Women Philanthropy Fundraising Consultant, Home-based At UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Protection Officer (RSD) at UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a Women Philanthropy Fundraising Consultancy – Home-based Individual international consultant within the Private Partnerships & Philanthropy Section of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnership Service (PSP).

UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. We are in over 125 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.

  • Title: Women Philanthropy Fundraising Consultant
  • Duty Station: Home-based
  • Duration: 1 November – 31 December 2021 (with possibility of extension until January 31, 2022): Maximum 25 working days within the duration of this contract
  • Contract Type: Individual Consultant
  • Closing date: 17 October 2021
  • Start date: 1 November 2021 or as soon as possible

Organizational context

UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnership Service (PSP) based in Copenhagen, supports the Agency’s global collaboration with the private sector through 30 operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East and Gulf region. PSP’s Private Partnerships and Philanthropy Section (PPH) works to establish and strengthen long-term partnerships with companies, foundations, and individual philanthropists to provide funding and other forms of support to UNHCR and persons of concern.

As part of the PSP strategy to raise $1 billion annually from the private sector, major gifts have been identified as an opportunity to raise additional income and bring other benefits to the organization, with data suggesting women as the major philanthropists of the next decade.

The women philanthropy consultancy aims to conduct one-to-one interviews with women (high net worth, influence) to provide insights that will inform the approach the organisation should take to leverage this audience to the fullest. The Private Philanthropy Unit (PPU) is part of the PPH team and will be responsible for overseeing the project during the consultancy period.

The position

This role will advise and support as required a phased, qualitative exercise to gather first-hand information of women of high net worth and influence across different geographies.

The objective is to evaluate donor affinity and identify opportunities for UNHCR to leverage the philanthropic giving of this high-value audience globally.

Geographies include: The Netherlands, UK, Australia, South Africa and Switzerland (MENA Regional may also be included).

The incumbent will be guided by PPH’s Private Philanthropy team (based in Copenhagen), local fundraisers in selected markets and PSP regional offices as appropriate.

Under the direct supervision of the PSP Officer in the Private Philanthropy team, the consultant will perform the following tasks:

Duties and responsibilities

  • Structuring (First Phase): Advise in the structure and development of the required materials to conduct effective in-depth, one-to-one, semi-structured conversations; advise on the formulation of semi-structured questions for the target audience (questions should be designed to explore opinions, motivations and needs, and mindful of geographic/cultural differences); advise on the formulation of key messaging to secure +2 leads from each interviewed person’s circle of influence to further consult with and establish initial relationships that we could call upon later.
  • Conducting Conversations (Second Phase): Provide support and guidance to relationship managers who will be conducting the (objective) conversations; develop criteria to gather notes/observations to be analysed during the third phase; conduct (subjective) conversations with selected members of the target audience.
  • Analysis and Recommendations (Third Phase): Gather the information and analyse findings. Provide recommendations which should include agile methodologies to enable PP to develop and pilot a new approach to engaging women philanthropists and delivering on their expectations on philanthropic giving, as well as information to develop donor personas.


  • A final report to include findings and recommendations.
  • The report must include annexes with observations (notes, raw data, other) that may have resulted during the conversations as appropriate.
  • Findings should confidently suggest hypotheses about what matters to supporters, and what PP should leverage in further communications for engagement.
  • The report should also include profiling information to support the development of donor personas.
  • A presentation to provide a summary of the Report to be shown to various internal audiences (including PPU team, PPH HQ team members, regional and market staff as appropriate).

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

The ideal candidate will possess the qualification and experiences listed below:

a. Education

Basic university degree in marketing, business, communications, public relations, international affairs, or another related field.

b. Work Experience

Minimum 2 years of relevant experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 5 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS).

c. Key Competencies

  • Strong understanding of philanthropic audiences (private individuals, family foundations, intermediaries)
  • Demonstrated experience in
  • Demonstrated experience in project coordination and management, and ability to work with multiple stakeholders
  • Fluency in English; French and/or German desirable.
  • Solid organizational skills and ability to multi-task and to plan against objectives
  • Ability to work with an international multi-cultural team, in numerous time zones
  • Knowledge of humanitarian/ development work and the United Nations system would be an asset


This position is home-based.


Under this contract the Individual Consultant is expected to work a maximum of 25 working days within the duration of the contract. Upon completion of project and receipt of invoice, payment will be issued for the actual days/hours worked.

How to apply

To learn more and apply, please visit https://bit.ly/3mojY7J

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 of applications: 17 October 2021

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