Partnerships Officer

Aga Khan Foundation UK
£30,000 - £35,000
Closing date: 28 May 2021
Job Type: Paid
Location: King's Cross, London
The Partnerships Officer will support the management of a set of grants, and facilitate the pursuit of new funding opportunities with donors, foundations and corporates


1 Grants Management

  • Support the management of grants through regular coordination with relevant AKDN agencies/field units and AKF(UK)’s programme finance department to ensure projects are delivered on-time and on-budget; proactively support the resolution of challenges as they arise
  • Support the preparation, review and feedback process on donor reports to ensure reports comply with donor requirements and are produced on time and to a high standard
  • Be an interface with donors and communicate on a regular basis about the implementation of on-going grants in order to maintain a solid relationship and to address queries or challenges effectively
  • Undertake coordination and administrative tasks related to grants, including collecting and forwarding information to different units and any necessary follow up tasks specified
  • Support the maintenance and updating of grant management tools and tracking systems


2 Resource Mobilisation

  • Support the review and strengthening of concept notes and proposals across a wide array of sectors
  • Conduct due diligence of new partners (donors, NGOs, universities, etc.) in coordination with AKF(UK)’s programme finance team and AKF’s global programmes team
  • Develop and contribute to positioning pieces and communication materials (e.g. presentations, narrative overviews) to enable regular and effective engagement with donors
  • Research, scan and source relevant information regarding new donors and funding opportunities to identify potential funding matches and gather intelligence around European and Asian donors
  • Prepare donor briefs and talking points for donor meetings, referencing latest donor strategies, field-level discussions and possible donor/AKDN matches to consider positioning during meetings
  • Coordinate (bi-)monthly conference calls, organising the resource mobilisation tracker and relevant documents for specific units to support pipeline management processes
  • Support the maintenance and updating of resource mobilisation tools and tracking systems

* Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred

 * Skills

  • Ability to provide stable, consistent, reliable and courteous communication when dealing with external organisations, senior colleagues and community members
  • Ability to communicate AKDN/AKF values and strategic plan effectively to partners and colleagues
  • Creativity and critical thinking
  • Efficient project management
  • Must be an entrepreneurial, pro-active self-starter with maturity and emotional intelligence
  • The ability to problem-solve, work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced environment with numerous and competing deadlines
  • Ability to handle complex relationships diplomatically with colleagues, governance entities and external stakeholders in a professional manner
  • Excellent writing, speaking and other communications skills, with thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Strong financial literacy, including the ability to review detailed budgets and financial reports
  • Strong IT skills, including Office and Excel, and familiarity with Apple platforms  

* Knowledge

  • Knowledge of international development
  • Understanding and knowledge of the UK/European donor landscape preferred

* Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience
  • Experience in developing and writing proposals, business plans/cases, concept papers, briefs, executive summaries, as well as coordinating multiple inputs from a variety of sources
  • Experience of managing relationships in complex organisations with numerous stakeholders
  • Success in managing grants in complex organisations with numerous stakeholders desirable



Region: London and the southeast
Location: King's Cross, London
Sector: Fundraising Projects and programmes

Application notes

* Must include CV and a supporting statement that outlines why they want the role, why they want to work for AKF(UK) and how their experiences and skills to date will make them the most suitable applicant for the role.

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