United Kingdom for UNHCR
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
United Kingdom for UNHCR is the United Nations Refugee Agency’s national charity partner for the United Kingdom. We generate public awareness of the plight of refugees and raise funds to help protect them through UNHCR’s humanitarian operations across the world.
Our supporters include UK private individuals, communities, corporate partners, trusts and foundations. The funds we raise help UNHCR deliver emergency relief such as shelter, medical care and basic supplies to people fleeing conflict and persecution, as well as healthcare, education and livelihoods opportunities for those who remain displaced over the long term.
Nobody chooses to be a refugee, but we can all play a part in their protection, and we want those who work with us to share our values and passion for the cause.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND BELONGING
We strongly value diversity and recognise that it is critical to our success and the cause that we serve. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all who work with us and strongly welcome applications from diverse backgrounds, particularly those with lived experience of being a refugee, asylum seeker, internally displaced person, or a stateless person.
UK for UNHCR is proud to have a Diversity & Inclusion Working Group. The Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Working Group is a group of colleagues focusing on tasks that drive action in the implementation of our D&I Approach. The group also works to create safe spaces that bring colleagues together for events, discussions and learning experiences that celebrate and support diversity and tackle barriers to inclusion.
We are also open to flexibility in many different ways, including an element of working from home and flexible hours. Please don’t be afraid to speak to us about this at the interview stage, so we can explore what’s possible.
There has never been a more challenging time for refugees. At UK for UNHCR we are determined to be as effective and inclusive as we can to mobilise resources to support international relief work for displaced people around the world. We aim to share the refugee experience to inspire hope and compassion with our supporters and key audiences in the UK.
We are still a young charity, but we have grown quickly in response to the acceleration in global displacement. In 2023, the charity raised circa £24m of income from donors across the UK and in 2022 we raised £50 million, much of this in response to the Ukraine emergency. We are actively fundraising across all income channels, with a fundraising team of 30 staff working closely with colleagues from the charity across communications, finance, data, executive and operations teams.
As Director of Fundraising, you will be responsible for leading and motivating our talented fundraising team to deliver our ambitious five-year plan across all income streams – Individual Giving, Partnerships and Philanthropy. The Director of Fundraising is a pivotal role within the senior management team (SMT), reporting directly to the CEO.
We are looking for an experienced fundraising professional with a proven track record of delivering income across all streams and meeting and exceeding targets to deliver growth. Passionate about the donor experience and fundraising, you will be a strategic thinker with an ability to represent UNHCR’s work effectively with donors; anticipate risks, challenges and opportunities; and manage multiple stakeholder relationships within and outside the charity.
You will be an experienced and confident leader, used to motivating a large and high performing team and operating a learning and development approach. A confident and skilled communicator and influencer, you will have an ability to develop strong working relationships with staff, trustees, donors and other stakeholders. and be competent at managing your own workload and competing priorities. You will have extensive budget management and planning experience, and of working closely with the Director of Finance and Board of Trustees.
If you think you have the relevant skills, and crucially the passion to support the refugee cause, please apply.
PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES AND EXPERIENCE
WHY JOIN UNITED KINGDOM FOR UNHCR?
You will be part of a high performing agile team of talented people, all committed to build solidarity and raise funds for refugees and displaced people worldwide. You will be working in a flexible, supportive, and inclusive environment, where your work will be recognised and appraised.