Associate PSP Officer (LG)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 07

Position description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a contract within the Private Sector Partnerships Services in our Office in Brussels, Belgium. The position will be part of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships Unit, which sits within the Department of External Relations (DER) responsible for mobilizing resources to enable UNHCR’s refugee response programming around the world.

As a part of the service, colleagues in Leadership Giving roles (LG) raise funds from corporations, foundations and HNWIs against an ambitious target. LG does this through its established network of fundraisers located across 4 regions (Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East and North Africa) and the coordination and support provided by LG headquarters unit in Copenhagen. LG manages a portfolio of around US$ 130 million annually.

PSP having identified the need to further expand relations with foundations and major donors in Belgium and Luxembourg has decided to create this function that will report to PSP Europe’s management.

UNHCR has developed a $1billion PSP fundraising strategy 2018-2025. Foundations has been identified a key area of LG growth as part of this strategy. This role will be key in operationalizing the foundation component of the new PSP and LG strategies.

The Associate PSP Officer (LG) position, based in Brussels, offers a unique opportunity to work within the PSP Europe team dedicated to raise funds and establish partnerships for UNHCR with the private sector in Europe.

Duration: 1 April 2018 – 31 December 2018
Contract Type: Local Support, LICA-9 (equivalent to NOB)
Closing date: 21 March 2018

Organizational context

The Private Sector Partnerships (PSP) Services works in different regions: Europe, MENA, Americas, Africa, and Asia, and further decentralizes at local levels. The Associate PSP Officer (LG) position is part of PSP Europe Regional team (support Team for PSP Europe region) and it is based in the UNHCR Office located in Brussels.

The position

We are seeking a dynamic and proactive team player, with a strong interest in fundraising, to become a steady and reliable asset to the LG fundraising operation within PSP Europe.

The main responsibility of this position is to further expand relations with foundations and major donors in Belgium and Luxembourg, but it will also play a key role in operationalizing the Foundation component of the new PSP and LG strategies.

This role will work closely with the PSP Officer (Europe) who will set short term goals and monitor progress in line with the 2018 plan.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of PSP Officer (Europe), the Associate PSP Officer (LG) will perform the following responsibilities:

  • Develop and support initiatives with private foundations and other private sector donors (corporates and HNWIs), to obtain high value financial support for selected projects and programs, advocate and raise awareness for refugees, displaced and UNHCR and other partnership engagement as appropriate;
  • Identify, support and develop national/regional opportunities in line with organizational priorities;
  • Focus on the development of key multi-year LG/PSP relationships in both Belgium and Luxembourg and availability for assignments in the larger European francophone area in France, Monaco and Switzerland;
  • Development of compelling proposals and presentations for prospective new partners;
  • Work closely with LG network and key/senior UNHCR staff to develop and lead engagement plans to build relationships with senior foundation leaders and philanthropy networks;
  • Support in the roll out of the Global Foundation strategy and roll out of the PSP/LG strategy;
  • Maintain detailed records of engagement and plans, using relevant systems to monitor progress in the development of foundation partnerships.


The ideal candidate will be required to have:

  • Advance University degree in Law, Development, International Relations, Communication or related field;
  • Minimum 4 years relevant experience in fundraising from private donors/foundations;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and French (written/oral/comprehension);
  • Experience working with a humanitarian reponse or international development organisation;
  • Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, with private sector donors particularly in the area of private foundation fundraising techniques;
  • Demonstrated record of success in generating significant funding commitments from private foundations and other private sector donors;
  • Demonstrated ability in grant and proposal writing, reporting and communication materials at appropriate levels for varied partnership development;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of foundations and private donors;
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals;
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for projects and to complete them in a timely manner;
  • Ability to build effective relationships with prospective foundation donors, and UNHCR technical teams and fundraising staff remotely;
  • Ability to use contact management database and to present and interpret data for monitoring purposes.


The successful candidate will be based with the team in UNHCR’s office in Brussels, Belgium.


The position is associated with a yearly contract, valid until end of the year, with possibility of renewal. It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 9 AM to 6 PM, Monday to Friday (40 hours per week).

The salary is in line with the local UN NO Salary scale.

Application instructions

Interested applicants should submit their letter of motivation, Personal History Form (P11), and CV to [email protected] indicating ‘Associate PSP Officer (LG), Brussels’ in the subject of the email.

P11 forms are available at

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