Individual Contractor (11.5 months, full-time, home-based) Research & Project Management for New Fundraising Markets, Country Office Development and Support Unit, PFP

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.

For every child, hope

In the past decade, UNICEF has built and continues to grow its private sector fundraising (PSFR) capacity in around 20 middle income – and emerging high income – countries where it maintains programmes (‘programme countries’). These countries are where a fast-growing private sector (especially a booming middle class) provides an opportunity for generating new funding streams to support UNICEF’s work with children. As a result, several UNICEF country offices are now substantially or wholly funded by revenue generated from businesses, trusts/foundations, and individual donors within their own countries. This approach reduces dependency on UNICEF’s global resources, and it enables the organisation to apply flexible resources where the needs of children are the greatest.

Within the context of UNICEF’s broader engagement with the private sector to leverage resources and support for children, the opportunity exists to explore private sector fundraising in over 100 programme countries globally in which UNICEF operates. During a rigorous and consultative process, a creative and market-responsive approach has been developed for new markets to start their fundraising journey.

Working within the Country Office Development and Support (CODAS) Unit within the Division of Private Fundraising & Partnerships (PFP), the individual contractor will support country offices on this journey to explore Private Sector Fundraising (PSFR). CODAS collaborates with a network of dedicated PSFR Regional Support Centres (RSC) and across the organisation to empower UNICEF country offices (COs) to fundraise. CODAS does this by creating and implementing tools, guidance, systems, and technology to effectively and profitably raise private sector funds to support programmes that benefit children to survive and thrive.

How can you make a difference?

The individual contractor will review, scope, and develop a project plan to identify the needs of RSCs and COs. The individual contractor needs to implement the project plan and fulfil all associated support and administrative tasks daily.


Data and Market Intelligence

  • The individual contractor would be required to review and update existing market development knowledge and data available for new markets to inform decision making and determine project priorities.

Project Management, Delivery & Support

  • The individual contractor will work with RSCs and COs to identify business needs related to digital fundraising and document these as part of the project implementation plan.
  • The individual contractor will work with RSCs, COs and other UNICEF divisions and units to implement the project plan within the assigned timelines and budget.
  • Provide immediate support, troubleshooting and alert relevant UNICEF staff or external service provides immediate or foreseeable issues.
  • Review and develop lessons learned or case studies on each project implementation, providing recommendations that could benefit the organisation in the future.


  • The role will be responsible for identifying creative market entry solutions to digital fundraising and suggesting potential partners.




Due Date/Frequency


Inception and workplan

Month #1


Monthly report and/or progress meeting

Month #2 to #11


Final implementation and lessons learned report

Month #12


11.5-month full-time individual contractor, tentatively start in Nov/Dec 2021.


The incumbent will report to Project Specialist, Private Fundraising and Partnerships.

Regular consultation and guidance (by remote means) will be as required.


The role is home-based and may require international travel, which UNICEF will assist to facilitate.

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

  • Advanced university degree in Business Administration, Strategy, International Business, Marketing, or related fields is required. In combination with qualifying experience, a first-level university degree may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience in market development/startups (entering and establishing new markets) or business model innovation in fundraising or the subscription services industry is required.
  • Work experience in frontier markets or lower/upper-middle-income countries is considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of the UNICEF organisations and business processes is highly desirable.
  • English fluency is a requirement with experience and demonstrable skills in report writing.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

Remarks: Please indicate your ability, availability, and gross daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered. Also, please mention the earliest date you can start.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein. Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

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