Resource Mobilization SJO


Parent Sector : Sector For Administration and Management (ADM)

Duty Station: San Jose

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Job Family: Administration

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 17-07-2024


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

Applicants must be entitled to work in Costa Rica


1.    Background and Objective

Under the overall authority and the direct supervision of the Director of the Regional Office of UNESCO in San Jose, Costa Rica, the incumbent provides consultancy services in compliance with the UNESCO rules and regulations, practices, standards, and procedures to strategize, coordinate and provide assistance and support in implementing the resource mobilization efforts of the UNESCO Office in San Jose.

Long Description


• Identify niche areas, and partnership opportunities with bilateral and multilateral donors and private sector partners 

• Institute a system for the regular identification of donor intelligence 

• Prospect for new partners and donors aligned with UNESCO’s priorities and values and constantly update the donor mapping in the resource mobilization plan. 

• Support the office in developing a constant pipeline of impactful proposals aligned with UNESCO’s programme and budget and follow up on their progress with programme staff 

• Support the director in positioning UNESCO as a privileged partner to sectoral ministries and other programme stakeholders 

• Participate in external meetings to identify fundraising opportunities and other thematic groupings of technical and financial partners 

• Conceptualize and organize donor meetings

• Carry out other donor outreach as relevant

• Provide advice and support to programme staff in the development of short concept notes for the initial donor approach, and adapt and finalise the concept note to reflect inputs and guidance from donors and partners 

• Provide advice and support to programme staff in the development of draft full-fledged proposals

• Support the proposal submission process including all necessary coordination and clearance steps within the Organization (liaison with concerned entities at headquarters, etc.)


The duration of the contract will, tentatively, be for a period of 6  months, from 10/07/2024. It is expected that the Resource Mobilization Specialist to be base in San José, Costa Rica, for the duration of the contract with some missions to attend some events at province where necessary.



The Resource Mobilization Specialist it is expected to produce the following monthly deliverables:

• 1 thorough update of resource mobilization plan including the donor mapping 

• 1 update of the pipeline of project proposals 

• 2 coordination meetings with the director of the office

• 2 coordination meetings with all programme sectors (either as a joint meeting of all sectors or bilaterally for each sector)

• Participation in 4 programme staff meetings

• Participation in 6 external meetings to identify fundraising opportunities

• 2 meetings with new donors

• Drafting of ca. 3 short and long concept notes.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



• University degree in a field of UNESCO’s competence 



• Experience in resource mobilization in the region

• Experience of resource mobilization with UN entities



• Communication Skills 

• Teamwork 

• People skills/Diplomatic skills

• Accountability 

• Innovation 

• Professionalism 

• Analytical Skills 


• Excellent knowledge (spoken and written) of Spanish and very good knowledge of English.


Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and submit the following documents (in English):

• A letter of interest explaining how your qualifications and experience make you suitable for the position.

• Curriculum Vitae or Resume 

• Technical and financial proposals indicating monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above, including travel and other related costs. (Applications submitted without a monthly rate will not be considered)

• The contact details of three references.   


Your application should be submitted 

in just one file with all the documents required (pdf format) to be uploaded in the application section "Employment History Form"


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.