Fundraising Specialist (Emergency Engagement), P3, #103468, PFP, Geneva, Switzerland

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 27 Oct 2019

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.For every child, Hope...

The Private Sector Fundraising (PSFR) section within Private Fundraising Partnerships (PFP) works with National Committees and UNICEF Country Offices to maximize income and drive income growth. The Fundraising Engagement Team is responsible for developing compelling content to drive fundraising, and in doing so support advocacy and brand.

How can you make a difference?

The position of Fundraising Specialist (Emergency Engagement) will primarily focus on maximizing available opportunities to acquire new donors to UNICEF and engage current donors by maximizing high visibility periods like sudden onset emergencies and optimizing key moments of interest around protracted emergencies. The Fundraising Specialist (Emergencies) will be responsible for identifying, planning, developing and executing engagement materials to support priority fundraising channels, while working together with other fundraising content specialists and National Committee and Country Offices to lead best practice sharing and replication.

Key functions/accountabilities:

Creation and distribution of emergency fundraising content:

  • Be the Fundraising Engagement Team’s emergency fundraising focal point for sudden onset emergencies, ensuring the timely collection and distribution of images, stories, and appeals to make UNICEF number one in emergencies
  • Work together with members of the Emergency Task Force to plan and write human interest stories, take or source photographs, and edit or re-edit videos with a view providing fundraisers with quality content to raise more money for children
  • Test, analyze and refresh centrally produced materials on an on-going basis to continually validate the creative proposition around emergencies and improve the return on investment for fundraising.
  • Liaise with Department of Communication (DOC), National Committees, Country Offices and relevant partners to source and produce content of exceptional quality
  • Identify and help develop new donor potential related to emergencies:

  • Identify and nurture new donor potential from within UNICEF’s existing pledge donor base in the area of emergency fundraising
  • Work with the corporate fundraising team to identify new opportunities for employee giving for sudden onset or protracted emergencies
  • Work within the calendar of communications to identify periods with high donor acquisition potential and work to distribute appropriate content to focal points in UNICEF National Committees and Country Offices
  • Support emergency best practice development and dissemination:

  • Contribute to emergency best practice preparedness plans by analyzing the results achieved by top performing markets in sudden onset emergencies and creating and sharing templated communications
  • Participate in the coordination, planning and delivery of training workshops to UNICEF staff and partners
  • Develop the donor experience for emergency donors:

  • Work together with the Fundraising Specialist: Acquisition to develop a compelling donor onboarding experience based on UNICEF impact and captivating content.
  • Supply engaging emergency results-driven acquisition content to Support
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…


  • Advanced university degree in either Marketing, Communications,Humanities, Fundraising, Business Administration, Social Sciences, International Relations or the equivalent.
  • A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
  • Experience

  • Minimum of five years of professional work experience in creating actionable fundraising content in a charity environment.
  • Hands-on technical expertise in a multi-channel campaign environment that includes e-appeals, direct mail, DRTV, videos, human interest stories and social media.
  • Experience working in an emergency either in a field or HQ’s coordination role is an asset.
  • Experience in writing persuasively, in a results-driven organization, for different audiences.
  • Experience in emergency settings is desired
  • It would be an advantage if the person has gained at least part of this experience working in a front-line fundraising environment or in an advertising or marketing agency.
  • Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or languages spoken in UNICEF NatCom countries would be an asset.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Core competencies

  • Communication (Level III)
  • Drive for Results (Level III)
  • Working with People (Level II)
  • Functional Competencies:

  • Applying technical expertise (Level II)
  • Creating and innovating (Level II)
  • Planning and organizing (Level II)
  • Relating and networking (Level II)
  • Persuading and influencing (Level II)
  • To view our competency framework, please visit:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.


    UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service and this position is classified as "Rotational" which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty (i.e. 5 Years in the case of Geneva HQ).

    For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visit UNICEF’s Entitlements’ page.

    If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online.Salary Estimate Calculator.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link