Looking for an opportunity to utilise your bequest experience and relationship building skills to help the plight of the world’s refugees?

  • Sydney CBD location
  • Newly created role providing the opportunity to cultivate our Bequest program
  • One of the world’s leading humanitarian aid agencies

Outline & Purpose of Role:

Australia for UNHCR is an international aid agency that raises funds from Australian Donors to support the humanitarian operations of the UN Refugee Agency. Established in 2000 as part of a global fundraising network, it has now raised more than $217 million from a broad network of individuals, community and corporate partners.

We are looking for a motivated, resourceful and experienced Bequest Manager, with a passion for the work we do, to raise our fundraising revenue through the development and implementation of a multi-faceted targeted Bequest program, which identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards bequest donors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build and deliver the overall organisational bequest strategy with the aim of increasing bequest income and building a robust bequest pipeline, including evaluation of the strategy.
  • Update the pipeline and moves management system, ensuring a systematic and strategic approach to the program.
  • Identify opportunities to proactively promote the bequest program both internally and externally.
  • Develop and implement initiatives to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward bequestors.
  • Administer deceased estates where the organisation is identified beneficiary, or supporter had indicated a confirmed bequest, liaising with Executors, Solicitors and other charitable beneficiaries (as required).
  • Forecast bequest income and acquit bequest gifts.
  • Respond to all bequest enquiries and develop donor communications to confirmed bequestors.
  • Coordinate and deliver bequest stewardship events as required.
  • Ensure timely and efficient processing of all administrative duties associated with bequests.
  • Liaise with UNHCR globally and participate in global bequest projects as appropriate.

The successful applicant will possess the following attributes:


  • Minimum three years’ experience in working in bequests.
  • Mature personality possessing the style, stature, leadership and diplomacy to work effectively with bequest supporters, potential bequest supporters, and donors.
  • A conscientious and confidential approach to working in bequests.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise effectively, with well-developed organisational and planning skills.
  • Strong knowledge of direct and digital marketing
  • High level written and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent creative thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills.


  • Previous employment within charity or, not-for-profit sectors.
  • Experience in database management, ideally Raisers Edge or similar platform.
  • Self-leadership and ability to work autonomously.

A full position description is available here. For more information please email [email protected]

If you are eager to use your experience to help the plight of the world’s refugees, please send your resume together with a one-page cover letter outlining your skills and motivations, to [email protected] (with subject line: Bequest Manager). 

Please note we are unable to respond to recruitment agency enquiries. This is a permanent, full-time position. Applicants must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or have a suitable visa that allows permanent full-time work in Australia, in order to apply for this position. A working-holiday visa is not appropriate.

Applications close 3 March 2019

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