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PSP Officer (Islamic Philanthropy) (VA.No.07/2019) - RO

หมดเขตวันที่ : 21 เมษายน 2019

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Regional Office for South-East Asia


Vacancy Announcement No.07/2018  

Internal/External Circulation


Position Title:

PSP Officer (Islamic Philanthropy)


Post Level:

IICA-2 (Equivalent to P-3)

Date Issued of the Vacancy Announcement:

27 March 2019


Post No.:


Report To:

Senior Global PSP Officer (Asia & Pacific)

Closing Date of the Vacancy Announcement:

21 April 2019



Private Sector Partnerships Service (PSP), Regional Office in Thailand


Duty Station:

Bangkok, Thailand or any UNHCR capital in South-East Asia

Contractual Status:

International Individual Contractor Agreement (UNOPS)



Availability of the Position      As soon as possible


Background Information


With displacement crises reaching unprecedented levels and causing significant surges in

funding needs, UNHCR has been considering alternative sources of funding, including contributions motivated by various faiths, or in other words, Faith-based Philanthropy. UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships Division (PSP) has been successfully exploring Islamic Philanthropy, in particular Zakat (obligatory annual alms) and Sadaqah (voluntary contributions).


Given the positive and growing results to date, PSP is looking to expand this experience

across South East Asia (SEA), starting from Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population

in the world, in addition to countries where PSP is present (Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong,

Singapore) and other countries with Muslim audiences but has no PSP presence (such as

India). For the purpose, PSP is looking to develop local expertise to build on the success of

UNHCR’s Zakat Initiative, study the local landscape and pave the way to expand this

sinitiative to some countries in the Asia region.


This is crucial given the strong signs of interest in Islamic philanthropy that have started

showing across the charitable organisations landscape in Indonesia (and other countries) since

the beginning of the 21st century, operating in parallel to the existing local and Western

foundations, both private and governmental alike. The growing enthusiasm toward Islamic

philanthropy appears to have struck strong roots and has become engrained in their culture,

commerce and economy as a whole. Building on this, PSP Asia Pacific is looking to hire a

consultant (PSP Officer) on studying  the Indonesian and Malaysian fundraising landscape (in

addition to countries named above), and  providing recommendations for the expansion of

UNHCR’s Zakat Initiative into these countries and SEA overall.


The incumbent will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, or any other UNHCR capital in South

East Asia (or Hong Kong) and in liaison with PSP Asia and PSP Middle East and North

Africa (PSP MENA), s/he will conduct primary market and prospect research/ analysis,

feasibility studies and stakeholder mapping. S/He is expected to support the long-term

development of UNHCR’s Islamic Philanthropy portfolio through identifying funding sources,

and establishing sustainable relationships with key players in the sector of Islamic

Philanthropy and Islamic Banking/ Finance in Indonesia and Malaysia as a first priority, and

SEA subsequently.


Scope of Assignment


In coordination with PSP APAC Regional, the incumbent is expected to:

  • In consultation with relevant colleagues/ internal stakeholders across the organization, identify the market research/ stakeholder mapping terms of reference, expected results/ recommendations and deadlines.
  • Conduct on behalf of UNHCR, with the aid of external stakeholders if needed, the necessary research leading to solid recommendations for the organization on how to best approach Islamic Philanthropy initiatives in the country. This should include financial and operational analysis (leveraging various existing reports, systems, internet, etc.) as needed for the expansion of UNHCR’s Zakat initiative in Indonesia, Malaysia and SEA.
  • Support and promote the credibility of UNHCR and the UNHCR Zakat Initiative among Islamic Philanthropy actors in the region, including donors, partners, HNWIs, investors, financial institutions, and Islamic Institutions such as Zakat and Waqf houses.
  • Identify key stakeholders/ players that UNHCR needs to engage with on sustainable basis to advance the dedication of Zakat by individuals and institutions in Indonesia, Malaysia and SEA for eligible refugees.
  • Establish contact with leading Islamic financial institutions in Indonesia, Malaysia and SEA, with the aim to collaborate for the promotion and receipt of multi-year institutional and individual funds, primarily Zakat, towards UNHCR's programmes for refugees and IDPs.
  • Set apart key areas of interest for Islamic Philanthropy players in Indonesia, Malaysia and SEA, and work with relevant colleagues on identifying relevant Zakat compliant projects that could be added to the existing portfolio under the UNHCR Zakat Initiative.
  • Ensure that regular proposals and reports on optimum and compliant utilization of Islamic funds received by UNHCR are drafted, submitted and published in a professional and timely manner.
  • Communicate updated Zakat reports on existing campaigns and prospective new projects to internal and external stakeholders, as deemed necessary.
  • Assist in the preparation of reports and presentations and oversee the centralization of all project information related to Zakat, including, presentation materials, agreements, due diligence reports and other documentation.
  • Perform other related duties and travel as required.



  • Completion of University degree in Research, Financial Analysis, Islamic Finance, Economics, Business Administration, or other related field.
  • At least 6 years of work experience spanning three or more of the following fields: Research, Finance, Economics, Islamic finance, philanthropy, non-profit monitoring and evaluation, and program management.
  • Proven expertise in Islamic philanthropy and/ or Islamic finance in SEA.
  • Good knowledge of humanitarian assistance and UN environment.
  • Experience of Sales Force CRM system preferred.



  • Strong research and project management skills.
  • Knowledge and aptitude working with CRMs, database technologies, project trackers, and other related systems.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with a well-informed approach to problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Ability to quickly trouble-shoot any issues that arise.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior staff, as well as external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently, be self-motivated, and results-oriented with a strong sense of accountability
  • Ability to focus and thrive in a highly dynamic and fast-paced work environment.
  • Client orientation, networking and relationship-building skills.
  • Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.


Please submit 1) your Motivation Letter, 2) UNHCR Personal History Form, and 3) Curriculum Vitae indicating the vacancy announcement number and position title to:


UNHCR Personal History Form and supplementary forms can be downloaded from:


Applications will not be acknowledged. Only the successful candidate will be notified the outcome of the selection process.