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UK for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency's national charity partner, is looking for an ambitious and proactive Senior Philanthropy Officer to join the Private Partnerships & Philanthropy team. You will be joining the charity at an exciting moment, becoming part of a small but high performing team with big ambitions.
This exciting role will be integral to the development of our Trusts and Foundations Programme, which has grown significantly in recent months. You’ll be passionate about the refugee cause and UK for UNHCR’s role in supporting refugees around the globe.
We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and determined and who enjoys working collaboratively, building relationships and inspiring people to support UNHCR’s life saving work. You’ll have strong problem solving and communication skills- both written and oral.
This role will manage its own portfolio of trusts and foundations and will play a key role in supporting the Trusts and Foundations Manager on the engagement and stewardship of our high-level partnerships, as well as supporting on the delivery of a high-quality supporter experience.
Working with our international colleagues, this role will gather information for reports, donor communications and proposals on UNHCR’s key areas of work.
This role will also work across the team to support on growing the trusts and foundations pipeline, through identifying and then building relationships with trusts and foundations aligned with our cause.
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 and those with lived experience of being a refugee, asylum seeker, internally displaced person or a stateless person.
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.
• Work as part of the Private Partnerships and Philanthropy team (PPH) to develop new opportunities with trusts and foundations in line with UK4U’s fundraising strategy. This will include supporting and leading initiatives to approach potential supporters.
• Support the development and management of a robust trusts & foundations pipeline and a calendar of opportunities for grant submissions to trusts and foundations
• Undertake detailed prospect research and identify the most appropriate funding and fundraising opportunities for trusts, and foundations
• Support the development of high-quality concept notes, proposals, reports, and other fundraising products
• Support, and at times lead, on cultivation and stewardship events across the PPH team. This could be anything from a webinar to an in-person event for 50+ people
• Support and lead on the development and execution of strong cultivation and stewardship plans, taking responsibility for keeping these updated and reviewed
• Help establish an appropriate strategic and tactical response to trust and foundation prospects and supporters in the event of humanitarian emergencies
• Maintain the Salesforce database with up-to-date and accurate information on trust and foundation prospects and partners
• Help to raise awareness of, and build vital support for, UK4U’s unique position to protect refugees and displaced people
• Work within UK4U’s due diligence and GDPR policies and processes
• Ensure accurate income recording and earmarking procedures to facilitate financial reporting
• Support the PPH team in other activities as requested.
Personal Attributes & Experience
• Experience of working in a fundraising capacity with an NGO or INGO to identify, approach, secure and steward trusts & foundations and/or major donors
• Experience of devising and delivering impactful and engaging proposals and communications to generate income and build relationships
• Experience of working across a busy team and managing a busy workload.
• Ability to analyse reports and communicate complex themes and subjects to a variety of audiences, written and verbal
• Ability to act proactively to identify new prospects and fundraising opportunities
• Ability to juggle and prioritise multiple tasks and meet deadlines within a collaborative team environment
• Good attention to detail and ability to proof-read
• Able to demonstrate flexibility, with a willingness to respond quickly, particularly at times of humanitarian crisis
• Excellent stakeholder and relationship management skills
• Proficient in using Word, excel, PowerPoint
• Working knowledge of fundraising databases.
• Experience of working in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment
• Experience of fundraising at an international development, human rights, or humanitarian NGO
• Experience organising events.
Closing date: 30th June 2022
Interview date: Week commencing 4th July.