PPH Officer – Sports

UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. We are in over 130 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.

UNHCR, is offering a full-time position within the Private Partnerships and Philanthropy Section in our Copenhagen office.

The Private Sector Partnerships Service (PSP) sits within UNHCR’s Division of External Relations (DER) and is responsible for forging shared value partnerships and mobilizing resources for refugees from the private sector.

UNHCR has developed a Private Sector Fundraising Strategy 2018-2025 and as part of this strategy, PSP’s Private Partnerships and Philanthropy (PPH) Section develops and strengthens long-term partnerships with companies, foundations and private philanthropists including in the area of sport.

As part of a wider team, the primary role of this function is to support the further development and growth of UNHCR’s sports partnerships around the world including direct support for UNHCR’s most recent partnership with FC Barcelona.

Title: PPH Officer – Sports

Duty Station: Copenhagen, Denmark

Duration: As soon as possible, until 31 December 2022

Contract Type: Temporary Appointment

Closing date: 22 July 2022

Start date: As soon as possible

Organisational context

The PPH officer will be located in Copenhagen. Denmark in UNHCR’s headquarters for private Sector Partnerships. The incumbent will be part of the corporate and shared value partnerships team, in particular, its part working developing new business and support. (co-managing Hybrid-Accounts, supporting the network of fundraisers and regions and develop a corporate capacity building framework and initiatives)

UNHCR has witnessed increasing support for the cause of the forcibly displaced, of particular note is the support from sport actors. This includes financial contributions from sport related companies and clubs, pledges by global organizations. Most recently UNHCR renewed a collaboration with FC Barcelona through Espana con ACNUR (EcA) the National Association Partner of UNHCR based in Spain.

The position

UNHCR is looking for a dynamic team player to help UNHCR act on the above new opportunities in support of the forcibly displaced.

This PPH Officer will move this work forward in collaboration with relevant internal units and subject matter experts. The PPH Officer will act as the focal point within PSP for the relationship with FC Barcelona supporting the work of EcA and act as a support and fundraising function on further sport partnerships with the private sector developed by the PPH network.

The selected candidate will work as a Private Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer with UNHCR in accordance with the organization’s contribution management system.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Work as a Private Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer with UNHCR in accordance with the organization’s contribution management system.
  • Work within the private partnerships and philanthropy team on establishing and growing sports partnerships
  • Support regions and markets with their sports partnerships, development of partnering plans, pipelines, cultivation and stewardship
  • Offer best in class stewardship to directly managed accounts within the sport partnerships for UNHCR.
  • Act as the UNHCR HQ focal point for the FC Barcelona partnership
  • Work with PSP Partnership Support Unit, Regional Bureaux, Operations on identifying, proposing, implementing and reporting on programmatic support from sports partners
  • Work with PSP and wider UNHCR Communication teams as well as external communication actors to support UNHCR’s sports partnerships

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Advanced university degree in law, business, international relations, communications, public administration or related field
  • At least six years’ experience in fundraising and communications with increasing level of responsibility

Desirable Competencies

  • Experience within the United Nations system
  • Experience within the humanitarian sector, programme, etc.


The successful candidate will be based with the team in Copenhagen, Denmark


It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday (40 hours per week).

How to apply

For a full job description and to apply, interested candidates are requested to visit the UNHCR career page at www.unhcr.org/careers – click on the Vacancies tab and enter job ID 38166.

Please note that the closing date: 22 July 2022 (Copenhagen time)

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Noting that Closing date is 22-Jul-22