Organisation: UNRWA, The UN agency for Palestine refugees

Position: Partnerships Manager

Location: Amman, Jordan

Salary: This is a P4 post on the UN salary scale

Reference: 17-HQ-AM-30

Closing date: 23/07/2017 (day/month/year)

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Partnerships Manager

UNRWA, The UN agency for Palestine refugees


UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for professionals like you.

UNRWA’s strategic objectives

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. In line with this mission, the Agency works towards five strategic outcomes: (a) Palestine refugee rights under international law are protected and promoted; (b) Palestine refugee health is protected and disease burden is reduced; (c) school-age children complete quality, equitable and inclusive basic education; (d) Palestine refugee capabilities are strengthened for increased livelihood opportunities; and (e) Palestine refugees are able to meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health. 

Job description

The main responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing a global strategy to raise leadership giving income for UNRWA; providing strategic guidance to and supervision of UNRWA’s Leadership Giving Team;
  • Ensuring that new opportunities for funding are identified and solicited, prospective donors are researched, profiled and development plans created;
  • Developing donor visibility plans, recognition strategies, planning and reporting procedures to optimize income growth and donor satisfaction;
  • Developing, managing and maintaining strategic relationships with current and prospective funders through appropriate cultivation and stewardship strategies;
  • Managing the development and submission of funding proposals to international grant giving bodies, and overseeing the implementation of grant funded projects to ensure donor conditions are complied with and UNRWA’s reputation for grant management is maintained and enhanced;
  • Preparing and managing the annual budget for the Leadership Giving Programme and ensuring that internal monitoring and reporting requirements are met. Contributing to the annual planning process by giving income and expenditure budget inputs to the overall Private Sector Fundraising (PSFR) budget;
  • Analyzing philanthropic and other leadership giving (corporate and foundation partnership) trends so that market opportunities may be capitalized on, ensuring that the UNRWA’s Leadership Giving proposition remains compelling and competitive; developing and delivering training and capacity building on foundations, grant giving and project development to relevant UNRWA teams and field offices.

Candidate requirements

To qualify for this position, you will need:


Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in political science, international relations, business or public administration, law, economics, development or humanitarian studies or a related discipline; a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience 

• Minimum 8 years of progressively responsible experience in mobilising private sector income for leadership giving, including developing and implementing long-term private sector fundraising strategies with an international NGO or UN agency, 2 years of which must be at an international level;

•Extensive experience in developing a team of fundraisers and developing donor visibility plans, recognition strategies, and planning and reporting procedures to optimize income growth and donor satisfaction; 

•Demonstrated experience in financial management, including developing forecasts and budgets.


Excellent command of spoken and written English.

You will also need to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Relating and Networking
  • Persuading and Influencing
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking

Additional comments

Duration: 1 year, with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need. 

Conditions of service 

UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $70,647 net tax free with post adjustment of 36.4% (subject to change without notice). All UNRWA duty stations (with the exception of Gaza and Syria) are family duty stations. Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

  • Dependency allowances
  • Rental subsidy
  • Education grant for children
  • Home leave travel
  • 6 weeks (30 working days) annual leave 
  • Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
  • International health insurance; optional life insurance
  • Disability protection
Additional information (pdf): See pdf

How to apply

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Only applications received through will be considered.

Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted. The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process. The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.


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Preferred method of response: Web

Closing date: 2017-07-23

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