UNICEF recruits 01 Donor Relations Specialist, P-3

UNICEF recruits 01 Donor Relations Specialist, P-3


Job no: 522773
Work type: Temporary Appointment
Location: Afghanistan
Categories: Communication / External Relations, P-3

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.

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. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.

We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.

UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

For every child, quality learning

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Work for UNICEF:

For every child:


How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance and supervision of the Resource Mobilization Manager, the Programme Specialist – Donor Relations – will be responsible for donor reporting and contribute to donor recognition efforts in support of maintaining and strengthening existing Government and National Committee funding partnerships. In addition, the staff member will support the fundraising efforts of the office through support to donor profiling and elaboration of key products such as briefs highlighting under-funded areas.


Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Result: UNICEF Afghanistan office has a well maintained and updated knowledge base on the aid environment in the country including specific donor interests, assistance frameworks for Afghanistan and funding trends to support informed and strategic donor outreach and engagement:

  • Review donor assistance frameworks and policies in Afghanistan;
  • Maintain updated donor profiles;
  • Provide updates on developments in financing for UNICEF relevant sectors;

Result: Funds are mobilized to fill urgent funding priorities to support regular and humanitarian interventions:

  • Support the development and review of funding proposals, concept notes, fundraising brief, proposals and other products as relevant;
  • Maintain donor proposal tracking sheet and follow up on pledged funding;
  • Provide regular summaries of urgent funding needs for both the humanitarian and development programme consolidated for the office across all programme sections;

Result: Relationships with existing Government and National Committee donor partnerships are maintained and strengthened:

  • Work with programme colleagues to ensure timeliness and quality of donor reports. This includes gathering of information, consolidation, editing, layout and branding of all required reports for contributions. In reviewing the reports, ensure compliance with donor requirements, quality of data and systematic-results based reporting.
  • Liaise with donors on reporting questions, contractual agreements and meetings; (including liaising with HQ as necessary);
  • Support the organization of donor events;
  • Facilitate the negotiation and processing of grant extensions;
  • Maintain donor reporting schedule and ensure timely submission of quality donor reports including oversight and assurance on report content;
  • Liaise with communication and programme section and zonal offices to support donor recognition initiatives;
  • Elaborate quarterly donor newsletter;
  • Support in the elaboration of briefing notes and materials for donor meetings / annual consultations;

Result: Improved functioning and capacity of the office and staff in the area of donor reporting leading to improvements in quality and timeliness:

  • Provide feedback to section colleagues on donor reporting including bilateral coaching;
  • Organize group training sessions for zonal and central level colleagues on donor reports;
  • Support the elaboration and operationalization on SoP linked to donor reporting.


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

Education: Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines is required.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in a relevant field such as in donor relations; resource or project management, or external relations is required. Specific experience working with the international community would be an asset.

Language: Fluency in English and another UN language (IP) / local working language of the duty station (NO).


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are…

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and supervising (I)
  • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (II)
  • Applying technical expertise ((III)

View our competency framework at:


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.


Remarks: Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Advertised: Afghanistan Standard Time
Applications close: Afghanistan Standard Time


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