Temporary Proposal Writer

U.S. Funds for UNICEF
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

The United Nations Children\’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF) supports UNICEF\’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.

Temporary Proposal Writer (NYC National Headquarters)

The key function of the Global Programs and Field Engagement Department is to improve efficiency and effectiveness as it relates to UNICEF engagement, proposal and report development, field visits, and the provision of program resources. The goal of the Resource Mobilization Services section is to provide expertise in resource mobilization throughout the organization.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF seeks a highly skilled professional writer with a minimum of three years of experience for private and major gifts fundraising. The temporary Proposal Writer will help the organization increase revenue and support organizational fundraising, education and advocacy goals. S/he and will be responsible for the preparation and submission of proposals, reports, presentations, other fundraising and educational materials, and other special projects as assigned. This temporary position reports to the Director of Resource Mobilization Services.

This full-time temporary assignment is available March 15, 2016 with an end date of June 30, 2016.

Key Responsibilities/Outcomes (include but are not limited to):

Prepare high quality grant applications and write proposals, reports, letters of intent, briefs, acknowledgments, presentations, and other communications for submission to private and major gift donors and other potential funding sources in a timely manner.

Conduct research and collect/analyze and interpret UN/UNICEF data and information needed for proposals, reports, budgets, etc., utilizing UN, UNICEF, US Fund for UNICEF and other electronic resources to develop fundraising materials.

Provide skilled design and editorial oversight: edit and proofread drafts and final versions of proposals, reports, presentations, and other material. This includes making editorial recommendations and formatting the final design of materials, which includes laying out text in appropriate design software (i.e. MS Powerpoint, MS Word, etc.) and adding photos and photo captions.

Develop knowledge around UNICEF’s mission, approach, structure, and sectoral work in countries and regions around the world.

Cultivate, manage and grow relationships with key UNICEF program, policy and field colleagues.

Keep abreast of USF’s and UNICEF\’s programs and advising on new initiatives and possible synergies.

Make presentations and lead meetings internally and externally with UNICEF colleagues and internally with USF staff about UNICEF programs and priorities.

Assist with special projects for the division, as needed.

Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of experience with private and major gift cultivation and solicitation.

Superior writing skills: demonstrated track record in writing proposals securing 6 and 7 figure funding from private, major gifts, and other funding sources.

Design and layout experience of fundraising materials (i.e. proposals, reports, etc.)

Ability to easily change writing styles to fit the audience and voice of the piece.

Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people with diverse communication styles.

Strong research capacity (mainly internet); interpreting, analyzing, complex international development issues and representing such information in a clear and concise written manner for corporate and private foundation audiences.

Knowledge of international development issues essential. Knowledge of UNICEF and international development issues particular to children is a plus.

Able to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve stated goals.

Ability to adhere to tight deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously with independence; ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality required.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications required.

Must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship.

Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

USF is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

To Apply-Please Apply Online at: http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=UNICEFUSA&cws=1&rid=683