Job Opening

Posting Title: Donor Relations Officer (2 posts), P3
Job Code Title: External Relations And Projects Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: JERUSALEM
Posting Period: 05 April 2022 - 02 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Public Information-UNRWA-178592-R-Jerusalem (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to make a change.

If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you.

The Donor Relations Officer is responsible to the respective Team Leader/ Senior External Relations and Projects Officer, as may be assigned.


External Relations
- Manages relationships with a portfolio of donors, and organizes and participates in missions – both to donor capitals and to UNRWA Fields -- and meetings with donor countries, as necessary; provides a consistently high level of customer service to local donor representatives and their officials in capitals.

- Gathers market research on target countries to assess their fundraising potential for UNRWA; actively pursues innovative avenues of cooperation for funding opportunities; develops country strategy papers and associated work plans and works in close coordination with senior management to implement these plans.

- When requested, prepares briefing documents for senior management including the Commissioner-General, the Deputy Commissioner-General and other relevant members of the Executive Office, the Director of External Relations and Communications, and the Representative Offices in New York, Washington and Brussels.

- Ensures the dissemination of accurate information regarding the Agency’s functions among government officials, media, civil society, and the public; analyzes, reviews and edits project progress reports and drafts correspondence for the purpose of fundraising and advocacy.

- Contributes to the promotion and implementation of the Agency’s Resource Mobilization Strategy with results-oriented concrete actions; supports senior managers in policy-level bilateral discussions with Member State civil servants or at the political level; organizes and participates in donor field trips in the five fields of operations.

- Contributes to the development and strategic use of outreach materials for the purpose of fundraising.

Projects funding support
- Monitors the implementation of an Agency-wide portfolio of projects funded by various donor countries;

- Negotiates bilateral agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with donors on behalf of the Agency; negotiates and drafts project proposals with donors in coordination with implementing Departments; analyzes, reviews and edits project proposals and progress reports;

- Liaises with Field Offices and donors for the preparation of proposals; reviews final drafts of proposals for submission to donors and drafts correspondence relating to submission of reports, use of savings and interest and other related issues;

- Liaises with the Finance Department and the Programme Directors to verify information and clearances of proposals for submission to donors;

- Provides guidance to Field Offices and Headquarters Departments to enhance the quality of proposals and report writing;

- Works with Finance Department, Field Offices and Programme Departments to ensure timely submission of progress and final reports; consults with donors on requests regarding extension or modification of projects, if any;

- Ensures proactive coordination with concerned Departments, Field Offices and Representatives Offices on contributions, donor-funded projects and external relations activities and ensures timely follow-up;

- As required, takes responsibility for strengthening department-wide efforts to enhance UNRWA’s brand profile, particularly with donors, including production of a bi-weekly Donor Communiqué, communications tools in line with programme funding and advocacy priorities, and contributions to reporting.


UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply.

- Relating and Networking
- Applying Technical Expertise
- Planning and Organizing
- Persuading and influencing
- Learning and Researching

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews:


A university degree from an accredited educational institution in political science, international relations, business or public or business administration, law, economics, development or humanitarian studies or a related discipline.

Work Experience

At least six years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in fundraising, donor relations, political analysis, and/or institutional cooperation project management in the context of the UN, donor governments or international non–governmental organizations is required.

A minimum of two continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number is required.

A university degree from an accredited educational institution is required in political science, international relations, business or public or business administration, law, economics, development or humanitarian studies or a related discipline.

Knowledge of another United Nations language is desirable.


Excellent command of written and spoken English.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.

The Donor Relations Officer will be required to reside in Jerusalem and will be required to travel in the Agency’s area of operations

Only applications that have been fully completed in UNRWA's online e-recruitment system inspira will be considered and no late applications will be accepted. The Personal History Profile (PHP) should be completed with full work experience under the experience tabs as per the requirements in the Job Opening.

A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for an appointment to the same post or a similar post.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live.

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United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups.

At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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