Fundraising Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Kathmandu, Nepal

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required :

Background and Rationale:

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. To achieve that mission UNICEF requires resources. With that, UNICEF South Asia has begun investing in Private Sector Fundraising (PSFR) for both on-going programmatic activities as well as in response to emergencies and humanitarian crisis.

Consider that South Asia is home to 1.86 billion people. Over one third of them are children. Given the enormous population of South Asia, any investment made to build-back-better after the pandemic will have unparalleled, large-scale returns.

Consider also that South Asia is a region prone to emergencies and humanitarian disasters - events that require rapid and effective National Committee and donor outreach, including quick responses from country offices about immediate needs.

With these two compounding realities, UNICEF South Asia is currently seeking to create and execute timely and effective support for rapid PSFR during unforeseen crisis; the Regional Office and Income Hub are also seeking to tap into new donor markets, such as diaspora communities, that could have great interest and ability to support countries in South Asia.


The purpose of this TOR is to support the Regional Office for South Asia and its South Asia Income Hub with exploring and testing the donor potential of diaspora communities, as well as, with liaising between country offices and fundraisers during time of emergency and humanitarian disasters towards rapid and effective private fundraising.

The staff member will work closely with the Chief of the Income Hub and the Executive Manager for the Regional Director.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Support National Committees with the development of a strategy for engaging diaspora communities, high net worth individuals, faith-based and membership-based organizations, and foundations as potential donors
  • Execute research and gather information on potential markets and communities
  • Facilitate connections, prep for meetings, and follow-up with potential donors
  • Design a strategic pilot fundraising effort focused on mass engagement of diaspora communities and/or engaging high-net worth donors individually
  • Execute a pilot effort to raise funds from diaspora communities in support of the current crises in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
  • Support development of all assets required for mass and/or individual engagement
  • Serve as a liaison between Country Offices and fundraising offices - understanding what fundraisers need, collecting the required data from Country Offices, and creating user-friendly assets that communicate the required information in a way that effectively engages donors
  • Support initial outreach, meeting prep, and follow-up
  • Support the immediate needs for fundraising in the first 72 hours after a sudden onset crisis
  • liaise with fundraisers (e.g., National Committees) to understand what fundraisers need to effectively engage different donor groups
  • collect the required data from Country Offices in a timely manner, and
  • creating user-friendly assets that communicate the required information in a way that effectively engages donors
  • Support direct outreach to donors as requested (e.g., drafting emails, taking calls, preparing personalized proposals)
  • Create a comms, advocacy, fundraising plan to engage potential donors from 72 hours to 6 months after the sudden onset crisis.

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


  • An advanced university degree in the field of development, business, social sciences, communications, marketing or a related field is an asset.
  • A university degree with additional two years of experience many be considered in lieu of a Masters degree.


  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Prior experience within UNICEF is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of diaspora communities, creating narratives, and/or targeted audience marketing is preferred.
  • The job will require quick action without advanced notice, as well as, planned activities. As such it required candidates willing and available to work flexible hours.