Individual Contractor (11.5 months, full-time): Philanthropy Specialist (Ultra High Net Wealth Individuals & Families), Global Philanthropy Team, PFP

10 January | Position with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties | 100%

Individual Contractor (11.5 months, full-time): Philanthropy Specialist (Ultra High Net Wealth Individuals & Families), Global Philanthropy Team, PFP

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.

For every child, hope

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.  Over the past two years, this has focused on the impact of COVID-19 on children and UNICEF’s leading role in the procurement and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines on behalf of the COVAX Facility, which has led to increased support from existing donors and unprecedented giving from new supporters.  The Global Philanthropy team will need to drive excellence in the communication of the impact private philanthropy has made in pushing for the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments, while also designing strategies for the stewardship and retention of these critical partners for the longer-term needs of children in a post-COVID world. The UNICEF International Council, a platform for recognizing UNICEF’s most significant individual donors, will be a key part of this stewardship strategy. 

UNICEF is seeking an individual contractor to support in the design of a global stewardship plan and improved recognition opportunities for the philanthropic partners who have supported UNICEF’s role in response to COVID-19 and to support the management of the UNICEF International Council. 

How can you make a difference?

Reporting to PFP Global Philanthropy Fund Raising Manager (Major Donors) and working closely with philanthropy leads for various UNICEF Country Offices and National Committees, the individual contractor will work to improve the global offer of engagement for ultra-high net wealth donors, the design of new stewardship strategies as well as manage the growing UNICEF International Council community, including delivering the 2022 UNICEF International Council Symposium. 


  • Develop sophisticated and appealing global recognition opportunities that will help philanthropy leads engage this target audience of ultra-high net worth individuals and families. 

  • Design a global stewardship plan for ultra-high net wealth donors to UNICEF for COVAX/ACT-A. 

  • Support the reference group of philanthropy colleagues around the world who lead the relationships with UNICEF International Council members. 

  • Support the UNICEF International Council Chair, Steering Committee and Working Group members to maximize their influence in 2022. 

  • Lead in the design, planning and implementation for the UNICEF International Council mid-year meeting (June) and Annual Symposium (November). 


  • A global communications recognition package for ultra-high net wealth individuals and families who make significant gifts to UNICEF. 

  • A global stewardship plan for ultra-high net wealth individuals and families who have made significant gifts for UNICEF’s role with COVAX/ACT-A that includes innovative offerings and links to existing products. 

  • The UNICEF International Council mid-year meeting and Annual Symposium. 


11.5 months, full time, tentatively start in February 2022. 


Global Philanthropy – Fund Raising Manager (Global Major Donors), PFP. 



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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Communication, Marketing, International Relations, Social Sciences, or another relevant field is required. (Alternatively, additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree.)  

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in philanthropy as a fundraiser, relationship manager, staff of a family office or foundation working with ultra-high net wealth individuals and families is required. 

  • Knowledge of the philanthropic landscape is required. 

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, 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 to generate pragmatic solutions to challenges. 

  • Strong customer service approach to interactions with colleagues and partners; ability to navigate complex environments and help build relationships with a variety of stakeholders. 

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, and with experience in using complex database. 

  • Fluency in English is required.  

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Remarks: Please indicate your ability, availability, and gross daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered. Also, please mention the earliest date you can start.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein. Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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.

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.