DFID Partnerships Manager

Closing date: 12 May 2019
Job Type: Paid
Location: London
Viamo is dedicated to helping organizations harness adapted and appropriate digital technologies for large scale, high-impact development projects.

The goal of the DFID Partnerships Manager is to support Viamo’s new business development efforts on DFID proposals with large implementing organizations and consortia leaders. Viamo, a global social enterprise, already has a successful track record with international development donors such as USAID, the World Bank, GIZ and other enterprise clients. We are looking to expand our work into DFID and become the de facto mobile engagement service provider for international development projects. This position is to be based in London, candidates are expected to hold a valid work permit for the UK.


  • Build and maintain strong relationships with the business development teams of large DFID implementing organizations and DFID itself. This might include participating in or organizing events.

  • Convince the relevant decision makers to include mobile engagement programing and Viamo’s services as a core component of their project design and proposals.

  • Lead the DFID proposal development process within Viamo, in collaboration with Regional Directors and our 25+ country managers.

  • Build Viamo’s internal process for the pursuit of DFID proposals, and then track and improve Viamo’s performance in this area.

  • Become a thought leader within and outside the organization in terms of mobile engagement.

  • Support Viamo’s European partnership development in coordination with the European Partnerships lead.

  • Help represent Viamo at relevant events and conferences in the UK and Europe in coordination with the European Partnerships Lead.


  • *Valid work permit for the UK*  
  • Successful track record in business development within large DFID implementation organizations (4+ years).

  • Strong relationships with large DFID partners & contractors.

  • Passion for the role of mobile technology in development.

  • Ability to design and articulate, both in writing and in-person, sector-specific (e.g. health, agriculture, D&G) value propositions for mobile engagement.

  • Strong relationships with DFID and other UK agencies.

  • Comfortable working with remote teams, startups, and/or social enterprises.

  • Understanding of other bilateral funders (AFD, EU grants, EC/EDF RFPs) desirable.

  • Multiple years living and working in Africa and Asia desirable.

Objectives and Key Performance Indicators:

  • Generate 10% of Viamo’s annual revenue from UK-based primes and DFID opportunities

  • Diversify our network of DFID relationships to 15 large organizations.

  • Develop, implement and improve our DFID proposal development process.

Team and Reporting Structure:

Report to a member of the Viamo executive team while coordinating with Viamo’s Director of Partnerships and Viamo’s European Partnerships Lead. Compensation commensurate with experience. Applications considered on a rolling basis.

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

Application notes

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