Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer (PPH)
Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) | Jeddah
Title: Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer (PPH), P3
Duty Station: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Duration: six months
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
Closing date: 13 December 2019 (midnight Geneva time)
Start date: ASAP
With the growth of private sector income from the MENA region, particularly in terms of faithbased philanthropy, the Private Sector Partnerships (PSP) division in MENA have put in
place a long-term Islamic Philanthropy (IP) strategy that looks at maximizing the potential of
Zakat and other Islamic philanthropic resources for the benefit of the most vulnerable refugee
and IDPs worldwide.
Based on this strategy that was presented to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in
May 2019, which is expected to be a major contributor to the UNHCR Strategic Framework
for Private Sector Fundraising and Partnerships: the $1 Billion Strategy, includes the
expansion of the IP team in MENA and beyond, as a key pillar.
In 2019 all the efforts and groundwork that have been laid in the past couple of years to tap
into the true potential of giving in KSA are finally showing signs of fruition, with 800K raised
by mid-year which is 50% of the planned income for 2019. Furthermore the Islamic
Philanthropy (IP) program is already set for a global expansion with KSA being one of the
countries taking centre stage. As such PSP MENA is looking to add a P3 resource as early as possible to lead the PPH team as well as develop a strategy and pipeline for the IP program to take root in the Kingdom. This is timely especially considering the strategy that
was presented to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in May 2019, which is expected
to be a major contributor to the UNHCR Strategic Framework for Private Sector Fundraising
and Partnerships: the $1 Billion Strategy, includes the expansion of the IP team in MENA
and beyond, as a key pillar.
The resource will be reporting to the Chief of PSP MENA and working closely with the
Islamic Philanthropy Officer that is based in Dubai on all Zakat/IP related activities in KSA, to
include pipeline monitoring, reporting and proposal writing. In addition the P3 will be working
closely with the regional rep in Riyadh, and will be expected to lead the existing local PSP
team of two.
Duties and responsibilities
• Develop, implement and report on the annual plan including its associated income
and other goals.
• Act as a supportive and active contributor to the work of the External Relations
Team in KSA
• Explore and develop sources of funds from PPH (Partnerships and Philanthropy)
sources (corporate/foundations/wealthy individuals) to increase level of funding
while focusing on implementing the IP program in KSA.
• Prepare submissions to the National Growth Fund (as needed) to secure funding to
increase the donor base of private sector donors in KSA.
• Prepare cultivation plans for top prospects and donors for both Islamic Philanthropy
(IP) and non IP programs in KSA. This entails direct management of some
accounts, following up with other account managers on meeting outcomes and
tasks, and attending meetings with relevant prospects. Maintain a predictable level
of service and value for the donor to ensure a stable level of contributions.
• Lead the existing PSP human resources and monitor their development with regards
to the accounts they manage as well as their career planning.
• Develop a strategy and then plan and conduct PSP campaigns in KSA including for
emergencies. This includes managing relations with partners, media, contractors
• Maintain a predictable level of service and value for the donor to ensure a stable
level of contributions.
• Update the PSP Officer in charge of Islamic Philanthropy in the region on activities
implemented in KSA, including lessons learned and recommendations for future
opportunities and plans.
• Ensure due diligence screening for all prospects. Review and clear comprehensive
grant and cooperation agreements for relevant donors
• Develop a detailed Annual PSP Plan in close consultation with the PSP team in
• Develop a monthly work plan to be approved by the supervisor.
• Perform any additional regional activities or responsibilities as requested.
• A comprehensive strategy is developed and implemented to increase private sector
funds for the IP program as well as other themes in KSA.
• Establish at least 3 new partnerships annually, including funding partners such as
HNWI and Islamic financial institutions.
• Ensure successful development of the local PSP team in KSA.
• Manage PSP human resources: supervise all PSP staff and consultants in line with
UNHCR's staff rules, regulations and policies.
• Manage PSP financial resources: supervise and monitor PSP expenditure/budget
and income recording and reporting and manage the donor database.
• Manage designated accounts in KSA as it pertains to the Islamic Philanthropy/
Zakat strategy in order to deliver a direct annual income of $1M.
Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required
• Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in business/marketing, social
sciences or a related discipline plus 6 years previous relevant work experience (6
years with advanced university degree) with 5 years private sector fundraising
experience in a not-for-profit organization or an international organization or a
marketing/fundraising consultancy firm in the GCC
• Proven experience in preparing and implementing developing plans for annual
income growth as well as in strategic planning.
• Demonstrated ability to meet targets.
• Proven experience in developing and delivering fundraising programmes.
• Proven expertise and up-to-date knowledge in all major existing and new fundraising
and partnership techniques including direct marketing and direct response
fundraising, monthly donor programmes including face-to-face, telemarketing,
middle and major donors, legacies, corporate fundraising and new media
• Experience of managing the production of fundraising materials from creative and
design to production, print and delivery.
• Experience of management of staff and/or consultants and good leadership skills.
• Excellent analytical and conceptual skills and strong communication and
presentation skills (both verbal and written).
• Excellent computer skills and practical experience in working with Microsoft Office
and CRMs such as Salesforce.
• Experience in managing a fundraising and partnership programme in more than one
not-for-profit organization an advantage.
• Market/ prospect research skills.
• Excellent sales and negotiation skills.
• Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
Proficiency in Arabic and English is essential (verbal and written).
The role will be based in Riyadh/Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Some travel in the GCC.
Interested applicants should submit their application to the Private Sector Partnerships
Officer (Individual Giving) – Profile (JO number 15586) indicating in the letter of
interest the Partnerships and Philanthropy Officer, P3 role in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
To view all vacancies, visit https://www.unhcr.org/careers.html.
Deadline for applications: 13 December 2019 (midnight Geneva 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