Senior Fundraising Assistant

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Paris, France

UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships department (PSP) plays a crucial role in helping expand the organization’s funding base, while ensuring a sustainable and predictable stream of income. Although currently representing a small portion of UNHCR’s overall revenues, the contribution from the private sector is nonetheless significant and rapidly increasing.

As part of its corporate/corporate foundation and family/private foundation fundraising activities, the PSP department is seeking a Snr Fundraising Assistant (PPH) to support its activities. The position, based in Paris, offers a unique opportunity to work within a dynamic team, dedicated to fundraising and the development of private partnerships in France and Monaco. 

The Snr Fundraising Assistant’s objectives will be to manage and leverage UNHCR France private sector prospects/partners pipeline, including corporates and foundations in line with the fundraising strategy, while working in close collaboration with other UNHCR France departments including External relations and protection as well as with HQ and other PSP markets.

We are seeking a dynamic, motivated and results driven team player, who is able to work independently as well, with a strong interest in fundraising, to become a reliable asset to the UNHCR France operation within PSP Europe.

Under the overall supervision of the Snr PPH Associate the main tasks of the Senior Fundraising Assistant (PPH) will be to:

Cultivation & prospection activities:

  • Develop appropriate cultivation plan and work on multichannel stewardship materials to retain and leverage on PSP France existing partners/donors;
  • Ensure an appropriate strategic and tactical response to UNHCR private partners in the event of humanitarian emergencies;
  • Keep aware of the fundraising and business environment and proactively develop new opportunities for UNHCR in France, appropriately influencing the organization to explore new models of partnership;
  • Support the implementation of UNHCR campaigns, including local and global UNHCR campaigns; develop and support for implementing innovative ways of engagement (cause-related marketing campaigns, clients & employees’ engagement, technical expertise, gift-in-kind, etc.) with existing partners and donors;
  • Support the prospection of companies, corporate foundations: research, targeting, argumentation and creation and monitoring of prospecting tools;
  • Collaborate and create synergy with the philanthropy and family foundations activations;
  • Strategic monitoring of the private sector fundraising, sponsorship, and philanthropy sector (benchmarking, legal, fiscal and regulatory developments in patronage, etc.). 
  • Private sector communication and project support
  • Develop brand-compliant reports, proposals, and pitches for existing and new PPH partners and donors;
  • Support in data sharing and internal reporting;
  • Support in the design and producing/writing of cultivation and engagement materials such as thematic fact sheets, donor newsletters, iconographic research, videos, etc.; 
  • Support transversal fundraising projects: common communication assets, financial and marketing management tools, multi-channels fundraising campaigns, etc.;
  • Support the mobilization of private sector for UNHCR engagement key moments/campaigns such as World refugee Day, conferences, webinars, field visits, etc. 

Other activities:

  • Work within UNHCR’s due diligence screening policy and processes for PPH partnerships;
  • Work in close collaboration with other UNHCR France departments including External relations and protection; as well as with HQ and other PSP markets;
  • Perform any other tasks as required.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required:


  • Secondary Education and preferably degree in degree in Marketing, Business, or related field.

Work Experience :

  • Minimum 2 years of previous working experience relevant to the function combined with Secondary Education (High School diploma) or minimum 1 year of relevant working experience with a Bachelor’s or higher degree in Marketing, Business, or related field;
  • Working experience in establishing and cultivating solidarity partnerships;
  • Previous experiences in international solidarity organizations with corporates & corporates foundations and/or major and middle donors would be an asset.