sector: public partners (municipal, governmental),  NGOs, foundations, sponsors. 
  • Excellence in spoken and written Albanian and English.  
  • Organization skills, ability to coordinate overlapping needs and timelines.
  • Excellent communication, administration, and social skills. 
  • Flexibility and ability to collaborate with team members across departments.
  • Competency in Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox, and similar. 
  • Creativity, a passion for arts, culture, and civil society. 
  • Discretion with confidential information.


Starting date: As soon as possible 

End date: 31.12.2022 with possible extension  


Please send your Motivation Letter and CV, both in English, with the reference  Development Assistant Manifesta 14 Prishtina to Marieke van Hal, Head of  Research and Development at Manifesta Foundation by 15 December 2021.  E: 

Successful candidates will be invited to an interview.

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