Senior advisor, Private Sector Fundraising and Partnerships (P5)

Location:             Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, Geneva, Switzerland
Reporting to:      Regional Advisor, Partnerships, P-5
Annual salary:   This is a P5 post on the UN Salary scales (see below for more details)



UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential – to the benefit of a better world.


How can you make a difference?

Located in Geneva, Switzerland, the Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (RO ECA) coordinates and supervises UNICEF’s work in 22 countries and territories to ensure that no child is left out in our efforts to realize their rights.

There is significant untapped potential to generate additional, flexible resources for UNICEF’s work over the coming 5-10 years in countries of the Europe and Central Asia region. Countries in ECA are all middle-income, with many fast approaching the high-income threshold. Many of these have vibrant and growing private sectors, including business, foundations and other key influencers, as well as potential for individual giving. This position will guide the ECA Regional Director and concerned Country Representatives in the leadership of private sector fundraising and partnerships in order to maximize results for children by generating resources for the programs in the region through targeted fundraising.


Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Under the supervision of the Regional advisor, Partnerships, this post will be responsible to:

  1. Lead the formulation, implementation and monitoring of the private sector aspects of the ECA Regional Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Strategy as aligned with UNICEF’s global private fundraising and partnerships plan.
  2. Provide strategic direction, capacity building and quality technical support of private fundraising and partnerships activities to country offices in the region to maximize results for children.
  3. Facilitate the development and nurturing of strategic partnerships with major donors, foundations, and multinational corporations in the ECA region to generate resources for UNICEF programmes in the region.


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have …


  • At least 10 years relevant and progressively responsible professional work experience including private sector fundraising, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility / sustainability. The private sector fundraising experience must include role(s) having direct accountability in a territory/ territories for achieving income targets. Knowledge of private sector fundraising, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility / sustainability is required. Knowledge and experience of how UNICEF country offices work (and/or work experience in a country office) are advantages.


  • An advanced University degree in social sciences, business administration, management, marketing or fundraising. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Fluency in English is required and another UN language.


Additional Comments

  • This is a P5 post on the UN Salary scales.

To find out more about what this means, please visit the UN site on Salaries and Post Adjustment:

  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.


For every Child, you demonstrate …

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are: Formulating Strategies and Concepts (III), Planning and Organizing, Analyzing (III), Applying technical expertise, Persuading and influencing (III), Entrepreneurial thinking (III).  Please view our competency framework at:

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.



Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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


To apply for the post

Please send a letter of application stating the skills and approach that you would bring to the post with your CV/resume (no photos) in strict confidence by email only to Zoe Oldham at

Please ensure that they are sent as Word documents with the titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV” Please put “UNICEF Senior Private Sector Fundraising Partnerships” in the email subject line. Also please let us know where you saw the post advertised.

The deadline for applications is Sunday the 28th of October 18.00 GMT

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a two stage application process which means that candidates that fully meet the criteria above will be subsequently asked to complete a further online process within the UNICEF recruitment system

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