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Resource Mobilization Officer for Arab States

united arab emirates

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: united arab emirates
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-18

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Post Number : 5AEBSP0001PA

Grade : P-4

Parent Sector : Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP)

Duty Station: United Arab Emirates (the)

Job Family: External Relations

Type of contract : Project Appointment

Duration of contract : 1 year

Recruitment open to : Internal and external candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 18-DEC-2020


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




The Resources Mobilization Officer for the Arab States, under the direct supervision of the Director of the Partnership Division of UNESCO's Bureau of Strategic Planning and under the overall authority of the Director of the Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP), will contribute to the mobilisation of resources and building partnerships efforts by UNESCO field offices in the Arab States region including collecting donor intelligence about funding opportunities in the regions concerning, advising the Director and the Heads of offices in the region on decentralised funding opportunities, ensuring quality assurance of project proposals and reports and providing backstopping on the negotiation of funding agreements. 

Long Description


  • Contribute to the development and implementation of UNESCO’s resource mobilization strategy in the Arab region.
  • Support the Directors and Heads of UNESCO Offices in Arab States in the region in formulating, implementing and keeping their Resource Mobilization Plan up to date, including the related action plan, which details ongoing fundraising efforts across the office to address resource gaps and priorities.
  • Collaborate with UNESCO’s teams at regional and country offices level to foster a comprehensive, consistent approach to donor interactions and support them in their resource mobilization activities as required. 
Long Description

Donor Intelligence 

  • Organize briefings, meetings, visits and events with current and prospective donors.
  • Act as the main knowledge point for intelligence on decentralised donors: Keep up to date with the latest developments and initiatives of relevance to Arab States (e.g. donor trends, new funding donors announcing interest in relevant countries, donors contributing to emergency appeals, etc.).
  • Track in the Constituency Relationship Management tool, monitor all resource mobilization efforts in the Arab States Region.
  • Organize training to improve staff capacity on donor reporting and knowledge management.
Long Description

Proposals and pitching material 

  • Working with the programme Specialists, develop concept notes, proposals and budgets and responsible for quality assurance including layout, editing and formatting, Prospecting bilateral, multilateral, philanthropic, and private sector partners and translating partnership opportunity into both funds and leverage in furtherance of program and resource targets.
  • Contribute to the design of advocacy and communication tools and materials to support regional fundraising.
  • Working closely with the Programme specialists, contribute to the organization of key events for advocacy and visibility.
  • Identify and engage with prospective donors including companies, foundations, HNWI, and major donors.

Relationship Management 

  • Develop regional donor profiles and solicitation strategies, while strengthening maintaining relations with donors.
  • Identify and exploit new funding opportunities.
  • Organize briefings, meetings, visits and events with current and prospective donors, coordinate programmatic and logistical arrangements, draft reports and set action plans for follow-up.
  • To keep track of donors in the Constituency Relationship Management (CRM) tool.
  • Support Programme Specialist in the UNESCO Offices in Arab States to ensure compliance on donor and UNESCO requirements, including ensuring timely and quality reporting.
  • Represent UNESCO at external forums and meetings on occasion to position the institution with donors and partners critical to achieving UNESCO’s strategy.
  • Organize decentralized donor review meetings or steering committee meetings in close consultation with the relevant sections of BSP at Headquarters.

Implementation Monitoring 

  • Overall monitoring of reporting schedules under donor agreements and ensuring timely submission. 
  • Monitor and track the successful implementation of donor agreements together with the responsible programme specialist.
  • Monitor all resource mobilization efforts and systematically share information and updates with the relevant units, including sections of Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP) at the UNESCO Headquarters.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Building partnerships (M) Making quality decisions (M) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS



  • Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Business Administration, communication or other relevant fields to resource mobilization.


Work Experience

  • Minimum seven (7) years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in resource mobilization and/or marketing. 
  • Experience acquired at the international level.
  • Experience in writing material for partnerships/resource mobilization, including policies, project proposals and promotional material.

Skills and competencies 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills for teamwork and work in a multicultural setting and ability to interact effectively with different stakeholders inside and outside the Organization.
  • Excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing with stakeholders to convey tailored messages and translate and articulate organizational priorities to potential private partners. This includes strong written, oral, and presentation communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and IT skills including the ability to extract and analyse information from IT based knowledge systems to support decision making and planning related to resource mobilization.
  • Ability to work on performance-based targets for fundraising.


  • Excellent knowledge of English and good knowledge of Arabic.


Work Experience

  • Experience in resource mobilization for the United Nations or another international or development organization.


Skills and competencies 

  • Knowledge of SAP, CRM and other IT based systems for planning and monitoring voluntary contributions and of systems for tracking resource mobilization and outreach to donors.
  • Good knowledge of UNESCO or the United Nations System.
  • Knowledge of UN Rules, Regulations and administrative procedures.



  • Knowledge of another official language of UNESCO (French, Chinese, Spanish, Russian).

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.


For more information in benefits and entitlements, please consult ICSC website.


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 applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain 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. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) 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.

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