Organisation: UNICEF

Position: Fund Raising Specialist - Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (P3)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Salary: This is a P3 post on the UN Salary scales

Reference: 509368

Closing date: 05/01/2018 (day/month/year)

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Fund Raising Specialist - Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (P3)



The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated.

There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nation.

Job description

The major donor section of the Global Philanthropy team has focused primarily on capacity building in National Committees and Country Offices to date. In order to develop new income opportunities and capability to achieve defined targets, the Global Philanthropy team is adding functionality in research, events and prospect management to both support markets in their fundraising and to increase direct fundraising from the Global Philanthropy team. The incumbent will be responsible for providing research and content for Global Philanthropy, Regional Support Centres (RSCs) and other markets as necessary.

The position of the Fundraising Specialist in Private Fundraising Partnerships (PFP), Geneva sits in the Global Philanthropy team and reports to the Manager responsible for, Ultra-high net worth Individuals (UHNWI). The role provides support for staff within Global Philanthropy, RSCs and the broader UNICEF network.

How can you make a difference? 

UHWNI Prospect Identification and Cultivation 

  • Collaborating with Global Philanthropy team to develop high value and realistic prospect list of HWNI potential donors.
  • Identify prospects, conduct research and create research products that will help key stakeholders engage, solicit and steward donors. Assist in mapping networks globally and making recommendations to markets on connections and possible pathways to prospects. Monitor global trends and developments in philanthropy to secure and facilitate the sharing of best practice. 

Monitor global trends and developments in Philanthropy 

  • Maintain a network of suppliers who can provide wealth screenings, feasibility studies, and other relevant analysis.
  • Monitor competitor performance in philanthropy. 

Prepare cases for support 

  • Write compelling cases for support and other donor communications which can be readily distributed and adapted by major donor fundraisers for their prospects as related to major initiatives launched by UNICEF.
  • Include a full package of materials needed but not limited to elevator speeches, Q&A materials, and other materials to prepare major donor fundraisers for solicitation of prospects.
  • Maintain and add to the information contained in the major donor fundraising ICON site. Maintain the existing working groups for market sharing, networking a shared opportunities.

Support the needs of the UNICEF International Council 

  • Planning and managing events and communications.
  • Co-ordinate monthly conference calls with the reference group and disseminate information internally.
  • Organize an annual philanthropy symposium for our International Council members.
  • Ensure council members are kept informed of activities and plans.

Candidate requirements


Advanced university degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Marketing, Communication for Development, Journalism, Fundraising/Philanthropy, International Development or a related area. A first level university degree with relevant years of working experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


A minimum of five years relevant professional work experience in fundraising (ideally major gift fundraising), research, communications or a related field.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English required. Knowledge of an additional UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) is an added asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

- Drive for results (Level III)
- Communication (Level III)
- Working with People (Level II)

Functional Competencies

- Analyzing (Level II)
- Planning and organizing (Level II)
- Applying technical expertise (Level II)
- Persuading and influencing (Level III)

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please click here.

Additional comments

This is a P3 post on the UN Salary scales. To find out more about what this means, please visit the UN site on Salaries and Post Adjustment: 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

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Closing date: 2018-01-05

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