Associate PSP Officer (Private Philanthropy) At UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a home-based contract within the Private Sector Partnerships Services.

The position will be part of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships Unit, which sits within the Department of External Relations (DER) responsible for mobilizing resources to enable UNHCR’s refugee response programming around the world.

As a part of the service, our colleagues in Private Partnerships & Philanthropy (PPH) raise funds from corporations, foundations and HNWIs against an ambitious target. PPH does this through its established network of fundraisers located across 4 regions (Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East and North Africa) and the coordination and support provided by PPH headquarters unit in Copenhagen.

This job will play a critical role in driving strategic growth of private philanthropy among major donors and family foundations– donors giving US $10,000 or more – in the Europe region.

As part of PSP Europe this post will provide technical support to National Partners and country offices which prioritize the major donor fundraising channel. The post holder will accomplish this through offering; training, providing mentoring and coaching, sharing of best practices, monitoring global philanthropic trends, managing work groups, and contributing to the dissemination of information for the purpose of knowledge sharing. In addition, the post holder will produce sample support materials for use by countries to secure major donor funding.

Duty Station: Flexible location within Europe (working from home)

Contract Type: Local Specialist, LICA-9 (equivalent to NOB)

Duration: as soon as possible – until 31 December 2021 (renewable contract)

Organizational context

The Private Sector Partnerships (PSP) Services works in different regions: Europe, MENA, Americas, Africa, and Asia, and further decentralizes at local levels.

The position will be part of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships Unit, which sits within the Department of External Relations (DER) responsible for mobilizing resources to enable UNHCR’s refugee response programming around the world. The Associate PSP Officer (Private Philanthropy) position will be part of PSP Europe Regional team.

The position

We are seeking a dynamic and proactive team player, who is able to work independently as well, with a strong interest in fundraising, to become a steady and reliable asset to the UNHCR PPH fundraising operation within PSP Europe.

The post holder will collaborate closely with the regional and global staff working on market development offering strategic advice where needed. The role will be outward-facing and support the growth of high value philanthropic relationships for UNHCR across Europe.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Fund Raising Officer, the Associate PSP Officer (Private Philanthropy) will perform the following responsibilities:

• Provide one-on-one coaching to major donor fundraisers located in priority markets to ensure the development of their major donor portfolio and/or offer support in developing their strategy;

• Prepare cases for support which can be readily distributed and adapted by major donor fundraisers for their prospects;

• Ensure that major donor fundraisers have in place an emergency plan for major donor fundraising in alignment with the Global Emergency Preparedness plan;

• Support with the writing of compelling cases for support, donor communications and the materials needed for prospects’ engagement and solicitation including briefing materials, slide decks, greeting cards, receipts and elevator speeches;

• Assist in solicitation and stewardship efforts with potential major donors in countries where UNHCR is not present through a PSP office, in close collaboration with UNHCR country offices;

• Work closely with key/senior global UNHCR staff and the wider PPH network to develop and lead engagement plans to build relationships with philanthropic networks in Europe;

• Seek synergy within the wider PPH network and beyond (including other income channels such as legacy and corporate) to ensure prospects and existing donors are cultivated in the most effective way;

• Provide strategic input and support to PSP Europe team in market development and planning for philanthropy within Europe, including support and input on recruitment, strategic planning, integrated regional campaigns;

• Other activities as requested by the Fund Raising Officer and senior Europe Region team members.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

The ideal candidate will be required to have:

• Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Communication, Social Sciences, Marketing, Journalism, or related field;

• Minimum 3 years of relevant experience with Undergraduate degree, 2 years of relevant experience with Graduate degree, or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree. Relevant experience in partnership development with high net worth donors and (family) foundations;

• Extensive experience in major donor fundraising from at least one European fundraising market;

• Demonstrated experience in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, with private sector donors particularly in the area of major donors;

• Experience in writing proposals, reporting and communication materials at appropriate levels to develop strong donor relationships;

• Demonstrated record of securing income from other private sector donors;

• Experience working with a humanitarian response or international development organization;

• Demonstrated record of success in generating significant funding commitments from private sector donors is desirable;

• Ability to build effective relationships with prospective donors, other fundraising staff and technical teams remotely;

• Strategic, innovative and results driven professional with a track record of securing major donor gifts;

• Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with larger groups of donors, as well as individual donors;

• Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for projects and to complete them in a timely manner;

• Ability to use contact management database and to present and interpret data for monitoring purposes;

• Understanding of the UN system is an asset;

• Knowledge of donor advisory funds / fundraising intermediaries is an asset;

• Excellent knowledge of English is a must (written/oral/comprehension);

• Working level knowledge of Dutch and/or German and/or French will be considered as an asset.


The successful candidate will be working from home. Only candidates based in Europe with a permanent address in any European country will be considered for this role.


The position is associated with a yearly contract, valid until end of the year, with possibility of renewal. It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 9 AM to 6 PM, Monday to Friday (40 hours per week).

The salary is in line with the local UN NO Salary scale.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit their letter of motivation, duly updated (with all work experience) and signed Personal History Form (P11) and supplementary pages (if necessary), and CV to [email protected] indicating “Associate PSP Officer (Private Philanthropy) Europe” in the subject of the email.

New/accepted Personal History Forms are available at PHF Form Supplementary Sheet.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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