Consultancy opportunity

Fundraising Strategist

The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is currently seeking a consultant for the role of Fundraising Strategist to facilitate UNOY Peacebuilders’ process of becoming a financially sustainable network and support efforts towards its long-term financial growth, increase in capacity, and sustainable action.

Position Fundraising Strategist
Agreement type Consultancy
Organisations involved Implemented by the UNOY Peacebuilders International Secretariat, with support from PeaceNexus Foundation.

UNOY Peacebuilders is a unique network of 80 youth-led peace organisations across 50 countries. The International Secretariat of UNOY Peacebuilders coordinates the network and is based in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Purpose The Fundraising Strategist will facilitate UNOY Peacebuilders’ process of becoming a financially sustainable network and support efforts towards its long-term financial growth, increase in capacity, and sustainable action.
Location Home based with travel to The Hague
Duration 26 March to 26 September 2018


Accessing sustainable funding is a persistent challenge for youth organisations working in the peace and security field. A majority of the youth-led organisations operate with limited funding, with 49% operating under USD 5,000 per annum and only 11% over USD 100,000 – as demonstrated by the report Mapping a Sector: Bridging the Evidence-base on Youth-Driven Peacebuilding (UNOY Peacebuilders and SFCG, 2017). In 2016, an average of 71% of the grant applications submitted by member organisations of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) were unsuccessful.

This challenge is also felt at the global level of UNOY Peacebuilders, at the International Secretariat. UNOY Peacebuilders was founded nearly 30 years ago, but did not have paid staff until 2008. In the last decade the annual turnover has grown from 150,000 to 300,000 EUR, shifting between a positive and negative result every two years. These fluctuations bring forth uncertainty that is not conducive to long-term financial growth, increase in capacity, and sustainable action. The funding which UNOY Peacebuilders has managed to secure is often short-term, project-based, and restricted to support activities in Europe.

With the adoption of UNSCR 2250 and the shaping of a new Youth, Peace and Security sector, UNOY Peacebuilders has entered into a new phase where the need for network-wide financial sustainability is stronger than ever.


The Fundraising Strategist will facilitate UNOY Peacebuilders’ process of becoming a financially sustainable network and support efforts towards its long-term financial growth and organisational development. Specifically, the Fundraising Strategist will lead the following actions and develop the following outputs:

  1. Conduct an assessment of UNOY Peacebuilders’ current fundraising practices and gaps, and an in-depth analysis of peace, security and development funders and funding trends through desk-based research and interviews, to identify both potential long-term donors internationally and regionally and new sources of funding.
    Deliverables: a map of relevant donors showing their funding priorities and trends, and an expert report on UNOY’s funding challenges and priorities.
    Expected working days: 7 days
  2. On the basis of a model proposed by the International Secretariat, develop a fundraising roadmap for UNOY Peacebuilders, operating a shift from short-term and project-based to longer-term core funding that enables global and regional interventions.
    Deliverables: a fundraising roadmap including budget for implementation for the mid term (2018-2020), and long term (2020-2024) financial development of UNOY Peacebuilders, and short term fundraising recommendations.
    Expected working days: 12 days
  3. Provide expert input and support to the International Secretariat in developing a captivating and coherent story about UNOY Peacebuilders’ structure, work and impact tailored to different types of donors, in order to enhance its visibility in the donor landscape.
    Deliverable: 3 to 5 UNOY stories tailored to the different profiles of donors and priorities identified in deliverable 1.
    Expected working days: up to 3 days
  4. Provide support to the initial implementation of outputs listed under 1-3, including ad hoc process support, and advice on necessary adjustments of the outputs
    Deliverable: previous outputs are amended as needed.
    Expected working days: up to 7 days

Profile of Fundraising Strategist

  • Demonstrated experience of at least 5 years in fundraising, strategy development, and/or donor relations;
  • A solid understanding of the international cooperation and development aid sphere. Knowledge of the fundraising landscape in the Netherlands and other European countries desirable;
  • Relevant professional network in the fundraising and donor field;
  • Proven track record of outstanding analytical and strategy development skills;
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of Dutch is an asset.

How to apply?

To apply for this consultancy, please send your CV and a motivation letter including an outline of how you plan to approach the process described in this call and fulfil the different parts of the consultancy (maximum 2 pages). Applicants should also communicate their daily fee and expected date availability for the duration of the consultancy.

We strongly encourage candidates under the age of 30 to apply.

Please send your application to Lorraine Degruson at by 16th of March. If you have any questions, please contact


The UNOY Peacebuilders International Secretariat and one Board member will support the process in close collaboration with the Fundraising Strategist. They will:

  • Provide background documents and briefings as needed;
  • Provide access to member organisations and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Provide input and feedback on strategies provided through regular meetings;
  • Implement the selected strategy working with the Fundraising Strategist for the initial steps.

Additionally, the International Secretariat will provide general project management support, IT and financial management. PeaceNexus provides both technical and financial support to this process through an Organisational Development grant.

This consultancy will be managed in four phases, with each new phase depending on satisfactory delivery of the outputs of the previous phase.