UNHCR Assistant Private Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer (Islamic Philanthropy) Jobs in South Africa

UNHCR Assistant Private Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer (Islamic Philanthropy) Jobs in South Africa

  • 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.

  • As part of this strategy, and in order to achieve the ambitious objectives of mobilizing necessary resources for UNHCR, PSP¿s Private Partnerships and Philanthropy (PPH) Section develops and strengthens long-term partnerships with companies, foundations and private philanthropists (¿PPH donors¿).

  • As part of a wider fundraising team, the primary role of PPH colleagues is to seek various forms of support from PPH donors: securing funding for UNHCR programmes and projects will be considered priority, but the work also includes leveraging the capacities of these partnerships beyond funding, in order to build long-lasting holistic partnerships bringing various forms of support to UNHCR and to persons of concern, such as advocacy, visibility, expertise, innovation and public engagement.

  • All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description.

  • They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks.

  • In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


  • As delegated by the supervisor, support the engagement of PPH donors, and all activities relevant for the acquisition and strengthening of relationships with them, depending on the local market and philanthropic landscape.

  • Support the preparation of pitches, presentations, proposals, reports and any other fundraising materials targeting PPH donors.

  • Support the management of existing partnerships, e.g. by helping to draft donor reports, plan donor missions or other tasks necessary to ensure that relationships are appropriately nurtured.

  • Support the team with desk and market research to provide intelligence to inform PPH initiatives and/or the approach to specific donors or sectors.

  • Support on the logistics for internal and external events, including internal skill-shares.

  • As delegated, and in collaboration with Administrative colleagues, support PPH colleagues with procurement, administrative and travel matters.

  • Help to update content on PSP¿s SharePoint platform, in order to improve internal communications, and to maintain a regular flow of information with colleagues within and outside PSP.

  • Support PPH colleagues with information management and knowledge-sharing, through the collation and dissemination of documents and data pertaining to partnerships and philanthropy.

  • Support the maintenance of up-to-date records of partnerships and relationships. This might include helping to keep track of income raised, keeping internal calendars and plans updated, and supporting on data entry and maintenance on Salesforce.

  • Support the delivery of communications and visibility plans with PPH donors.

  • This can include helping to gather and collate data/information on various topics and for specific audiences, to organize the logistics of content-gathering missions and to prepare communications materials.

  • The incumbent of the position will perform in direct link with the broader
    PSP country market plans and context, including effective collaborating on and working towards non-direct cash elements together with IG and campaigns, such expanding network for other purposes like in-kind, free publicity, CRM or location access for face-to-face frontliners.
    Private Philanthropy

  • Support on the logistics of high-level events tailored for major donors and HNWIs.

  • Support colleagues in the implementation of donor care plans to ensure that major donors are engaged with the organization.

  • Support the delivery of high-quality presentations, proposals and reports for major donors and HNWIs.

  • If applicable, support on data mining and on updating databases of existing and potential major donors.


  • Support colleagues in implementing initiatives designed to engage with foundations.

  • Support on the preparation and submission of foundations grants, including budget and narrative submissions, by helping gather, consolidate and present information in line with deadlines.

  • Support the logistics of the organization of or participation in events for foundations and philanthropic networks.


  • Support colleagues in implementing initiatives designed to acquire and/or strengthen partnerships with corporations and corporate foundations.

  • Support colleagues in the implementation of donor cultivation and stewardship plans with corporate partners, including communications and visibility plans.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience

  • Years of Experience / Degree Level
    For P1/NOA - 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no 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 with exposure to an international environment and/or with humanitarian or development organizations.

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

  • Ability to balance different and sometimes competing needs and deadlines.

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

  • Experience in a UN field location and/or working in a developing country, with an ability to function well in a multi-cultural environment.

  • Knowledge of CRM systems, ideally Salesforce.


  • Knowledge of humanitarian programming and/or UNHCR programmes and operational arrangements.

  • Knowledge of partnerships, fundraising, and/or relationships with donors and/or external partners.

  • Knowledge of SharePoint 365 platform.

  • Experience in marketing and/or communications.

  • Knowledge of CRM tools, ideally Salesforce.

    Functional Skills

  • FR-PSFR Management/Support of Private Sector Fundraising Investment processes/procedures

  • FR-Fundraising

  • FR-Fundraising materials production and management

  • FR-Fundraising Mechanism of Donor Governments

  • FR-Corporate Fundraising and/or Foundation Fundraising

  • FR-Leadership Giving/Individual Giving Fundraising programmes

  • FR-Corporate Partnership Fundraising

  • FR-Experience in fundraising organizations

  • FR-Emergency Fundraising

  • FR-Middle and/or Major Donor Fundraising

  • FR-Fundraising (incl. operations, programmes)

  • FR-Experience in Private Sector Fundraising

  • FR-Fundraising - High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI)

  • FR-PSFR Management of Private Sector Fundraising Investments in new markets

  • IT-MS Office Applications;

  • IT-Business Intelligence (BI)

  • IT-Computer Literacy

  • CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community

    Language Requirements

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

  • Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Assistant Private Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer (Islamic Philanthropy) Jobs in South Africa

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