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Fundraising and Institute Advancement Officer


  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Trieste
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Grant writing
  • Closing Date: Closed


Post Number : 1ITSCPA101TP

Grade : P-3

Parent Sector : Natural Sciences Sector (SC)

Duty Station: Trieste

Job Family: Natural Sciences

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 05-JUL-2024 (EXTENDED)


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism



Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam and located in Trieste (Italy), the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers.


Under the supervision of the Senior Coordinator (Programmes & Advancement) and in coordination with the Head of Research and the ICTP Director, the incumbent will be responsible for the planning and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising campaign for the Centre and identifying potential new donors.


In particular, s/he will perform the following duties:

Long Description
  • Contribute to designing a development plan for the ICTP with the main goal of launching a major fundraising campaign.
  • Assist with the implementation of the plan to ensure success of the campaign by developing fundraising tactical plans that can secure the funds.
  • Engage with key prospective individual donors and entities for the purpose of investigation of counterpart's interest in ICTP, cultivation of the relationship and involvement, solicitation of support.
  • Develop and implement projects to attract funding organizations and identify potential funding opportunities.
  • Design training materials and conduct training for ICTP staff to enable them to contribute to and participate in the fundraising activities of the ICTP.
  • Maintain in-depth familiarity with the Centre's programmes and act as liaison between programmes and the donor and funding community to facilitate excellent relationships.
  • Act as primary liaison to the Advisory Board, prepare meetings of the Advisory Board and follow up on actions arising from those meetings.
  • Liaise with the ICTP Public Information Office for profile-raising events.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Professionalism (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • Advanced university degree (Master's Degree or equivalent) in natural or social sciences, communications, management, public or business administration, or another relevant field.



  • Minimum of (4) four years of progressively responsible work experience in fundraising, project management, public relations, communications or a related field.
  • Professional experience with a university and/or nonprofit organization.
  • Demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources, successfully soliciting significant donations).
  • Experience in building partnerships with private and public funding agencies.
  • Proven experience in managing fundraising campaigns.



  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also as a team player who will productively engage with colleagues and counterparts at varying levels of seniority within and outside the Organization.
  • Excellent planning, organization and coordination skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to influence in and engage with a wide range of donors.



  • Excellent knowledge of English. 



  • Good working knowledge of Italian.
  • Knowledge of another official UNESCO language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).

UNESCO’s salaries consist of a basic salary and other benefits which may include if applicable: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, pension plan etc.

The approximate annual starting salary for this post is 64 121 US $.

For full information on benefits and entitlements, please consult our Guide to Staff Benefits.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

This vacancy is now closed.