UNICEF is looking for a Fundraising Officer Major Donors P2 Level in Geneva Switzerland

UNICEF is looking for a Fundraising Officer Major Donors P2 Level in Geneva Switzerland

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 Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division (PFP) works with National Committees and UNICEF country offices to maximize income and drive income growth. There are five teams within the PSFP section, including Global Philanthropy. The purpose of the Global Philanthropy team is to drive income growth from major donors and family foundations.

UNICEF is moving forward an ambitious strategy of outreach to the world’s wealthiest individuals and families, to secure new partnerships and a coalition of influential individuals to advance children’s rights.

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.

The team has developed global initiatives, built to realize the ultimate offer to our partners, – linking their philanthropy to identity, individuality and meaning.

UNICEF is seeking to appoint a Temporary position to support the Global Philanthropy’s Team work across these global initiatives which include; the UNICEF International Council, a platform for recognizing UNICEF’s most significant individual donors; NextGen, aiming to inspire and engage the next generation of global leaders; Major Donor Leadership Academy, a professional development program for major gift fundraisers across UNICEF; and our family philanthropy offer for engaging multiple generations of philanthropic families.

For every child, a Champion

Reporting to PFP Global Philanthropy Specialist (Major Donors) and working closely with philanthropy leads, the post holder will work to support the development and implementation of the global initiatives, including the delivery of the 2023 UNICEF International Council Symposium, as well as other major events and global convenings throughout the year.

How can you make a difference?

  • Support in the planning and execution of the UNICEF International Council meetings including the Annual Symposium with accompanying programme visit and Nextgen Principals meeting in November 2023 and the mid-year meeting 2024.
  • Work with the various reference groups of philanthropy colleagues around the world who lead on the design and development of the global philanthropy initiatives.
  • Lead on information management for Global Philanthropy initiatives, including drafting internal and external communications, maintaining information on the organization’s intranet page, and responding to inquiries from philanthropy colleagues in National Committees and Country Offices to support the engagement of donors.
  • Provide support to the Council working groups and priority projects.
  • Working in partnership with the Marketing and Global Philanthropy teams, support the marketing of UNICEF’s philanthropy offers and facilitate donors speaking on our behalf, including drafting donor impact stories, preparing briefing documents, monitoring external communications by donors, and identifying speaking opportunities.
  • Assist in the preparation and planning for UNICEF Global Philanthropy’s presence at global convenings, including World Economic Forum, United Nations General Assembly, and other philanthropy conferences and events throughout the year.


  • The UNICEF International Council Annual Symposium 2023 and Youth Forum, including the production of the full programme brochure, managing the budget, liaising with the venue/s, and keeping colleagues updated on progress.
  • NextGen Principals meetings
  • The UNICEF International Council mid-year meeting 2024 (virtual)
  • NextGen Global Summit 2024
  • Major Donor Workshop 2024

Estimated Duration of the contract

  • 364 days

Reporting To:

  • Fundraising Specialist (Global Major Donors), PFP

Working Place:

  • Geneva, Switzerland is the official duty station. (Flexible work arrangements may be applied if there is a need.)

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


  • A first-level University Degree (Bachelor’s degree) in Business Management, Communication, Marketing, International Relations, Social Sciences, or another relevant field is required.


  • A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in event management, project management, or fundraising is required.
  • Experience in organizing and delivering world-class events for HNWIs is required.
  • Experience in philanthropy as a fundraiser and knowledge of the philanthropic landscape are assets.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required, both written and verbal.
  • Must possess a strong work ethic, have confidence, take initiative, and be an enthusiastic team player.
  • Proven ability to prioritize; work independently; handle multiple, complex tasks simultaneously; and generate pragmatic solutions to challenges is required.
  • Strong customer service approach to interactions with colleagues and partners; ability to navigate complex environments and help build relationships with a variety of stakeholders are an asset.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, and with experience in using a complex database is an asset.
  • UN/UNICEF experience is an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in English (native level) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

Advertised: 17 Aug 2023 W. Europe Daylight Time
Deadline: 31 Aug 2023 W. Europe Daylight Time


Apply here : UNICEF is looking for a Fundraising Officer Major Donors P2 Level in Geneva Switzerland

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