Coalition Coordinator

Bernard van Leer Foundation
Closing date: 28 July 2017
Job Type: Paid
Location: London
Are you a creative professional with excellent project management skills? Experience inspiring and uniting a diverse group of stakeholders around a common goal? And you love to contribute to the development of young children? This might be your job.


A coalition of seven international philanthropic foundations (including the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Open Society Foundations) has joined forces to support young children and families affected by the crisis in Syria, and beyond. At least 3 million Syrian children under the age of 6 inside and outside of the country have grown up knowing only conflict and uncertainty. Many more young children around the world are facing adversity early on in their lives.

The prolonged exposure to violence and stress experienced by these children is associated with high levels of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, and poses potentially long-lasting negative effects on their development.

Evidence suggests early childhood services, including those that support and guide parents, caregivers, and families in times of crisis, can mitigate the negative effects on young children and promote resilience and development.

Sadly, the supply of these types of services is limited both in the current response to the Syria crisis, and in crisis situations across the globe. This coalition will work to deliver a lasting shift in coverage, quality, and financing of support for young children and families affected by crisis. It will use members’ on the ground experience to build a new way of responding to (future) crises; one that includes a focus on young children and families.

The coalition is expected to be in operation for a at least four years (mid-2017 to mid-2021). It will consist of Members (some are part of the Steering Group), Partners, and a Secretariat.


The Coalition Coordinator will play a crucial role in achieving this group's ambitious objectives. We are seeking someone with excellent project management and communication skills to manage the Coalition Secretariat, and drive and support all its activities. You will generate ideas, gather and link insights from inside and outside the group, inspire members and partners to act jointly, and motivate all stakeholders to achieve the mission and vision of the coalition.The position is London-based (other locations can be considered) and you will report to the Coalition Steering Group.

Main responsibilities

The main tasks in this job are:

· Drive and support all coalition activities

· Engage all stakeholders on achieving the coalition’s mission and vision

· Support development of coalition project concepts as needed (source ideas, identify partners, describe activities and outputs, develop budget and funding requirements)

· Gather relevant insights from members/partners/other organisations and prepare quarterly briefings

· Connect members to expertise, ideas, and insights based on their interests/needs

· Manage the coalition secretariat (organise one in person meeting/year, prepare & lead monthly calls, handle queries, etc.)

· Manage the operational budget


We are looking for a dynamic and highly organized professional with the following skills and experience:

· Master Degree in a relevant field (or equivalent experience)

· Fluent in spoken and written English

· Minimum 6-8 years professional experience related to development, social business, partnership, or philanthropy

· Strong solutions- and result orientation, energized by thinking out of the box

· Excellent listening and communications ability, succeeds in uniting people around a common goal

· Strong project management skills

· Demonstrated experience managing (development/social change) partnerships

· Able to present information in a structured way

· Capable of working independently

· Passionate about social change, and driven to make a difference in the lives of young children

· Knowledge of Early Childhood Development, Arabic language skills, and the humanitarian sector a plus

We offer

· One-year renewable contract on consultancy basis (limited benefits)

· Working hours: Full time

· Location: London (other locations can be considered)

· International working environment and strong stakeholder network

· Some international travel likely

· Remuneration in line with experience

Your job?

Are you enthusiastic about the job? Please send your detailed resume and motivational letter to Ms. Agnes Buis – by Friday July 28th 2017 and mention in the subject Application for Coalition Coordinator.

The first round of interviews are planned on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August 2017 and the second round on Tuesday 8 August 2017. Both rounds will be held in London (Skype for first round possible).


Region: London and the southeast
Location: London
Sector: Funding Management Projects and programmes

Please mention Bond when you apply for this position.