Senior Donor Relations Officer (Asia), P4, Jerusalem

occupied Palestinian territory

Org. Setting and Reporting UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to make a change.

If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you. The Senior Donor Relations Officer (Asia) reports to the Director of Partnerships.


Contributes to the development and implementation of the region’s strategy on external relations and fundraising; manages relationships with key donors across Asia; provides a consistently high level of responsiveness and service to key donors; actively pursues innovative avenues of cooperation for funding opportunities by public and private donors in the Middle East, Gulf region and the wider Asia region; provides counsel to the Director of Partnerships, Director of External Relations and senior management; Negotiates bilateral agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with donors on behalf of the Agency; negotiates and drafts project proposals in coordination with field offices; analyzes, reviews and edits project proposals and progress reports; drafts correspondence for the purpose of fund-raising and advocacy; produces briefing materials and talking points for senior management including the Commissioner-General, Deputy Commissioner-General, Directors, and the Representative Offices in New York, EU, Washington, and Geneva and other Senior Officials; Promotes and implements the Agency’s Resource Mobilization Strategy with results-oriented concrete actions; organizes and participates in senior level missions to donor capitals; participates in major meetings and conferences including the hosts and donors meeting and policy-level bilateral discussions with senior government civil servants or at the political level; organizes and participates in donor field trips in the five fields of operations including high level delegations from capitals; Contributes to the development and strategic use of outreach materials and media for the purpose of increased public awareness and fund-raising; drafts donor brochures in conjunction with official visits to capitals; oversees the preparation of visibility plans; Makes significant contributions to various fund-raising documents including appeals and Department’s reports and policy documents; Ensures proactive coordination with concerned Departments, Field Offices and Representative Offices on contributions, donor–funded projects and external relations activities and ensures timely follow-up.

Competencies UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply. – Creating and Innovating – Planning and Organizing – Analyzing – Creating and Maintaining Impact and Partnership – Managing Complexity and Change For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un. org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI Education Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in political science, international relations, public administration, law, economics, or a related discipline.

Job Specific Qualifications

Work Experience At least eight years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in donor relations and fundraising working for a national/international organization or development agency as well as a proven track record in fund-raising within Asia is required.

A minimum of two continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number is required Knowledge of UNRWA and the wider UN system is desirable Languages Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of a second UN language is desirable. Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Special Notice – Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.

  • The incumbent is required to travel regularly inside and outside the Agency’s area of operations.

  • Only applications that have been fully completed in UNRWA’s online e-recruitment system inspira will be considered and no late applications will be accepted. The Personal History Profile (PHP) should be completed with full work experience under the experience tabs as per the requirements in the Job Opening.

  • A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for appointment to the same post or a similar post.

  • UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

Equivalency: -A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

  • UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions.

The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. – For more details on UNRWA, please visit:

How to apply

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at go to Department and choose UNRWA for UNRWA posts. Only applications received through will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only short-listed applicants will be contacted via e-mail only.

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