Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Donor Relations Officer (Asia), P4
Job Code Title: Snr EXT RELS & PRJS OFR (Arab Countries)
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: JERUSALEM
Posting Period: 13 April 2022 - 10 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Programme Management-UNRWA-179236-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 Senior Donor Relations Officer (Asia) reports to the Director of Partnerships.


Contributes to the development and implementation of the region’s strategy on external relations and fundraising; manages relationships with key donors across Asia; provides a consistently high level of responsiveness and service to key donors; actively pursues innovative avenues of cooperation for funding opportunities by public and private donors in the Middle East, Gulf region and the wider Asia region; provides counsel to the Director of Partnerships, Director of External Relations and senior management;

Negotiates bilateral agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with donors on behalf of the Agency; negotiates and drafts project proposals in coordination with field offices; analyzes, reviews and edits project proposals and progress reports; drafts correspondence for the purpose of fund-raising and advocacy; produces briefing materials and talking points for senior management including the Commissioner-General, Deputy Commissioner-General, Directors, and the Representative Offices in New York, EU, Washington, and Geneva and other Senior Officials;

Promotes and implements the Agency’s Resource Mobilization Strategy with results-oriented concrete actions; organizes and participates in senior level missions to donor capitals; participates in major meetings and conferences including the hosts and donors meeting and policy-level bilateral discussions with senior government civil servants or at the political level; organizes and participates in donor field trips in the five fields of operations including high level delegations from capitals;

Contributes to the development and strategic use of outreach materials and media for the purpose of increased public awareness and fund-raising; drafts donor brochures in conjunction with official visits to capitals; oversees the preparation of visibility plans;

Makes significant contributions to various fund-raising documents including appeals and Department’s reports and policy documents;

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


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.

- Creating and Innovating
- Planning and Organizing
- Analyzing
- Creating and Maintaining Impact and Partnership
- Managing Complexity and Change

For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un.


Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in political science, international relations, public administration, law, economics, or a related discipline.

Work Experience

At least eight years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in donor relations and fundraising working for a national/international organization or development agency as well as a proven track record in fund-raising within Asia 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

Knowledge of UNRWA and the wider UN system is desirable


Excellent command of written and spoken English.
Knowledge of a second UN language is desirable.


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 incumbent is required to travel regularly inside and outside 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 appointment to the same post or a similar post.

- UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

-A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

- 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.

- For more details on UNRWA, please visit:

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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