Senior Private Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer

Closing date

Senior PPH Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Private Sector Partnerships Service (PSP) sits within UNHCR's Division of External Relations (DER) and is responsible for mobilizing resources for refugees from the private sector. UNHCR has developed a Private Sector Fundraising Strategy 2018-2025 which has the ambition of growing PSP into a service capable of generating $1 Billion annually and identifies priority fundraising markets and regions.


  • Lead on the engagement with a portfolio of PPH donors, and set strategic directions for all activities relevant for the acquisition and strengthening of partnerships and relationships with them, ensuring that a dynamic pipeline is in place and regularly assessed and updated.

  • Nurture, develop and oversee existing relationships which are part of the incumbent¿s portfolio, and ensure that they are leveraged to their full potential, and donor requirements are fulfilled, while assessing the continued benefit of the partnership(s) to UNHCR.

  • Define income targets, projections and KPIs for relationships and partnerships with PPH donors, in line with the Global PPH Strategic Framework, and perform strategic analyses and provide an insight onto delivery and management of partnerships.

  • Be responsible and accountable for the performance of PPH specific activities, to check that income is on track as per the targets established, to guarantee donor satisfaction and to report back on the successful implementation of activities against plans and priorities.

  • Ensure that records on relationships are accurate and up-to-date on Salesforce, and capture all

  • Build solid stewardship plans aimed at increasing engagement of existing donors and ensuring that they will remain loyal to the organisation in the long term; and, when requested, make recommendations to management regarding strategic directions in matters related to PPH.

  • Act as the main UNHCR focal points for the donors and partners which are part of the incumbent¿s portfolio, and respond to all queries about them, providing input and briefing notes, as required. This includes being the main focal point for negotiations on funding and grants, brokering communications between the donor/partner and relevant internal functions as required, and ultimately being responsible and accountable for the accurate recording, tracking and implementation of contributions, and for the fulfilment of UNHCR obligations under the grant agreement signed.

  • Participate in and organize high-profile events attended by existing and potential donors to expand networking opportunities and/or as part of cultivation or stewardship plans.

  • Work with PSP management in the identification of key industrial sectors to be approached within a determined PSP market; and contribute to the development and implementation of the PPH components of the local PSP/PPH strategy.

Private Philanthropy

  • Lead on the development of relationships with private philanthropists, major donors, HNWIs, and ultra UNWIs; and, as delegated, identify priorities and establish clear frameworks for engagement, as part of the local private sector engagement strategies, and annual plans.

  • Manage a select portfolio of philanthropic relationships; develop and implement bespoke care plans for donors to ensure that donors are engaged with the organization. This can include keeping donors informed of issues and locations that interest them, organizing participation in UNHCR or refugee-related events, planning communications and media opportunities and leading on the organization of missions.

  • Lead on the organization of high-level, tailored events for major donors and HNWIs, and engage with potential and existing donors at high-profile events.

  • Ensure the quality and accuracy of materials prepared for major donor audiences, directing the coordination with relevant internal stakeholders to ensure materials and messaging are in line with UNHCR priorities and branding.

  • Develop strategies and plans to engage major donors, and HNWIs in a specific market, in line with the PSP Global Strategy and the PPH Strategic Framework.

  • Keep up to date with the latest philanthropic trends and, as appropriate, commission research and screenings on wealthy individuals to ensure that further opportunities to increase the portfolio of potential major donors/HNWIs are identified and researched.


  • Lead on the development and strengthening of relationships with foundations; and, as delegated and in collaboration with the supervisor, identify priorities and establish clear frameworks for engagement of foundations. This can include keeping updated on the philanthropic calendar, such as gatherings of foundations and philanthropic networks and circles, as well as of key deadlines for applications of major foundation grants.

  • Be responsible for the quality and accuracy of the submission of applications for foundations grants, and ensure that the grant is in line with UNHCR standards and fulfils the donor¿s criteria and requirements.

  • Manage a select portfolio of foundations relationships; and develop and implement foundations-specific cultivation and stewardship plans.

  • Keep informed of the latest philanthropic trends, and, if applicable, work with the supervisor commission research on foundations to ensure that opportunities are identified and researched, and that products developed for foundations audiences are targeted;

  • Create and develop materials for foundations, in line with donor interests, ensuring that they are designed to achieve maximum results.

  • Represent UNHCR/PSP in events for foundation and philanthropic networks and/or events in which senior foundations leaders are attending, and/or prepare for UNHCR senior leadership¿s participation in such events, if applicable.


  • Lead on the acquisition and development of partnerships with corporates and corporate foundations, identify priorities and clear frameworks for engagement.

  • Design and implement initiatives and materials for corporate audiences; and prepare and deliver pitches, briefings and presentations which communicate to corporate partners¿ representatives, in an accurate, timely and persuasive manner, relevant information on UNHCR¿s programs and activities.

  • Manage a select portfolio of corporate partnerships, and develop and lead on cultivation and stewardship plans to ensure that their competencies are leveraged for the benefit of UNHCR and persons of concern, that the partnership is achieving its full potential, and that that corporate partners can access partnership benefits in line with UNHCR¿s benefits matrix.

  • Assess possibilities for and lead on the delivery of joint initiatives with corporate partners, such as cause-related marketing campaigns, joint communications and employee engagement plans.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For P4/NOD - 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Marketing, Communications, Journalism,

International Relations, Economics, Business Administration/Management,

Social Sciences, or other relevant field.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses


(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


  • Relevant professional experience in private sector fundraising and/or partnerships and/or managing relationships with donors and/or external partners, with exposure to an international environment and/or with humanitarian organizations.

  • Possess expertise and up-to-date knowledge of existing and new fundraising/partnership management techniques, and of major trends in the philanthropic landscape.

  • Experience in project management, with a proven track record of successfully implementing plans requiring expert knowledge at times.

  • Experience in leading fundraising teams, and/or in managing multiple colleagues with different skillsets and areas of responsibility.

  • Proven ability to keep track of performance, and meet or exceed targets.

  • Ability to establish and implement strategies and plans according to priorities, to manage and mitigate risks, and to balance different and sometimes competing needs and interests.

  • Experience in managing and coordinating between multiple stakeholders, with an ability to multi-task, manage time, keep with tight deadlines, and to thrive in a high-pressure environment.

  • Ability to produce high-quality written materials tailored to specific audiences.

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

How to apply

Interested candidates are requested to apply on the UNHCR career page at - by clicking on the Vacancies tab and entering job ID 26611.

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.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Closing Date

Please note that the closing date is Tuesday 11 May 2021 (mid-night Geneva time).