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Fundraising Advisor, Global Shield Secretariat (CTC)

United Nations University


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Join the UN University's mission to resolve global problems with impactful research and policy development


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The United Nations University (UNU) is a critical force in addressing the world's most pressing challenges by providing research, capacity development, and knowledge dissemination in support of the UN's goals. With over 400 experts across 12 countries, UNU leverages its vast network to promote sustainable development and positive change worldwide. At UNU-VIE, the Secretariat of the G7-V20 Global Shield against Climate Risks is looking for a dynamic Fundraising Advisor to elevate its mission of providing financial protection to vulnerable communities against disasters.

  • Analyze the climate risk finance landscape and identify potential funding sources for the Global Shield.
  • Develop and annually update the fundraising strategy, ensuring alignment with Global Shield's objectives.
  • Establish and maintain communication with funding entities, managing donor relations and strategic advocacy.
  • Conceptualize and organize events to engage potential donors, promoting the Global Shield's mission.
  • Master's degree in a relevant field such as political science, economics, finance, business administration, or international relations.
  • At least 4 years of experience in fundraising or relationship management, preferably in climate policy or disaster management.
  • Excellent project management skills and a strategic mindset.
  • Fluency in English, with proficiency in French or Spanish as an asset.

The role is offered as a consultancy contract, with a competitive remuneration package, annual leave entitlement, and potential travel opportunities. The position requires an immediate start.

To apply, submit a completed UNU P11 Form, a motivation statement, a cover letter detailing your match for the role, and answer position-specific questions via the application link by June 17, 2024.

About UN University (UNU)

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge, furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. UNU’s mission is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

For the past four decades, United Nations University (UNU) has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on human survival, conflict prevention, sustainable development and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNU’s work spans the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.

UNU-VIE is one of 14 research and training Institutes that comprise the think tanks in the UNU system. UNU-VIE is Co-hosting the Secretariat of the G7-V20 Global Shield against Climate Risks (GS). The initiative aims to increase protection for vulnerable people by providing and facilitating substantially more and better pre-arranged finance against disasters.

The Global Shield Secretariat serves as the coordinating entity for the Global Shield, it provides the technical support for the implementation of the Global Shield solutions aligned to the objectives. The Secretariat coordinates amongst stakeholders, guides the fundraising and replenishment of Global Shield funds, drives the strategic development of the initiative, and engages with relevant global climate policy processes, especially on climate and disaster risk financing and insurance (CDRFI). The GS Secretariat is co-hosted in two organizations, led by a UNU-hosted Co-Director on Strategy and Engagement and a GIZ-hosted Co-Director on Institutional Development and Implementation.


A Fundraising Advisor will be recruited who supports the Global Shield Secretariat in its outreach to donor countries and funding organisations. This function will focus on the development of a fundraising strategy for the Global Shield. The Fundraising Advisor will stay in a permanent dialogue with potential supporting entities, organize dedicated meetings and with relevant stakeholders, either stand-alone or at the margins of relevant international convenings (e.g. World Bank Meetings, UNFCCC Conference of the Parties). Working closely with respective team members of the GS Secretariat this function aims at highlighting benefits of pre-arranged finance and positioning the Global Shield to attract continuous funding.

1. Support Fundraising Strategy

  • Analyse the climate risk finance landscape and identify potential funding sources (supporting countries, organisations, dedicated funds) for the Global Shield
  • Develop the Global Shield (GS) fundraising strategy to accommodate new funding organisations or funding requirements
  • Provide advisory to GS Co-Chairs and the GS Secretariat Co-Directors and in targeting fundraising in close alignment with the Financing Vehicles of the Global Shield
  • Support the GS Co-Director on Strategy and Engagement in fundraising and prepare relevant meetings
  • Conduct an annual update of the fundraising strategy, update information about status of fundraising and funding needs for GS countries together with the respective GS Secretariat colleagues and the Financing Vehicles

2.Support Donor Relations

  • Build up a regular dialogue with potential funding entities providing information and updates on the progress and impact of Global Shield activities
  • Engage with supporters of the Global Shield on a regular dialogue to attract further financial commitments and strive for regular replenishments using different formats, e.g. though a donor forum, events, bilateral meetings
  • Liaise with High-Level Global Shield Ambassadors and other supporters to promote further advocacy of the Global Shield

3.Support Strategic Positioning and Events linked to Fundraising

  • Support the Engagement Manager in the strategic positioning of the Global Shield in the key political agendas and events and support the GS Co-Chairs in their preparations for these events together with the respective GS Secretariat Team members
  • Conceptualise and organise events and / or regular meetings with potential donors at relevant international fora such as UNFCCC – Conference of the Parties; World Bank Spring and Annual Meetings, New York Climate Week
  • Support the GS Secretariat Team, especially Communications and Event Management, to update key messages to position the Global Shield well and together with the respective colleagues develop tailored-made communication products for funding dialogue and events (e.g. press statements, factsheets, policy notes, talking points) as needed

4.Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

Key performance indicators

  • Timely and quality development and implementation of the Global Shield Fundraising Strategy
  • Timely and level of engagement on building up sound relationships and a funding community
  • Timely and quality delivery of respective funding dialogues and events



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1) Education and certification

CompletedMaster's degree or equivalent in political science, economics, finance, businessadministration, international relations with a focus on climate ordevelopment policy, or other relevant social or environmental sciences.

2) Required skills and experience

  • At least 4 years of working experience in multilateral institutions, development organizations or the private sector, specifically in the area of fundraising / relationship management with supporting organisations, countries and other relevant stakeholders, ideally in the area of international climate policy, climate adaptation, natural disaster management, or humanitarian (anticipatory) action
  • Knowledge of climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, and disaster risk finance
  • Working experience in climate-vulnerable countries, and in dealing with diverse stakeholder groups, high-level experts and representatives of governments, civil society, private sector, and development organisations
  • Proven experience in project management
  • Other desirable skills: strong networking and communication skills, strategic thinker, structured, self-motivated, resilience, and a strong interest in development work.

3) Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English is required
  • Fluency in French or Spanish is considered an asset
  • Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.


The successful candidate will be retained under a Consultant Contract (CTC). Consultants engaged by UNU may not provide services for more than twenty-four (24) months in a thirty-six (36) month period.

UNU is not liable for any taxes that may be levied on the remuneration you receive under this contract. Payment of any such taxes remains the sole responsibility of CTC holders.


Remuneration will be commensurate with experience.This contract has an entitlement to paid annual leave.

Travel considerations

Should “mission travel” be required, UNU will pay for travel. However, this will be subject to the following prerequisites: Medical Clearance, Security Clearance through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) system, completion of the BSAFE online course, travel Visa, and liability waiver. Trip prerequisites will be met at the expense of the consultant.

Travel cost will be calculated based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel. Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals must not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC at

Expected start date

As soon as possible.

How to Apply

To apply to UNU, you will not need an account. Instead, we ask that you:

  • Fill out the UNU P11 Form (please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations);
  • provide a motivation statement (in the P11 form); and
  • provide a cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;
  • answer a few questions that are tailored to the position;
  • apply via the apply link.

You may wish to refer to the UN Values and Behaviours Framework for more information.

Application Deadline: 17 June 2024


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or a competency-based interview, background checks and references.

Special notice

UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.

Consultants do not hold international civil servant status nor are they considered a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.

UNU 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. Applications from developing countries, and from women are strongly encouraged.

UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

If you have supervisory function you need to have awareness on gender related issues.

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