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UNHCR launches global tender for fundraising and communications agency support

UNHCR launches global tender for fundraising and communications agency support

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is tendering for fundraising, branding and communication agencies to help it with its international fundraising and communications. This is the largest tender for agencies that UNHCR, founded in 1950 and which works in 125 countries, has undertaken.

The chosen agencies will join a new roster and provide consultancy and services. Selected firms will acquire the status of “preferred suppliers” for a period of two years, with the possibility of an extension for one additional year.

Agencies will work covers requirements across the various external relations functions of UNHCR, including the Private Sector Fundraising division and the Communications and Public Information Service.

Amanda Seller, UNHCR’s Head of Private Sector Fundraising, explained: "By teaming up with strong, creative partners, we are looking to build audience, influence change and raise vital funds that will ultimately save and change the lives of those fleeing persecution and conflicts. UNHCR is looking for the best of the best from the creative communications and fundraising sectors to join our roster.”

The tender process is part of UNCHR's new integrated approach to fundraising and communications and its plan to develop a number of effective global partnerships.

Services required

UNHCR is looking for agencies that can provide services across:

  • strategy development for fundraising and communications;
  • global campaign delivery to raise levels of awareness, funds and engagement;
  • brand development
  • creative production with an emphasis on digital channels
  • and monitoring and evaluation services.


The closing date for showing initial interest in the tender is 19 April 2013.

Photo: A UNHCR field worker helps Syrian children living in Adiyaman Refugee Camp, Turkey. UNHCR/ Brian Sokol/Adiyaman camp

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Research massive growth in giving.

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