PSP Officer (Education), P3 (TA), Copenhagen

Country: Denmark
Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 1 Jul 2021

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PSP Officer (Education), P3

Private Sector Partnerships Service

Private Partnerships & Philanthropy Section

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a Temporary Appointment within the Private Partnerships & Philanthropy Section of the Private Sector Partnerships Service in Copenhagen, Denmark

UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. We are in over 125 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.

  • Title: PSP Officer (Education)
  • Duty Station: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Duration: 6 months (with the possibility of extension)
  • Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
  • Closing date: 1 July 2021 (midnight Copenhagen time)
  • Start date: As soon as possible

Organisational context

The Education Unit – which is a part of UNHCR’s Division of Resilience and Solutions – is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is working towards ensuring that refugees are increasingly accounted for in education sector planning goals and action plans; that refugee and host community students are prepared equitably to succeed in national systems wherever they live; and that the particular learning needs of refugee and host community students are addressed by expanding existing programmes and partner investments in support of innovative local solutions.

The Education team is working closely with UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnership Service (PSP). PSP supports the Agency’s global collaboration with the private sector through its network of fundraisers and national associations in over 30 operations in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Gulf region (“the PSP network”). The ambitious new PSP Global Strategy 2018-2025 has the vision to grow PSP into a service capable of generating $1bn annually.

As part of the strategy, PSP works to build and manage partnerships with corporations, foundations, and High Net Worth Individuals (collectively called “PPH donors”) that bring funding and other forms of support to UNHCR and persons of concern. UNHCR technical units are a crucial part of this effort as their support is necessary to develop proposals for grants, manage the technical aspects of projects funded by partners, and provide technical input on UNHCR’s activities to inform fundraising initiatives. Technical units work closely with PSP’s Partnership Support Unit, which supports the PSP network by helping to develop fundraising packs, proposals, concept notes and reports, and by playing a clearance role for all private sector grant agreements and pledges.

The Education unit has already provided support to multiple private sector partnerships and fundraising campaigns and appeals. Given the prominent and growing private sector interest in refugee education as a thematic area, it is expected that the collaboration between PSP and the Education Unit will continue to be strong.

The position

The PSP Officer (Education) will be a key function bringing additional technical capacity to the Education Unit to help develop funding opportunities and acting as a bridge linking PSP to essential information and resources on education to better understand and leverage UNHCR’s education programmes in fundraising and partnerships with the private sector.

The incumbent will report to the Senior Advisor who heads the Education Unit. Under this supervision, the aim of this role is to provide the Education team with additional technical capacity to support collaboration with PSP and to help shoulder the additional workload engendered by engagement with PSP and the private sector. The incumbent will focus on assisting PSP navigate UNHCR’s work on education and – in collaboration with the Education unit, providing technical input that allow the development of inspiring fundraising products to secure private sector interest and support, as well as the necessary technical knowledge to support private partnerships on education.

Duties and responsibilities

Working closely with both the Education unit and PSP, the incumbent will support with the

following tasks:

  • Act as focal point on education for PSP and respond to global requests from PSP fundraisers for technical input and any other query on education programmes
  • Offer expert knowledge of UNHCR’s programme and priorities through a thematic/technical lens (education)
  • Support PSP fundraisers, proposal development officers and grant writers navigate education programmes as well as draft high level bespoke proposals as needed.
  • Proactively create and facilitate thematic content for fundraising materials and proposals, including translating technical language into accessible donor-friendly language
  • Work with PSP’s Partnership Support Unit (PSU) and colleagues in the PSP network, as appropriate, to compile and draft narrative and financial reports to private sector donors as it relates to education activities
  • Provide technical support for the development of identified PSP partnerships, including attending donor meetings and events based on the needs of account managers
  • Provide technical input on education and support for the drafting of talking points and speeches for events and meetings targeting the private sector especially
  • Work collaboratively with other technical colleagues, especially those in DRS and DRRM, to keep abreast of the latest developments in their thematic areas that might affect or be of interest to PSP
  • Act as focal point for questions on PSP’s partnerships on education and on how the private sector can support refugee education more broadly**
  • Act as technical focal point on education for PSP campaigns and provide technical clearance as needed
  • As appropriate, and under the supervisor’ guidance, work with relevant PSP and DRS staff, regional bureaux and relevant field colleagues to ensure PSP-supported activities are prioritized in DRS plans and in country plans and budgets
  • Assist in the development of guidance on UNHCR’s engagement with the private sector in Education.
  • Provide other types of support to the education team as needed

Monitoring and Progress Controls:

  • High-quality and donor-friendly proposals, concept notes and fundraising packs are thoroughly researched, timely produced and updated as required, with the appropriate input on education programmes and budgets
  • The products/content shared externally have up-to-date and reliable information as it pertains to UNHCR education programmes, budgets and priorities, and accurately reflect the nature of UNHCR’s work
  • Accurate information is provided to feed into reports and updates for donors as it pertains to education activities funded by them
  • Specific inputs or tailored content-based fundraising documents on education are produced according to donors’ needs and requests.
  • High standards are upheld in all products and materials shared externally
  • In as far as relevant, training materials are produced to build PPH fundraisers’ understanding and capacity on UNHCR education programmes
  • Perform other duties as required.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Education, Political science, International relations, Development, Humanitarian aid, Communications, Business, Marketing, Social sciences, or a related technical discipline plus minimum 6 years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Professional experience in in writing, editing, and proof-reading, technical funding proposals for a private sector audience, and in the education spere, budgets and reports
  • Superior ability in understanding and presenting complex/technical issues to external private sector audiences, presenting the organization and diverse operations in an appealing and concise manner, and understanding how to reconcile different sets of needs and interests
  • Experience in fundraising and/or partnership management and/or donor relations which could include government donors, foundations, corporations, or other private partnerships.
  • Fluency in English, including strong drafting skills.

Desired qualifications and competencies

  • Good understanding of UNHCR, its mandate, priorities, and field operations, especially related to education
  • Superior negotiation, communications, networking and relationship-building skills, with an ability to work with colleagues of different cultures and in different functional streams
  • Flexible mindset and openness to learning
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task, and juggle different requests at the same time
  • Excellent knowledge of English; knowledge of another UN language would be an asset
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, and power-point essential)
  • Exposure to UN system or multi-cultural working environments highly desirable


The successful candidate will be based with the team in the UNHCR PSP HQ in Copenhagen, Denmark.


The Temporary Appointment is for a period of up to six months and the start date is as soon as possible. It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday (40 hours per week).

How to apply:

Interested applicants are requested to submit an application on the career page at by clicking on the “Vacancies” tab and entering job ID 27126.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Closing date: 1 July 2021 (midnight Copenhagen time)

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