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UK for UNHCR (UK4U), the UN Refugee Agency's national charity partner, is looking for a Prospect Researcher to join us at a crucial time in our development. As a start-up, we are a small but high performing team with big ambitions. You will play a key part in informing our major donor and trust work and in helping to identify high value corporate partnerships going forward, working with the wider UK fundraising team and fundraising colleagues from UNHCR internationally.
This role reports to the Head of Major Donors & Trusts, who has overall responsibility for all major donor and trust/foundation relationships, managing gifts between £10k - £1m+. You will identify research, organise and evaluate a prospect’s financial capacity, ability to give, willingness to give, charitable interests, and connection to the charity, operating within the organisation’s due diligence process.
Passionate about the refugee cause and UNHCR’s contribution, you will have demonstrable experience of successfully identifying prospects as well as preparing and presenting prospect briefs for individuals, trusts, foundations and companies. You will be familiar with using a variety of information sources, of complying with GDPR and other regulations and working with a CRM database. Donor focussed and a problem solver, you will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be someone who enjoys working collaboratively as part of a dynamic team.
We are interested in hearing from candidates with a range of professional experience: charity or private sector. We welcome applicants from minority ethnic and protected groups. If you think you have the relevant skills and crucially, the passion to support the refugee cause, please apply.
Who We Are And What We Do
United Kingdom for UNHCR is the United Nations Refugee Agency’s national charity partner for the United Kingdom. We generate public awareness of the plight of refugees and raise funds to help protect them through UNHCR’s humanitarian operations across the world.
Our supporters include UK private individuals, communities, corporate partners, trusts and foundations. The funds we raise help UNHCR deliver emergency relief such as shelter, medical care and basic supplies to people fleeing conflict and persecution, as well as healthcare, education and livelihoods opportunities for those who remain displaced over the long term.
Nobody chooses to be a refugee, but we can all play a part in their protection and we want those who work with us to share our values and passion for the cause.
We strongly value diversity and recognise that it is critical to our success and the cause that we serve. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all who work with us and strongly welcome applications from diverse backgrounds.
We are also open to flexibility in many different ways, including an element of working from home and flexible hours. Please don’t be afraid to speak to us about this at the interview stage, so we can explore what’s possible.
- Working with the Head of Major Donors and Trusts, create an overarching strategy for the prospect research function, to deliver a strong and sustainable prospect pipeline.
- Using a broad spectrum of sources, identify, research, organise and evaluate a prospect’s financial capacity, ability to give, willingness to give, charitable interests, and connection to the organisation. Support fundraising staff in prioritising prospects.
- Keep up to date on research and due diligence trends including identifying ways to improve risk research, due diligence and market insight.
- Work within UK4U’s and UNHCR’s due diligence policy and processes, maintaining a system to enable the organisation to track due diligence carried out, ensuring compliance with all regulatory best practice standards. This includes working in accordance with UNHCR HQ due diligence procedures for online submission of due diligence reports.
- Produce in-depth, well-written reports on prospects based on a combination of data from the donor database, open access records and other markers of high quality donors
- Deliver prospect briefings for fundraising colleagues* working with high value individuals and companies.
- Embed best practice use of the database within the team.
- Develop tools to analyse and review our prospect pool and how prospects are moved through the pipeline
- Implement new research techniques as they arise in order to improve our prospect research methodology
- Provide general support to fundraising staff and work on special projects or other activities as requested by the Head of Major Donors & Trusts.
* Currently consists of six posts: Head of Trusts & Foundations, managing a Trust & Foundation Manager, a Snr Major Donor & Trust Officer and a Major Donor Manager (new role). On the corporate side, Strategic Lead – Partnerships, managing a Snr Corporate Partnerships Officer.
Personal Attributes and Experience
- Experience of providing strategically aligned research to help identify and prioritise prospects capable of offering significant financial and/or other support to UNHCR.
- Experience of profiling, network mapping, prospect qualification and other intelligence gathering activities.
- Experience of working with colleagues in Individual Giving, Community and Donor Support Teams and optimise the use of a CRM database to identify potential prospects.
Essential Skills and Knowledge
- Ability to investigate, analyse, and synthesize large quantities of data into a user-friendly and concise format for use by fundraisers and key volunteers (eg Trustees).
- Ability to proactively identify new prospects
- Ability to juggle and prioritise multiple tasks and meet deadlines;
- Able to demonstrate flexibility, with a willingness to respond quickly, particularly at times of humanitarian crisis;
- Able to learn quickly and adapt to new situations well
- Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills
- Be discreet with sensitive and personal donor details that are often confidential
- Able to problem-solve effectively
- Able to take a tactful and ethical approach to fundraising research and analysis
- A strong understanding of GDPR and other regulatory compliance for fundraising research.
- Proficiency with CRM databases (knowledge of SalesForce helpful).
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
· Demonstrable interest in international development/humanitarian issues and/or experience of higher education study in this area.
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