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Batch Recruitment: Fundraising Specialist (Legacies), P-3, (2 Posts) #103464, #113289, PFP, Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: 2020-08-03

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Come join UNICEF's global legacy team and make a difference for children around the world. We are looking for a passionate, skilled legacy specialist to help our fundraisers around the world build excellent legacy giving programs. This a quickly growing fundraising area for UNICEF, and we need your experience to ensure we maximize the opportunity for UNICEF!

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

The Private Sector Fundraising and Partnerships (PSFP) section within Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division (PFP) works with National Committees and UNICEF Country Offices to maximize income and drive income growth to support UNICEF’s mission.

These 2 Fixed-Term (FT) positions of Fundraising Specialist (Legacies) will work as part of the legacy team within the wider Individual Giving team, who work with markets to directly influence private sector income. Legacies contribute towards the strategic plan 2018-21 goals for Individual supporters, through both revenues raised and the number of supporters interested in leaving a legacy gift to UNICEF, and the legacy team support on achieving the KPIs through their work with markets.

Purpose of the Position

These 2 Fixed-Term (FT) Fundraising Specialist (Legacies) will primarily focus on supporting and enabling a portfolio of markets to grow their legacy activities to achieve higher levels of income from this source.

The incumbents of each position will also support on the implementation and further development of UNICEF’s global legacy fundraising strategy and both manage and contribute to a range of key projects and initiatives that relate to driving the ambitious growth of this income channel for the organization.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

The incumbents will provide strategic advice, technical fundraising expertise and support and guidance to a portfolio of UNICEF fundraising markets to help them grow and develop their legacy programs, in alignment with the UNICEF global legacy strategy. The incumbents will also lead or support on a range of key initiatives and projects driven by the central legacy team.

These are a cross-functionals role that will work together with other members of the Private Sector Fundraising and Partnerships team and be a part of the central legacy team in Geneva.

Support a portfolio of UNICEF markets to deliver increased performance in income and marketing results

  • Work with frontline fundraisers and their managers and teams to develop strategies and plans to grow their legacy activities and income
  • Provide regular support to markets on the monitoring of their performance, evaluating progress and implementation of their legacy activities and plans
  • Work with teams across fundraising to support the integration of legacies into supporter journeys and ensure all the target audiences are being reached with legacy messaging
  • Support markets to develop more advanced skills, knowledge, systems and assets to enhance their legacy programs
  • Support markets on meeting their research needs and help them to find actionable insight to develop their legacy programs further
  • Support markets on how to align with UNICEF legacy positioning and messaging, whilst adapting for the local context
  • Support markets on their approach to building supporter centric relationships and developing products and services that meet their supporter’s needs  
  • Support markets on building their business cases for their legacy program and securing resources for their activities
  • Support markets on developing relationships with key legacy partners

Support markets in portfolio and at a global level on a range of key initiatives and projects that are related to

  • Overall monitoring and evaluation of the global UNICEF legacy performance
  • Providing UNICEF legacy fundraising markets with data and insight to support their programs
  • Facilitating knowledge transfer and sharing and support the flow of ideas and innovation across the UNICEF markets
  • Driving business development and partnership opportunities for legacy giving for UNICEF
  • Developing content and creative assets that can be shared as a global resource, via the creation of manuals, toolkits, presentations and cultivation of a central online resource for the UNICEF legacy community
  • Enhancing the legacy supporter experience and promote activities that inspire, engage and nurture people towards legacy giving to UNICEF
  • Coordination, planning and delivery of fruitful learning experiences and events that seek to build the capabilities of legacy frontline fundraisers and the wider UNICEF fundraising community
  • Developing and delivery of an internal communications plan and induction and training program for legacy fundraisers at UNICEF
  • Tracking global developments in legacy fundraising across the sector and sharing fundraising trends and latest techniques with the UNICEF legacy community

Other duties as required.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…


  • An advanced University degree in Marketing, Social Science, Communication, Fundraising, Business Administration or another relevant field is required.
  • A first level university degree in a relevant field combined with 7 years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience is required, preferably in legacy fundraising in a charity environment.
  • Hands-on technical expertise in a multi-channel campaign environment is highly desirable
  • Experience in other areas of fundraising an advantage.
  • Previous experience of working in a fast-paced, results-driven organization is essential.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English required.  Working knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core competencies

  • Communication - Level III
  • Working with People - Level II
  • Drive for Results - Level III

Functional Competencies

  • Persuading and influencing - Level III
  • Applying technical expertise - Level II
  • Creating and Innovating - Level II
  • Planning and Organizing - Level II
  • Relating and networking- Level II

To view our competency framework, please click here


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service and this position is classified as "Rotational" which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty (i.e. 5 Years in the case of Geneva HQ).

For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visit UNICEF’s Entitlements’ page.  If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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