Fund Raising Specialist (Major Donors), P-3, TA (364 days), # 119715, Global Philanthropy, PFP, Geneva, Switzerland

United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA)

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

The Private Sector Fundraising and Partnerships (PSFP) section within the UNICEF Division of Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) works with National Committees and UNICEF country offices to maximize income and drive income growth. The purpose of the Global Philanthropy team is to grow income from major donors, faith, and membership-based organizations.

The Major Donor section of the Global Philanthropy team provides strategy development and capacity-building support for National Committees and Country Offices, including working with them to conduct prospect research, provide engagement and cultivation opportunities for global partners, and share best practices, provide training, and support on prospect cultivation and management.

For every child, a Champion

The post holder will work with key stakeholders within the Global Philanthropy team and Regional Support Centers to provide high-quality training and development opportunities for Major Gift Officers around the world working in UNICEF National Committees and Country Offices.  These offerings will include the Major Gift Leadership Academy, the Mentorship Programme, and the Skill Share virtual webinars. The post holder will also support the Global Philanthropy team with designing other trainings and professional development opportunities throughout the year for philanthropy staff and leading on knowledge management for the Global Philanthropy team.

How can you make a difference?

Major Gift Leadership Academy

  • Manage the recruitment, curriculum development, and logistics of the Major Gift Leadership Academy to ensure a best-in-class professional development offer for UNICEF philanthropy staff.
  • Monitor trends in philanthropy to maintain a relevant and effective offering.
  • Develop KPIs and monitoring and evaluation system for the Academy.
  • Promote the Academy internally and externally through communications channels.

Mentorship Programme

  • Organize and grow the Major Gift Mentorship Programme to support new philanthropy staff in National Committees and Country Offices.
  • Develop professional development trainings and offers for the mentors.
  • Monitor trends in mentorship and major gift fundraising to maintain best-in-class offering.

Professional development webinars and trainings

  • Planning and managing the annual Skill Share Series for Global Philanthropy.
  • Organize webinars or in-person trainings on timely and relevant topics to support professional development and skill building amongst major gift officers.
  • Identify external professional development and speaking opportunities for philanthropy colleagues.

Knowledge Management

  • Co-ordinate regular calls with philanthropy staff around the world to foster community, share information and best practices.
  • Curate and write the monthly Global Philanthropy newsletter.
  • Manage the Global Philanthropy team’s intranet pages and Sharepoint files to keep information current and relevant for philanthropy staff around the world.
  • Represent the Global Philanthropy team in division-wide initiatives on knowledge management.


The incumbent will provide thought leadership and product offerings to advance UNICEF’s philanthropy strategy, which will result in:

  • Monthly calls and newsletters for major donor fundraisers with relevant, compelling content and maintain accurate distribution lists.
  • A four-module curriculum plan for the Major Gift Leadership Academy.
  • A year-long skill share series on priority topics for Global Philanthropy.
  • A framework for the mentorship programme that fosters increased participation, community, and retention of philanthropy staff.
  • An evaluation of the Major Gift Leadership Academy and Mentorship Programme.
  • Expanded and refined intranet pages housing the latest content and thought leadership from the Global Philanthropy team.

Estimated Duration of the contract

  • 364 Days

Reporting To:

  • Fund Raising Manager (Global Major Donors), Global Philanthropy, PFP

Working Place:

  • Geneva, Switzerland is the official duty station.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…


  • An advanced university degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the following areas is required: Marketing, Communication for Development, Journalism, Fundraising/Philanthropy, International Development, or a related area.
  • Alternatively, a first-level university degree in a relevant field combined with two additional years of qualifying working experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience in philanthropy and major donor fundraising is required.
  • Experience developing fundraising strategies and securing high-value gifts is an asset.
  • Experience in learning and development for philanthropy colleagues, as well as information management is an asset.
  • Track record of working independently and meeting tight deadlines is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the UN system and familiarity with UNICEF programme activities is an asset.
  • UN/UNICEF experience is an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required. Excellent writing and editing skills in English are required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Value

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1) are required.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF PFP-Geneva is currently reviewing organizational changes; therefore, the successful candidates may be asked to commence duties remotely, and they may later be asked to relocate and be assigned to the final post-duty station/location in Berlin.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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

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