Fundraiser is needed in Accra, Ghana

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Fundraiser, Accra, Ghana
Organization: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Closing date: Thursday, 21 March 2024

Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based): B

Family Type (not applicable for home-based): Family

Staff Member / Affiliate Type: UNOPS LICA2

Target Start Date: 2024-04-01

Job Posting End Date: March 21, 2024

Terms of Reference


(Individual Contractor Agreement)

Title: Fundraiser

Project: UNHCR/DER/PSP Africa/2024-001

Duty station: Accra, Ghana

Section/Unit: Private Sector Partnerships Service (PSP) Africa

Working Locations: UNHCR Office and Donor Locations

Working Days: 5 days a week (Monday to Friday)

Working Relationships: Team Leader and other Fundraisers

Position Objective: To identify and engage PPH prospects to raise funds for UNHCR.

ICA Level: LICA-2

Corresponding level: GS-2

Duration: from 01/06/2024 to 31/12/2024

Supervisor: Assistant PPH Officer – Vacant

1. General Background

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, colleagues working in the sphere of Private Partnerships and Philanthropy (PPH) mainly focus on developing and strengthening 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.

2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment

(Concise and detailed description of activities, tasks and responsibilities to be undertaken, including expected travel, if applicable)

Duties and Responsibilities

The Fundraiser performs the following duties under the supervision of the Assistant PPH Officer.

 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 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.
 Keep records of partnerships and relationships up to date. 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.
 Keep aware of developments in the fundraising and business environment and raise relevant updates on possible PPH opportunities with the supervisor.

 Prompt reporting on all PPH engagements including prospecting, approach, engagement pitch etc.
 Perform other related duties as required.

The payment will be made at the end of each month in accordance with grade.


Each fundraiser is responsible for expenses incurred for travel to work at the UNHCR office and donor locations.

4. Qualifications and Experience

(List the required education, work experience, expertise, and competencies of the individual contractor. The listed education and experience should correspond with the level at which the contract is offered.)

a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)

 Completion of Senior secondary education or vocational training equivalent to (Senior secondary school level).
b. Work Experience

(List number of years and area of required work experience. Clearly distinguish between required experience and experience which could be an asset.)

 At least one (1) year of relevant experience is an added advantage;
 Proven experience working independently without close supervision; 

 Proven ability to handle confidential information with integrity;

 Experience in answering donor/customer inquiry in person, phone or email;
 Sales experience (added value).
c. Key Competencies

(Technical knowledge, skills, managerial competencies, or other personal competencies relevant to the performance of the assignment. Clearly distinguish between required and desired competencies)


 Organizational Awareness
 Teamwork & Collaboration
 Commitment to Continuous Learning
 Client & Result Orientation
Personal Competencies

 Acts with integrity, honesty, and responsibility.
 Good communication and negotiation skills.
 Positive and highly motivated.
 Fluency in English.

 Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language. (In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of UN working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination, and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

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Additional Qualifications: Skills



Work Experience

Other information: A written test may be conducted for this position.This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

Home-Based: No

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